Mountain Lifestyle in Bend

A couple hikes Tumalo Mountain with a view of Mt. Bachelor

Bend — The Heart of Central Oregon

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.

People float down the Deschutes River in Bend’s Old Mill District

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.

Couple walks in the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon

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.

A behind-the-scenes tour of Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, Oregon

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.

A family eats at General Duffy’s Waterhole in Redmond, Oregon

The rest is easy when you’re staying at a destination resort like Tetherow, a chic urban hotel like the Oxford Hotel or a vacation rental in town.

Paddleboarders at Devil’s Lake along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

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.

Munch & Music at Drake Park in Bend, Oregon.

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.

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