Gorge Local – In Business: Sakura Ridge Combines Japanese Aesthetics with Sustainability | New

HOOD RIVER – Cheryl Lubbert and her husband Jim Gerlach came to Hood River in search of fruit for their cider house and left the owners of Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge.

In 2021, the two were looking for orchards to expand the offerings of their cider house, Nashi Orchards, on Vashon Island in Washington’s Puget Sound. Gerlach has been buying fruit from Hood River orchards for years. They have done business with well-known orchards in the valley such as Kiyokawa Family Orchards and Hukari Orchards. The couple had visited countless orchards, until one day Gerlach sent Lubbert a link to a scenic property with a vibrant certified organic orchard, gardens, open pastures and a five-bedroom lodge, known as Sakura. Ridge.

The Mount Adams Room is one of three suites available for booking. Each room includes a private bathroom, personal bathrobes, unique tenzo artwork, and a spectacular view.


Chef Julian Vera creates masterful hors d’oeuvres for the Sakura Ridge Open House on August 25. Vera is also the general manager of the property.


Outside the lodge is 22 acres of land which produces apples, pears and many other fruits and vegetables. Already established by the Joyers, the orchard is lined with red and green Anjou and Starkrimson pears, and two acres of apple varieties such as Newtown Pippin and Cox’s Orange Pippin.

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