The historic Hood River Hotel are presenting their first-ever Diva Drag Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. Built in 1888 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hood River Hotel is arguably the most iconic adventure basecamp in the Columbia River Gorge. Today, the LGBTQ+ owned and employed Hood River Hotel has open arms and plenty to celebrate. Partners in Pride, the Hood River Hotel is a leader in advancing awareness, acceptance, and inclusivity in the community.

Diva Drag Brunch is taking what you know about drag brunch and taking it to the next level, featuring performers from around the Pacific Northwest and beyond! Hosted by Connie Hung (Seattle/Chelan) and featuring Puanani Posse (Oahu/Portland), Boujee Cherry (Portland), Lylac (Salem) and maybe a surprise guest or two!

Sunday, February 12th, Doors at 11am, Show at Noon, Age: 21+

Tickets: $20 per person, does not include food or drinks. Tickets are available here – search “Diva Drag Brunch”

Diva Drag Brunch is produced by Justin Buckles Productions, based out of Portland, Oregon. Justin Buckles Productions has produced shows in 22 States and throughout Canada, with performers featured on America’s Got Talent and in several documentaries. Emmy Award Winner Jayla Rose (Lizzo’s “Watch Out For The Big Grrrls) is the music and show coordinator and co-producer for all events produced through Justin Buckles Productions.

Atmosphere is everything in downtown Hood River. The quaint-yet-hip downtown core is lined with tasting rooms, artisan jewelry boutiques, and acclaimed culinary delights. Explore beautiful Hood River, including award-winning eateries such as Celilo Restaurant and Bar, Sushi Okalani, and dozens of locally owned cafes, restaurants, tasting rooms, and bars — all just steps away.

Vital to the community’s heartbeat from its beginning as Hood River’s only true downtown hotel, the Hood River Hotel continues to be the cornerstone of the town’s epicenter. It’s a perfect basecamp as you explore the region’s deep agricultural roots, from pears and apples on the famed Hood River Fruit Loop to world-class farm-to-table and farm-to-glass experiences at local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and cideries that line the downtown streets.

The property pairs the timeless history with thoughtful touches, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for today’s travellers while celebrating the property’s unique history, character, and soul. Walk the path of Oregon settlers when you enter through the original expansive wooden doors and set foot on the black and white tiled entryway. The lovingly restored guest rooms include modern amenities such as luxurious European-style linens, eco-friendly bath products, flat-screen televisions, and complimentary Wi-Fi. And the beloved on-site restaurant, Broder Øst, is famed for its Nordic-inspired brunch.

Within a few blocks of the Hood River Hotel, guests can rent an electric bike for touring the Historic Columbia River Highway, rent snowshoes for exploring Mount Hood, hire a fly-fishing guide, or treat themselves to a facial or massage. As the only hotel in downtown Hood River, they are a short walk from award-winning restaurants and breweries, galleries, wine tasting, and nightlife. 

Hotel Highlights

  • Hood River Hotel features 41 guest rooms, including 9 suites and a new 10-bed hostel bunkhouse 
  • In the lobby, Scandinavian-inspired restaurant Broder Ost, with lobby bar and breakfast
  • Close proximity to world-class outdoor recreation to have optional local adventure add-ons 
  • Complimentary local coffee in the lobby, plus a highly-curated best-of HR store
  • Free guests-only WiFi for planning your daily escapades  
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff who double as Hood River’s savviest concierge
  • Relaxing in the dry sauna, or sipping a glass of wine next to the fireplace.

Be sure to also check out their sister property in Bend, Oregon  – Campfire Hotel.




About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.