At the meeting point of the Hood and Columbia Rivers, in the heart of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge and under the watchful gaze of Mount Hood, lies the little town of Hood River. A pretty, riverfront town, known for windsurfing, and its proximity to many apple and pear orchards, together with many wineries, Mount Hood is home to roughly 7000 people. It also happens to be home to my most favourite ice cream shop in the entire world, somewhere I stumbled upon entirely by chance: Gorge Ice Cream!
Gorge Ice Cream produces the most incredible, thoughtfully created small batch, seasonal ice cream. Made with produce that hails at large from local farms, Gorge’s ice cream is all natural, and made with love – the shop being owned by a nutritionist and her partner. The ice cream comes in grass-fed dairy/paleo, and non-dairy form, with the vegan ice cream being made with a coconut and cashew base. There is also an incredible range of Kombucha on tap, along with homemade waffle cones, which are giant, and made with cassava flour, to house the giant scoops!
To date, I have tried some number of their flavours, which change very regularly. Some highlights have included:
– Ginger dark chocolate, which I believe may have been made with charcoal.
– Mint chocolate chip, with Oregon grown peppermint and Balinese cocoa powder, coloured with spinach.
– Pumpkin Pie
– Strawberries and cream. Goes without explanation!
An outstanding flavour and unique experience, was their lavender and honey, which was out of this world good, luxurious without being too floral – a beautiful lilac colour, tasting like summer.
I beyond recommend purchasing a scoop or two of Gorge Ice Cream’s amazing creations. They even offer Kombucha floats, though I’ve not yet tried one. If you’re ever in the area, a walk along the Columbia river whilst enjoying an ice cream, is an experience you won’t forget any time soon. Enjoy!
For more information, head to Gorge’s website, at: