Nestled alongside the Deschutes River, the Old Mill District is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, tasting rooms, shops and riverside trails right in the heart of Bend.
Local shopping favorites like Vanilla Urban Threads, Confluence Fly Shop and Ginger’s Kitchenware anchor the Old Mill District, which also includes classic national brands such as REI and Regal Cinemas. Altogether, more than 55 different businesses make up the area’s distinct shopping and dining scene, built upon and inspired by the rustic architecture of the former Brooks-Scanlon lumber mill that dominated Bend’s economy for much of the 20th century.
Proud host to some of Bend’s most dynamic dining concepts, the Old Mill District is a foodie’s dream with more than a dozen food and drink concepts. Greg’s Grill offers up delicious, upscale Pacific Northwest fare along with spectacular views of the Cascades. Boxwood Kitchen makes some of the best cocktails and comfort food in town. And Va Piano Vineyards and Naked Winery’s tasting rooms have become go-to spots for locals looking to sample some of the most innovative wine produced in the Pacific Northwest.
The Old Mill District is also home to the scenic Les Schwab Amphitheater, the state’s largest outdoor concert venue. Each summer more than a dozen shows take place at the Amphitheater along the banks of the Deschutes River.
These are some of the activities and places my mom and I have done in the past and have absolutely loved! Most mother, daughter vacations need a cute hotel where you can relax in at the end of the day. My recommendation would be the Pine Ridge Inn, but there are plenty of other cute hotels in Bend to choose from! My favorite activities to do with my mom in Bend are paddle boarding on Elk Lake, hiking, and enjoying the delicious food this town has to offer. The other activities mentioned are a fun combination of in town shopping and dining, along with outdoor activities. This will help keep you both on your toes as you switch from various activities and will allow for plenty of bonding time!
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