Things to Do in Bend for Couples

Valentine’s Day may come around in mid-February, but there’s never a bad time to surprise your sweetie or celebrate a special occasion.

All year long, Central Oregon hosts a wide range of romantic hotels and resorts that offer easy access to day dates and fun nights out—whether you’re hitting the trail with the love of your life or sleeping in and relaxing with a day at the spa.

So we’ve rounded up a variety of whimsical suggestions to help plan romantic getaways in Bend, Oregon—and across our beautiful region.

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Read on for more ideas of things to do in Bend, Oregon, for couples.

Central Oregon Romantic Getaway

Looking for romantic places to stay in Bend, Oregon, and in neighboring communities? With boutique hotels, lavish resorts, and more, you’ll have plenty of enticing options for a weekend getaway.

In Bend, the fanciful options are numerous. Cozy up around outdoor fire pits on the deck at Tetherow, stay in the heart of downtown Bend at the Oxford Hotel Bend, and bask in the festive atmosphere—which includes an on-site movie theater, myriad outdoor fire pits, and five restaurants and bars—at McMenamins Old St. Francis School Hotel, which resides in a converted Catholic schoolhouse that dates back to 1936. Outdoorsy couples prefer the Campfire Hotel, whose amenities include a heated pool and hot tub (both of which remain open year-round), outdoor fire pits, a lounge in the lobby, and views of the Cascades. 

Away from Bend, popular romantic stays include Sunriver Resort (where select rooms come with in-room fireplaces and spacious tubs), FivePine Lodge in Sisters (where you’ll enjoy 36 modern cabins and eight chic lodge suites—with an optional Ultimate Romance Package and an on-site spa for couples massages), and Suttle Lodge (a forested escape on the shore of its namesake lake, featuring chic cabins and in-room fireplaces).

Start planning your trip with our guide to visiting and staying in Bend, Oregon.

Outdoor pools at the Campfire Hotel in Bend, Oregon

Romantic Restaurants In and Near Bend

900 Wall Restaurant in Bend, Oregon

A memorable night out begins with a delicious dinner—and Bend has plenty of romantic spots, mostly centered around the brick-lined downtown core for added ambiance. Wild Rose serves northern Thai bites that encourage sharing, 900 Wall Restaurant showcases the flavors and ingredients of the Pacific Northwest while crafting European-inspired dishes, Bos Taurus pairs its sought-after steaks with regionally sourced wine, and Brickhouse has earned a devoted following for serving wild-caught seafood.

You’ll find plenty of romantic restaurants outside of Bend, as well. At Sunriver Resort, savor classic American fare (crafted with local ingredients) and wide-open mountain views in the Lodge Kitchen before heading upstairs for a nightcap at the Owl’s Nest. In Redmond, Terra Kitchen dishes fresh Mediterranean fare in an airy space at the SCP Redmond Hotel, and Madaline’s Grill & Steak House has been a special-occasion spot since opening in 2002. For more inspiration, check out our roundup of Redmond restaurants for special occasions.

Day Date Ideas Near Bend

Who says you need to wait for date night? Connect over a variety of fun activities with day dates across Central Oregon—and in all seasons.

A few fun ideas for outdoor enthusiasts include skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor near Bend, savoring the views while hiking a portion of the Deschutes River Trail together at Tumalo State Park, lounging riverside with a picnic at Drake Park near downtown Bend, lounging in the Deschutes River with a laid-back summertime float, and horseback riding through open meadows, forests of ponderosa pine, and ancient rock formations.

If you’re not up for a day of outdoor adventure, you still have plenty of options for enjoying every moment of your special weekend. Soak up a wellness couples retreat at day spas around Central Oregon, unwind with a day trip to the soaking pools at St. Francis McMenamins, and browse the boutiques and art galleries of the Old Mill District.

Soaking pool at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, Oregon

Date Night Ideas in Bend

Craft beer at Waypoint by Bend Brewing

When the sun goes down, the fun is just beginning at romantic spots across Central Oregon. Here are a few date night ideas in Bend, Oregon.

In addition to dinner, consider seeing your favorite artists in concert at Hayden Homes Amphitheater (where veteran rockers and modern stars alike perform all summer long), catching live performances at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend, sipping craft cocktails imbued with house-made syrups and liqueurs at San Simón, snuggling up next to the telescope at the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver, getting to know each other better over pints of craft beer (and around the fire pits) at Central Oregon breweries, watching the sunset behind Mt. Bachelor and South Sister from along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, and (in winter) taking a snowshoe and bonfire tour with Wanderlust Tours.

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