New Escape Room in Hood River: Escape the Hood

The latest escape room to open in Oregon is not in Portland–it’s in Hood River. Hood River is better known for outdoor activities and excellent breweries. It’s exciting to see that there is now there is a new activity for people to try after a day of kitesurfing (and before getting a drink at pFriem, Full Sail, or Double Mountain).

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According to their website, “Escape The Hood is the Columbia Gorge’s BEST escape room! okay, it is the only escape room… but it is GREAT.”

Escape the Hood was started by a father and son team Dave and Dana Keleher.  Like many of us, they tried an escape room and were instantly hooked. “My son and I, along with a few others tried Hour To Midnight as our first game experience.  We loved it from the start,” said Dave.

My son and I drove home separately, but we both decided on our drive home that night that this was a business we wanted to try.  We both have a creative side and thought this would be a great way to put our brains to use.”
Escape the Hood’s first room is The Warehouse, with The World Traveler coming soon. According to the designers, The Warehouse, “is very Hood River and deals with agriculture.”

“Yes, you are trapped in a room.  As you look around, you start to notice strange objects and messages… With just your wits, clues from the office manager, and signs left in his office, you must solve the mysteries and find the codes to unlock the safe.  If you find the secret combo, you can get access to the only healthy food sources left.”

What are the biggest challenges opening a new escape room in Hood River?  “Getting the word out,” says Dave. “Amazing how many people have never heard of an escape game experience.”  

I’m always excited to see a new escape room company pop up on the map, and we’ve added it to the Portland Oregon Escape Room List and map. We’re looking forward to giving Escape the Hood a try.

Have you checked out Escape the Hood yet?

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Updated List of Portland Oregon Escape Rooms

We’ve updated the list of escape rooms in the Portland, Oregon area. Highlights of the past couple of months include:

See the complete and updated list of all the escape rooms in the Portland, Oregon area, including neighboring Beaverton, Tigard, and Vancouver, WA. This includes individual rooms, cost, and other contact information. If you are looking for recommendations check out my individual reviews for Portland’s many escape rooms. See the Google Map of the escape rooms listed here. Please let me know about any updates or new rooms in the Portland area.

Combo & Key – The Case of the Missing O.D. – Tigard

The Case of the Missing O.D. is set in an eye doctor’s office where your goal is to locate the missing optometrist. Combo & Key initially started in an actual optical store, but they’ve since moved to a dedicated “escape room” location. We had a good experience with Combo & Key, though there is too much going on for a two-person team. They have recently opened a second room and we look forward to checking it out. See below for the full review.

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The Diner – Quicksand Escape Games – San Diego

The Diner was recommended to us by other enthusiasts, so on our recent trip to San Diego, we finally got to check it out. The Diner had a fun theme, great decorations, and an unexpected twist that made for a very enjoyable escape room experience. Highly recommended. See below for the full review.

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In Search of an Exit – Lombino’s Casino – Portland

Lombino’s Casino is a backroom gambling parlor puzzle room where the goal is to take down the mob. Lombino’s Casino used to be part of the 60 Minutes to Escape family but has since moved to a new location inside the Velo Cult building. Being big fans of Spark of Resistance, we signed up as soon as we heard of Lombino’s and had a great experience.  See below for the full review.

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Escape Games PDX – Prison Break – Portland

After we had a good experience with Portlandia and Sherlock’s Secret, we returned to try Prison Break. Unfortunately, some technical problems, miscommunication with the employee, and limited reveals compared to previous rooms put Prison Break at the bottom of the list for Escape Games PDX. See below for the full review.

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The Oregonian Article on Portland Escape Rooms

Portland area escape room fans have a number of great escape room options available, including rooms in Beaverton and Vancouver, WA. The Oregonian put out an article on “Portland area’s 7 escape room companies.” Unfortunately, they left out one of the originals, and still one of the best. 60 Minutes to Escape is now home to 2 rooms and two more upcoming rooms. (Update: 60 Minutes to Escape is currently closed to booking while they redevelop their space over the summer, looking to reopen later this year).

Presumably, The Oregonian was aware of 60 Minutes to Escape when Jamie Hale wrote an article about Spark of Resistance in 2014.

Also missing, two Vancouver, WA locations (depending on where you are, Vancouver is as “Portland-area” as Beaverton) and Pour Sports’ Speakeasy. For reference, here is the more complete list from earlier this year.

How Most Every Escape Room Owner Gets it Wrong When Telling Enthusiasts Why They Are Wrong.

Escape room enthusiasts are not the target customer for most escape room companies. We are a relatively small group, although we are pretty vocal about what we find annoying. That’s fine. That’s fair. However, there are a few problems that crop up when enthusiasts talk to escape room owners. Owners often try and convince enthusiasts that they are wrong when they offer criticism and any criticism about the room is met with skepticism because owners are used to getting lauded with 5* praise.

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Portland Escape Room Designer in the Portland Mercury.

Fortunately for those of us living in Portland, Laura E. Hall was one of the first to bring escape rooms to town. The legendary Spark of Resistance at 60 Minutes to Escape remains one of the best escape room experiences on the West Coast. Hall is also behind the pop-up escape room that is currently making its way across the country, Resident Evil Escape Experience.

Hall got a write-up in this week’s Portland Mercury, where she hit on one of the most important aspects of a successful escape room experience. “I want people to feel transported when they’re entering into that space, and I don’t want anything they encounter to ever break that spell,” Hall said.

See the full article here.

 

Resident Evil – Pop Up – Portland

Resident Evil is a video game. If you knew that, then you knew as much as I did going into this escape game based on the popular zombie franchise. Resident Evil’s escape room was initially put out as an escape room tie-in in Los Angeles. I was alerted to this fact by one of the organizers, but by the time I tried to sign up to help defeat the evil army, it was all booked up. A couple months later, I find that RE is coming to my town, presented by CAPCOM and iam8bit.

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