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“Wonderful Birthday Trip”
Review of Mt. Hood Railroad

Mt. Hood Railroad
Ranked #12 of 69 things to do in Hood River
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Owner description: Tourist railroad offering 4-hour scenic tours through the Hood River Valley to the base of Mt. Hood on a historic Excursion Train, Dinner Train or Brunch Train.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Hood River, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Birthday Trip”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

I, like one of your other passengers, booked this trip for myself and my sister and 3 other friends, for my sister's birthday. It's one of the best gifts I think i've ever given her. Thanks so much for a wonderful time. The food was so good...my sister had the salmon, and the rest of us had the chicken...everything was great, and the cheesecake at the end was wonderful. Your staff is very helpful and friendly, and we had such a great time with your cast of characters for the "murder"...We took this trip on Oct. 26th so you must know which of your staff should be credited with one of the most enjoyable evenings I've had in a while. I am a local here, and have never actually riden this before, but rest assured, when I have out of town guests, we will be back. Thanks so very much

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Gail B
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Clackamas, Oregon
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Look and Learn”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

We live only an hours drive from the Hood River Railroad but it was still one of those well known "near home" attractions that you've never seen. Now, having taken the trip I thing I would pass if the day were not reasonably bright and sunny and the trees were bare.

There is a running narrative about the railroad and the area and the miles and miles of fruit orchards. This is a really relaxing, enjoyable and educational trip even if you have to take more than an hour to get there. Try to make it, as we did, during Hood Rivers annual "Harvest Festival" in October. Can't go wrong. Makes a great weekend.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Gary G
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Lake Oswego
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing and Special Birthday Celebration”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

When I booked tickets for my sister and I, I told the clerk that it was my sister's birthday and that I wanted the experience to be extra special. She said it would be and asked me for my sister's name. Boy, did they ever deliver on that promise!

I was not happy when I found out that the brunch train would be a train robbery themed excursion (once you have actually been robbed, a "pretend" robbery doesn't hold any appeal), but I booked the tickets nonetheless. As it turns out, the train robbers were quite playful and charming, and the guy who played Maverick was a real gem. He went from table to table doing tricks and he did one for my sister, which she filmed, and which still amazes both of us.

Maverick had her pick a card from a deck, sign it with a sharpie, and then he shuffled the deck and began to do a trick. Then he stopped and asked her if it was her birthday. He then opened his jacket, pulled out a wallet, which he unzipped, then he pulled out an envelope that said Happy Birthday Laurel. She tore the envelope open and the playing card she had signed was in the envelope. That made her feel special. She is not someone who ordinarily enjoys magic (she is good at seeing the trick), but she was delighted and dumbfounded.

The waitress was incredible--best service of my life. The whole staff sang happy birthday and brought a special dessert. The brunch itself was good. The scenery was nice, and we really enjoyed the stop in Parkdale.

All in all, I would highly recommend this attraction for any occasion for all ages. Really special and totally worth the price you pay.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank KarenLakeOswego
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Florence, Oregon
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154 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Satisfying Saturday”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We arrived at 9:30, picked up our tickets, boarded and left at 10:00 as stated. It was a beautiful sunny day so we sat back in our booth in the dome area and relaxed. There were many apple and pear orchards along with nice views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. We were served beverages and lunch along the way and arrived in Parkdale for a mid trip break, then on our way back to Hood River. It was a good, relaxing, and lazy way to take a trip.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank amazinn2
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Portland, Oregon
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51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Fun Wine Tour and Beautiful Views”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

My then fiancé (she is now my wife :)) and I went on a wine tour last fall and absolutely loved it. The train car was very cozy with some good desserts and fun drink options. The views were great, even with the rain, as we went along the Hood River up towards Parkdale. On a sunny day Mt Hood would have been easily visible almost the whole time.

The wineries we visited were all very friendly and we didn't feel rushed at either, which was nice.

All in all this was a great way to spend the day out in Hood River and enjoy some wine tasting along with a train ride!

Visited November 2012
1 Thank anthony w
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Meagan B, Manager at Mt. Hood Railroad, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thank you for joining us last season and taking the time to post your review on the Mt. Hood Railroad Wine Train. That trip was a lot of fun for us and we may continue to do them again in the future.
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