5 ways to double your fun in Bend this spring

5 ways to double your fun in Bend this spring

Ahhh…spring. It’s officially here, but it doesn’t look much like it does in other parts of the state. This morning I stood and watched fat, fluffy snowflakes settle on the crocuses wiggling up through my frosty lawn. By afternoon, I’ll leash the dogs and head for the Badlands where I … Continue reading

8 inspiring winter hikes in Central Oregon

8 inspiring winter hikes in Central Oregon

Hiking. It’s one of most searched-for terms on the Visit Bend website, and nearly half of Bend visitors have the activity on their bucket lists. Even in winter months, everyone still wants to hike. True, some of the high-elevation hikes are off-limits this time of year, but you’ll still find … Continue reading

Plan a titillating tryst for Mother Nature and Old Man Winter

Plan a titillating tryst for Mother Nature and Old Man Winter

This week marks the first official day of winter 2018, but Bend fanatics have been celebrating the snow-dusted great outdoors for weeks. With ample white stuff in the mountains (nearly 100 inches at Mt. Bachelor since Oct. 1!) now’s a great time to head outside and savor the shivery flirtation … Continue reading

3 things to know about prime sunset season in Bend

3 things to know about prime sunset season in Bend

Bend’s legendary sunsets are something you can appreciate all year long, and there’s not a week in the calendar year when we aren’t treated to technicolor eye candy in the sky. But there’s extra magic in the air each August, so here are three things to know about Bend’s season … Continue reading

How to avoid lighting Bend on fire

How to avoid lighting Bend on fire

So, you’re fired up about your Bend vacation. You should be! Summer’s a great time for hiking, biking, paddling, and camping in this high desert oasis. It’s also a great time to inadvertently start a forest fire, which really shouldn’t be one of your vacation goals. Wildfire is a natural … Continue reading

What you should know about floating the Deschutes River in 2018

What you should know about floating the Deschutes River in 2018

Whether you’re drawn to Bend by the breweries, the hiking trails, or the mountain biking, there’s one activity that’s almost certainly on your to-do list if you visit between late-May and September: Floating the river. I know this because previous blogs I’ve written on the subject remain our most highly-trafficked … Continue reading

4 Bend “firsts” worth celebrating this winter

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