FREE Summer Shuttle Takes the Hassle out of Bend Parking

Bend gets pretty busy in the summer and, admittedly, it can be hard to find parking downtown and in the Old Mill – two of the most popular spots to shop, eat and recreate. But a new FREE shuttle service hopes to alleviate some of the troubles by helping folks navigate our hot spots car free.

Ride Bend will start up again in late June, offering free shuttle runs from noon to 10 p.m. The two buses run every 15 minutes and connect downtown, the Old Mill, OSU-Cascades and Galveston Avenue (home to 10 Barrel Brewing, Sunriver Brewing Co. and more.)

This service was made possible by a partnership between The City of Bend, Visit Bend, and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council.

SCHEDULE:

The 2018 season will run June 23 through Labor Day, 7 days a week,

The major stops are listed below and the time after the hour that the bus will arrive. For example, if you are boarding from the Downtown stop, you can expect the bus at 2:00, 2:15, 2:30 and 2:45. The bus will follow the minute pattern every hour between 2 and 10 pm.

A) Downtown (Franklin Ave. & Wall St.) :00 :15 :30 :45

B) Old Mill District (Powerhouse & Wall St.) :05 :20 :35 :50

C) Century Dr (Century Dr. & Simpson Ave.) :20 :35 :50 :05

D) Galveston (Galveston Ave. and 13th St.) :22 :37 :52 :07

Ride Bend Bus Stops:
Look for the Ride Bend logo on the bus and bus stops around Bend. Hop on at any stop on the Ride Bend map and ride to eat, shop, and play. Easy!

*Parking is free in downtown Bend for 2 hours. But you can park all day for $5 in the parking garage off Lava Street. THE PARKING GARAGE IS FREE ALL WEEKEND

Bend Concert Season Heats up at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater

Central Oregon’s iconic music venue, the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, has been rolling out its star-studded 2018 summer concert line-up and it’s already filled with big-name acts set to rock the region.

The 8,000-capacity venue situated on the banks of the Deschutes River in Bend’s Old Mill District opened in 2002 and almost immediately became a must-stop for high-profile touring artists. In recent years LSA has hosted the likes of Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Alabama Shakes, Ringo Starr, Paul Simon, Weird Al and many more.

The 2018 line-up includes a diverse mix of returning and first-time acts: (Click the artist to buy tickets.)

May 30th – Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case
June 8th – Jethro Tull
June 9th – Slightly Stoopid
June 19th – Michael Franti & Spearhead
June 23 – Primus and Mastodon
July 6th – Steve Martin and Martin Short
July 24th – Jackson Browne
July 25th – Sheryl Crow
July 26th – The Decemberists
August 4th – Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss (SOLD OUT)
August 5th – Pixies
August 9th – Amos Lee
August 21 – Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
August 25 – Brandi Carlile
August 28th – Dave Matthews Band (SOLD OUT)
August 31 – Portugal. The Man. 

You can buy tickets for all the shows online at BendConcerts.com or in person at the Ticket Mill, located between Anthony’s and PacSun in The Old Mill. Shows at the LSA include multiple local food vendors and local craft beer, wine and spirits. Or, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants across the river in The Old Mill.  If you’re looking for the closest lodging options, the Hampton Inn is located right next to the amphitheater while the Hilton Garden Inn is on the hill that overlooks the shopping center.

Jack Johnson performing at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon

Bend Elks: Central Oregon’s Field of Dreams

Home Opener Set for June 1st

bend-elks-sunset

In Bend, the Boys of Summer are just college kids on a mission.

With players from tiny colleges and Division I powerhouses, the Bend Elks Baseball Club comes together each June for three months of wood bat baseball bliss. They’re not playing for paychecks, they’re playing for pride – and maybe the chance to make a paycheck a little further down the road. (Two-time World Series champ with the Boston Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury spent a season with the Elks, having grown up in Madras and attending Oregon State University.)

Baseball in Bend dates back more than 100 years including several years as the minor league affiliates for the Rockies and Phillies. The Bend Elks started play in 2000.

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courtesy Bend Elks Baseball Club

Historic and picturesque Vince Genna stadium has played host to teams from all over the Northwest with names like the Apple Sox, Sweets and Black Bears. Come be part of the big crowds on $2 Tuesdays or pick a different night – both offer a laid back, family-friendly atmosphere.  (Bend routinely sets league attendance records.) Some of the more popular nights are Cap Night and Fireworks night (dates TBD.) The Elks are at home on the 4th of July and the stadium should provide a perfect viewing spot for the city of Bend’s fireworks show from atop Pilot Butte.

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courtesy Bend Elks Baseball Club

With more than 30 regular season home games on the schedule, the Elks are almost certain to be here when you’re here.

And nothing beats a fun night at the ole’ ballpark.

Central Oregon Hiking Trails

From demanding full-day hikes to leisurely walks by the river, there’s a Central Oregon Hiking Trail for every adventurer


Pilot Butte State Park – Bend

EASY/MODERATE – 2-mile loop (nature trail and scenic viewpoint)
Head east on Highway 20 (Greenwood Avenue) to the Pilot Butte State Park. The parking area and trailhead are just east of the butte. Walk on either the nature trail or the paved road. The road is also for vehicle traffic, weather permitting. It is a wonderful viewpoint for the entire Bend area. This hiking trail is one of the most popular in Central Oregon.


Robert W. Sawyer Park – Bend

EASY – 45.2-acre park (nature park)
A large park stretching along both sides of the Deschutes River. Formerly a state park dedicated to the District in 1980. The park is connected by a hiking trail to Sawyer Uplands Neighborhood Park and River Glenn Natural Area. A footbridge over the river leads to the Deschutes River Trail and connections to First Street Rapids Park, Sawyer Uplands Park, and Archie Briggs Natural Area. The site is adjacent to the River’s Edge golf course. The park has a mix of mature pine and juniper. It is a popular viewing site for migratory and riparian birds and is listed on the Oregon Cascade Birding Tour route. The picnic site is spread out making it ideal for small to medium size groups.


Larkspur Trail – Bend

EASY – 1.75 miles
Beginning near the Bend Senior Center. This stretch of the trail meanders along an open canal in southeast Bend. You will see wildlife, juniper trees, rabbitbrush and alpine current. Dog stations are at each end of the trail This 1.75-mile trail ends at Pilot Butte State Park on Hwy. 20.


Shevlin Park – Canyon Rim Loop – Bend

EASY – 2.2 miles
Shevlin Park is a haven located less than three miles from downtown Bend and a perfect location for hiking, jogging, fishing, cross-country skiing and picnicking. There is an extensive trail and pathway system providing for both summer and winter uses. From Highway 97 in Bend turn west on Greenwood. It becomes Newport Avenue in downtown Bend. Follow Newport out for about 3 miles. You will see parking areas on both sides of the road. Aspen Hall is on the right and the main part of the park is on the left. The paved road through the park leads to several different picnic areas as well as trails.


Deschutes River Trail – Bend

EASY/MODERATE – 3 miles
The quintessential Central Oregon Hiking Trail, this one starts in Bend with many access points and parking areas. It winds its way along the Deschutes River, passing through Bend, Meadow Camp and behind the Seventh Mountain Resort. You will see a series of waterfalls including Lava Island, Big Eddy, Dillon and finally Benham Falls. Turning west at the Lava Lands Visitor Center also provides access to this trail. Follow the road on your left for approximately 3 miles to the picnic area. Walk across the footbridge for an easy half-mile walk to Benham Falls. The degree of difficulty is low and provides spectacular scenery of untamed rapids.


Benham Falls – Bend

EASY – 3 miles out and back
Five miles north of Sunriver, this hiking trail provides a spectacular scene of untamed rapids. From Bend follow Highway 97 south 11 miles and turn right at the Lava Lands Visitor Center. Follow the road on your left for approximately 3 miles to the parking and picnic area. Walk across the footbridge. Benham Falls is an easy half-mile walk down the road along the river. This trail continues for many miles passing by Dillon Falls and Lava Island Falls. Benham, Dillon, and Lava Island Falls also have parking areas accessible via Forest Service Rd 41, just past the Inn of the Seventh Mountain.

Day-Use Permit is required*


Lava Cast Forest – Bend / Sunriver

EASY – 1 mile 
Travel south on Highway 97. Turn East on Forest Service Road 9720-directly across the highway from the Sunriver exit. This is an unpaved road, which goes nearly 9 miles to the parking area at the Lava Cast Forest. The trail is an easy, paved, nine-tenths of a mile, which wanders through many examples of 7000-year-old lava tree cast formations. This road is snow-covered in winter.

Day-Use Permit is required*


Lava River Cave – Bend / Sunriver

EASY – 1 mile
Thirteen miles south of Bend on Highway 97 on the east side of the road is the largest un-collapsed lava tube in the state. It is about a mile in length and 100 feet deep in spots. The sandy bottom makes it an easy hike, and the Forest Service will rent lanterns to you for a small fee. There is a nominal entrance fee as well. The cave is closed from late fall through mid-April due to the hibernation of resident bats.

Day-Use Permit is required*


Newberry Obsidian Trail

EASY – 1 mile
Head south on Highway 97, approximately 22 miles, turn east at the East Lake and Paulina Lake sign. Continue about 15-miles to the obsidian flow. This is one of the largest obsidian flows in the world, formed about 1300 years ago during the most recent eruption of Newberry Volcano.
Day-Use Permit is required*


Paulina Creek

EASY – 6 to 8.5 miles
The Ogden National Recreation Trail will take you along Paulina Creek, with no fewer than 20 waterfalls. Travel south on Hwy 97 about 22 miles to Paulina and East Lake. Go east, about 1.5 miles to trailhead parking. The trail is 8.5 miles long (each way), accessible from McKay Crossing Campground, which shortens the trip by 2.5 miles. The parking area is on the east end of this hiking trail from the viewpoint at Paulina Falls.
Day-Use Permit is required*


Tumalo Falls – Bend

MODERATE – 5.5 miles
Tumalo Falls is a photographers dream. Lush forest, cascading water, easy access for all your gear. From Hwy 97 in Bend, turn west on Franklin. Follow the Scenic Highway through downtown Bend along Drake Park. Turn right on Galveston at the west end of the park, and follow this road out for eleven miles. Turn right over the bridge. The pavement ends but the road continues for an additional 3 miles to a parking area at the falls. There is a very short hiking trail up to the falls, which connects to some of the snow park areas and other trails. Road closed in winter Day-Use Permit is required*


 

Mt. Bachelor Summit Trail

EASY/MODERATE – 2.5 miles
Drive west on Cascade Lakes Highway for approximately 18 miles to Mt Bachelor’s first entrance at Sunrise Lodge. The 2.5-mile trail to the top of Mt. Bachelor is accessible in Summer and Fall and starts from the Sunrise Lodge area.
The trail begins just west of the Sunrise chairlift and winds around through the trees. The top portion of the trail above the top of Sunrise chair goes through the lava rock itself and has beautiful open views of Broken Top and the Three Sisters. From the top, at 9065 feet, you can see nearly all of the Cascade Range to the North, and the nearby lakes along the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway.


Green Lakes Trail

EASY/MODERATE  – 9 miles out and back
The Green Lakes hiking trail has its own parking lot across from the Sparks Lake meadow with a wonderful view of the north side of Mt. Bachelor. The trail winds along the Fall Creek through large pine trees and fields of lupine. You will see lots of small waterfalls. Follow the trail for 4.5 miles up to the Green Lakes, or cut off to the west after about 2 miles on the Moraine Lake trail, which is another couple of miles long. There is access to the South Sister Trail from the Green Lakes area.


Todd Lake Trail

EASY – about 2 miles
This popular route is the closest Cascade Lakes hiking trail to town, located just past Mt. Bachelor on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The trail is an easy walk around the lake with spectacular views of Mt. Bachelor along the way.


Ray Atkeson Memorial Trail 

EASY- 2.3-mile loop
Located at Sparks Lake, this trail is another easy hiking trail for folks of all ages. It takes you through some pretty cool lava rock flows that include sheer walls and deep chasms. If you take the trail clockwise, the best views of Sparks Lake and South Sister are waiting for you at the end.


The Badlands

EASY/MODERATE – Routes ranging from 5 to 15 miles
The Badlands wilderness area east of Bend is a great place to explore the Central Oregon Desert. Take Hwy 20 east about 20 miles. Turn north at the gravel pit, follow the road to the parking area.


Smith Rock State Park

EASY TO DIFFICULT – Varying routes and lengths
This area is a must-see in Central Oregon. Drive north on Highway 97 through Redmond to Terrebonne. Turn right (east) at the flashing light. Turn left on NE 1st Street and proceed 2 miles, turning left at the state park signs. The park is another 0.7 miles. The picnic area has beautiful views of the rock formations where people from all over the world come to climb. Numerous hiking trails suitable for everyone follow the river down into the Crooked River Canyon. The Misery Ridge hiking trail is a little tougher but well worth the walk.

Day-Use Permit is required*


Suttle Lake Trail | Near Black Butte Ranch

EASY – 3 miles
Suttle Lake is just a few miles west of Black Butte Ranch, and about 15 miles west of Sisters. Follow the signs off Highway 20 to Suttle Lake Resort, then to the Day Use area on the NE corner of the lake. The trail goes right along the lake through the backyard of someone’s campsite with plenty of access points. The hiking trail offers unrivaled mountain scenery.


Black Butte Trail | Black Butte Ranch

MODERATE – 2 miles
This hiking trail is 2 miles long going to the lookout station on top of Black Butte, at 6436 feet. The trail winds through open timber with wonderful views of the Three Sisters and Broken Top on the way up. On a clear day you can see nearly the entire Cascades Range! Take Highway 20 from Bend through Sisters to Forest Service Road 1110, near the Indian Ford Campground. Follow signs to the trail.
Day-Use Permit required*


Head Of Jack Creek | Near Sisters

EASY – 3 miles
Travel west on Hwy 20 through Sisters, approximately 15 miles. Turn north on Forest Service Road 12, for about 1.5 miles and then turn left on FS Road 1232. It is about 1 mile to the trailhead. This hiking trail loops through the headwater springs.

Day-Use Permit required*


Metolius River Trail | Near Black Butte Ranch

EASY – 12 miles
This is an excellent year-round hiking trail and several starting points are accessible. Huge artesian wells, the source of the Metolius River, and further downstream is the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. One trailhead starts from the Canyon Creek Campground off Forest Service Road 1420. You can also start at the Wizard Falls Hatchery. Total distance to Bridge 99 is three miles.

Day-Use Permit required*


Dee Wright Memorial Trail | Near Sisters

EASY – .5 miles
Located at McKenzie Pass on Highway 242, 15 miles west of Sisters. Beautiful view of the Cascade Mountains with a paved hiking trail through one of the most recent lava flows in the United States. The trail is about a half-mile long with interpretive signs along the path. It is closed in the winter.


For Additional Information Contact:

Central Oregon Welcome Center 541-389-8799
Lava Lands Visitor Center 541-593-2421
Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District 541-383-4000
Sisters Ranger District 541-549-7700
Oregon State Parks 541-388-6055
Bend Parks & Recreation 541-389-7275
Fishing License, Fish & Wildlife 541-388-6363
Road Conditions, ODOT 800-977-6368
Emergency: 911

Brew it Yourself at Bend’s Immersion Brewing

Central Oregon’s thriving craft beer scene is a hugely popular experience for visitors to the High Desert.

You can drink it.

You can take a brewery tour and learn about it.

And now, you can brew it yourself.

Bend’s Immersion Brewing is the state’s first “Brew-it-Yourself” brewery, offering visitors a chance to come up with their own sudsy creation from start to finish. You can even design your own label for the bottles.

There are more than 30 recipes to choose from, including Kolsch, Blonde Ales, American Pale Ales, Imperial Stouts, Holiday Ales, Wheat Ales and several IPAs. A recipe card will walk you through the step-by-step process, but an experienced brewer will also be by your side to talk you through it and offer some help if you need it. The two-hour brewing session nets you about five gallons of beer! Brew sessions range in price from $180 – $220 depending on beer recipe – and it includes the beer, bottles, caps, and labeling.

Once the beer is created, it takes about two weeks for it to ferment. You’ll come back to the pub to carbonate, bottle and label your two cases of 22 oz. beers before taking them home. (Oregon residents who aren’t able to come back to bottle can have the brewery ship them to you. Out of state guests can choose beer created by someone else to take home.)

It’s a great team-building exercise that involves some teamwork while allowing time to enjoy one of the numerous beers on tap at the pub and have a bite to eat from their full menu. The Visit Central Oregon team (that’s us in the video above) experienced it in late October and it was a ton of fun – and really informative. The Immersion brewer who helped us, Josh Cosci, was very patient and chock full of great info throughout the process.

The pub and brewery are located in The Box Factory, a lively collection of shops and restaurants adjacent to the Old Mill District and near Bend’s historic downtown.

For more information on Immersion’s Brew-it-Yourself opportunity, visit the Immersion Brewing website.

 

Sammies and Sandos: Central Oregon’s Best Sandwiches

Sometimes after a day full of adventure, all that you crave is a simple, yet delicious, stick-to-your-ribs sandwich. (And a beer, obviously.)

Whether you call it a “sammie,” “sando,” or “sammich,” there’s an amazing sandwich waiting for you at the end of the trail in Central Oregon. Heck, even if you’re one of those weirdos who consider a hot dog a sandwich, we have you covered. For the purposes of this story, we’re not including burgers in the “sandwich” category, but rest assured there are TONS of great burgers here. (Don’t see your favorite listed? Tell us where to find the best sandwich in Central Oregon in the comments!)

In the iconic downtown Bend breezeway, the Beach Hut Deli offers a great selection of hot and cold sandwiches in a “chill” setting perfect for catching a game on TV or just people watching on Mirror Pond Plaza. Try the Surfin’ Bird with turkey, avocado, bacon, cream cheese, mayo, mustard, pickles, tomato, red onions, lettuce, Greek peppers and cheese.

In beautiful Sunriver, Sunriver Brewing‘s menu is filled with post-adventure favorites, but one of my staples is the Turkey Dip with smoked turkey breast, pepper bacon, tomato, Tillamook white cheddar on a french roll with a side of natural turkey jus. Pair it with a Fuzztail Hefe and your afternoon is golden. (You can get the same sandwich at Sunriver Brewing’s Galveston Pub in Bend too.)

Sunriver Brewing Co. Galveston Pub

Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters is a perfect rest stop after hiking up Black Butte, fishing at Camp Sherman or mountain biking the Peterson Ridge trails. And for me, there’s not a better sandwich in all of Central Oregon (or anywhere for that matter) than the legendary Chicken Bacon Tater. NBD, just your basic sandwich with grilled chicken breast, thick sliced hickory smoked bacon, fries & chipotle ranch all rolled together in a toasted pita, “Taco Style.” Yes, that’s right: THERE’S FRENCH FRIES IN THE SANDWICH! Pairs nicely with a Knotty Blonde.

The Row at Bend’s Tetherow Resort has a great pub-style menu that includes all your favorites like burgers and wings and a rotating beer menu featuring several local breweries. And while it sounds simple: sourdough bread, smoked ham, and Tillamook cheddar cheese served with daily soup – the grilled cheese is top notch (especially served with the tomato soup that’s usually available.)

Crux Fermentation Project

Crux Fermentation Project is easily one of Bend’s favorite brewpubs. The pub features three hugely popular food carts outside on the lawn. And while the pub itself has a limited menu, the Banh Mi sandwich has long been a standout dish. It’s porter-hoisin roasted pork belly, cubed ham, fresh cucumber, cilantro, do Chua, and sweet chili aioli. My colleague Kristine implores you to get EXTRA CILANTRO!

Exterior view of people on the patio at 10 Barrel on Bend, Oregon's westside
The patio at 10 Barrel Brewing’s West Side Pub.

You can find a great steak sandwich on just about every menu here these days (most here are made with locally grown beef,) but you probably won’t find a better one than the one at 10 Barrel Brewing‘s West Side pub. Know how I know? Because my wife says so and, well, she’s kind of a steak sandwich expert (or so I’ve been told.)

For an out of this world dining experience, Worthy Brewing is your place thanks to the world’s first “Hopservatory.” Founder Roger Worthington will tell you the Salmon Sando is the best in the universe: grilled Atlantic salmon, Tillamook pepper jack cheese, fresh guacamole, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, chipotle aioli on ciabatta. (Pro tip from my colleague Kristi: Get it as a lettuce wrap.)

And finally, Brother Jons has two locations in Bend and both have great menus. You can’t go wrong though with the Cuban: Pulled pork, ham, melted swiss, sautéed onions, dill pickles & spicy brown mustard on a grilled hoagie roll. (While you’re waiting, the habanero cheese dip is worth noshing on – it’s a white wine & garlic habanero cheese sauce with house-fried yellow and blue corn tortilla chips.)

Newport Avenue Market Mural a Tribute to the Spirit of Bend

A picture is worth a thousand words. But the new hand-painted mural outside Bend’s Newport Avenue Market will be worth a million smiles.

“The Bend Wall” is the work of local artist Kim Smallenberg, a project she started painting in May.

And it was no small task considering her canvas was 100 feet wide and 20 feet tall.

Newport Market CEO Lauren Johnson said they gave Smallenberg an overview of their vision for the project, but gave her free reign to work her magic and capture the spirit of Bend.

“We wanted to bring a little joy to our corner of the world, and to give people a reason to smile,” Johnson said. “We gave her a broad canvas, literally and figuratively, to use her talents to help us celebrate all the things we love about Bend.”

Mission accomplished.

The artwork includes several of the 30 breweries in town, Pilot Butte, some of our parks, our beloved ski area Mt. Bachelor, Tumalo Falls, the historic Tower Theatre, Les Schwab Amphitheater and more.

“I believe tourists and people from out of town can come here and get a real good lay of the land,” Smallenberg said. “It’s like a real, living map of Bend and one can come here and open their horizons on where to look and go explore in Bend.”

The mural even includes an homage to the Great American Eclipse, which passed directly through Central Oregon in late August 2017.

The big red heart was the first thing Smallenberg painted on the mural, using it, she said, as a sounding board and for rotating messages of love. She said she knows of at least one couple who got engaged in front of the mural with the heart as a backdrop.

“That just made my heart so warm,” she said. “I hope that happens many times over.”

Smallenberg, a Bend resident for more than 22 years, has been an artist nearly all her life. A lot of artists, she said, do pieces that only a few eyes see.

That certainly won’t be the case here. Newport Market is in the heart of Bend’s bustling west side and has been one of the region’s most popular grocery stores since opening in 1976.

“I’ve been able to do an amazing piece of artwork that so many eyes are going to see and so many images are going to be taken of it,” she said. “It’ll bring lots of memories. a lot of smiles.”

THE MURAL IS LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF NEWPORT AVENUE MARKET ON 12TH STREET IN BEND. 

Mt. Bachelor Looks to Mother Nature for Repeat Performance of Epic Ski Season

The 2017-18 winter was one for the record books in Central Oregon, especially Mt. Bachelor.

The ski area had one of its top 3 seasons on record – a season that included three straight months of more than 100 inches of snow. For a long stretch, it seemed like every day was a powder day. (Both on the mountain AND in town.)

It was perfect timing too, as Mt. Bachelor opened the Cloudchaser chairlift – the first new lift in nearly 20 years. Cloudchaser opened up 13 new runs and 635 new acres of skiing, pushing skiable acres to more than 4,300, making Mt. Bachelor the 6th largest ski area in the U.S.

Bachelor has been the hub of Central Oregon skiing for nearly 60 years and is already known for having one of the longest seasons in the industry (November to Memorial Day,) but all that snow last year led to a bonus: JulySki! Independence Day revelers were able to start the day with some runs from the Summit! You’ve seen so many swimsuits on a ski hill.

Will the 2018-19 season live up to last year? That’s up to Mother Nature. But some early October snowfall has whet our whistles for sure and got many folks up doing an early snow dance.

Now’s the time to start planning your own epic ski vacation. Luckily, Central Oregon’s destination resorts have created some amazing stay and ski packages to make your trip more affordable than ever.

The French Market Brings a Taste of Europe to Bend

We’ve got nothing against pub food, actually, our love for it has been well documented – herehere… and here! But if you’re looking for a dining experience that will take your taste buds on an International vacation while you’re visiting Central Oregon – Bend’s French Market could be right up your alley.

Inspired by the European travels of Executive Chef, Luke Mason and owners, Phil and Judy Lipton who lived abroad in France and Spain, the French Market opened in 2017. Chef Mason encourages guests to order small plates that can be shared and experienced together, but his team also whips up unique entrees that impress along with artisan pizzas topped with seasonal ingredients.

The French Market offers a full-bar, local and regional craft beer and an extensive wine selection. Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekend when it can be tough to get a table.

Start the Day Off Right: Central Oregon’s Best Breakfast Spots

There might be some debatable data out there about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. But I think we can all get behind the idea that it’s the most delicious meal of the day. (Because, bacon.)

Central Oregon has tons of great spots for your morning meal – whether you prefer the stick-to-you-gut favorites like pancakes, waffles, bacon & eggs, or lighter fare like muffins, croissants, quiches and more.

Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro, McKay Cottage, and Cafe Sintra are three of our favorite spots because of their diverse menus, fun atmosphere and, of course, delicious food. (All three also serve lunch.)

Rockin’ Daves serves up a variety of bagel sandwiches and full breakfasts like the House Hash, which includes your choice of pastrami, corned beef, pulled pork or pork belly. Looking for the perfect on-the-go breakfast to take along on your hike? You can build your own massive breakfast burritos to stuff into your backpack.

McKay Cottage, located across the street from the Deschutes River in the heart of Bend, has been one of the region’s top breakfast spots for years. In fact, readers of our local alternative weekly have named it “Bend’s Best Breakfast” every year since 2010. The cozy cottage is always filled with hungry patrons while the spacious front yard serves as an outdoor dining room when weather permits.

The cozy cottage is always filled with hungry patrons while the spacious front yard serves as an outdoor dining room when weather permits. Enjoy dishes like stuffed French toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, biscuits and gravy and several variations of eggs benedict. McKay Cottage also offers award-winning scones, muffins and more.

In Sunriver, Cafe Sintra has become the go-to spot for breakfast with a unique menu featuring eight different omelets, five delicious eggs benedict options, spinach & egg crepes and much more (including pancakes.)