Bend, Oregon has a reputation as a beer town, the local wine scene has exploded in recent years with several new tasting rooms and nearby vineyards producing award-winning wines. Bend’s wine scene is intertwined with its farm-to-table culinary scene, and as a result, tasting rooms across Bend offer menus featuring fine dining options made from local ingredients. These tasting rooms are often cozy and fire-lit, perfect for any winter time tour through Bend. In the summer, inviting outdoor patios become a lively spot for wine-tasting in the sunshine. Read on to discover some of our favorite spots to wine and dine this year in Bend.
The upscale and cozy Domaine Serene Wine Lounge in downtown Bend brings an expansive portfolio of new and vintage wines curated from multiple different vineyards: Château de la Crée and Maison Evenstad in Burgundy, France, as well as their Dayton, Oregon winery. Stop by for the Sommelier Experience, an extensive guided wine tasting that will delight the palate. For dinner, consider starting with a handcrafted cheese and charcuterie plate before moving on to caviar, beef tartare, oxtail ragout, wagyu steaks and more. Domaine Serene also offers a tiered membership program, with many fine wines reserved only for members to taste.
Stoller Wine Bar
Stoller Wine Bar is located in Bend’s bustling Box Factory district and brings urban style to the chic world of wine tasting. Guests can sip and savor award-winning wines from multiple vineyards and wineries, including Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem Winery, History, Chemistry and Canned Oregon. Enjoy a glass, tasting flight or wine by the bottle while snacking on locally purveyed cheeses, meats and crackers. For larger appetites, Stoller Wine Bar offers professionally paired plates with each selection of wine, crafted from local ingredients that support local farmers and ranchers.
Elixir Wine Group
For a selection of some of the finest imported wines from Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, Mexico, Uruguay and more, head to the Elixir Wine Group, just across the street from Stoller Wine Bar in Bend’s Box Factory. Originally a wine bar that highlighted wines from the southern hemisphere, Elixir expanded their portfolio to include imported European wines in 2012. Elixir Wine Group owns three vineyards as well, located in the Willamette Valley, Argentina and Mexico. The chef behind Loyauté fine dining, a private French pop-up dinner service, Josh Podwils became the head chef at Elixir Wine Group in mid 2021. Since then, he and his experienced kitchen staff have been wowing guests with locally curated meals designed to pair with the wines on the tasting list. Chef Podwils has a reputation for serving meals using seasonal ingredients from local producers and showcasing the vibrant flavors of Central Oregon.
For a more food-focused tour of Bend, visitors should consider some of these amazing local culinary tours, which include food trucks, pub crawls and a tour based around Bend’s best steaks. For those looking to exclusively explore the Bend wine scene, consider checking out Bend Wine Tours, an aptly named tour of Central Oregon vineyards and wine tasting rooms. The Local Pour, offered by Wanderlust Tours, offers a unique experience to guests as they explore a variety of breweries and distilleries, based on their availability. This tour offers a behind the scenes look at select locations, offering guests a whole new perspective on brewing and distilling.For a less guided experience, consider checking out some of the top restaurants in downtown Bend, which feature flavors that will keep any foodie satisfied.
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Hot Springs in Central Oregon Near Bend and 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Grab a Pint & Catch a Game Central Oregon Style
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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.
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.