What to do with 2 hours in Bend?

What to do with 2 hours in Bend?

Several times a day, visitors rush into the Bend Visitor Center in a big hurry. “We’re passing through and only have two hours,” they pant. “What should we do?” It’s a common enough inquiry that it seemed smart to share a few options. While truly seeing Bend takes several days … Continue reading

4 ways to get your last hit of winter in Bend

4 ways to get your last hit of winter in Bend

Flowers are blooming, kayakers are flocking to the Deschutes in droves, and popular roadways are flinging open their gates and shoveling snow like mad. All signs point to summer’s arrival in Bend, but if you’re not ready to let winter go, you can still get your fix. Here are 4 … Continue reading

What’s open in Bend as Memorial Weekend 2019 approaches?

What’s open in Bend as Memorial Weekend 2019 approaches?

It’s that time of year when every fan of Bend, Oregon becomes bizarrely fascinated by road conditions. Which seasonal gates are open? Is the snow cleared yet from that road? Can I access my favorite recreation playground? Relax, road watchers. We’ve got your answers as of May 16, 2019. Cascade … Continue reading

What mom really wants for Mother’s Day 2019 in Bend

What mom really wants for Mother’s Day 2019 in Bend

Ever ask your mom what she wants and get the ol’ “Just you, dear” in response? Yeah, she’s lying. Moms are selfless creatures programmed to put everyone else’s needs first, but that doesn’t mean she should get shortchanged on holidays. Here are a few things your mom really wants in … Continue reading

6 ways to kickstart spring rejuvenation in Bend

6 ways to kickstart spring rejuvenation in Bend

Ahhh, spring. It’s the season of renewal and rejuvenation (and maybe a little confusion, as our yo-yo weather swings from single-digit temps to short-sleeve weather in a single day). If your springtime plans include a little joyful rebirth, here are six ways to get that in Bend. Score some fresh … Continue reading

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

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

What’s open in Bend as Memorial Weekend 2018 approaches?

What’s open in Bend as Memorial Weekend 2018 approaches?

We’re still a month from the official first day of summer 2018, but peak season in Bend begins a bit earlier than that. Each year, roads and attractions that close for the winter season start popping open like beautiful spring blooms in the weeks surrounding Memorial Day. Here’s what’s open … Continue reading

5 things to do before winter vanishes in Bend

5 things to do before winter vanishes in Bend

It’s officially been spring for more than a month now, but those of us in Bend know the new season is seldom ushered in by a fanfare of flowers and warm weather. Our little high desert mountain town sees winter temps well into May, and most of us don’t put … Continue reading