While some go on vacation to escape a lengthy to-do list, hardcore DIYers get twitchy without a task.
Even if you’re not a serious do-it-yourselfer, there’s something rewarding about devoting a bit of vacation time to creating something. Bonus: You go home with a new skill, a special souvenir, or both.
For those who crave the DIY experience, here are 10 options to try in Bend.
Brew your own batch of beer
Beer fanatics who’ve dreamed of crafting their own unique brew under the guidance of a professional brewer can make their dreams come true at Immersion Brewing. Their BIY (that’s Brew-It-Yourself) sessions last two hours and offer more than 30 recipes to choose from.
Prices range from $180-$220, depending on the recipe, but that includes all ingredients, bottles, caps, and custom labels, and about five gallons of your very own craft beer. This makes an awesome activity for friends or corporate groups.
Paint some pottery
This is a fun one to do with kids. Earth Fire Art on NE Revere Ave. offers a fun array of ceramic items including mugs, vases, salad bowls, and more. Just walk in, pick your pottery, and get busy creating your own unique design. There are tons of items to pick from, and prices start at just $10.
When you’re done, they’ll apply a non-toxic clear glaze and fire it in their kiln. The process can take 7-10 days, so this is a good activity to slot in early on your Bend vacation.
Make something tasty to fill your belly
Want to hone your culinary skills or learn something specific like how to make the perfect Father’s Day dinner or ways to cook with beer?
The Kindred Creative Kitchen offers cooking classes for lots of different ages and skill levels. There are kids’ cooking classes, couples’ workshops, youth camps, and even special cooking courses like ladies’ chocolate night or men’s cooking class.
Check out their schedule for their current lineup of classes, and prepare to have your tummy say thank you.
Welding and woodworking and jewelry, oh my!
Bend’s DIY Cave offers a variety of unique classes from welding to jewelry-making to woodworking to auto repair to candle-making.
Their schedule of classes changes constantly, so there’s always something new popping up. Prices are super-reasonable, and there are even options for kids and parents to try together.
Fun times with yarn
Want to pick up a new hobby or hone your skills for an existing one? Try your hand at knitting or crocheting with one of the classes offered at Fancywork Yarn Shop.
They offer workshops for all skill levels, including free learn to knit classes as well as more advanced offerings devoted to specific projects like shawls and socks. They also offer a 10% discount on all materials purchased for classes.
Make jewelry, write a poem, paint with coffee
A micro-model for global sustainability, The Workhouse offers a platform for local artists to connect with each other and with conscientious buyers. Aside from the retail gallery and on-site studios, they offer events and educational programming for everyone.
Classes range from writing to figure drawing to jewelry making to painting with coffee or beer (yes, really!) Register online early to get dibs on limited spaces.
Wine and painting
You’ve seen the trend, and it’s available in Bend from a couple different companies. Participants swill vino while learning to paint a cool scene. No experience is necessary, and both Art & Wine Oh My and Splash Wine Paint Create offer gift certificates.
Tie your own flies for fishing
This one’s only offered January through March, but mark it on your calendar now so you’re ready for
next year’s fly fishing season.
Confluence Fly Shop in the Old Mill District offers fly tying classes that teach you to do everything from putting thread on the hook to creating a finished fly that’s practically guaranteed to snag a fat steelhead. Classes can fill quickly, so be sure to reserve ahead.
Community learning through COCC
Central Oregon Community College offers a huge array of community learning classes, including automotive, gardening, cooking, and tons of art options. They even have classes for kiddos, so you can send the offspring to cupcake camp while you learn to make a pine needle basket and your significant other takes a class on home brewing or tax preparation (or both, since they kinda go together).