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8 Times Central Oregon Went Too Far

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
Central Oregon Visitors Association
The Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) is the "Official" Tourism Information Resource for Central Oregon, including the communities of Bend, Sunriver, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Crooked River Ranch, Terrebonne, Culver and Black Butte Ranch. Most of the stories posted online can be found in the Official Central Oregon Visitors Guide.