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!
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