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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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.