Bend, Oregon

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Originally settled in the early 1900s, Bend got its start as a logging town positioned along the eastern edge of the Cascade Range, a high desert sanctuary. Nestled along the Deschutes River, the city is surrounded by majestic, volcanic peaks such as Three Sisters and Mount Bachelor. With an oft-quoted 300 days of sunshine, access to the outdoors is practically year-round.

Oregon’s biggest city outside the Willamette Valley, Bend is compact in scale and big on adventure. An outdoor and urban playground alike, Bend has held onto its small town charm despite the influx of non-natives. The small town rests at a population around 80,000, boasting 18 breweries, four wineries, and three cideries. The recreational activities Bend is most known for include hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, paragliding, skiing, fishing, camping, golfing, and rock climbing. It’s where you go to play!

Surrounding the town is access to more than 300 miles of mountain biking trails, 71 parks, seemingly endless climbing routes and 3,600 acres of skiing terrain at local Mount Bachelor. It’s not the biggest mountain on the horizon, but Mount Bachelor is certainly the most active. In winter, the resort on the mountain offers skiing, tubing, dog sledding, and snowshoeing. In summer months, it is home to mountain biking, hiking, disc golf and scenic rides on the chairlift. One of the best public spaces in Oregon, Drake Park is a sprawling grassy park along the Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River. Newberry National Volcanic Monument is one of the most spectacular volcanic sites in the state! Bend’s volcanic geology makes it a great place to explore a variety of caves and lava tubes, which can be found in virtually every direction from the city. Just west of town, the 89-foot Tumalo Falls is a popular destination.

If getting out and dirty doesn’t suit you, turn your eye to the downtown scene where music is abundant (Les Schwab Amphitheater) and the streets are lined with fashion boutiques, coffee and tea houses, microbreweries, and many independent restaurants. Concerts as well as movies can be viewed at the 1950s-style Tower Theatre or you can check out any of the following for new and established acts: Drake ParkThe CapitolVolcanic Theatre PubMcMenamins Old St Francis SchoolDogwood Cafe. Gems also include Dudley’s Bookshop CafeRanch Records, amusement arcade nostalgia at Vector Volcano and local arts and crafts at Just a Little Charm.

Bend is still close enough to Portland for the flame of artisan coffee roasting to burn brightly. It’s easy to find a great caffeine hit, but you may have to queue at Thump Coffee Roasters, despite its two city outposts. A lovely buzz is also provided at Looney Bean and Palate, both near the river, and at Bluebird Coffee Company, with cool art and a serene setting.

A major part of Bend’s appeal is simply its proximity to a wide variety of outdoor opportunities, but residents have truly put their town on the map by cultivating a rich and vibrant city to come back to. Time in Bend is best spent bouncing between natural and urban playgrounds, where you’ll find your days full of wonder and enjoyment. This is not a place for distracting attractions, it’s a place to explore, play and treat yourself right.

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Restaurants in Bend

 

For a complete list of restaurants in Bend and reviews, please click here.

Spork$$ – Mexican, Asian Fusion, Soul Food – 937 NW Newport Ave Ste 120- (541) 390-0946

Bangers & Brews$ – German, Beer Gardens, Gastropubs– 1288 SW Simpson Ave

Ste A – (541) 389-2050

McKay Cottage$$ – American (Traditional), Bakeries, Breakfast & Brunch – 62910 O B Riley Rd Ste 340 – (541) 383-2697

Sparrow Bakery$ – Coffee & Tea, Sandwiches, Breakfast & Brunch– 50 SE Scott St – (541) 330-6321

Zydeco Kitchen$$ – American (New), Cocktail Bars – 919 NW Bond St – (541) 312-2899

Chow Bend$$ – Breakfast & Brunch, American (New), Beer, Wine & Spirits – 1100 NW Newport Ave – (541) 728-0256

Wild Rose$$ – Thai, Gluten-Free – 150 NW Oregon Ave – (541) 382-0441

10 Barrel Brewing$$ – Gastropubs, Breweries, American (New) – 1135 NW Galveston Ave Bldg A – (541) 678-5228

Planker Sandwiches$ – Sandwiches – 824 NW Wall St – (541) 317-5717

Jackson’s Corner$$ – Sandwiches, Pizza, Breakfast & Brunch – 845 NW Delaware Ave – (541) 647-2198

Ariana Restaurant$$$ – French, Wine Bars, Italian – 1304 NW Galveston Ave – (541) 330-5539

Victorian Cafe$$ – Breakfast & Brunch – 1404 NW Galveston Ave – (541) 382-6411

Bad Wolf Bakery & Bistro$$ – Bakeries, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch – 1133 NW Wall St Ste 100– (541) 617-5770

5 Fusion$$ – Sushi Bars, Asian Fusion, Thai – 821 NW Wall St Ste 100 – (541) 323-2328

Joolz$$ – Middle Eastern – 916 NW Wall St – (541) 388-5094

Drake$$American comfort fare & cocktails – 801 NW Wall St – 541-306-3366

 

Bend Sports Stores

DICK’S Sporting Goods – Equipment/Retail 63455 N Hwy 97 #8 – (541) 317-4820

Pro Image Sports – Retail – 63455 N Hwy 97 #71 – (541) 749-4281

Pine Mountain Sports – Retail/Rentals – 255 SW Century Dr – (541) 385-8080

Sunnyside Sports – Bicycle Shop/Rentals – 930 NW Newport Ave – (541) 382-8018

Mountain Supply – Retail/Rentals – 834 NW Colorado Ave – (541) 388-0688

Sportsman’s Warehouse – Retail – 63492 Northwest Hunnell Road – (541) 693-5000

Mountain Water Snow (MWS Sports) – Retail – 170 SW Scalehouse Loop – (541) 633-7694

Project Bike – Mountain Bike Rentals – 35 NW Bond St – 541-668-6377

Gear Peddler – Retail/Consign/Rentals – 184 NE Greenwood Ave – (541) 617-5254

The Gear Fix, LLC – Outdoor Gear Consignment – 550 SW Industrial Way #183 – (541) 617-0022

REI – Gear/Retail/Rentals – 380 SW Powerhouse Dr – (541) 385-0594

Grocery Stores

Newport Avenue Market – 1121 NW Newport Ave – (541) 382-3940

Market of Choice – 115 NW Sisemore St – (541) 382-5828

Safeway (Multiple Locations) –

642 NE 3rd St – (541) 312-6480

320 W SW Century Dr – (541) 389-0085

Trader Joe’s – 63455 N Hwy 97 – (541) 312-4198

CE Lovejoys Brookswood Market – 19530 Amber Meadow Dr – (541) 388-1188

Albertsons – 61155 S Hwy 97 – (541) 382-3600

Fred Meyer – 61535 S Hwy 97 – (541) 385-6667

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Bend Guides, Tours and Rentals

Wanderlust ToursYear-round Adventure and Culture Tours – (541) 389-8359

Oregon Ski GuidesMountaineering and Backcountry Skiing – (541) 312-9242

River’s Bend Fly Fishing Guides – Fly Fishing – (541) 323-3007

Visit BendTourist Information Center – 750 NW Lava Rd #160 – (541) 382-8048

Sun Country ToursRiver Rafting/SUP — 531 SW 13th St – (541) 382-1709

The Bend Tour CompanyCity and Adventure Tours/Rentals – 550 SW Industrial Way #105 – (541) 480–8477

Bend Jeep ToursScenic Off-road Tours – 390 SW Columbia St, #120 – (541) 797-3678

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Keith was fantastic and made the stay and the reservation process very easy for all of us. I have 4 kids and there was more than enough room. The kitchen is well stocked, laundry detergent was provided, and you can’t beat the view and location. We enjoyed the board games, books, and firewood that was provided as well!

January 17, 2016

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