Mountain Lifestyle in Bend
When it was known as “Farewell Bend,” it was a village composed of a few makeshift buildings on the banks of the Deschutes River; the last hospitable spot pioneers saw on their epic wagon train journeys west over the Cascade Range. Today, Bend remains not only a hospitable place, it has become the setting of nationally recognized sporting and recreational events. When it comes to events, take your pick. From triathlons and multisport races, to ski races, running races, mountain bike races, fly-fishing competitions and more, Bend is an athlete’s reward.
For the less hardcore athletes, there’s a lazy float down the Deschutes River through Bend’s Old Mill District. Hikers will love the Deschutes River Trail and taking their pooches for some play time at one of several dog parks.
Don’t miss the vibrant cultural scene that’s alive with art galleries, art walks, a full schedule of outdoor concerts with top musical acts and a lively theater scene. More than 20 breweries are behind Bend’s exploding craft beer culture.
On any evening out, take in one of the town’s brewpubs and drink in Oregon’s burgeoning “beervana.” Feeling a little more formal? Try one of the dozens of white-linen restaurants or go the other direction with great eats from a food cart like at General Duffy’s Waterhole.
Must see: Paddleboard at Devil’s Lake on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The emerald water is a little too chilly to swim in, but is incredible to see in person.
Must do: Go to an outdoor concert like the free music series called Munch & Music held at Drake Park in Bend, Oregon every Thursday between July and August.