Downtown Bend features a wide array of sophisticated and unique small businesses, from beauty salons to fitness stores, from clothing boutiques to art galleries, and from award-winning restaurants to breweries. If you’re looking to devote a full day to exploring this small but lively patch of Bend, Oregon, here’s a rundown on the best way to do Downtown Bend in a day.

Start by waking up in your balcony-view room in the center of downtown Bend at the Oxford Hotel. Then kick-start your day next door at Mother’s Juice Cafe with coffee, breakfast, and smoothies to-go. From there, you can visit all the fun, local boutique shops downtown offers, from clothing shops to toy stores to art galleries to places just for your dog. After all that shopping, it’s time for lunch, and one of the best places for tacos and margaritas is Barrio. Now that you have a full belly, it’s time to get back outside and enjoy the sunshine. Make your way to Crow’s Feet Commons to rent a couple bikes for your upcoming adventure exploring Drake Park, where you can cruise half a mile of riverfront trails. Whew. You’re probably exhausted right about now, so it’s time to refuel for a fun night ahead. Head to Dogood Cocktail Cabin for some of Bend’s most creative cocktails during happy hour, then do dinner at Zydeco, where you’ll indulge in wine or a cocktail and delicious Northwest cuisine with a Southern twist (don’t forget to try the barbecue shrimp!). Now that you have your second wind, you can finish the night off with some live entertainment at the Tower Theatre, Bend’s historic premier stage for the performing arts.

And now you’re ready for that soft pillow and peace and quiet until tomorrow. What a fun day you’ve had!


10 Below at the Oxford Hotel 10 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97703 541.382.1010 http://www.oxfordhotelbend.com/the-kitchen.htm
Barrio 915 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97703 541.389.2025 http://barriobend.com/
Crow’s Feet Commons 875 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR 97703 541.728.0066 http://crowsfeetcommons.com/
Dogwood Cocktail Cabin 147 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97703 541.706.9949 http://www.thedogwoodcocktailcabin.com/
Drake Park 777 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR 97701 541.389.7275 https://www.bendparksandrec.org/park/drake-park-and-mirror-pond/
Experience Downtown Bend 916 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97703 541.788.3628 http://www.downtownbend.org/
Mother’s Juice Cafe – Downtown 10 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97703 541.382.1870 https://mothersjuicecafe.com/mothers-downtown-kitchen/
Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97703 541.317.0700 http://www.towertheatre.org/
Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails 919 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97703 541.312.2899 http://www.zydecokitchen.com/

 

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