There are many options for a place to call home in the Gorge. The cheapest is camping, then vacation rentals, and even a few nice hotels. Below is a brief list.
Camping is the best way to feel the Gorge vibe. Beware though the Gorge has many campsites near the river but that also means near the train tracks.Yes it can be noisy in a tent. I prefer camping south of Hood River at Tucker campground, it's quiet, close to town and beautiful. Plus lots of other wind junkies camp there. Also away from the river are the Lost Lake, Laurance Lake and Tomothy Lakes campsites. Those are a longer drive but very nice. Living "down by the river" and popular are the Viento , Maryhill, and 5-10 other convenient sites. Some of which you can leave your gear rigged and walk to the water.
Either way drop by WIndance in the mornign for a cup of coffee and your top wind report.
Vacation Home Rentals
Get that home-away-from-home feeling and live like a local. You can rent Gorge homes right in Hood River, up the valley amongst the orchards or on the north side of the river with a killer sunset view in White Salmon or Underwood. We recommend one of these Vacation rental companies
Why not treat yourself to the luxury & convenience of a nice hotel. Here's my top picks
Best Western - The nicest place in town, right on the river & has a great restaurant
Columbia Gorge Hotel - An old historic traditional hotel with a terrific view
Hood River Hotel - Right on main & stumbling distance from all our brewpubs