Central Oregon Guide for New & Interested Residents

Desert Sky

Capturing the rough-hewn charm of the western homestead, these single-story and two-story homes blend in perfectly with Central Oregon’s natural landscape. You will appreciate the added character of these unique homes, including split-rail fences, handsome rooflines, wainscoting and crown molding. Each unit is within walking distance to the Lakeside Sports Center. Most units have awesome mountain views. Paved walking paths and biking paths intertwine with this western community for a casual friendly atmosphere.

Creekside Village

Luxurious condos begin along a picturesque pond and creek adjacent to the Lakeside Sports Center and kids’ waterpark. They have gorgeous views of the varied Central Oregon landscape as well as the Cascade Mountains. They offer vaulted ceilings, built-in entertainment centers, and much more. Each unit is within walking distance to the Lakeside Sports Center. Paved walking and biking paths often provide an opportunity to see Central Oregon wildlife.

Eagle Creek

Quaint stand alone chalets located along the Ridge Golf Course with views of the small pond and creek, golf course or beautiful Central Oregon landscape. The knotty pine interiors with exposed beams give each Eagle Creek cabin a rustic feel. Units have open ceilings, upstairs private master suites with an attached loft (that can be used as an office or accommodate additional guests), individual living rooms, dining areas and kitchens. Some units include a hot tub on the deck and a jetted tub in the master suite as well. All units are within walking distance of the Ridge Sports Center, Ridge Golf Course, Ridge Putting Course and Challenge Golf Course.

Forest Greens at The Ridge

Perfect for larger groups and family reunions who want several units close together. Each townhome has open ceilings, individual living rooms, dining areas, and kitchens. Many units include a breakfast bar and have hot tubs located on the deck. All townhomes are within walking distance of the Ridge Sports Center, the Ridge Golf Course, Ridge Putting Course and Challenge Golf Course. Almost all of these townhomes have a golf course view.

Riverview Vista Estates and Fairway Vista Estates

Comfortable townhomes overlooking the Deschutes River or the golf course. Each unit has an individual living room, dining area, and kitchen. The master bedroom and bath are located upstairs with a Jacuzzi tub and balcony. Many units come with a garage. Each unit is within walking distance of the Resort Sports Center, Resort Golf Course and the Deschutes River walking trail.

The Challenge Course

The Challenge Course has an average playing time of only three hours per round and is perfect for those with a busy schedule. But don’t let the yardage fool you. Our Challenge Course is a real test that requires an extra-sharp short game and savvy course management skills. This is definitely not an executive course. In fact, in 2006 the Challenge Course was named the Pacific Northwest’s best short course by Links magazine. This appropriately named Par 63 course has fun written all over it. Yet it’s sure to provide a challenge for any golfer.

The Resort Course

The Resort Course is the classic at Eagle Crest, winding through the original resort. This course features two distinctly different nines. It was designed by Oregon’s own Gene “Bunny” Mason and opened in 1986. Number 2 is the signature hole, driving into a canyon 80 feet below. The course plays 6,261 yards with a course rating of 69.1.

The Ridge Course

The Ridge Course is more hilly and scenic, with mature juniper trees lining many fairways. It was designed by John Thronson and first opened in 1993. It plays a little shorter than the Resort Course – 5,616 yards – with a rating of 66.3. The Ridge Course has hosted two Northwest Opens and, most recently, the 2006 Oregon Open. It’s known as a “drivers dream” with ample landing areas for those who like to hit the long ball and features a straightforward, fair layout that challenges players of all levels. The key to scoring your best here lies in negotiating the subtle nuances on each green.

The Putting Course

The all natural 18-hole putting course at the Ridge is great fun for the whole family. This course features roughs, sand traps, and water hazards just like a regular course but you play the whole thing with your putter. You can hear the laughter and fun from hundreds of yards away!

Guest Passes

Please note: Guest passes are required for access to all Sports Centers. You will be issued six guest pass with your reservation – just check in at the main sports center. Eagle Crest Resort will charge an additional fee of $7 a day per guest if you have over 6 guests in your party. Children 2 years and younger do not require a pass. Eagle Ridge Sports Center’s pool area and gymnasium are closed to all other activities when private classes and activities are scheduled.

Main Resort Sports Center

Call 541-923-9627 to confirm hours of operation.
Monday-Saturday: 7:00AM-9:00PM
Sunday: 8:00AM-9:00PM

Ridge Sports Center and Day Spa

Call 541-923-9647 to confirm hours of operation.
Monday-Thursday: 7:00AM-9:00PM (Indoor Pool Hours: *7:45AM-8:45PM)
Friday: 7:00AM-10:00PM (Indoor Pool Hours: *8:45AM-9:45PM)
Saturday: 8:00AM-10:00PM (Indoor Pool Hours: *8:45AM-9:45PM)
Sunday: 8:00AM-9:00PM (Indoor Pool Hours: *7:45AM-8:45PM)
Day Spa Hours: 9:00AM-9:00PM By Appointment

Lakeside Sports Center

Please call 541-923-8706 to confirm hours of operation.
Mondays: 8:00AM- 6:30PM
Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30PM- 6:30PM
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00AM- 12:30PM

* Hours are subject to change and will be posted at each Sports Center. Holiday hours will vary. On inclement weather days the Lakeside Sports Center will remain closed until roads are cleared.

Sports Complex Info

With three large sports centers it’s easy to find a variety of fitness activities to match your mood — and the weather. In the summer, enjoy swimming at one of the outdoor pools or let the kids splash around in the spray park or wading pool. Or, in the winter, swim a few laps at the indoor pool that’s open all year long. The sports centers also offer a large selection of Cybex weight equipment, treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical trainers and stationary and recumbent bikes. Other options include yoga and pilates classes, Innergistics classes, pickleball, aqua aerobics, family wallyball, tennis, and bike rentals — perfect for exploring the more than 11 miles of paved trails throughout the resort or the expansive BLM land to the east of the resort and (of course) all around the Cascade Mountains.

Redmond is a town that’s come alive and is living up to it’s name as “the hub” of Central Oregon. Many activities await you in the charming downtown area including Centennial Park where Redmond’s weekly Farmers Market is held every Tuesday starting in June.

Redmond’s iconic “Welcome to Redmond” archway is a signature piece of the newly revitalized downtown. This 6th Street landmark flanked with flower planters, trees and tables with chairs is the ideal place to meet up with friends or sit and relax while enjoying what downtown Redmond has to offer.

Along with the iconic archway downtown Redmond offers art around the clock put into motion by the Redmond Art Commission and Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places which set into place Redmond’s several permanent public art pieces. A part of Redmond’s permanent collection, Ambroson’s Dignity, a 54-inch high, 3/4-life-size bronze sculpture can be found in front of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center, where she was installed on November 29, 2008. This outdoor gallery is designed to enhance the beauty of the community and is part of the center pieces for Redmond’s Art Walks.

Redmond is recognized throughout Oregon as a jumping off place for all sorts of recreational sports activities, including fishing, boating, waterskiing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and golfing just to name a few.

Brickhouse

Located in the heart of historic downtown Redmond is a warm and welcoming restaurant with a contemporary and casual atmosphere. Serving Central Oregon’s finest food featuring Double R Ranch’s Signature Beef ~ the best natural, hormone free steaks available. The Brickhouse also serves the world’s best seafood. Alaskan red king crab, Australian rock lobster tails, Hawaiian Ahi tuna, fresh wild Alaskan salmon and halibut when in season, live Puget Sound oyster, clams, mussels, and Wild Ocean white prawns. A “from scratch” kitchen with all of their sauces and desserts house made. Wines are stored in a climate controlled cellar at 55 degrees and 50% humidity. Riedel glassware is used for all wines served by the glass or bottle.

Location: Redmond, OR
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Phone: 541-526-1782

Tumalo Feed Company

A Central Oregon landmark for 27 years, Tumalo Feed Company serves one of the best steaks around, with a rustic cowboy atmosphere it makes for an authentic and memorable dining experience. All dinners include an old fashioned root beer float for dessert! You won’t leave hungry.

Location: Bend, OR
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Phone: 541-382-2202

The Original Pancake House

The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary field, and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes, they were able to offer without compromise this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim. The Original Pancake House is a second and third generation family business, which takes great pride in maintaining the high standards that make their food so outstanding. They now have over one hundred franchises from coast to coast, which have won local and national acclaim. Their recipes demand only the very finest of ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour, and their own recipe for sourdough starter. Batters and sauces are made fresh in each restaurant’s kitchen. Signature items include the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection.

Location: Redmond, OR
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Phone: 541-316-2515

In 1988 Oregon’s craft beer making revolution first arrived in Central Oregon with the opening of Deschutes Brewery in Bend. Deschutes Brewery offers free 45 min guided tours and complimentary tastings daily. Call 541-385-8606 for times.

Cycle Pub

For those of you that appreciate good beer, Cycle Pub has partnered with finest Breweries Bend has to offer! Let the tastings begin, check out their brew processes as we navigate from one brewery to another. The Cycle Pub isn’t your average bike, and Bend certainly isn’t your average town. When booking your tour, let them know what you’d like to include to enhance the experience. Guitarist? Sure, rock or country? Pizza or Sandwiches? We know a great local shop. iPod speakers? Already installed. Tours typically run 2 hours in length but are customizable. Cycle Pub can also be booked for the entire day to support your event. Prime dates and holidays fill quickly. Do not forget their family and conference bike that offers a unique family tour for something out of the box while spending quality time with your loved ones.

(541) 678-5051
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GoodLife

If microbrews are your thing then GoodLife Brewery has some exciting news they have become the first brewery in Central Oregon to can beer, available in Bend and Portland. With Descender IPA the first to be canned and Sweet As Pacific Ale next in the running to can later this year. Do not think twice about a drink out of one if these cans as over the years the process has changed and today’s cans are lined with plastic so the beer cannot get a metallic taste from the metal. Also with craft canning being a smaller operation there is lots of control over the process and quality control. Just think of the benefits of cans easier to recycle and lighter which makes taking that six-pack of cans much easier on your hike than a six-pack of bottles.

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GoodLife Brewing

The Bend Ale Trail

Use the Bend Ale Trail Atlas and Passport to discover Bend’s 9 breweries – and for extra credit, head to our neighboring brewery in Sisters to visit the 10th. Make sure you read the rules of the trail before you head out here because if you don’t follow the rules, you don’t get a prize. Get your passport stamped at each brewery location. When you get all 9 stamps, stop by or send your completed passport to the Bend Visitor Center and receive a commemorative Bend Silipint made especially for beer drinkers on the go. If you do your extra credit and visit Sisters, you’ll receive a special surprise.

The Bend Ale Trail gives visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Central Oregon. Learn about the cutting-edge brewing techniques used by Bend’s brewers, meet the artisan brewers who have launched the Bend beer scene onto the World stage, and experience the diversity of styles, art and taste that differentiate each of our region’s breweries.

Pick up the Official Bend Ale Trail atlas at the kiosk in the participating breweries, at the Bend Visitor Center in downtown Bend, the ticket mill at the Old Mill District, or any Central Oregon brochure rack. You can also print a copy of just the passport or download the free app for your iPhone or Android.

Bend Ale Trail

Central Oregon is home to over 100 lakes and more than a dozen nationally renowned streams including the famous fly fishing waters of the Deschutes, Metolius and Crooked Rivers. All of the lakes, as well as the Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoirs, are stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Anyone over the age of 14 must have a license to fish in Oregon waters. Licenses are available wherever bait and tackle are sold. Steelhead fishing is available on the lower Deschutes, which is about a one-hour drive north of Eagle Crest Resort.

If you would like the rugged dramatic canyons that Central Oregon has to offer the Crooked River is for you. This river is open year round for fly fishing with numerous easy access places to cast you pole. The main catch here is Redband Trout and Mountain Whitefish.

Lake Billy Chinook

Known to the residents as the Cove due the Cove Palisades State Park located on the banks. Lake Billy Chinook is known for its trophy Bull Trout. Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures only however this lake is open year round.

Prineville Reservoir

This year round 3,000 acre reservoir is stocked with Rainbow Trout, Bass, Brown Bullhead and Black Crappie. In the winter months the reservoir is popular for ice fishing. Fly fisher prefer to troll Black Woolly Worms, Scud Imitations and Prineville Specials.

Deschutes River With more than ten different stretches of this 252 mile river that includes enormous populations of Rainbow and Brown Trout. The Deschutes is known worldwide for its fly fishing however there are special regulations in effect, all fishing is done while wading.

Metolius River

One of the nation’s largest spring-fed rivers is located northwest of Sisters and is legendary for its beauty and some of the best year round fly fishing in the world. The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery is a great place to learn and feed the fish in their outdoor pools.

High Desert Museum

The High Desert Museum has many activities specifically designed for children and families to enjoy. Story time with crafts or wildlife guests, living history performers who look and act like Oregon Trail travelers and treasure hunts throughout the museum combine to make this a magical place for children and adults alike.

High Desert Museum

Sun Mountain Fun Center

Sun Mountain Fun Center provides a fun family environment with a miniature golf course, go–karts, 80+ arcade and redemption games for all ages, open bowling and cosmic bowling Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Sun Mountain Fun Center

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Start your trip here with a visit to the Lava Lands Visitor Center, five miles south of Bend. The visitor center provides an excellent orientation to the volcanic landscape with interpretive displays and guided tours. The heart of the monument is Newberry Crater, an 18 square mile caldera containing Paulina and East Lakes and beautiful Paulina Falls. A winding gravel road climbs to the top of Paulina Peak where you can take in a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountain range.

Volcanic Monument

Petersen Rock Gardens

Petersen Rock Gardens were started in 1935 by Rasmus Petersen. Mr. Petersen was born in Denmark on July 21, 1883, and came to Central Oregon in 1906. He built a home, began farming, and gradually purchased land until he was cultivating nearly 300 acres. By 1935, he finally time to devote to his yard where he started with a small rock feature near his house. He eventually covered four acres with ponds, bridges, and castles built of rocks he acquired within an 85 mile radius of his home. The rocks include agate, jasper, thundereggs, petrified wood, lava, and obsidian. Mr. Petersen died in 1952, but the Gardens are still owned and operated by family members. In addition to the gardens there is a museum and gift shop.

Petersen Rock Gardens is on the Historic Preservation League of Oregon’s 2011 Most Endangered Places list because of vandalism and deterioration due to climate and deferred maintenance. It is currently being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Friends of Petersen Rock Gardens along with local Historical Organizations are coordinating to help restore and preserve this treasure of Americana. Friends of PRG needs volunteers to do projects at PRG. Contact Allen Roy.

Petersen Rock Gardens

With the enormous Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests in our backyard, Central Oregon is home to hundreds of miles of varied scenery, terrain and great hiking trails. There are many high lakes to explore or you may choose to conquer one of the Cascade peaks, which tower over 9,000 feet. Another spectacular option is to hike a portion of one of the most scenic sections of the fabled Pacific Crest Trail as it travels through the majestic Cascade range. The trail is accessible just west of Sisters.

Smith Rock State Park

Located just north of Redmond, encompasses 651 acres on the Oregon high desert plateau, which hovers around 3000 feet in elevation and offers top flight climbing sites that attract sport climbers from all over the world. There are over 1800 climbing routes in and around the park. The beautiful basalt walls are noted for offering some of the best and most varied climbing in the nation. Local guides have beginning classes for those who have always wanted to try the sport.

Smith Rock

Proxy Falls

If you are looking for a little adventure and a short hike Proxy Falls may be for you. This dual-segmented waterfall that is 200ft tall is an amazing sight. Proxy Falls is located off of the scenic McKenzie Highway 242. This 2 mile one way loop trail, located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, travels through open lava fields and dense forest, offering views of two distinctly different waterfalls.

Proxy Falls

Lava Flows

The lava flows located off of scenic McKenzie Highway 242 are a must see adventure. The .5 mile hike is paved, offering remarkable views of the lava flows from Yapooah Crater. The path is marked by interpretative signs. Dee Wright Observatory is an observation structure at the summit of McKenzie Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The structure is an open shelter constructed with lava stone. It is located in the midst of a large lava flow, and offers an exceptional view of numerous Cascade peaks.

Dee Wright Observatory

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park, located about 100 miles south of Eagle Crest Resort, is Oregon’s only National Park. While the park is open year round, most people plan their visits in the summer months. The park features fantastic Cascade mountain scenery, pristine forests, abundant wildlife, and the deepest lake in America, which rests inside a dormant volcano. Boat excursions around Wizard Island are a popular summer activity.

Crater Lake

Skiing

Mount Bachelor has been called the best ski area in the Northwest and is located just 38 miles from Eagle Crest Resort. From powdery, soft snow to one of the longest ski seasons in the country (typically November- July), Mt. Bachelor has it all. It is not uncommon for our guests to ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon! The mountain provides a vertical drop of 3,365 feet, has 13 lifts and 70 runs to match any skill level. Mt. Bachelor also offers 56 kilometers of cross-country trails. A great family outing is a day playing at the new tubing park at Mt. Bachelor. Hoodoo Ski Bowl, located on the Santiam Pass, has five lifts with a vertical drop of 1,035 feet. Hoodoo also offers 15.8 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails and is located only 35 miles from Eagle Crest Resort.

Hot Air Balloon Flights

Imagine drifting over the rugged beauty of Central Oregon while suspended from a sixty foot tall painting! Big Sky Balloon Company is proud to offer scenic hot air balloon flights in their one of a kind “artaloft” aircraft. Ballooning is a real hands on experience and they welcome you to help with the inflation as well as the take down of the balloon if you like. Following the flight they’ll shuttle you back to enjoy a traditional champagne toast. Flight time is approximately one hour with the entire experience taking about three hours. Safety is their top priority, flights are conducted only when the weather is favorable. Since 1993, they’ve flown many thousands of passengers and maintain a perfect safety record.

Big Sky Balloons

Rafting

The Deschutes River offers some of the best whitewater rafting in the Northwest. In the summer months take an exciting guided tour down the class III and IV rapids, where the beautiful scenery engulfs you and the cool water refreshes you. The half-day Big Eddy trip, which begins just 20 miles from Eagle Crest, will give you a taste of the whitewater adventure. One, two and three-day excursions beginning about 70 miles from the resort will introduce you to life on the river.

Sun Country Tours

Metolius River and Camp Sherman

The Metolius River and Camp Sherman – The Metolius River, one of the nation’s largest spring-fed rivers, runs through the tiny community of Camp Sherman northwest of Sisters and is legendary for its stunning beauty and some of the best year-round fly-fishing in the world. The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery is a fun place to learn about fish and to feed the fingerlings in the outdoor pools.

Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery

Roundabout Art

Our art knows how to have fun. After all, our art plays outside. It’s not just the backdrop of gorgeous mountains and stunning lakes that make Bend’s art scene unique. It’s no surprise Bend can transform even the mundane into something truly breathtaking. That’s the spirit driving the world of art in Bend, and the fuel that feeds the Roundabout Art Route. The Roundabout Art Route is a collection of over 20 pieces of public art on display throughout the city in the most unlikely places – at the center of Bend’s traffic circles. Each roundabout holds a unique display of art designed to enhance the cultural environment for Bend visitors and residents. It’s sponsored by Art in Public Places, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing art to the community of Bend.

How to Play the Art Game-It’s easy to do the Roundabout Art Route at your own pace. Simply pick up the map at the Bend Visitor Center and make your way to a minimum of 10 out of the 20 roundabout sculptures in the city. Answer the trivia questions on your map and bring it back to the Bend Visitor Center for a fabulous prize.

If you prefer to have a guided tour by one of the funniest tour guides around, John Flannery of the Bend Tour Company offers Roundabout Art Route tours like the Bend Art Safari and the Roundabout Art Rodeo daily. Prefer to take in your art with a glass of pinot noir? Then, The Well Traveled Fork’s Roundabout Bend culinary and art tour is a delicious choice. Think of it as an art tour for active souls, offering 360-degree views of art against the backdrop of the most beautiful, vibrant, and quirky town in the nation. Bend, Oregon – our art plays outside!

To get started, pick up your map at any brochure rack around Central Oregon or at the Bend Visitor Center in downtown at the corner of Lava Road and Oregon Ave.

Roundabout Art
Bend Tour Company

Mt. Hood

Elevation 11,249 ft. ~ Oregon’s highest point and a prominent landmark visible up to a hundred miles away. It has convenient access and minimum of technical climbing challenges. About 10,000 people attempt to climb Mount Hood each year. Lewis and Clark were the first Americans to see the mountain, on October 18, 1805.

Mt. Jefferson

Elevation 10,497 ft. ~ The second highest peak in Oregon is easily one of the most foreboding. It is climbable only by highly skilled and experienced climbers. But it sure is pretty from down below.

The Three Sisters

Elevation average approximately 10,000 ft. ~ Nicknamed Faith, Hope and Charity, these peaks give the town of Sisters its identity. The South Sister is readily climbed; the other two are much more strenuous.

Broken Top

Elevation 9.175 ft. ~ Visible to the south, this mountain is named for its distinctive, jagged crown. There are several routes to the summit, all requiring basic rock climbing skills and equipment.

Three Fingered Jack

Elevation 7,841 ft. ~ The exposed volcanic plug on this mountain has eroded into several pinnacles or “fingers.” This may be the origin of its name, but no one is certain.

Mt. Washington

Elevation 7,794 ft. ~ This picturesque spire looms between the McKenzie Highway and Highway 20. There is a spectacular view of the peak from the viewpoint above Suttle Lake

Black Butte

Elevation 6,436 ft. ~ Named for the thick dark carpet of trees that cover its shoulders, this volcanic cone rises protectively over Sisters. It is the site of a new fire lookout and is a popular hiking destination.

Bike Rentals

Renting specialty bikes at Eagle Crest Resort is a fun way to enjoy the Redmond sunshine. Quad bikes, deuce coupes, tandem, baby trailers, mountain and trail bikes are available at all Sports Centers.

Mountain Bike Trails

The mountain bike trails in Central Oregon are like no other trails in the country. The views of Smith Rock, Gray Butte and Cline Butte are “must see!”

At Smith Rock you will have gravel paths with a few easy rock sections, perfect for the whole family. This ride along the river makes for an amazing adventure. This path will take you by the famous Monkey Face do not be surprised if you see climbers and hikers alike in this state park.

Gray Butte trails has two trailhead option the first starts at Smith Rock the other is located at Skull Hollow Trail Head. From Smith Rock the first climb brings you up on a remarkable view from the top of the Cascade Mountain Range and all of Central Oregon. Gravel trails with a few rocks here and there will keep on your toes.

Cline Butte trails are fairly new and offer a variety of riding challenges. Many of the trails at Cline Butte offer more flat terrain with the usual small rollers, making this a fun ride for everyone. For the more advanced rider Cline Butte offers a downhill section these runs are shuttled and have a jump section with berms.

Oregon

Remember that Oregon has no sales taxes so your dollars will go further here.

Redmond

Redmond has a host of shopping options in the downtown area. While you will find art galleries and clothing shops, Redmond is most known for some of the best antique shopping in the state. You will find over 14 separate antique businesses to browse through to look for treasures or just to enjoy a look at the past.

Sisters

The western frontier town of Sisters is famous for its many unique shops. From quilt stores to western stores to unique book and home decor stores you are sure to enjoy a day shopping for those special gifts you are seeking.

Bend

Bend is the heart of Central Oregon and offers a diverse range of shopping options. Downtown Bend offers an abundance of small eclectic shops to explore along with locally owned restaurants and breweries. The Old Mill District just south of downtown offers a variety of name brand shopping from REI to Victoria’s Secret. Two malls and factory outlet stores round out your shopping options.

The Old Mill
Bend River Promenade
Bend Factory Outlets

The Tower Theatre is the crown jewel of the performing arts community in vibrant downtown Bend, Oregon. It is set between tree-lined Wall Street and the eclectic Brooks Promenade, adjacent to Drake Park and Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River.

Fully renovated in 2004 as an Art Deco Moderne live performance venue, this acoustically brilliant space features 460 seats, none more than 60 feet from the stage.

Bend’s “living room” hosts local, regional, national and international performances, from dance to drama, classical to comedy. It’s also the perfect locale for movies, corporate meetings, lectures, fundraisers, weddings and receptions.

Tower Theater

Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway

Begin this breathtaking scenic drive in Bend by heading south on Century Drive. This road is closed from November through May but during the summer you will drive past dozens of pristine mountain lakes and reservoirs. This drive also offers many popular hiking trails leading into the Three Sisters Wilderness area as well as some great fishing spots, so allow time to stop and play.

Cascade Lakes

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Start your trip here with a visit to the Lava Lands Visitor Center, five miles south of Bend. The visitor center provides an excellent orientation to the volcanic landscape with interpretive displays and guided tours. The heart of the monument is Newberry Crater, an 18 square mile caldera containing Paulina and East Lakes and beautiful Paulina Falls. A winding gravel road climbs to the top of Paulina Peak where you can take in a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountain range.

Volcanic Monument

Wanderlust ~ Outdoor Guided Tours

Award winning naturalist guided tours since 1993. Half-day canoeing, kayaking, caving, hiking, GPS trips, snowshoeing , seasonal moonlight and starlight canoe, kayak and snowshoe tours, Brews & Views, Dinner Canoe Under the Stars, and Bonfire on the Snow. All tours take participants off trail, away from other people, into the heart of the Cascade Mountains and Deschutes National Forest of Central Oregon. No experience is necessary, all levels are welcome.

Wanderlust

Central Oregon Adventures ~ Snowmobile Rentals and Guided Tours

Central Oregon Adventures offers two-hour, four-hour, eight-hour, and even multi-day rentals that include helmets, detailed maps and a full tank of gas. If you don’t feel comfortable going out on your own, they will provide tours including a sunset tour that takes you through the backcountry. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Cascades while the sun sets over Central Oregon. Packages are also available.

Central Oregon Adventures

Silver Striders ~ Tour Guide

Guided hikes and snowshoe trips geared towards those age 55 and older. The maximum number of people on each trip is 12. The cost is $20 per person per trip. Owner/operator, Pam Kirk, is a trained naturalist with over 40 years experience.

Silver Striders

February

Bend Winterfest team of design engineers dump 50 truckloads of snow to create the Northwest’s largest winter festival. Winterfest has become the President’s Day weekend destination for locals and tourists from all along the West coast. It features the largest off-mountain rail jam west of the Mississippi. Other activities include ice carving competitions, fireworks, children’s activities, a European style market, and concerts in Bend’s Old Mill District. Special events at Mt. Bachelor include snowboarding and ski jumps plus much more. An exciting and popular event for families where All proceeds are donated to local charities.

Bend Winterfest

March

Taste of the Town Taste of the Town showcases culinary specialties from some of Bend’s best restaurants and live music. Your admission gets you unlimited bite size samples of food, no-host bar, silent auction, dancing and a whole lot of fun, not to mention the opportunity to change a life by giving to scholarships! This is one of Bend’s best kept secrets–you don’t want to miss this event!.

Taste of the Town

May

Pole Pedal Paddle One of the biggest multi-stage races in the Northwest. PPP has been a Bend tradition for over 30 years. This world-class event draws athletes from all over the globe to compete on skis, bikes, water and foot.

Pole Pedal Paddle

June

Sisters Rodeo Affectionately known as the “biggest little show in the world,” the Sisters Rodeo is the longest running event in the Sisters area. See parades, clowns, and bullfights at one of the most popular rodeos on the West Coast circuit.

Sisters Rodeo

July

Balloons Over Bend and the Children`s Festival The Northwest Community Balloons Over Bend and the Children’s Festival have combined into the largest family festival in Central Oregon with a new date and new look. The festival will take place July 19-21 in Riverbend Park (799 SW Columbia, Bend, 97702). Come see the balloons launch Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6am or join us for the Nightglow on Saturday at dusk. The Children’s festival runs from 10am-5pm on Saturday with over 60 activities including bouncy houses, face painting, crafts and educational opportunities. Enjoy over 50 booths of delicious food, local music, and dance performances. The festival is free to the public, activities range in cost from 1-3 tickets. Tickets are $1 each.

Balloons Over Bend

August

Bend BrewFest Bend BrewFest is a gathering of all your favorite local brewiers and others from around the Northwest. Bend BrewFest partners with Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Oregon each year to create awareness and utilize the event to recruit potential Big Brothers and Big Sisters to join the organization.A one-time purchase of a souvenir mug is required for tasting. A variety of food is available from outstanding local vendors. Cash is required for food purchase however there is an ATM on site. All ages and furry family members are welcome until 7pm each night with a parent or guardian in attendance.

Bend Brewfest