Central Oregon Green On Earth Day and Every Day
Central Oregon’s Earth Day celebration, filled with good cheer, festival fun, costumes, and a parade, is a great nod to a region that cares about keeping it green. If you happen to be here for Earth Day next year, you must watch or costume up and join in!
On the other 364 days of the year, the businesses and homes that inhabit this great part of Oregon work hard to leave as small a trace as possible. Here are a few Stay, Play and Eat options that will keep your footprint green while you’re on this gorgeous patch of earth.
The message on Five Pine Lodge and Conference Center’s website says it all: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” The tranquil water feature that surrounds the conference center is actually controlled by rain and snowfall levels, and only needs maintenance three months of the year. Minimal impact building, native landscaping, wildflower fields, recycling efforts, Eco-friendly amenities, and a tank-less water heating system make Five Pine a leader in sustainable hospitality.
Seventh Mountain Resort proves that luxury really can go hand-in-hand with environmental sustainability. Their heating and cooling system is provided by a natural water source from a deep well, lessening the resort’s dependence on fossil fuels. They also have efficient water and light fixtures, a linen and towel reuse program, Eco-friendly bathroom amenities, and ceramic coffee mugs to decrease paper waste.
The moment you step into The Oxford Hotel, you are walking on sustainable ground. From the building materials to the natural mattresses, organic amenities and non-chemical based housekeeping cleaning products, The Oxford Hotel is truly a green boutique hotel experience. And with its location in the heart of downtown Bend, you can use your feet or one of their complementary cruiser bikes to make your way around town and leave fossil fuel travel behind.
Have you heard about Segways? They’re all the rage and a fun, safe and Eco-friendly way to tour town—standing up. (That’s right, standing up! See? There I am exploring the Old Mill District on a Segway.) The Bend Tour Company Segway Tours offers entertaining explorations of Bend’s past and present. Tours leave from their shop on Industrial Way and take you through the Old Mill District and along the Deschutes River. There is no need to be shy or skeptical about your ability to navigate a Segway. These guys teach you how to maneuver on an indoor track before exploring the sidewalks, paths, and green lawns around Bend. The Segways are battery-powered with each charge lasting 30 miles, or 5 total tours.
Rent a Pedego electric bike from Let It Ride Electric Bicycles and explore all Bend has to offer or take a guided tour and experience the amazing natural beauty and learn the fascinating history behind the city. Their new Brewdie Tour is on our list of must-try’s this spring and summer.
Go on a culinary tour and learn about the local food scene. Chef Betty with The Well-Traveled Fork is focused on fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable. Her group tours and cooking classes are so much fun and very informative.
At Deschutes Brewery, sustainability is part of the DNA, in both the pub and brewery. The downtown Bend pub’s menu is filled with fresh ingredients from local, sustainable purveyors like Borlen Cattle Company near Alfalfa (where the naturally raised cattle is fed with spent grain from the brewery—check out how happy the cows are with their feed!), Juniper Farms, Tumalo Farms, Aloha Produce and Carlton Farms. On the brew side, many contain Salmon-Safe hops and Deschutes River Ale will be brewed with 100% of these certified hops. Learn about all of their efforts during a brewery tour—a must during any visit to Central Oregon!
Seasonal is the name of the game at 900 Wall. Their menu changes depending on local availability and they are committed to using purveyors with sustainable products. Also a great Happy Hour!
Scanlon’s at the Athletic Club of Bend partners with local purveyors to deliver healthy, fresh options. They offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options such as the Lentil Veggie Burger and the brick-oven pizzas made on gluten-free crust.
If you’re a traveler that thinks about your ecological footprint, Central Oregon has many options for you!