Your guide to a perfect spring day in Downtown Bend

Your guide to a perfect spring day in Downtown Bend

When my sister-in-law visits from Seattle, she has a few requests: a trek around the Bend Ale Trail and a handful of the city’s best bars, then snow play or standup paddleboarding. But her chief request is for one full, gloriously uninterrupted day to explore Downtown Bend. I can’t say … Continue reading

Plan the ultimate winter girls’ getaway to Bend, Oregon

Plan the ultimate winter girls’ getaway to Bend, Oregon

March is a fab time to be female in Bend. That’s thanks in part to Bend Women’s March, which offers enough female-centric hiking, biking, film screenings, and celebrations of womankind to make your head spin all month long. But even if you’re not visiting for that, we’ve got tons of … Continue reading

Enjoy a walkable Westside day in Bend

Enjoy a walkable Westside day in Bend

It’s no secret that summer is the season of roadwork in Bend, and right now there’s a major improvement project underway on Bend’s popular 14th Street (also known as Century Drive). The downside of the construction? Driving along 14th can be tricky right now, and periodic sidewalk closures can make … Continue reading

4 ways to relish the sound of silence in Bend, Oregon

4 ways to relish the sound of silence in Bend, Oregon

Listen. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of . . . well, nothing. Something funny happens in Bend each year during the weeks that follow a chaotic Christmas break and precede the visitor uptick in mid-February for Presidents’ Weekend. Traffic dies down, shops and restaurants go quiet, and there’s … Continue reading

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

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

Six signs spring is on its way to Bend, Oregon

Six signs spring is on its way to Bend, Oregon

Last weekend I ventured over the mountains to Salem where cherry trees are blooming and the ground is awash in tulips and bluebells. Here in Bend, springtime isn’t quite as flashy. Sure, we saw temperatures in the mid-sixties this week, but I’ll bet my snow shovel we’ve got at least … Continue reading