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Redmond a Trip Advisor Affordable Hidden Gem for Winter Getaways

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Ice skaters move around the public ice rink in Downtown Redmond at dusk.
Ice skaters move around the public ice rink in Downtown Redmond at dusk.

Central Oregon’s diverse winter climate makes for a unique opportunity for visitors to sometimes ski, snowboard, ice skate, golf, bike and hike in the same weekend. Redmond – known as The Hub – often sees less snow than Bend and Sunriver, making it a perfect place to spend some time December through March. (Temps sit around 42-50)

The folks at TripAdvisor think so too. Redmond was included in the website’s Vacation Rentals blog of  Top 10 “Super Affordable” U.S. Winter Getaways for staying in a rental.

The site gave Redmond an average rental review score of 4.17 out of 5 with an average weekly rental rate of $892. Our partners SellMyTimeShareNow.com has some great vacation rental options to check out.

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Once you find a place to stay, take advantage of all the recreation around you. You’re just a short drive from Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo ski areas (Hoodoo offers night skiing!) and the incomparable Smith Rock State Park. Want to hit the links during your winter vacation? Juniper Golf Course is one of few courses in the region that’s open year-round (weather permitting.) Having hosted several big-time state and regional tournaments, Juniper is a must-play course on the Central Oregon Golf Trail.

Long noted as Central Oregon’s commercial air hub (RDM), Redmond has transformed itself into a rejuvenated town with upscale restaurants, brewpubs, lodging, a bustling farmers market in summer and outdoor ice skating in winter. Add in a few open-air music events and a growing antique and art scene and Redmond is fast undergoing a renaissance. Redmond is also home to some great dining options including the 7th Street Brew House – the original brewpub for Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. From the mug club membership to taco night, 7th Street has become the hometown favorite in Redmond.  This is where people go to have a great tasting meal, a cold beer, and see good friends. In the summer, enjoy the indoor/outdoor atmosphere complete with garage doors that kick open, a fire pit to keep you warm during the brisk evenings and horseshoe pits.

Looking for more to do in Redmond? Check out our 48-hour itinerary in Redmond Country.

Mt Bachelor Ski Resort

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.