It wouldn’t be the first time that we were described as dog loving, outdoor living, craft beer enthusiasts. If you’ve never visited our charming, cosmopolitan mountain town, be prepared to be seduced.
Bend is the perfect picture of outdoor life. Nestled in a picturesque valley with seven towering snow capped mountains in the background. Our town boasts 300 days a year of sunshine, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, world class mountain climbing on Smith Rock, over 700 miles of maintained mountain biking trails called Phil’s Trails, more then 50 fisheries within 45 minutes of town including the famous Deschutes River which meanders its way right through the middle of town. If the scenery doesn’t grab you then surely the social life will. Bend is home to 27 micro breweries in and around Bend, 4 distilleries and over 500 restaurants. It’s topped the lists of “Best Places to Live” for years, and you will be hard-pressed to find a local that disagrees.
If it’s your first time visiting, or you’d just like a little direction on this trip, may we suggest what we would consider to be the “perfect” Bend, OR. day?
While Bend is known for its many stylish hotels, our favorite is the luxurious Oxford Hotel, located right in the heart of historic downtown. The rooms are beautiful and the staff is amazing. Prepare to be pampered!!
Next up is breakfast. Stroll downtown and check out the Sparrow Bakery, which is a locals favorite, and order the vanilla cardamom spiced ocean rolls. This place is famous for these, and they will sell out so don’t sleep in too late!
After breakfast, why not check out some of the hiking trails that we’re so famous for? You don’t even have to leave the City limits to take advantage of the Deschutes River Trail (view map), which starts near the Old Mill District and meanders along the Deschutes for just over 3 miles. Bring your fishing pole if you’re into that, as there’s no shortage of spots to cast in!
By now the sun should have warmed the day up enough for some stand up paddle board (Stand on Liquid). Stroll into the Old Mill District, maybe do a little shopping and then take a short drive right next to the HB shop and rent a board from Stand on Liquid. You will quickly find out why Bend has been crowned “Best SUP Getaway” by Outside magazine. You can SUP right through the Old Mill District and into downtown, and then grab the bus at the end, it comes by every 15 minutes to take you back up river because you will want to do it all over again.
Now that you’ve worked off that ocean roll from Sparrow Bakery, it’s time for lunch! Wild Rose is a casual yet chic Northern Thai restaurant downtown that will not disappoint. Their Grandfathers Tom Kha soup is the best I’ve ever had, combined with ANY curry on the menu and a side of the best brown rice on the planet. You’ll have a meal you will not soon forget.
After lunch, find out why Bend has been called “Beer Town USA” and the "Napa Valley of Beer". With more breweries per capita than any other city in the US, it truly is a beer lover’s paradise. Hop on a Cycle Pub (which is an experience in itself) and spend the afternoon on the Bend Ale Trail exploring our award winning craft-style breweries. There's even an app to help you find your way to each brewery on the, Bend Ale Trail.
And to finish up your Bend day, treat yourself to the best restaurant we have to offer: Zydeco. Steps away from the Oxford Hotel, the atmosphere, service and food are amazing. I challenge you to find one dish that doesn’t rock your world. The barbecued shrimp and grits appetizer is my personal favorite! We've even created a map for you with all of our favorite places.
National Geographic "America’s 10 Best Mountain Bike Towns ~ 2015"
Men's Journal "The 10 Best Places to Live Now ~ 2015"
OPB "Bend Crowned No. 1 Beer City In US ~ 2015"
Matador Network "America's 20 Coolest Outdoor Towns ~ 2015"
The Active Times "The Top Adventure Destinations of ~ 2015"
Trip Advisor "Top 25 Hotels in the US, #6 Oxford Hotel ~ 2015"
Huffington Post "5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Tourism Cities ~ 2014"
Washington Post "The City You'll Love to Hate ~ 2014"
Sunset Magazine "Best Places to Live and Work ~ 2014"
National Geographic "Relocating and Adventure ~ 2014"
Livability "Top 10 Romantic Cities ~ 2014"
Sunset Magazine "Fittest Towns in America #5 ~ 2014"