Wrap yourself in a blanket of Oregon stars. Indulge in the spectacular majesty of a dark night sky aglow with the astral wonder of constellations, and the silhouettes of dark pines and mountain peaks in the distance. Leave the white noise of the city behind to bask in the firmament wonders of Central Oregon.
A short drive from Bend, there are a number of popular lookouts for stargazing, and Wanderlust Tours, a nationally renowned ecotourism company, guides starlit adventures in both the winter and summer months.
For an ideal combination of luxury, scenery, and adventure, book a dinner canoe trip with Wanderlust Tours. Enjoy linen and silver service by the shores of a pristine Cascade lake. Dinner includes salmon filet, tri-tip beef, and sausage paired with hand-selected Oregon wines. As needlepoint stars begin to dot the sky, depart by canoe into satiny black water while Wanderlust’s guides point out the constellations and share stories about Greek mythology.
And if the moon is calling you, Wanderlust Tours offers full moon canoe tours. Glide through the luminous mirror of an alpine lake with the silhouette of Mount Bachelor in the distance.
In the winter months, your lunar escapades begin on snowshoes and end at one of Wanderlust’s hand-made snow amphitheaters where a bonfire and desserts from Sparrow Bakery await you. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a raspberry almond tortina while sharing an unforgettable evening with family and friends.
For those who prefer to plot their own astral adventures, there are several pullouts along the Cascade Lakes Highway with magnificent views. Both Sparks Lake and Devils Lake have wide paved parking lots perfect for a short evening stop. Burgeoning astronomers should make the 26 mile trek out to the Pine Mountain Observatory, which is run by the University of Oregon and has has a number of telescopes and camp sites if you’d like to stay the night.