Bend’s Vintage-to-Urban Vibe

Bend’s Vintage-to-Urban Vibe

  Level 2 Global Restaurant and Lounge There are roughly eight billion great restaurants in Bend, Oregon and when there’s a new kid in town, they’ve got a lot to prove. All eyes are on Level 2 these days, the Global Restaurant and Lounge in the Old Mill District. My … Continue reading

I Do, I Do, I DO Believe in Ghosts!

I Do, I Do, I DO Believe in Ghosts!

Haunted Historical Buildings in Bend, Oregon Do you believe in ghosts? The good folks at the Des Chutes Historical Society certainly do, and on Halloween weekend, they’ll take you on a tour of six historical buildings in downtown Bend, all rumored to have “paranormal” activity. They are also presenting “An … Continue reading

Tales of Hallows Eve

Tales of Hallows Eve

You follow a cloaked figure, lantern swaying, along dark, a winding path into the corners of the night. A raven appears like magic, an owl hoots over your shoulder, and you can hear raptors in the distance, waiting, eyes gleaming with hunger. Have you woken to find yourself in Sleepy … Continue reading

Rock Star Authors

Rock Star Authors

The Nature of Words Bend, Oregon: November 3-7, 2010 Ellie Waterston has wings for shoes.  Keeping up with her is tough. So when she announced, nigh on seven years ago, that she and her Golden Rolodex were launching Central Oregon’s first ongoing literary festival, The Nature of Words, I was … Continue reading

I am Indie!

I am Indie!

BendFilm Festival October 7-10, 2010 The first time I went to the BendFilm Festival – in its 2003 premier – it blew my socks off. O.F.F. That our little town of Bend, Oregon had the cache to score this type of event made droves of Bend-o-philes very proud indeed. Now … Continue reading

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Autumn

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Autumn

My Top 3 Autumn Trails (and the 3 Best Reasons to Get on Them, Now) It smells like autumn now in Bend, Oregon. And it feels different … outside and in. As in “within.” What is it about the change of season each fall that makes all my senses do … Continue reading

The Labor of Love: Deschutes Brewery

The Labor of Love: Deschutes Brewery

  Q: Why would the keepers of Deschutes Brewery dump $250,000 worth of perfectly good beer down the drain? A: Because it wasn’t perfectly good beer. It was good beer. But it was not perfect beer. This – plus many other interesting beer-esque tidbits – I learned at a recent … Continue reading

Playing with the Queen of Hearts

Playing with the Queen of Hearts

Science Meets Art at Oregon Spirit Distillers Brad Irwin has always been a gambler, a player of games. Former owner of Gambit Games in Bend, Oregon, Irwin let the spirit move him one fine day, and he began the process of launching a new label in town: Oregon Spirit Distillers. … Continue reading

Fall is in the Air, the Streets, and the Parks

Fall is in the Air, the Streets, and the Parks

Scout is about two feet long, fluffy, with a pointed nose and a stance approximately three inches off the ground. He’s also a mighty athlete, motivated through practice sessions by high-octane treats. Which is going to come in handy for him on September 25, when dozens of miniature daschunds take … Continue reading