If you are looking for a retirement community and you are also an outdoors person, Hood River, Oregon might be the ideal place for you. Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River is also one of the world's premiere wind surfing spots due to the high winds generated by the gorge and its 4,000-foot cliffs. The Lewis and Clark Trail, Multnomah Falls, and Mount Hood appeal to other outdoor adventurers. Other local attractions for active adults 55 plus include visiting orchards and vineyards. The population is just over 5,800, although over 20,000 people live in the area.
The Hood River economy is strong thanks to tourism and the popularity of Oregon’s climate and atmosphere. Tourism also provides some seasonal jobs for retirees who are interested. There are many nice outdoor shops and good restaurants in the downtown. Hood River is located in Hood River County. The city of Portland is about 60 miles away. Photo of A sailboat downstream of the Hood River Bridge over the Columbia River to Washington, courtesy of Wikipedia and Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives.