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Introduction

Colombia River near Hood River

Colombia River near Hood River

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Hood River is a small chill resort town located about 2 hours east of Portland. During the summer is is a major center for wind surfing, while during the winter it is more of a budget ski town. There are also great breweries located in the town and some amazing hiking in the area.

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Sights and Activities

  • Wind Surfing
  • Skiing
  • Hiking

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Drink

  • Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom is a great restaurant and brewery located a block away from the main strip. The beers are constantly changing and remember you can't take any 6 packs away unless you want to buy a jug. The brewery is located at 8 fourth street, phone: 541-939-0606.

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Sleep

Hood River Downtown

Hood River Downtown

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Mid-Range

  • The Hood River Hotel is located right in the heart of downtown Hood River. This is a very nice small hotel with great rooms either looking at the river or downtown The staff is extremely friendly and good deals can be found during the low season. The hotel also has a great restaurant and a nice spa/gym in the basement. It is located downtown at 102 Oak Street, Phone: 541-386-1900.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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