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Top Ideas for Making Magical Memories This Winter at Sunriver Resort

When you close your eyes and imagine the holiday season, what do you see? Many of us picture festive family dinners, while others think of twinkling light displays and dazzling tree lightings. Yet others reminisce on snowshoe outings through quiet forests or shredding the powdery slopes at their favorite ski resort…

Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System

Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System To learn more about how the new Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System works watch this video. Over the last five years people have flocked to the Central Cascades wilderness areas. Some trails have had visi …

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A pair hikes near Mt Bachelor in Central Oregon

How the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System Will Preserve Trails for Future Generations

To say that the Deschutes National Forest has seen higher use in recent years is kind of like saying that Central Oregon offers “some” outdoor recreation or that we have a “decent” craft beer scene: technically the truth, but nowhere near capturing the whole story. In fact, the Deschutes National Forest saw a record 3.3 million visitors in 2018, the most recent year for which data was available, and officials estimate that visitorship was a whopping 40% higher in 2020 — with few signs the surge will slow anytime soon.

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woman hiking in Central Oregon

What to Bring on Your Next Central Oregon Hike

With Cascade peaks dotting our skyline and clear mountain lakes enticing paddlers — not to mention thick forests, craggy volcanic features, and wide-open deserts all comprising our landscapes — there are several summers’ worth of outdoor experiences to enjoy around Central Oregon. But before you hit the trail this season, make sure you’re prepared. Here’s what to bring — and what to know about making the most of your next Central Oregon hike (whether it’s your first or 101st).

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Explaining the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit Program

Summer in the Central Oregon outdoors will look different this year, due largely to the unveiling of the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System. Years in the making, the new system will cap the number of day-use and overnight visitors to some of the region’s most popular trails — including Green Lakes and Soda Creek, Broken Top, South Sister, and the Tam MacArthur Rim trails.

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Guide to Skiing Bend, Sunriver & Beyond

Visiting Bend, Oregon is a treat, especially if you’re a skier. Bend sits near the base of the Cascade Range, making it the perfect home base for all Central Oregon winter adventures. The city is blessed with light and dry high desert snow, the perfect type of snow for fun, powdery days on the mountain. Central Oregon is also known for its long ski seasons, which can stretch from November to May. With two ski resorts nearby and plenty of backcountry terrain to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunity for winter adventure. Ready to hit the slopes? Read on for a complete guide on skiing around Bend, Sunriver and beyond.

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The Ultimate Guide to Eating in the Old Mill District in Bend

The Ultimate Guide to Eating in the Old Mill District in Bend Whatever you’re looking for in Bend, chances are good you’ll find it around the Old Mill District. Outdoor fun? Go for a stroll or ride a bike on our paved paths, or paddle your kayak on the …

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Sisters, Oregon

Complete Guide to Planning Your Sisters, OR Vacation

When travelers visit Sisters, Oregon, they’re not disappointed. Sisters is an idyllic little mountain town at the base of the Cascade Mountains near the Deschutes National Forest that offers tons of outdoor activities, luxurious accommodations, downtown shopping and annual festivals. Make a trip here to feel like you’ve been transported to a friendly Wild West town full of adventure, farm-to-table eats, local coffee, art galleries and so much more.

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Winter Tours You Have to Try in Bend and Central Oregon

Twinkling lights, fresh snow and fire pits bringing people together; it’s winter in Central Oregon! Bend and the surrounding towns within Central Oregon are great places to cozy up when the snow falls, and even better places to take part in winter recreation. Locals love to explore the nearby Cascade Mountains, with Mount Bachelor and plenty of sno parks located just a 30 minute drive away. Back in town, there are several breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries waiting to be sampled. With so much to do, it can be tough to know where to start. Luckily, tours in Central Oregon that showcase the best outdoor and indoor recreation are available to help visitors make the most of their winter vacations.

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Winter Hikes in Central Oregon Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area

Bend sits at the doorstep of Central Oregon’s famous high desert—and the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area offers a fascinating introduction to the region’s sunbaked ecology. In all, the Oregon Badlands comprise nearly 30,000 acres—largely atop a massive shield volcano just under the surface.

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Favorite Year-Round Mountain Bike Spots

When winter comes and the snow falls, some of Central Oregon’s popular mountain biking trails become a little too muddy to ride – which means some of the unheralded spots in the region get a little more love. Places like Smith Rock can get scorching hot (and quite crowded) in the summer making it a great spot to head come winter. Want some good locals tips on where to ride? Ask the folks at Hutch’s Bicycles, Pine Mountain Sports or The Hub Cyclery for the 4-1-1, or set up a tour with Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours and Shuttles.

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View from sled of group of dogs pulling it

Central Oregon Sled Dog Rides: Four-Legged Friends Power All Day Smiles

You can hear them before you see them. About 30 four-legged endurance athletes chomping at the bit for another chance to prove their worth and provide you with an ear-to-ear grin that will last an entire day.

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Couple in their 60s in room at FivePine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon

Curl Up and Get Warm – Central Oregon’s Cozy Romantic Getaways

With the weather making a quick turn toward winter, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about creative ways to get cozy with your significant other.

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Eating in the Old Mill District in Bend
    The Ultimate Guide to Eating in the Old Mill District in Bend

  • Winter Tours You Have to Try in Bend and Central Oregon
    Winter Tours You Have to Try in Bend and Central Oregon

    Twinkling lights, fresh snow and fire pits bringing people together; it’s winter in Central Oregon! Bend and the surrounding towns within Central Oregon are great places to cozy up when the snow falls, and even better places to take part in winter recreation. Locals love to explore the nearby Cascade Mountains, with Mount Bachelor and plenty of sno parks located just a 30 minute drive away. Back in town, there are several breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries waiting to be sampled. With so much to do, it can be tough to know where to start. Luckily, tours in Central Oregon that showcase the best outdoor and indoor recreation are available to help visitors make the most of their winter vacations.

  • Complete Guide to Planning Your Sisters, OR Vacation
    Complete Guide to Planning Your Sisters, OR Vacation

    When travelers visit Sisters, Oregon, they’re not disappointed. Sisters is an idyllic little mountain town at the base of the Cascade Mountains near the Deschutes National Forest that offers tons of outdoor activities, luxurious accommodations, downtown shopping and annual festivals. Make a trip here to feel like you’ve been transported to a friendly Wild West town full of adventure, farm-to-table eats, local coffee, art galleries and so much more.

  • Guide to Skiing Bend, Sunriver & Beyond
    Guide to Skiing Bend, Sunriver & Beyond

    Visiting Bend, Oregon is a treat, especially if you’re a skier. Bend sits near the base of the Cascade Range, making it the perfect home base for all Central Oregon winter adventures. The city is blessed with light and dry high desert snow, the perfect type of snow for fun, powdery days on the mountain. Central Oregon is also known for its long ski seasons, which can stretch from November to May. With two ski resorts nearby and plenty of backcountry terrain to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunity for winter adventure. Ready to hit the slopes? Read on for a complete guide on skiing around Bend, Sunriver and beyond.

  • Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System
    Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System

  • How the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System Will Preserve Trails for Future Generations
    How the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System Will Preserve Trails for Future Generations

    To say that the Deschutes National Forest has seen higher use in recent years is kind of like saying that Central Oregon offers “some” outdoor recreation or that we have a “decent” craft beer scene: technically the truth, but nowhere near capturing the whole story. In fact, the Deschutes National Forest saw a record 3.3 million visitors in 2018, the most recent year for which data was available, and officials estimate that visitorship was a whopping 40% higher in 2020 — with few signs the surge will slow anytime soon.

  • What to Bring on Your Next Central Oregon Hike
    What to Bring on Your Next Central Oregon Hike

    With Cascade peaks dotting our skyline and clear mountain lakes enticing paddlers — not to mention thick forests, craggy volcanic features, and wide-open deserts all comprising our landscapes — there are several summers’ worth of outdoor experiences to enjoy around Central Oregon. But before you hit the trail this season, make sure you’re prepared. Here’s what to bring — and what to know about making the most of your next Central Oregon hike (whether it’s your first or 101st).

  • Explaining the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit Program
    Explaining the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit Program

    Summer in the Central Oregon outdoors will look different this year, due largely to the unveiling of the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System. Years in the making, the new system will cap the number of day-use and overnight visitors to some of the region’s most popular trails — including Green Lakes and Soda Creek, Broken Top, South Sister, and the Tam MacArthur Rim trails.

  • Winter Hikes in Central Oregon Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area
    Winter Hikes in Central Oregon Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area

    Bend sits at the doorstep of Central Oregon’s famous high desert—and the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area offers a fascinating introduction to the region’s sunbaked ecology. In all, the Oregon Badlands comprise nearly 30,000 acres—largely atop a massive shield volcano just under the surface.

  • Favorite Year-Round Mountain Bike Spots
    Favorite Year-Round Mountain Bike Spots

    When winter comes and the snow falls, some of Central Oregon’s popular mountain biking trails become a little too muddy to ride – which means some of the unheralded spots in the region get a little more love. Places like Smith Rock can get scorching hot (and quite crowded) in the summer making it a great spot to head come winter. Want some good locals tips on where to ride? Ask the folks at Hutch’s Bicycles, Pine Mountain Sports or The Hub Cyclery for the 4-1-1, or set up a tour with Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours and Shuttles.

  • Central Oregon Sled Dog Rides: Four-Legged Friends Power All Day Smiles
    Central Oregon Sled Dog Rides: Four-Legged Friends Power All Day Smiles

    You can hear them before you see them. About 30 four-legged endurance athletes chomping at the bit for another chance to prove their worth and provide you with an ear-to-ear grin that will last an entire day.

  • Curl Up and Get Warm – Central Oregon’s Cozy Romantic Getaways
    Curl Up and Get Warm – Central Oregon’s Cozy Romantic Getaways

    With the weather making a quick turn toward winter, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about creative ways to get cozy with your significant other.

  • Top Ideas for Making Magical Memories This Winter at Sunriver Resort
    Top Ideas for Making Magical Memories This Winter at Sunriver Resort

    When you close your eyes and imagine the holiday season, what do you see? Many of us picture festive family dinners, while others think of twinkling light displays and dazzling tree lightings. Yet others reminisce on snowshoe outings through quiet forests or shredding the powdery slopes at their favorite ski resort. Whatever you thought about, chances are good it was rooted in tradition—long-standing, cherished events with family, friends and loved ones, some passed down through generations.

  • Best Hot Springs in Central Oregon, Bend & Beyond
    Best Hot Springs in Central Oregon, Bend & Beyond

    Oregon is known for being an outdoor paradise; where else can travelers discover misty forests, snowy mountain peaks and vast desert expanses in one day? From the Cascade Mountains to the Painted Hills, volcanic activity has helped shape the many different landscapes of Oregon. Along with mountains and valleys, Oregon’s volcanic past helped create a host of hot springs scattered across the state. These hot springs are natural, hot pools of water—natural hot tubs. Some are more developed and have lodging nearby, while others feel completely remote and undiscovered. So whether it’s a soak under the stars in the high desert or a steamy pool in the forest, there’s a hot spring calling.

  • Make the Most of Your Bend and Central Oregon Ski Vacation
    Make the Most of Your Bend and Central Oregon Ski Vacation

    Dreaming of skiing in Bend, Oregon? The Central Oregon region is an incredible destination for a ski getaway. While the average snowfall in Bend is a little more than thirty inches, Central Oregon ski resorts boast annual numbers of more than 450 inches. From Bend, visitors can drive to Mt. Bachelor resort in just 30 minutes or the Hoodoo Ski Area in less than an hour. Outside of the resorts, there are boundless backcountry trails for cross-country skiing to glide into pristine and untouched wilderness. With tons of snow, a plethora of winter activities in Central Oregon, and seemingly endless miles of terrain to explore, Bend and Central Oregon make the perfect ski getaway. Read on to discover how to make the most of your ski-cation in this winter wonderland.

  • Our Favorite Sledding Hills in and Near Sunriver
    Our Favorite Sledding Hills in and Near Sunriver

    The town of Sunriver sits on the edge of Deschutes National Forest, surrounded by tall Ponderosa pines and, as the name suggests, plenty of sunshine and the meandering Deschutes River. However, Sunriver isn’t just a great spot to spend sunny days on the water. The town gets an annual 50 inches of snow, about 20 inches more than the nearby city of Bend receives, on average. Central Oregon weather can vary heavily within relatively small areas, and Sunriver is a huge benefactor of this. As a result, snow in Sunriver falls fast and hard, and leads to the perfect opportunities to break out winter sleds. Whether it’s an old school tobogan or something a bit more modern, be sure to visit Sunriver and the surrounding area for plenty of sledding options.

  • Get Holiday-Ready with Handmade, Local Gifts
    Get Holiday-Ready with Handmade, Local Gifts

    When it comes to holiday shopping, it’s the thought that counts—the thought behind each and every gift that you carefully select for your friends and family, that is. And there’s no better way to shop thoughtfully than to shop locally-made. Here in Central Oregon, we’re surrounded by a wealth of beauty, natural resources and creativity, a dynamic combination that’s fostered a thriving community of artisans and makers. It’s a cinch to cross gift-giving off your to-do list thanks to this inspiring array of small businesses. Let’s go shopping!

  • Ice Skating Rinks You Have to Try in Bend and Sunriver
    Ice Skating Rinks You Have to Try in Bend and Sunriver

    Bend and Sunriver are two excellent winter destinations. The offering of winter activities in Central Oregon are immense. Snow typically falls fast and heavy and visitors get to experience a winter wonderland filled with snow capped Ponderosa pines and fresh powder. In such a winter wonderland, it makes sense that Bend and Sunriver would have a selection of ice skating spots. Whether guests choose to twirl on the ice, casually glide or just kick back with a hot cocoa while the kids play, a trip to the ice skating rink can help cap off any Central Oregon winter getaway.

  • The High Desert Food Trail: Agriculture & Culinary Delights Await
    The High Desert Food Trail: Agriculture & Culinary Delights Await

    A nibble, a nosh, or a feast: Visitors and locals alike can get a tasty sampling of the high desert by exploring the High Desert Food Trail, a self-guided journey through the region’s culinary and agriculture businesses. The trail aims to connect people to the many tastes of Central Oregon through experiences such as on-farm visits, stops at tasting rooms, artisan markets, restaurants and more.

  • Finding the Best Lunch Spots in Bend, Oregon
    Finding the Best Lunch Spots in Bend, Oregon

    As Bend grows, so do the tasty options for a great lunch at a great price. With so many restaurants new and established to choose from, the only question is where to begin. Lucky for you, we’ve made finding the best lunch in Bend a breeze.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Terrebonne, Oregon
    The Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Terrebonne, Oregon

    Nothing signals the coming of fall quite like spending the day at a pumpkin patch. It’s tough to not feel the cozy spirit of the season when you’re solving a festive corn maze while bundled up and sipping a hot apple cider. Pumpkin patches in Central Oregon benefit from our desert climate and still get plenty of sunshine, even in late October. While smaller family farms all around the region will sometimes host fall events, the two most popular pumpkin patches both reside in Terrebonne: the Smith Rock Pumpkin Patch and the DD Ranch Pumpkin Patch.

  • Notable Chefs at the Best Restaurants in and around Bend, Oregon
    Notable Chefs at the Best Restaurants in and around Bend, Oregon

    A little known fact that visitors are picking up on, Bend is a foodie paradise. There’s something about our creative, non-traditional attitude and emphasis on local ingredients that just makes great food. Luckily for visitors and locals alike, there are several chefs running Bend kitchens that constantly push boundaries, experiment, and create delicious and innovative dishes across a diverse array of cuisines.

  • Best Shopping in Bend and Redmond, Oregon
    Best Shopping in Bend and Redmond, Oregon

    Shopping in Central Oregon has evolved over time, thanks to an influx of outdoor enthusiasts, organic farmers, antique purveyors and entrepreneurs of all kinds moving in, and subsequently sharing their products with the community. This mixed bag of motivated individuals creates a marketplace full of locally sourced, handcrafted items that can’t be found anywhere else. In addition to small, local businesses, Central Oregon’s growth in population in recent years has garnered the attention of some larger retailers, who have opened up shop in Bend and Redmond. Shopping in Bend, Oregon and likewise, shopping in Redmond, Oregon, provides visitors with a look inside our local industries, while simultaneously providing opportunities to purchase from well known retailers. It’s also worth mentioning that shopping in Central Oregon and throughout the state is tax-free, offering shoppers a built-in excuse to buy whatever catches their eye.

  • Top 5 Tours to Take in Bend, Oregon
    Top 5 Tours to Take in Bend, Oregon

    Bend is a nature-lover’s paradise blended with a hop-head’s dream; nowhere else will you find this much craft beer and this many outdoor activities. The city’s been growing quickly, reaching 100,000 residents in 2020, and with the growth comes plentiful opportunities for adventure. From walking the very halls that brew your favorite beer to any number of adrenaline-inducing sports, we have you covered for the five best types of guided tours in Bend, Oregon.

  • Top 5 Tours to Take in Sunriver, Oregon
    Top 5 Tours to Take in Sunriver, Oregon

  • The Scenic Waterfalls in Central Oregon
    The Scenic Waterfalls in Central Oregon

    Is there anything more satisfying—anything more awe-inspiring—than gazing upon a thundering waterfall, its raging waters tumbling over ancient rock walls? Does it get any better than seeing a waterfall reach full boil in the midst of an otherwise quiet river as it crashes through a rock-lined canyon?

  • Broken Top Crater, A Lake with a View
    Broken Top Crater, A Lake with a View

    Broken Top is one of Central Oregon’s most iconic mountains – it’s jagged peaks are recognizable from miles away. Luckily for the adventure-bound folks, it’s also a very accessible peak with a unique reward at the top: a magnificent alpine lake.

  • Girls’ Getaway in Bend: Retail & Spa Therapy Included
    Girls’ Getaway in Bend: Retail & Spa Therapy Included

    With fall right around the corner, it’s a good time to grab a few friends and escape for a girls’ getaway. On such trips, my girlfriends and I like to splurge a little with a day of shopping and spa treatments. And what better location to do so than downtown Bend?

  • Fall is Prime Time for Central Oregon Fly Fishing for Steelhead on the Deschutes
    Fall is Prime Time for Central Oregon Fly Fishing for Steelhead on the Deschutes

    It’s no accident that the fabled Oncorhynchus mykiss, aka steelhead trout, is dubbed the “fish of a thousand casts” It’s not uncommon for novice steelhead anglers to fish for years without ever tying into, let alone landing, one of these powerful and acrobatic sea-run rainbow trout. There’s also a reason why they keep trying.

  • Central Oregon Campgrounds: Tumalo State Park
    Central Oregon Campgrounds: Tumalo State Park

    Forested setting: Check. Gentle flowing river to cool off in: Check. Toilets: Check. Showers: Check. Access to amenities in town: Check, check and check. Tumalo State Park is the state park in Bend’s backyard. It’s located outside the city limits but it’s just a couple of turns and a short, pretty drive from the middle of town.

  • Winter Weekend – Getaway to Sunriver
    Winter Weekend – Getaway to Sunriver

    When my wife suggested a winter weekend getaway to Sunriver, Oregon my immediate thought was, “Why? The world-class golf courses will be covered with snow.” By the time the long weekend was over, I thought, “Wow. Thank goodness the world-class golf courses were covered with snow.”

  • Visit Sunriver, Oregon
    Visit Sunriver, Oregon

    Sunriver is the Northwest’s premier destination resort where the emphasis is on fun … for any age and any season. During the warm weather, you’ll find world-class golf courses, indulgent day spas, and tax-free shopping at The Village at Sunriver.

  • 10 Things Not to Miss in Central Oregon
    10 Things Not to Miss in Central Oregon

    Time and time again guests come into our Central Oregon Visitor Information Center in Sunriver and say, “We’re here for a few days. What should we do?” And it’s always the toughest question we get.

  • Fall Favorites: Here’s Why Autumn is Awesome in Central Oregon
    Fall Favorites: Here’s Why Autumn is Awesome in Central Oregon

    In Central Oregon, autumn’s arrival is both a welcome reprieve from the heat of the summer and the early sign that winter is right around the corner. It’s an odd time when many of us here desperately try to hold on to some semblance of summer while our loved ones are across the room doing a snow dance. We’re seasonally conflicted.

  • Fun Facts about Central Oregon
    Fun Facts about Central Oregon

    Did You Know… The landscape was formed by volcanoes and the history shaped by intrepid pioneers. Today, Central Oregon is one of the most enviable places in the world in which to live. Here are a few compelling and fun facts about this place we call home.

  • Get Outdoors – Central Oregon Summers Shine
    Get Outdoors – Central Oregon Summers Shine

    Want to start a debate at a Central Oregon brewpub? Ask a local which season is best: summer or winter? Mt. Bachelor might get all the press – it is the Pacific Northwest’s largest ski area after all. But you’d be hard pressed to find a better summer destination than Central Oregon.

  • Central Oregon Mountain Biking Trails
    Central Oregon Mountain Biking Trails

    Two-wheeled fun for everyone. From magazine spreads to filtered Instagram images, Central Oregon is making a name for itself in mountain biking. Consider this: More than 300 miles of linked singletrack (mountain biker talk for biking trails that are only wide enough for a single rider) is so close to town that many of the riders actually ride to the trails from town (or from Pine Mountain Sports, where a full fleet of Trek and Santa Cruz rentals are available.)

  • Great Getaways: Newberry Country
    Great Getaways: Newberry Country

    When plunging into a multi-day adventure in Central Oregon, the number of choices can be well, overwhelming. There is just so much to do in this four-season playground that a traveler can be forgiven for suffering from a little indecision. One strategy is to break down the area by geography, clustering activities together that are within striking distance of a home base, be it a hotel, cabin, or RV parking spot.

  • Visit Sisters, Oregon for Western Adventure
    Visit Sisters, Oregon for Western Adventure

    Take a small town with a slow pace of life and overlay an ever-expanding creative culture and a long-standing outdoor recreation tradition, and you have Sisters. In the shadow of the snowcapped Three Sisters, the town’s artistic vibe is a blend of art galleries, music with the famed – Sisters Folk Festival every September and crafts, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is world-famous.

  • Great Getaway: Sisters, Oregon
    Great Getaway: Sisters, Oregon

    When pulling into Sisters from the West you’re greeted by a main-street cowboy town filled with local shops, western storefronts and lots of charm. But as you reach the far end of that main street (it’s actually U.S. Hwy. 20,) something different emerges. There’s some upscale lodging, a brewpub, movie theater, and spa that gives Sisters a whole new attitude.

  • Newberry Crater: Ancient Attraction is an Activity Hub
    Newberry Crater: Ancient Attraction is an Activity Hub

    It’s hard to believe, but 25 years ago, the volcanic features that make up Newberry National Volcanic Monument weren’t protected. If it wasn’t for a group of concerned Central Oregonians, the monument wouldn’t exist. “In the late 80s, at the time, the collaborative process we see today for land-use planning just wasn’t as common.

  • Beyond the Beer: Bend Craft Spirit Scene Forging Own Path
    Beyond the Beer: Bend Craft Spirit Scene Forging Own Path

    Central Oregon might be known for Craft Beer, but we’re also known for Craft Spirits. “You can and people do make an entire vacation out of touring Central Oregon and all we have to offer in the culinary world,” said Alan Dietrich, CEO of Bendistillery. Bendistillery opened in 1996 and has grown massively ever since.

  • How to Beat the High Desert Heat
    How to Beat the High Desert Heat

    During the dog days of summer, one of your best options to beat the heat is to head up to the high lakes and splash around. But when you’re on vacation with the family sometimes all you want to do is go and relax at the pool. Luckily, Central Oregon has a handful of great places to soak up the sun in between cooling off in the water.

  • Central Oregon Golf: Best Par 3s
    Central Oregon Golf: Best Par 3s

    Play a good golf course and chances are that when you’re back at the 19th hole, you’re talking about the Par 3s. The short one you made double on. The bear where you snaked in a 20-footer for your only birdie all month. They’re the “short” holes that can make or break a round. Some of the signature holes on the Central Oregon Golf Trail are Par 3s. Here’s a look at some of the best.

  • Hopless in Central Oregon: Experience Scenic Cideries and Vino with a View
    Hopless in Central Oregon: Experience Scenic Cideries and Vino with a View

    In an area dominated by craft beer, you might be wondering is there anything else on tap? The answer is, ‘Yes’. Central Oregon is home to award winning cideries and wineries and with postcard-worthy views from their tasting rooms – you won’t be disappointed. Named after the Three Sisters, Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards is just over 30 miles from Bend. It’s hard to complain about the drive though when furry faces from the Alpaca farm nearby greet you right before you turn onto the property.

  • Dining & Culinary Tours
    Dining & Culinary Tours

    The dining options in Central Oregon cover the gamut from Pacific Northwest specialties to global cuisine, and food carts offering every atmosphere, from casual to elegant. Burgers and fries, Thai and sushi, Continental and Northwest, French, Italian and Mexican, Central Oregon's cuisine offers a local take on global fare to please anyone's palate.

  • Central Oregon Mountain Bike Trails are BIKE Bible Playground
    Central Oregon Mountain Bike Trails are BIKE Bible Playground

    Every January mountain bikers look forward to two things: Warmer weather to ride and the BIKE Magazine Bible of Bike Tests. The annual issue has become one of the most important publications in the industry with comprehensive and brutally honest reviews of the sport’s newest bikes and equipment.

  • Central Oregon Mountain Bike Trail Guide
    Central Oregon Mountain Bike Trail Guide

    The Central Oregon mountain bike scene is 300 miles of diverse singletrack through high alpine forests and sagebrush dotted deserts from Madras to La Pine, Sisters to Prineville. Bulletin newspaper reporter Mark Morical has ridden just about every one of the trails you’ll find on any mountain bike trail map – and he’s written about his experience.

  • Beating the Heat Central Oregon Style: High Lakes & Lazy Rivers Keep You Cool
    Beating the Heat Central Oregon Style: High Lakes & Lazy Rivers Keep You Cool

    Whether it’s a relaxing mid-week paddle or a wild weekend float — one of the best ways to beat the summer heat in Central Oregon is to head for the Deschutes River. Winding through the Old Mill District in Bend, the Deschutes is a quick, easy way to cool off without doing too much work. You don’t even need your own floatie! Sun Country Tours rents tubes and paddleboards right where most people put in at Riverbend Park.

  • Bend’s Old Mill District Wears Many Fun-Filled Hats
    Bend’s Old Mill District Wears Many Fun-Filled Hats

    The Old Mill District, located in the heart of Bend along the Deschutes River, is a must-visit during your stay in Central Oregon. Once the center of Bend’s thriving lumber mill operations, the area deteriorated and sat vacant until a developer stepped in to turn it around in the late 1990s. Now, it’s a beautiful and vibrant mixed-use area filled with restaurants, a movie theater, local shops and national retail chains (GAP, REI, Victoria’s Secret, etc.)

  • Airshow of the Cascades – Sky High Thrills for the Family
    Airshow of the Cascades – Sky High Thrills for the Family

    For 20 years, Madras has been home to one of the more unsung family events in the region, the Airshow of the Cascades. It’s Oregon’s second-largest air show, giving people a chance to get up close and personal to aviation history both on the ground and in the air. You’ll see vintage and high-tech aircraft doing stunts and flying through a wall of fire.

  • Hiking Black Butte – Central Oregon’s Iconic & Majestic Cinder Cone
    Hiking Black Butte – Central Oregon’s Iconic & Majestic Cinder Cone

    From a distance, Black Butte looks like it doesn’t quite match the picturesque alpine mountains that surround it. The volcanic rock that emerges above the tree line gives the impression of a hill constructed with loose stones that was carelessly dropped in the middle of the woods. Unlike the Cascades that puncture the horizon to the west and north, Black Butte can be hiked and enjoyed in under four hours.

  • Accessible Adventure: Easy Hikes for Families near Bend, Oregon
    Accessible Adventure: Easy Hikes for Families near Bend, Oregon

    There are so many great hikes in Central Oregon, it can be tough to choose where to start. For beginner hikers or families here’s a couple of easy to get to – and more importantly – easy to conquer starter-hikes. Flanking the Deschutes River near Bend’s Old Mill District, the Deschutes River Trail is a 3-mile loop that starts near Farewell Bend Park.

  • Pumpkin Patches + Petting Zoos = Fall Family Fun
    Pumpkin Patches + Petting Zoos = Fall Family Fun

    As soon as the first hint of autumn rolls around, my three kids ask on a regular basis when we can go to the pumpkin patch. This is not simply because they’re eager to gather Halloween décor. To my kids (all under the age of 12), fall means visiting the farm and getting all the animal petting, ropes course playing and barbecue eating they can squeeze into one afternoon.

  • Oregon Winterfest – The Perfect Cure to Shake Off Winter Blues
    Oregon Winterfest – The Perfect Cure to Shake Off Winter Blues

    Every year around February, the lull of winter begins to creep in. You’re cold, everything’s gray despite the sun and thinking of Spring Break is starting to sound better than another day of shoveling your driveway. Luckily, every year around Presidents Day Oregon Winterfest comes along to slap the winter blues right out of us like a faceshot of fresh powder.

  • Adventures Abound Starting at Sunriver Resort
    Adventures Abound Starting at Sunriver Resort

    Sunriver is the type of place that takes your breath away no matter what season it is. During the summer you can hop on a horse for your very own wild wild west experience. The team at Sunriver Stables will make you feel comfortable on your ride, even if you’ve never saddled up before. Whether you’re in a tube or a kayak, floating down the Deschutes River is a relaxing activity that’s fun for the whole family.

  • Lava Caves Offer (dark) Glimpse into Central Oregon’s Volcanic Past
    Lava Caves Offer (dark) Glimpse into Central Oregon’s Volcanic Past

    CENTRAL OREGON has been formed and shaped by the fire and molten lava of volcanic activity. This powerful force of nature has made the region a showcase for a variety of volcanic features. The lava tubes in Central Oregon are young according to geologic time. They appear almost as they did thousands of years ago when they were first formed.

  • Deschutes River is a Central Oregon<br>Playground For All
    Deschutes River is a Central Oregon
    Playground For All

    You can hear them before you see them. About 30 four-legged endurance athletes chomping at the bit for another chance to prove their worth and provide you with an ear-to-ear grin that will last an entire day.

  • Pole, Pedal and Paddle Whenever You Want in Central Oregon
    Pole, Pedal and Paddle Whenever You Want in Central Oregon

    Every May in Bend some 3,100 people participate in the US Bank Pole, Pedal, Paddle multi-sport race. (And there’s still time to sign up for this year’s event, held on May 20th.)

  • Why I love Mt. Bachelor – Olympic Skier Laurenne Ross
    Why I love Mt. Bachelor – Olympic Skier Laurenne Ross

    Mt. Bachelor is one of the most family-friendly mountains in the West. But it has also long been a training ground for some of the best skiers in the United States with the terrain helping produce local Olmpians Tommy Ford, Kiki Cutter, Mike Lafferty and most recently, Laurenne Ross.

  • Casual Family Weekend in Sunriver
    Casual Family Weekend in Sunriver

    Imagine this: you’re riding your bike through a rolling meadow, the Cascade mountain range in the background, and the only sound is from the whir of a prop plane taking off against a crisp blue sky. Up ahead, your children pull carrots from their pockets and present them to a gathering of friendly horses in an adjacent pasture.

  • Central Oregon Winter Adventures
    Central Oregon Winter Adventures

    When the snow flies, Central Oregon shines. All you have to do is choose your adventure. Mt. Bachelor - The model of a complete snowsports resort, Mt. Bachelor offers 360-degree lift-served groomed skiing and riding from its volcanic summit.

  • Free Guided Snowshoe Tours: Educational Exercise at Mt. Bachelor
    Free Guided Snowshoe Tours: Educational Exercise at Mt. Bachelor

    One of the unheralded aspects of Mt. Bachelor is the ski area is full of activities for everyone – not just thrill seekers on skis and snowboards. To add a little education to your exercise, the Deschutes National Forest and Discover Your Forest is offering FREE guided snowshoe tours at Mt. Bachelor through March.

  • Outward Bound in the City: Central Oregon’s 5 Best Urban Hikes
    Outward Bound in the City: Central Oregon’s 5 Best Urban Hikes

    Hiking in Central Oregon can take you deep into the wilderness, far away from worry and stress. But sometimes all you need is a quick break from reality…just a half hour or so outside in nature, on a trail, alone with your thoughts (or with your dog, husband and two kids.) There are hundreds of hikes and trails available in and around Bend, Oregon and Sunriver, Oregon. These “Urban Hikes” are the perfect remedy to slow down our all-too-busy lives.

  • Lava Lands Visitor Center a Central Oregon Geologic Gem
    Lava Lands Visitor Center a Central Oregon Geologic Gem

    In the late 1960s NASA looked for a place to send astronauts who were training for a mission that would change the world. But before the mission could happen, NASA needed a place to mimic what they believed those astronauts would find on the surface of the moon. Because, after all, nobody had been there before so nobody really knew what the surface of the moon was like.

  • Sherar's Falls Scenic Bikeway
    Sherar's Falls Scenic Bikeway

    Oregon’s newest scenic bikeway traverses the strikingly scenic high desert canyon of north Central Oregon, known as River Canyon Country.

  • 8 Pictures That Will Have You Rethinking Some Life Decisions (Central Oregon Food Edition)
    8 Pictures That Will Have You Rethinking Some Life Decisions (Central Oregon Food Edition)

    Is this plate from 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar art or food? (It’s food. Definitely food.)

  • Photographer Shares Insights on Iconic Smith Rock Eclipse Image
    Photographer Shares Insights on Iconic Smith Rock Eclipse Image

    Days of planning. Hours of climbing. One minute of perfection. How a small team of athletes and photographers pulled off the most iconic image of Eclipse 2017.

  • Winter Isn’t Only About Snow in Central Oregon
    Winter Isn’t Only About Snow in Central Oregon

    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.

  • Get Your “Ah-Ha” Beer Moment at Sunriver Brewing Company
    Get Your “Ah-Ha” Beer Moment at Sunriver Brewing Company

    Central Oregon can claim more breweries than quite a few states. We’re not exaggerating. Our region has 30+ breweries. That shows how much we care about craft beer but, it can make it tough to choose where to taste local brews, we get it!

  • Elk Lake Resort a Great Winter Getaway – And Getting There is Half the Fun
    Elk Lake Resort a Great Winter Getaway – And Getting There is Half the Fun

    There’s a couple of ways to look at the annual winter closure of Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway: You can see it as cutting off your recreational access beyond the gate until the snow melts in the spring.

  • Newport Market Mural-a Tribute to the Spirit of Bend
    Newport 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.

  • Sammies and Sandos: Central Oregon’s Best Sandwiches
    Sammies and Sandos: Central Oregon’s Best Sandwiches

    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.)

  • Brew it Yourself at Bend’s Immersion Brewing
    Brew it Yourself at Bend’s Immersion Brewing

    Central Oregon’s thriving craft beer scene is a hugely popular experience for visitors to the High Desert. You can drink it. You can take a brewery tour and learn about it. And now, you can brew it yourself.

  • Mt. Bachelor is a True Family Ski Experience in Central Oregon
    Mt. Bachelor is a True Family Ski Experience in Central Oregon

    Three-hundred and sixty degree views of snow-covered peaks don’t come easy. Unless you’re in Central Oregon, in that case, they do! Mt. Bachelor is just a 30-minute drive from Bend or Sunriver.

  • Central Oregon Hiking Trails
    Central Oregon Hiking Trails

    Head east on Highway 20 (Greenwood Avenue) to the Pilot Butte State Park. The parking area and trailhead are just east of the butte. Walk on either the nature trail or the paved road. The road is also for vehicle traffic, weather permitting. It is a wonderful viewpoint for the entire Bend area. This hiking trail is one of the most popular in Central Oregon.

  • Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway: Pull Off For a Central Oregon Adventure
    Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway: Pull Off For a Central Oregon Adventure

    The Cascade Lakes Scenic byway is one of the prettiest drives in the U.S. But it might be the most recreationally rich road you’ll ever drive too. From Bend southwest to the Highway 58 junction, the Oregon Route 372 cuts through 66 miles unique volcanic formations and geological beauty that offers everything that makes Central Oregon an outdoor lover’s paradise.

  • Grab a Pint & Catch a Game Central Oregon Style
    Grab a Pint & Catch a Game Central Oregon Style

    Yes, Central Oregon is known as an outdoor adventure paradise where hiking, mountain biking and skiing are a way of life and the reason many people visit. But sometimes your team’s got a big game. And all you really want to do – even on your vacation – is find a great spot to watch it with a few more diehard fans.

  • Bend Area Breweries: Where to Go and What to Get
    Bend Area Breweries: Where to Go and What to Get

    It used to be our little secret: That along with the countless recreational opportunities in Bend and Central Oregon, there was a burgeoning craft beer scene. That trying to decide which brewpub to hit after a day skiing at Mt. Bachelor was a two chairlift ride discussion. There were options. And lots of good beer.

  • Scenic Bikeways Showcase Central Oregon’s Backroad Beauty
    Scenic Bikeways Showcase Central Oregon’s Backroad Beauty

    Oregon’s official scenic bikeways are the first of their kind in the U.S – and Central Oregon is home to 6 of the state’s 11 most beautiful bike routes. An absolute summer must for road cyclists are riding the best of the best – our scenic bikeways. Every rider can find a ride to suit their style and mood, from family-friendly to adventurous.

  • Panacea at the Canyon: Central Oregon’s Luxury, Off-the-Grid Retreat
    Panacea at the Canyon: Central Oregon’s Luxury, Off-the-Grid Retreat

    Central Oregon has no shortages of places to unwind. From the banks of a high-alpine lake to a trail alongside the Deschutes River, you don’t have to go very far from your hotel room to find an escape from the real world.

  • Backstory: Bend’s Historic Tower Theatre
    Backstory: Bend’s Historic Tower Theatre

    The Tower Theatre occupies a proud spot in Bend’s vibrant downtown area. The theater is filled nearly every night with high-profile acts––it could be called Bend’s living room. But its lights nearly went dark for good.

  • Bend Concert Season Heats up at Hayden Homes Amphitheater
    Bend Concert Season Heats up at Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    Central Oregon’s iconic music venue, the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, is bigger and better than ever before after undergoing a major renovation.

  • Camp Abbot’s Important Role During World War II
    Camp Abbot’s Important Role During World War II

    Sunriver is one of the region’s oldest and most beloved destination resorts. Since the late 1960s, Oregon families have made memories here, riding bikes to the general store, learning to golf on the courses and swimming in the river and the resort’s pools.

  • Central Oregon’s Moonscape
    Central Oregon’s Moonscape

    Many who come to Central Oregon say it looks like nowhere else they’ve visited. Sure, there are the mountain vistas and the Ponderosa pines, the picturesque rivers and the deep blue lakes. But to many, the most astonishing aspect is the lunarscape — the lava rocks, cinder cones and lava tubes that dot the region, betraying its geologic history.

  • Seven Stunning Central Oregon Landmarks—and the Beers Named In Their Honor
    Seven Stunning Central Oregon Landmarks—and the Beers Named In Their Honor

    Is there a more quintessential Central Oregon experience than spending a day outdoors—and topping it off with a locally brewed beer at one of the region’s many craft breweries?

  • The Central Oregon Adventure 6-Pack
    The Central Oregon Adventure 6-Pack

    6 ADVENTURES…1 DAY….A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES. “You should do it,” they said. “Think about how cool it’d be,” they told me. “You get to do it during the work day, ya know,” they reminded me. So I said yes.

  • Winter Ales: How Deschutes Popularized the Style-and How Breweries Have Followed Suit in Central Oregon
    Winter Ales: How Deschutes Popularized the Style-and How Breweries Have Followed Suit in Central Oregon

    In the summer of 1988, Deschutes Brewery opened in a converted law office in downtown Bend. In the decades since, the brewery has produced one memorable beer after another—from Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale in Deschutes’ earliest days to the hit Fresh Squeezed IPA, which became a staple on store shelves in 2013.

  • Hooked on a Feeling: First Central Oregon Fly Fishing Trip a Success
    Hooked on a Feeling: First Central Oregon Fly Fishing Trip a Success

    Under blue skies scattered with beauty clouds, we hopped into a 21-foot fishing boat on the banks of Lava Lake.

  • Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Brings Fabric Artists to Central Oregon
    Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Brings Fabric Artists to Central Oregon

    Blankets keep you warm. Quilts tell a story. So imagine all the tales to be told at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on the second Saturday of July, when the streets of this small Central Oregon town are blanketed (pun intended) with the creative tapestries woven by thousands of quilters from around the world.