12 creative ways to use the extra hour in Bend

The time of year has arrived when you have to turn your clocks back an hour for Daylight Savings. This means different things to different people, but to us, it means gaining an extra hour to have more fun in Bend, Oregon.

Here are 12 creative ways to use that additional hour while in town.

Start your day with some caffeine at one of Bend’s many coffee shops. Thump Coffee and Bellatazza are two local favorites right in downtown Bend, and are cute places to hang before you start your downtown shopping at 10am. Another fun way to kick off your day is by squeezing in a short hike on Shevlin Park‘s 2.5 mile Tumalo Creek Trail.

Grab a Bend happy hour at one of Bend’s infamous restaurants and bars. One of our favorites? Bend Brewing Company, where you can enjoy lawn games in addition to their happy hour menu Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm.

Get a 60-minute spa treatment at a relaxing day spa, such as the ultimate “green” spa experience (complete with organic products) at Anjou Spa.

Use your lunch hour “wisely”, and by wisely we mean make sure you don’t waste it on bad food. You can’t go wrong with tacos, especially those at El Sancho. There are also many can’t-go-wrong restaurants at the Old Mill District, which also includes some good shopping to help you work up an appetite.

Book an hour of bike time with a rental from Bend Electric Bikes. This gives you a little oomph to your pedal power to help you see more sights in the 60-minute timeframe. You can even book a tour if you want someone else to guide the way.

Who doesn’t like old school video games? Vector Volcano is only $5 to play all the classics for one hour, and they even serve craft beer so you can sip some suds while you get your game on. This is also a great way to spend an hour indoors if the weather’s not too great.

Since November is Bend Ale Trail Month, and visiting at least one brewery is obviously on your must-do list while you’re in Bend, you should definitely hit up a craft brewery or two along the Bend Ale Trail.

While you’re at it, McMenamins Old Saint Francis School has a a relaxing saltwater pool to help you relax before enjoying a beer or movie.

And finally, since you’re already living it up in all of Bend’s mountain glory, you might as well take a page from Bend’s Visit Like A Local program and help leave Bend better than you found it. It can be as simple as picking up litter while you’re out on your hike or shopping.

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