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Tumalo, Oregon

Roughly 15 minutes northwest of Bend sits the community of Tumalo, a city of just 500. But don’t let that small population fool you: Tumalo is home to a burgeoning food scene, creative craft beverage producers, and easy access to some of Central Oregon’s top outdoor destinations.

So the next time you’re in the area, here are a few reasons to make time for Tumalo and its wide range of fun attractions.

Map of Tumalo, Oregon

Want to know where to go around Tumalo—and how to get there? We’ve got you covered with a map of the Tumalo area.
And even though the town shares its name with Tumalo Falls, keep in mind that you won’t find those photogenic falls
around Tumalo; rather, the waterfall is about 30-40 minutes southwest of town—or about 25 minutes due west of Bend.

Three people enjoying beverages at Tumalo Cider Company in Central Oregon

Things to Do in Tumalo, Oregon

The question isn’t finding things to do in Tumalo, Oregon—it’s how to fit it all into your next trip. Here’s a look at the restaurants, bars, and cider makers crafting a creative culture around Tumalo.

Enjoy a quality meal—indoors or out: Tumalo is home to a handful of family-friendly restaurants popular with locals and travelers alike. Tumalo Feed Co. Steakhouse, for instance, has been serving filling steak and seafood dishes since 1991—and pairs its meat-forward menu with live music on the restaurant’s patio. Pisano’s Woodfired Pizza, meanwhile, serves a wide range of artisan pizzas made with fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. And if you’re feeling indecisive, Tumalo is also home to The Bite—a food truck pod comprising five carts that dish tacos, pizza, sushi, American comfort food, and Thai cuisine; a partially covered outdoor space invites diners to sample their way through the pod’s many offerings, occasional live music adds to the atmosphere, and several taps pour some of Central Oregon’s best-loved beers and ciders. For more on the culinary scene around town, get the skinny about restaurants in Tumalo, Oregon.

Float the Deschutes River: Most floaters around Central Oregon put their tubes and rafts in the Deschutes River around Bend—but a quiet stretch around Tumalo offers the opportunity to spend a lazy summer day away from the biggest crowds, all surrounded by grasslands and peaceful forests of ponderosa pine. Would-be floaters can walk the Deschutes River Trail to find a good put-in spot along the slow, shallow stretch of river near Tumalo State Park—or put in at the park and float through the heart of town, up to an hour away.

Sip some quality cider: Tumalo is home to one cider maker—and it just happens to be one of Central Oregon’s best. Tumalo Cider Co. launched in 2014 and, since then, has made a name for itself crafting crisp, dry ciders that bypass sweeter flavors for a more balanced approach. Popular offerings include huckleberry lemon, raspberry, and pomegranate pear. If you want to learn more about the area’s burgeoning cider scene, check out our page on cideries in Tumalo, Oregon.

Kick back with a cold one: Tumalo is home to a few watering holes that boast friendly atmospheres, extensive drink selections, enjoyable diversions, and more. Tumalo Tavern, for instance, offers plenty of natural light (and not just Natural Light) to go along with local beers and wines, pool tables, karaoke, and wood-fired pizza. If you want to keep the night going, we’ve put together a guide to bars in Tumalo, Oregon.

Cider tasting at Tumalo Cider Co. in Tumalo, Oregon
Three people enjoying beverages at Tumalo Cider Company in Central Oregon

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Ancient forests of juniper, the bubbling Deschutes River, and sweeping mountain peaks—you’re never far from epic views around Tumalo. Here are a few fun ways to enjoy the city’s natural beauty.

Take in panoramic mountain views from the tasting room at Crater Lake Spirits: Just about two miles west of Tumalo, the Crater Lake Spirits tasting room pairs its award-winning, small-batch spirits with views of nearby Cascade peaks. The distillery has been going strong since 1996 and, today, produces a wide range of whiskeys, flavored vodkas, and gins (with wild juniper berries picked in Central Oregon). Looming to the west are the snow-covered Three Sisters. And if you’re curious about the craft spirits scene around the region, learn more about distilleries in Central Oregon.

Enjoy the sights at Tumalo State Park: Just five minutes south of town sits one of Central Oregon’s most popular parks. Discover Tumalo State Park for pleasant camping (the park hosts 77 sites and seven yurts, with showers and flush toilets throughout the campground) alongside a day-use area next to the Deschutes River—where anglers can fish for brown and rainbow trout, paddlers can put in and take out, hikers can access the 12-mile Deschutes River Trail, and picnickers can relax in a forest of juniper and ponderosa pine.

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