8 Times Central Oregon Went Too Far

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1. That time we put a beer tap in every bike shop in town. (And barber shop, ski shop, etc.)

2. When they opened up the Summit Chair at Mt. Bachelor on the 4th of July (again.)

3. “Ok, hear me out. I want to put an observatory in the brewery! We’ll call it a ‘Hopservatory!'” – Worthy Brewing Owner Roger Worthington, probably, after a couple of Pre-Funk Pale Ales.

4. When Central Oregon Bungee Adventures tied a rope to a bridge over the Crooked River Gorge and told people to, “JUMP!”

5. When Big Mountain Heli Tours took you up in a helicopter and took off the doors so you can get a better view of the mountains.

Fly Cascades Winter Wonderland Heli Tour

6. That time they expanded the Pine Tavern in downtown Bend and instead of cutting down a couple of giant Ponderosa Pines, they just built the restaurant around them. Yes, they are still there.

7. When we turned an old Catholic school into a hotel, restaurant, bar, brewery, Turkish soaking pool, cigar bar and movie theater.

Soaking tub at McMenamins in Bend, Oregon

The Ed House at McMenamins Old St. Francis School

8. And that nutty time that we brought waves and surfing to the Deschutes River.

Courtesy Bill Breneman
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.