Centrally located in the High Desert, Redmond is a community rejuvenated with upscale restaurants, a growing beer scene, ample lodging, vibrant parks and a bustling downtown district.
With direct access to all that Central Oregon has to offer, Redmond is the ideal place to start your adventure. Through music events, parades, farmers’ markets, fairs and festivals, Redmond offers visitors a true slice of Americana. Nestled in Redmond’s backyard, Smith Rock State Park – the birthplace of U.S. Sport Climbing – is a must-see destination. The park’s sheer, umber-colored cliffs attract rock climbers, while hikers and mountain bikers come for the diverse trail system. Redmond is also the region’s commercial air hub with Roberts Field (RDM) serving as Central Oregon’s only commercial airport for travelers.
Nestled in Redmond’s backyard, Smith Rock State Park is a must-see destination, attracting the world’s top rock climbers (as well as hikers and mountain bikers) to its sheer, umber-colored cliffs. Redmond is also the region’s commercial air hub (Roberts Field, RDM), with 30 daily flights on 6 carriers to 10 destinations. Strategically located at the hub of the tri-county area, the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center plays host to a wide range of events.
SAMPLE WINTER ITINERARY:
Redmond is a wonderful place to start any adventure, and that’s easy, since it’s the hub of Central Oregon and conveniently has the region’s airport. It’s just as good in winter as it is the rest of the year.
Begin the magic in downtown Redmond, which just keeps getting more stylish. Coho Coffee Co. offers a variety of pastries and coffee to start your day, or swing by Smith Rock Coffee Roasters for breakfast and a highly curated cup of coffee.
For unique and unexpected fun, try AK’s Tea Room for a high tea experience. The tea room has sandwiches and salads, but the main event is the scones with clotted cream and lemon curd with a big pot of loose leaf tea.
The Redmond Ice Skating Rink is tucked into the Redmond Downtown Plaza right near the city’s Centennial Park. The small outdoor rink is the right size for any family outing or fun date — and there are free skate times as well as hot cocoa for sale.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean Smith Rock State Park is off limits. If anything, it’s more beautiful in the snow — put on some good boots and head to the most striking of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, about 20 minutes north of Redmond. Plus, unlike other times of year, the park is quiet, the perfect spot for some solitude. If you’re a photography buff, you’ll want to make a beeline for the spires during sunrise or sunset. Many of the trails here are still suitable in winter, but beware ice.
If you’re hungry after an adventure in Terrebonne, try lunch at the Terrebonne Depot, a locals hangout housed in an old train depot and now owned by climbing enthusiasts. Or go true local at the Sun Spot Drive-In or Base Camp Pizza.
Back in Redmond, make some time for the variety of breweries and distilleries setting up camp in the city. Follow along with the Redmond Tap Tour, or go rogue on your own. Wild Ride Brewing is a favorite, complete with food trucks and fire pits outside to keep you warm. Geist Beerworks & Moonshine Bar is tucked in an industrial area, but it’s worth getting off the beaten path to try the wide variety of beers. And Redmond isn’t just about beer — Gompers Gin is trying new things in the spirits world and is definitely worth checking out.
If it’s pampering you seek, head southeast about 15 miles to Brasada Ranch, which takes luxury resort life seriously. This secluded spot in Powell Butte has thought of everything, from s’mores packets and fire pits to a concierge dedicated to finding an adventure that works best for your needs. Or stay at the New Redmond Hotel, in the heart of downtown. The hotel, lovingly restored to its former glory and then some, has a rooftop bar for nightcaps, plus eclectic furnishings, artwork, and other interesting amenities.