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.
Through its 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 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), served by Alaska, Delta, United and American airlines. Strategically located at the hub of the tri-county area, the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center plays host to a wide range of events, including concerts, sporting events, automotive shows, trade shows, weddings, reunions and more. The venue offers spectacular panoramic views of the Cascades, meticulously manicured grounds and more than 100 acres of parking.
Sample Fall Itinerary:
For anyone flying into Central Oregon, Redmond is a natural starting point for a visit. But it’s not just an airport — Redmond has plenty of outdoor opportunities and attractions of its own worthy of a visit.
Start your visit with a coffee and a liege waffle at Proust Coffee, a quaint little shop downtown with a bookshelf for borrowing. Another option downtown is the One Street Down Cafe, which serves up Benedicts and breakfast burritos that will have you ready to face the day. Redmond’s downtown continues to be reborn after a reroute a decade ago that moved heavy through traffic off the main drag.
As a result, visitors can walk throughout the downtown area, stopping in at locally-owned shops such as Herringbone Books, and see many public art pieces as well as the city’s new parks — in the winter, the city operates an outdoor skating rink at Centennial Park. Or check out the Odem Theater Pub, a new gastropub that plays first-run movies.
If you like antiques, a must-see is Beyond The Ranch Antiques, a sprawling shop just off the main drag that has a truly eclectic collection, including lots of Western pieces.
For outdoor adventure, you can keep it close to home in the Dry Canyon that runs north to south through Redmond. The city park has paved paths and offers an up-close look at the rock formations of Central Oregon. Farther afield, Smith Rock State Park is just 20 minutes north of Redmond and truly one of the state’s most stunning natural wonders.
A popular favorite for rock climbers, the park also offers hiking trails for all skill levels. If you’re looking to challenge yourself, try the 1-mile ascent to the top of Misery Ridge, at the 3,360-foot summit. It’s a steep, 600-foot elevation gain, but you’ll get unparalleled views.
If you like your views with more water, plan a trip to Steelhead Falls. Just about 25 minutes from Redmond, the 2-mile out and back trail will get you to a wonderful, picturesque swimming hole and vista. Be prepared — the water is very cold.
When you’ve worked up a hunger, head back into Redmond for a stop at the town’s new food cart pod, General Duffy’s. The spot has five trucks and a bar with fresh, local beer on tap.
Or swing over to Wild Ride Brewing, a local’s favorite. This spot also has food carts on site, and serves a wide variety of beer.
Redmond has become a real hub for breweries, and several new ones have opened in the past year, including Initiative Brewing and Porter Brewing. Try a few spots before you’re ready to retreat to the New Redmond Hotel, a lovingly restored hotel in the heart of downtown. Left in disarray for years, the hotel is slated to open in October and a new rooftop bar will provide the perfect spot for a nightcap.