Where to Eat
For takeout on the Fruit Loop’s south end, grab a rack of dry-rubbed ribs from Apple Valley BBQ, a low-slung, bright blue- and-red roadside joint redolent of smoldering cherrywood from nearby orchards. You can also opt for smoked meat loaf topped with a shallot demi-glace or a meatless version slathered in sweet barbecue sauce.
The waterfront Ferment Brewery Company makes more than excellent beer. Nosh on wraps, salads (such as local greens topped with falafel), and seasonal house-made pickles and other fermented snacks while watching kitesurfers do their thing on the Columbia River from the second-story patio, where there’s plenty of room to spread out.
Set along the Fruit Loop amid 100-year-old apple trees at Mt. View Orchards, the Grateful Vineyard Tasting Room is the place to go on warm days for artisanal pizza (Bosc pear, Gorgonzola, and bacon is one specialty) served outside on a huge lawn. On rainy days, you can sip a glass of estate cider while you warm up next to your own fire pit in the tented seating area.