4 Bend “firsts” worth celebrating this winter

On September 23, Mt. Bachelor became the first ski area in North America to offer skiing and snowboarding in advance of the 2017-18 winter season when an early storm dumped more than a foot of snow. Though that was only for a weekend, they followed it up this week by … Continue reading

7 spots to enjoy live music outdoors in Bend this summer

Is there anything as magical as an outdoor concert with sunshine on your bare arms and a warm breeze carrying a melody out over the sparkling river? Bend’s summer months are brimming with opportunities to enjoy music in the great outdoors, and here are 7 of my favorites.   Ticketed … Continue reading

8 things that haven’t changed much at all in Bend

So my grandma died yesterday. I know I’m usually upbeat on this blog, so I promise I’ll still lace this post with a few doses of irreverent humor. I’ve been feeling nostalgic about my childhood summers in Central Oregon. I’m a fourth-generation Oregonian who grew up in Salem, but for … Continue reading

10 things you won’t hear people say in Bend, Oregon

There are many things that make Bend unique. Endless sunshine. A spellbinding volcanic landscape. More breweries than you can shake a pint at. But it goes beyond that into the little idiosyncrasies of our language and the things you will (and won’t!) hear folks say around here. Before someone takes … Continue reading

8 fab ways to do the Bend, Oregon art scene in 2015-2016

Bend’s reputation as a beer and outdoor adventure mecca occasionally overshadows some of the more subtle attractions that leave visitors feeling giddy as a puppy gulping Dawg Grog. But after watching Bend’s art scene explode over the last couple years, I’m thrilled to see how many folks have realized they … Continue reading