What to do while everyone else goes skiing in Bend

What to do while everyone else goes skiing in Bend

Bend is an epic ski town. Everyone knows that. But not everyone skis. Heck, I’ve lived here 21 years and only once have I strapped boards to my feet and aimed them down a slope. I can vouch for the fact that there’s tons of stuff to do in Bend … Continue reading

5 ways to make the snow fall in Bend

5 ways to make the snow fall in Bend

I’ll admit it, I’m superstitious. I step over sidewalk cracks and pick up pennies for good luck. I believe that if I wash my car on Monday, it’s guaranteed to rain on Tuesday. (This might be why my car is perpetually filthy, but let’s not dwell). Statistically speaking, Bend is … Continue reading

Find budget-friendly Bend fun for $6 or less (or free!)

Find budget-friendly Bend fun for $6 or less (or free!)

Vacations can be expensive. Between the cost of hotel stays, restaurant meals, and must-have souvenirs, you catch yourself wincing each time you bust out the credit card. But you don’t have to break the bank to vacation in Bend. Here are 9 ways to have fun for $6 or less … Continue reading

It’s time to go sledding in Bend, Oregon

It’s time to go sledding in Bend, Oregon

A series of storms moving through Bend recently left behind a glorious abundance of powdery white stuff, and there’s more on the way. What better way to celebrate than by grabbing your saucer sled and rediscovering your inner child on a snowy slope? Here’s how to make the most of … Continue reading

Pack the 10 essentials for your Bend winter adventure

Pack the 10 essentials for your Bend winter adventure

Avid outdoor adventurers know the phrase “ten essentials.” Some even have a list tattooed on their foreheads. But for more casual explorers, a few reminders can be helpful. Yes, we know we should pack that mini-flashlight for our ski picnic, but where the @#$% did we put the darn thing? … Continue reading

5 reasons less snow makes this a great winter to visit Bend

5 reasons less snow makes this a great winter to visit Bend

This morning we woke to the news that Mt. Bachelor had six inches of new powder overnight, and it’s still snowing. Storms will keep blowing through the Pacific Northwest over the next week, bringing much-needed snow to Oregon’s ski areas. Okay, so all that aside, it’s tough to miss the … Continue reading

6 reasons winter’s great in Bend (even if you don’t ski!)

6 reasons winter’s great in Bend (even if you don’t ski!)

It happens every autumn. I’ll post to Visit Bend’s Facebook page about snow falling in Bend, or an accumulation of inches at Mt. Bachelor and folks will respond one of two ways: Wooooohooooo!!! Awesome! Or, alternately: Ugh. I’m not ready for winter. Here’s where I confess I sometimes fall in … Continue reading

6 things to get your hands on as winter comes to Bend

6 things to get your hands on as winter comes to Bend

There’s snow in the mountains, frost on the grass, and predictions of a harsh winter slated to hit Bend for the 2017-2018 season. In other words, it’s time to put away the kayak and start preparing for snowball fights, bluebird ski days, and slippery sidewalks. Here are 6 things you … Continue reading