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Ted Taylor

About Ted Taylor

Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.

A Taste of Summer During Central Oregon’s Winter

Kids taking a winter plunge in the pool at Seventh Mountain Resort in Bend, Oregon

A warm pool on a cold day at Seventh Mountain Resort

Splashing Through the Snow

It’s true that when winter rolls around in Central Oregon, most people’s minds veer toward things to do in the snow. With Mt. Bachelor, Hoodoo, sno-parks and more, there’s plenty of options for folks to get out and play.

But with our high desert climate, there’s also plenty of opportunities for more “summer-like” activities like hiking, cycling and yes, even swimming and golf.

On many days you can wake up to two or three inches of the white stuff out your window, but come lunch time the snow’s gone, the temps have warmed up and it’s the perfect weather to get outside.

Swimming

There’s something invigorating about hitting the pool when there’s a blanket of fresh snow on the ground. For starters, kids will take any chance they can to go swimming regardless of the temperature outside and nothing says “vacation” like a day at the pool.

Central Oregon has some great places to splash around all year, including the indoor pool at the SHARC aquatic center in Sunriver, at Juniper Swim and Fitness Center in Bend. Seventh Mountain Resort in Bend and Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Warm Springs all have heated outdoor pools for their guests that will quickly have you forgetting what season it is.

Soaking tub at McMenamins in Bend, Oregon

Soaking tub at McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Several of the hotels, including the brand new Hampton Inn and Suites in the Old Mill District have indoor pools as well. And there’s the unique experience of ornate Turkish bath at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in the heart of downtown Bend.

Courtesy Bill Breneman

Surfing

Yep, you read that right. Surfing in Central Oregon. In fact, you can do that in a couple different ways here.

For the truly adventurous, Bend’s Whitewater Park near the Old Mill District turns the tranquil waters of the Deschutes River into a whitewater adventure. The center channel of the park has four wave features for emerging to expert whitewater enthusiasts. The features are created by twenty-six, underwater pneumatic bladders, natural and man-made riverbed conditions and dynamic river flows.

The sport – Flowriding is not just a ride, it is a sport… a 21st Century alchemy that has the look of surfing, the ride of snowboarding, the tricks of skateboarding, and boards derived from wakeboarding. Since the early ‘90s, the world’s best board riders have cross pollinated
into flowboarding. This new alternative board sport is taken seriously from the mountains to the sea.

Looking to take it up a notch? How about an afternoon surfing Oregon’s only indoor FlowRiderwave machine! The Sunriver Fitness and Aquatic Center on Sunriver’s northern edge offers two-hour sessions for $20.

HikingOne of the most popular go-to hikes for folks during the winter is the Deschutes River trail near the Bill Healy bridge west of the Old Mill District. This gentle hike (it’s more like a walk on dirt than a “hike”) is a 3.5 mile loop up one side of the river, across a footbridge and back down the other. You can add some distance by parking in the Old Mill (a perfect place to grab a bite to eat or hot chocolate after your hike.)

Pilot Butte State Park in Bend, Oregon

A lot of locals also like to hike Pilot Butte’s trail in the winter. This is actually a pretty good hike – not long, just strenuous in that it’s quite a trek up to the top of this 480-foot butte located in the middle of town. The road is closed during the winter so you won’t have to worry about cars, but you should be careful of icy spots on the north-facing side if there’s been a recent snow.

And, of course, there’s the grandaddy of winter hiking spots – Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne. Winter might just be the best time to explore all of the hiking – and biking – options available because the park can get scorching hot during the summer months.

You can find more info on our “urban hikes” here.

Cycling

Cycling wise, most mountain bikers head east of Bend for the best trail conditions during the winter. Complexes like Horse Ridge and Horse Butte stay snow free most of the winter except in rare cases and offer some great trails and amazing views of the area. Hikers and horses can also often be found at Horse Butte. You can combine several loops in the area for longer rides, but the Coyote Loop Trail-Arnold Ice Cave Trail loop is about 12 miles. Be sure to check out the Arnold Ice Cave as well – a super cool lava tube in the middle of the loop.

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The trails at Horse Butte in winter

In Redmond, try the Radlands and in Sisters, some of the Peterson Ridge trail system is rideable during the winter months too. You can also mountain bike the uber-scenic Smith Rock State Park. Prineville has some great backroads and mountain bike trails that are perfect for winter riding.

“If folks were coming to Prineville to ride mountain bike I would push them to the Lower 66 trails at the Grade as you enter town coming into Prineville from Bend/Redmond,” said James Good, owner of Good Bike Co. in Prineville.  “It is located at the south part of the Ochoco Wayside State Park. It is 66 acres that has roughly 3.5 miles of single track trails encompassing two loops and a connecting loop at the West end of the trails. Trails are for beginner to intermediate riders.”

Good Bike Co. is a great place to stop before you hit the trails – James is a wealth of information.

The Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway is a rideable route for road cyclists in the winter because the 30-mile loop is entirely in the warmer climes of Jefferson County.

Golf

Several Central Oregon courses are open year-round, weather permitting and often the weather most certainly permits. I worked one winter at Lost Tracks Golf Club in Bend and we were open every single day. Sure, there were some really cold days and the greens froze over a few times, but the course stayed snow-free the entire season and we had players nearly every day.

Meadow Lakes Golf Club, Prineville

Meadow Lakes Golf Club, Prineville

In Bend, River’s Edge Golf Course is another popular winter golf destination; Prineville’s Meadow Lakes Golf Course is a popular winter spot even if there’s no snow in Bend. It’s a fun course and the weather’s usually a tad warmer the farther east you go. To the north, Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa is a great winter golf course.

Happy Hour Alfresco

Sure, it might be a little cold, but several of the region’s hot spots for dining/drinking outside have found ways to keep customers warm. Places like 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Crux Fermintation Project, McMenamins Old St. Francis School and others have firepits that only add to the already cool ambiance. You can check them out in this video on breweries taking the party outside. 

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Larger Pours, Longer Hours – Deschutes Brewery Tours to Expand

Deschutes Brewery is Bend’s first and largest brewery – and it’s one of the first stops for beer-loving visitors looking to get a behind-the-scenes look at a pioneer in the industry. (An industry that’s thriving here in Central Oregon, by the way. We’re now home to roughly 30 brewpubs and the famed Bend Ale Trail.)

Tours of the ever-growing brewing facility have gained in popularity in recent years. So much so that Deschutes has announced it’s expanding the tours to help accommodate more visitors each day. Beginning December 1st, four tours a day will be offered every hour on the hour between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (The taps in the tasting room will be open from noon to 7 p.m.)

Additionally, not only will you get a couple of complimentary samples of Deschutes’ delicious brews, but you now have the opportunity to purchase full drafts, half pints, snifters and non-alcoholic beverages on site and enjoy them until early evening.

A new food truck will be stationed outside the brewery to help quell any hunger pangs you might get during the tour. Lighter, pre-packaged snacks will also be available for sale inside.

The tours take about 45 minutes and cost $5 per person. They include two beer samples during the tour to, as Deschutes puts it, “provide a more immersive experience that combines the unique sights, sounds and fragrant smells of the brewery with a taste of the freshest end products.”

During the tour, you’ll truly see it all – from hops to bottle tops – including a cool look at the history of Deschutes’ iconic Jubelale label art.

The tasting room also features a huge selection of Deschutes Brewery swag like hats, beanies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, pint glasses and so much more. You can also buy beer to go, making sure your vacation rental fridge is fully stocked during your Central Oregon vacation.

To book a tour online, visit https://www.deschutesbrewery.com/brewery-tour/

Bend’s Local’s Night Brewpub Guide for Our Central Oregon Visitors

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One of the best ways to soak up a community is by getting to know the locals. One of the best ways to soak up Central Oregon’s amazing craft beer scene is knowing the best time for cheap beer and discounted food.

Our local newspaper recently printed some info on which breweries did what for locals. But they left out a couple of our favorite pubs and I figured most locals already know which nights are local’s night.

So here’s your visitors guide to the Local’s Nights at some of Central Oregon’s best breweries.

Monday

Deschutes Brewery, the place where the craft beer scene started in Central Oregon kicks off the week of local’s nights with a great deal on burgers and beers ($3.50 imperial pints (that’s 20 OUNCES!!!) And I’ll be honest, I was born and raised in Nebraska but haven’t had many burgers better than the beer-fed beef they serve at Deschutes.  (The cows that make the beef are fed with spent grain left over from Deschutes’ brewing process.)

Tuesday

For starters, don’t tell people you’re going to “The Bend Brewing Company.” Instead, let them know you’re heading to the “BBC” so you at least sound like a local. BBC is the place to go on Tuesdays for $2.75 pints and half price appetizers from 4-6 p.m. Another local tip: BBC has some of the best buffalo wings in all of Central Oregon.

Wednesday

Cascade Lakes Brewery, home to popular brews like Rooster Tail, is conveniently located on the road to Mt. Bachelor and near a mountain bike trailhead so it’s a popular apre-ski/ride stop for locals. Pints are just $3.25 on local’s night. Three Creeks Brewery in Sisters holds its local’s night on Wednesdays as well.

At Silver Moon, a pub burger and the beer of the night is $10.

And at Crux Fermentation Project, every night feels like Local’s Night with their Sundowner Hour. A half hour before and a half hour after sunset the pub offers beer and food specials. You can find the exact time of sunset each night on their website. (There’s more on fun Happy Hour specials in Bend’s Old Mill here in this video.)

Sunriver Brewing’s Galveston Pub in Bend offers $1 off all beer and wine plus there’s a different creative food special each Wednesday.

Wild Ride Brew Co. in Redmond offers “Wild Card Wednesday” where a different beer each week is discounted all day long.

If you’re a frequent Central Oregon visitor, several of the pubs have mug clubs as well, so be sure to ask about them.

Want more insider information on brewery specials? Check out this handy “Hop-py Hour” guide from beermebend.com

courtesy Mackenzie Wilson

courtesy Mackenzie Wilson

Sammies and Sandos: Central Oregon’s Best Sandwiches

The Surfin’ Bird at Beach Hut Deli in Bend

Sometimes after a day full of adventure, all that you crave is a simple, yet delicious, stick-to-your-ribs sandwich. (And a beer, obviously.)

Whether you call it a “sammie,” “sando,” or “sammich,” there’s an amazing sandwich waiting for you at the end of the trail in Central Oregon. Heck, even if you’re one of those weirdos who consider a hot dog a sandwich, we have you covered. For the purposes of this story, we’re not including burgers in the “sandwich” category, but rest assured there are TONS of great burgers here. (Don’t see your favorite listed? Tell us where to find the best sandwich in Central Oregon in the comments!)

In the iconic downtown Bend breezeway, the Beach Hut Deli offers a great selection of hot and cold sandwiches in a “chill” setting perfect for catching a game on TV or just people watching on Mirror Pond Plaza. Try the Surfin’ Bird with turkey, avocado, bacon, cream cheese, mayo, mustard, pickles, tomato, red onions, lettuce, Greek peppers and cheese.

Cohens stacked bistro in Sunriver, Oregon

Cohen’s Stacked Bistro in Sunriver

In Sunriver, Cohen’s Stacked Bistro is a new favorite for serving all-day breakfast and a killer menu that includes some unique sandwich options like the Maple Whiskey Pork Loin sandwich. It features sauteed pork loin, bleu cheese, arugula, Roma tomatoes and red onion served on a baguette. Or, go “traditional” with an Adult Grilled Cheese: 3 layers stacked with ham and 4 cheeses, served with bacon fondue dipping sauce WHAT!?

Staying in beautiful Sunriver, Sunriver Brewing‘s menu is filled with post-adventure favorites, but one of my staples is the Turkey Dip with smoked turkey breast, pepper bacon, tomato, Tillamook white cheddar on a french roll with a side of natural turkey jus. Pair it with a Fuzztail Hefe and your afternoon is golden. (You can get the same sandwich at Sunriver Brewing’s Galveston Pub in Bend too.)

Sunriver Brewing Co. Galveston Pub

Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters is a perfect rest stop after hiking up Black Butte, fishing at Camp Sherman or mountain biking the Peterson Ridge trails. And for me, there’s not a better sandwich in all of Central Oregon (or anywhere for that matter) than the legendary Chicken Bacon Tater. NBD, just your basic sandwich with grilled chicken breast, thick sliced hickory smoked bacon, fries & chipotle ranch all rolled together in a toasted pita, “Taco Style.” Yes, that’s right: THERE’S FRENCH FRIES IN THE SANDWICH! Pairs nicely with a Knotty Blonde.

The Row at Bend’s Tetherow Resort has a great pub-style menu that includes all your favorites like burgers and wings and a rotating beer menu featuring several local breweries. And while it sounds simple: sourdough bread, smoked ham, and Tillamook cheddar cheese served with daily soup – the grilled cheese is top notch (especially served with the tomato soup that’s usually available.)

Crux Fermentation Project

Crux Fermentation Project is easily one of Bend’s favorite brewpubs. The pub features three hugely popular food carts outside on the lawn. And while the pub itself has a limited menu, the Banh Mi sandwich has long been a standout dish. It’s porter-hoisin roasted pork belly, cubed ham, fresh cucumber, cilantro, do Chua, and sweet chili aioli. My colleague Kristine implores you to get EXTRA CILANTRO!

Exterior view of people on the patio at 10 Barrel on Bend, Oregon's westside

The patio at 10 Barrel Brewing’s West Side Pub.

You can find a great steak sandwich on just about every menu here these days (most here are made with locally grown beef,) but you probably won’t find a better one than the one at 10 Barrel Brewing‘s West Side pub. Know how I know? Because my wife says so and, well, she’s kind of a steak sandwich expert (or so I’ve been told.)

For an out of this world dining experience, Worthy Brewing is your place thanks to the world’s first “Hopservatory.” Founder Roger Worthington will tell you the Salmon Sando is the best in the universe: grilled Atlantic salmon, Tillamook pepperjack cheese, fresh guacamole, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, chipotle aioli on ciabatta. (Pro tip from my colleague Kristi: Get it as a lettuce wrap.)

And finally, Brother Jons has two locations in Bend and both have great menus. You can’t go wrong though with the Cuban: Pulled pork, ham, melted swiss, sautéed onions, dill pickles & spicy brown mustard on a grilled hoagie roll. (While you’re waiting, the habernero cheese dip is worth noshing on – it’s a white wine & garlic habanero cheese sauce with house-fried yellow and blue corn tortilla chips.)

Mt. Bachelor’s 96-Hour Sale – Lift Ticket Deals Galore

Well, we’ve done our part. The snow dances and prayers have worked and our beloved ski area, Mt. Bachelor, opened the 2017-18 season on Saturday, November 18th.

What’s more? Mt. Bachelor has also announced round TWO of its annual 96-hour lift ticket sale. This is your opportunity to buy your tickets now and lock in the lowest rates available. And they offer the flexibility to visit anytime during the season.

Act now and you ski four days for the price of three! (The deals end on Monday, Dec. 11th at noon.)

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR LIFT TICKETS.

We know you can’t spend every hour of your vacation on the hill, so there’s tons of things to do off the mountain or for those who don’t want to ski. Try ice skating, take a sled dog ride or take a free snowshoe tour guided by a US Forest Service Ranger.

Newport Avenue Market Mural a Tribute to the Spirit of Bend

A picture is worth a thousand words. But the new hand-painted mural outside Bend’s Newport Avenue Market will be worth a million smiles.

“The Bend Wall” is the work of local artist Kim Smallenberg, a project she started painting in May.

And it was no small task considering her canvas was 100 feet wide and 20 feet tall.

Newport Market CEO Lauren Johnson said they gave Smallenberg an overview of their vision for the project, but gave her free reign to work her magic and capture the spirit of Bend.

“We wanted to bring a little joy to our corner of the world, and to give people a reason to smile,” Johnson said. “We gave her a broad canvas, literally and figuratively, to use her talents to help us celebrate all the things we love about Bend.”

Mission accomplished.

The artwork includes several of the 30 breweries in town, Pilot Butte, some of our parks, our beloved ski area Mt. Bachelor, Tumalo Falls, the historic Tower Theatre, Les Schwab Amphitheater and more.

“I believe tourists and people from out of town can come here and get a real good lay of the land,” Smallenberg said. “It’s like a real, living map of Bend and one can come here and open their horizons on where to look and go explore in Bend.”

The mural even includes an homage to the Great American Eclipse, which passed directly through Central Oregon in late August 2017.

The big red heart was the first thing Smallenberg painted on the mural, using it, she said, as a sounding board and for rotating messages of love. She said she knows of at least one couple who got engaged in front of the mural with the heart as a backdrop.

“That just made my heart so warm,” she said. “I hope that happens many times over.”

Smallenberg, a Bend resident for more than 22 years, has been an artist nearly all her life. A lot of artists, she said, do pieces that only a few eyes see.

That certainly won’t be the case here. Newport Market is in the heart of Bend’s bustling west side and has been one of the region’s most popular grocery stores since opening in 1976.

“I’ve been able to do an amazing piece of artwork that so many eyes are going to see and so many images are going to be taken of it,” she said. “It’ll bring lots of memories. a lot of smiles.”

THE MURAL IS LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF NEWPORT AVENUE MARKET ON 12TH STREET IN BEND. 

Mt. Bachelor Looks to Mother Nature for Repeat Performance of Epic Ski Season

The 2017-18 winter was one for the record books in Central Oregon, especially Mt. Bachelor.

The ski area had one of its top 3 seasons on record – a season that included three straight months of more than 100 inches of snow. For a long stretch, it seemed like every day was a powder day. (Both on the mountain AND in town.)

It was perfect timing too, as Mt. Bachelor opened the Cloudchaser chairlift – the first new lift in nearly 20 years. Cloudchaser opened up 13 new runs and 635 new acres of skiing, pushing skiable acres to more than 4,300, making Mt. Bachelor the 6th largest ski area in the U.S.

Bachelor has been the hub of Central Oregon skiing for nearly 60 years and is already known for having one of the longest seasons in the industry (November to Memorial Day,) but all that snow last year led to a bonus: JulySki! Independence Day revelers were able to start the day with some runs from the Summit! You’ve seen so many swimsuits on a ski hill.

Will the 2018-19 season live up to last year? That’s up to Mother Nature. But some early October snowfall has whet our whistles for sure and got many folks up doing an early snow dance.

Now’s the time to start planning your own epic ski vacation. Luckily, Central Oregon’s destination resorts have created some amazing stay and ski packages to make your trip more affordable than ever.

Sisters Weekend Getaway: Romance, Bike Rides & More

A visit to Sisters, Oregon is both a step back in time and a visit to the lap of luxury. Downtown, experience a bit of the old west through vintage storefronts welcoming visitors to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Venture down the road a bit and you’ll find an upscale, modern mini-resort in FivePine Lodge. And right outside the back door of your cozy cabin is a world of adventure waiting for you on the Peterson Ridge Trail System.

Rustic Elegance

FivePine Lodge features eight suites in a beautiful main lodge modeled after a historic forestry station and 36 craftsman-style cabins. The campus also offers a spa, Mexican restaurant, movie house, and Three Creeks Brewing Co. With the personal touch of a bed and breakfast, the privacy of romantic, cozy cabins and all the amenities of a resort, FivePine is the ultimate romantic getaway.

Shibui Spa is on site and offers a variety of packages, including a three-hour “Day of Indulgence” that features a massage, facial and pedicure.

Giddyup

Saddle up a two-wheeled horse during your stay with a mountain bike rental from Blazing Saddles. Sisters’ only bike shop is a full-service, one-stop shop for everything bike. And with demo and rentals from brands like BMC, Giant and Felt, you’re sure to get a great ride to experience our amazing trails.

According to our partners, Bend Trails, the Peterson Ridge Trails in Sisters were originally constructed in 1989 as a mountain bike trail network consisting of a combination of single-track and old forest service roads. In 2008, a major expansion of the network increased the amount of single track to over 20 miles and included signage and trail markers to aid riders in navigation.

The trails are fairly level and mostly free of technical obstacles (although some lines do have rocks and roots to negotiate).  The trail network is popular with Sisters’ residents and you can expect to encounter lots of walkers, runners, and dogs on the trails. There are also several Horse trails that interconnect into this system.

Dinner and a Show – Sisters Style

A visit to Sisters wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Three Creeks Brewing on the FivePine Lodge campus. Sisters’ only brewpub is a regional favorite that draws visitors and locals alike thanks to their delicious beers and hearty menu. Their Knotty Blonde and Hoodoo Voodoo IPA are always a good choice, as is the Chicken, Bacon, Tater sandwich featuring a chicken breast, thick cut bacon and fries smothered in a chipotle ranch and wrapped in a warm pita like a taco.

After dinner, walk about 10 steps to the lovely little Sisters Movie House where you can catch a first-run film, grab another beer and settle into the quaint theater for a couple of hours of entertainment.

Looking for some down-home comfort food? The Cottonwood Cafe is a relative newcomer to the Sisters dining scene after a complete transformation from Jen’s Garden – which served upscale French cuisine. The new restaurant has a new look, new menu and new vibe that’s been a hit.

Bend Haunted History Tour a Fun Halloween Happening

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Des Chutes Historical Museum

There’s nothing better during the Halloween season than hearing ghost stories from haunted places right in your very own back yard.

To help fuel the fright, the Des Chutes Historical Museum each October leads guided tours of downtown Bend’s most haunted sites, telling terrifying tales of ghost sightings, unexplained sounds and more. (See: Blue orbs at Pilot Butte Cemetery.)

The hour-long walking tour starts at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, site of the old Reid School – Bend’s first modern school building and the place where contractor George Brosterhaus fell to his death during construction back in 1914. He’s been known to roam the halls of the museum – but you’ll have to take the tour to hear the full, super creepy story! More stories await about McMenamins Old St. Francis School, the O’Kane building and several other sites as well.

“Last year we stopped at one of the locations and were telling our story and a couple of people in the group said ‘Oh my gosh – the curtains just moved,'” Museum Manager Vanessa Ivey tells us. “I’m a skeptic, but I went back and asked if we had fans running and they said no.”

Ivey says most of the stories are from first person accounts from current community members. But some of the guides tell stories of paranormal experiences they’ve actually had themselves.

And the tours are hugely popular.

“Bend has a lively history. It was a rough and tumble kind of town and stuff happened and people are interested in that,” she said. “And there are people out there who just love a good ghost story. They like to know, I don’t know, that maybe there’s something out there after death.”

The tours cost $10 and this year happen Oct. 13th and 14th with 12 one-hour tours between 4:30 and 7:30. The admission fee also gives you access to the museum itself, where you can see some really cool historical artifacts and learn more about Bend’s interesting past.  Ivey recommends reserving your spot on the tour by calling or stopping by the museum early on the day you want to attend.

For more information, visit the Des Chutes Historical Museum website. Got a ghost story of your own? Leave it in the comments below!

Start the Day Off Right: Central Oregon’s Best Breakfast Spots

There might be some debatable data out there about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. But I think we can all get behind the idea that it’s the most delicious meal of the day. (Because, bacon.)

Central Oregon has tons of great spots for your morning meal – whether you prefer the stick-to-you-gut favorites like pancakes, waffles, bacon & eggs, or lighter fare like muffins, croissants, quiches and more.

Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro, McKay Cottage, and Cafe Sintra are three of our favorite spots because of their diverse menus, fun atmosphere and, of course, delicious food. (All three also serve lunch.)

Rockin’ Daves serves up a variety of bagel sandwiches and full breakfasts like the House Hash, which includes your choice of pastrami, corned beef, pulled pork or pork belly. Looking for the perfect on-the-go breakfast to take along on your hike? You can build your own massive breakfast burritos to stuff into your backpack.

McKay Cottage, located across the street from the Deschutes River in the heart of Bend, has been one of the region’s top breakfast spots for years. In fact, readers of our local alternative weekly have named it “Bend’s Best Breakfast” every year since 2010. The cozy cottage is always filled with hungry patrons while the spacious front yard serves as an outdoor dining room when weather permits.

The cozy cottage is always filled with hungry patrons while the spacious front yard serves as an outdoor dining room when weather permits. Enjoy dishes like stuffed French toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, biscuits and gravy and several variations of eggs benedict. McKay Cottage also offers award-winning scones, muffins and more.

In Sunriver, Cafe Sintra has become the go-to spot for breakfast with a unique menu featuring eight different omelets, five delicious eggs benedict options, spinach & egg crepes and much more (including pancakes.)