IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN … UNLESS YOU’RE IN BEND, OREGON! GREEN BUSINESSES ARE PLENTIFUL IN THIS MINI-METROPOLITAN CITY.
Oregon leads the nation in sustainable energy technology and green building, and our little mountain town is no exception. From the large-scale photovoltaic solar panel manufacturer Advanced Energy, to locally owned and operated coffee roaster, Strictly Organic, Bend companies have our environment in mind.
Plan your adventures in Bend around an array of excursions with Wanderlust Tours, an eco-tourism provider incorporating sustainable practices and low-impact experiences into all their trips. Other notable green recreation providers include Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe and Ouzel Outfitters, specializing in human-powered vacations exploring the great waterways of Central Oregon.
If you’re looking for gear or outdoor clothing for your Bend adventure, visit the Gear Fix before investing in new equipment. Buying secondhand not only cuts down on waste and resources from manufacturing, but saves you money. Need outdoor gear for your pooch? Consider supporting Bend-based Ruff Wear, longtime supporters of the Conservation Alliance protecting outdoor spaces so dogs and humans can enjoy them for years to come.
Bend also has an exceptional selection of small grocery stores offering local and organic options. Head to Newport Avenue Market, where free-range meats, imported cheese, and even sushi made on-site will appeal to the most discerning foodie. If you’re here in the summer, don’t miss the Bend Farmers Market every Wednesday afternoon in downtown Bend and every Thursday afternoon at Whole Foods.
GREEN LODGING & RESTAURANTS IN BEND, OREGON
Sustainable tourism is a great way to connect travelers with the community they’re exploring. Whether this means carpooling to a beautiful destination or opting to re-use linens in your hotel for the length of your stay, your traveling decisions can help keep Bend a beautiful place to visit for years to come.
The environment is a priority for a number of Bend hotels and restaurants. The Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend has made national headlines for its status as an “Eco-Chic” boutique hotel. The Oxford takes the commitment seriously, with sustainable building materials and bedding along with environmentally friendly practices like cleaning without chemicals and operating on 100% renewable energy.
The Riverhouse on the Deschutes, situated just one mile north of downtown on the Deschutes River, is the only hotel & convention center facility in the State of Oregon to be awarded a LEED Silver Certification. They have implemented high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems along with energy saving lighting, and they’ve made a commitment to 100% renewable energy through Mount Bachelor Village Resort have been recognized for their commitment to recycling, low-flow water saving devices, and Energy Star appliances.
Are vacation rentals more your style? Mount Bachelor Village Resort has numerous options in a resort setting along the Deschutes River. You can also check into Helios Eco-House, Oregon’s only LEED gold certified Bend rental off Newport Avenue.
When it’s time to fill your belly, be sure to visit some of Bend’s most earth-friendly dining establishments. At Deschutes Brewery, the spent grain used in the brewing process is turned into the pizzas and pretzels which are served at the downtown pub. The rest is shipped off to feed cows at a local cattle ranch that, in turn, provides the meat for the pub’s hamburgers.
Both Jackson’s Corner and CHOW restaurants have made a name for themselves using organic and locally grown produce in their dishes. Jackson’s corner also uses local meats produced in sustainable, humane ways. For fine dining, check out Ariana Restaurant, where you might even score a seat next to their fresh herb garden if you sit outside on a warm summer evening.
900 Wall Restaurant serves up locally grown specials like an Heirloom Tomato Salad and the Carlton Farms Pork Loin. And just a few doors down, Joolz Restaurant mixes the local with Lebanese cuisine, with specialties like Hummus on the Range and the Simpson Ranch Elk Burger.
GREEN DAY SPAS & SHOPPING IN BEND, OREGON
If you want to spoil yourself without spoiling the environment, head over to Anjou Spa for a little pampering. As Bend’s premier green spa, Anjou celebrates sustainable, natural, organic products in their treatments, facilities, and retail merchandise. Your facials will feel a whole lot better using good-for-you-products. Speaking of facials and good-for-you products, head to Angelina Organic Skin Care for naturally made beauty products made with organic botanicals sourced right here in Central Oregon.
If your idea of going green involves shopping for secondhand treasures, Bend has plenty to offer. For clothing and other goodies, check out Cosa Cura. They’ve got a fabulous selection of designer denim, ultra-cool accessories, and even local labels. No visit to Bend is complete unless you go home with a pair of hot cowboy boots. Cowgirl Cash in downtown Bend specializes in vintage and pre-owned western boots, apparel, and accessories.
While you’re in the downtown area, be sure to hit Feather’s Edge Finery. The shop is an eclectic mix of handmade goods – including oodles of things made from eco-friendly materials – along with quirky salvaged items like vintage suitcases, rickety ladders, and funky old doors.
When it comes to antiques, Iron Horse is one of Bend’s best kept secrets, with an eclectic inventory that seems to change daily. Other great hotspots for used furniture, antiques, and one-of-a-kind household goodies include Redeux and Pomegranate Home & Garden.