5 reasons fall is the best time to Visit Bend

5 reasons fall is the best time to Visit Bend

With the official first day of fall happening this weekend (September 22, 2018), there’s a secret I need to tell you. You know how everyone says summertime in Bend is the cat’s pajamas? Most folks think so, based on summer hotel occupancy alone. But the truth is that summer’s quieter … Continue reading

7 Bend secrets that’ll save you money

7 Bend secrets that’ll save you money

Bend locals are a sharing bunch, but we’re notoriously protective of secret trails, special hideaways, and lesser-known vistas we prefer to keep to keep to ourselves. All that to say I’m not giving away those kinds of secrets in this post, but I am coughing up 7 of my favorite … Continue reading

10 fun DIY experiences for do-it-yourselfers in Bend

10 fun DIY experiences for do-it-yourselfers in Bend

While some go on vacation to escape a lengthy to-do list, hardcore DIYers get twitchy without a task. Even if you’re not a serious do-it-yourselfer, there’s something rewarding about devoting a bit of vacation time to creating something. Bonus: You go home with a new skill, a special souvenir, or … Continue reading

6 ways to be a kid again in Bend, Oregon

6 ways to be a kid again in Bend, Oregon

All of us have family vacation memories from the days we were carefree kiddos who didn’t have to worry about annoying trip details like finding the perfect Bend hotel or kid-friendly restaurant. Just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean you should surrender the idea of experiencing Bend with the … Continue reading

5 reasons autumn is awesome in Bend, Oregon

5 reasons autumn is awesome in Bend, Oregon

Everyone has a time of year they love more than any other in Bend, and for me, that time is now. Nights have turned chilly and trees have gone from ablaze in the literal sense (@#$% forest fires) to ablaze in autumnal hues of red, orange, and yellow leaves. Crowds … Continue reading

13 spots for indoorsy fun in Bend, Oregon

13 spots for indoorsy fun in Bend, Oregon

Forest fire season is upon us, and with several large blazes raging around Oregon, Bend has seen a bit of smoke this week. A short walk with the dog last night left us both smelling like we’d spent the evening by a bonfire, and folks with respiratory problems have been … Continue reading

6 reasons it’s great to be a tourist in Bend, Oregon

6 reasons it’s great to be a tourist in Bend, Oregon

I’m writing this post from 5,570 miles from Central Oregon, which seems weird for a tourism blog devoted to Bend. But being in Barcelona right now has me in “tourist mode” instead of “tourism promotion mode,” which spurred a few observations worth sharing. While I’ve bopped my way between countless … Continue reading

6 ways to enjoy Bend, Oregon when traveling solo

6 ways to enjoy Bend, Oregon when traveling solo

My husband is traveling on business this week, so I’ve spent lots of time talking to the dog   drinking milk from the carton  exploring Bend on my own. Obviously, it’s not the first time in my 42+ years as an Oregonian that I’ve hung out solo in Central Oregon, but … Continue reading