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View from Cascade Alpaca Ranch, Hood River, OR

View from Cascade Alpaca Ranch, Hood River, OR

How it all got Started

Six years ago, when Thomas and Connie Betts left their life in a Portland, OR, suburb behind, a rural reinvention was in store. Although the couple had an idea of how and where they wanted to live, the key to realizing their dream–which they have achieved as the owners of Cascade Alpacas of Oregon–came entirely by chance. In January 2004, while Thomas was working in Portland, a customer inadvertently introduced him to the realm of alpacas: what they were and how to “ranch” them. Intrigued and inspired by the man's story, the Bettses started researching the llama–like animals. In July, barely six months after becoming aware of alpacas, the Betts sold their house and used the proceeds to buy a 6 ½–acre property and house in Hood River. Today, meander up the rustic, evergreen-lined path and find oneself perched atop a blissful scene unfolding below, charming alpacas and a yarn store awaiting just steps beside. The ranch now home to 50 alpacas, three barns, three houses, a yarn shop–called Foothills Yarn & Fiber– and a total of 15 acres, radiates with a home–grown feel and is cuddled–up with a relaxed character.

Cascade Alpacas

March: Saturday–Sunday, 11–4

April–May: Friday–Monday, 11–4

11–5, daily

Nov.–Dec. 20: Friday–Sunday, 11–4

Open other days by appointment

4207 Sylvester Dr.
Hood River, OR 97031

Last updated: 07/03/2011    |     Copyright © 2011 Caitlin O'Brien    |