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My name is Sarah, and I am a barista and ski instructor. I love living in Bend, Oregon because it's an outdoor mecca! No matter the season, there are endless ways to get outside and adventure on a bike, on skis, with a fishing pole, a raft, a kayak, climbing more/less
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The Deschutes River meanders from the Cascade Mountains through the center of town, and eventually north to the Columbia River. There are numerous trails for all abilities, both in town and in the beautiful Ponderosa pine forest. Try walking the River Trail, which starts at Farewell Bend Park, or head out to Dillon Falls, Benham Falls, or watch kayakers practice at the new whitewater play park. Or grab a floaty and float down the river through town - the Deschutes is the heart of the city!
Here's one fun activity you can do
The Bend Ale Trail is a self-guided tour of the town's 14 largest breweries. Pick up a "passport" at any of the locations and get it stamped as you drink your way across Bend - there's a prize at the end!
Don't forget to check out one of my favorite places
I really like going to The Lot, which is an outdoor beer garden surrounded by food carts. The heated seats and overhead heat lamps make it cozy even in the winter months. There's a great tap selection of local brews (Boneyard RPM IPA...ahem) and it just feels like home - definitely a local watering hole. Plus, local volunteers host trivia on Tuesdays!
Enjoy a meal at my favorite restaurant
There are a ton of amazing restaurants in town. I'd recommend Barrio for tapas, Hola for Mexican-Peruvian, Bend Burger Co or Bend Brewing Co for d'lish pub food! But, if you're like me and you want a cheap dinner for less than $8, Parrilla has unique burritos spanning all cuisines.They'll put anything in a tortilla and it's always awesome. Plus, you can look at all the outdoor gear stickers wallpapering the counter.
Here's a doable bucket list for you to do in one day
1. Walk the Deschutes River Trail (3 mi), starting in Farewell Bend park, or
Relax by one of the many mountain lakes along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway (summer only), or
head up to Mt. Bachelor and explore the Nordic trails (winter).
2. Order a pint at a brewery, like Good Life or Silver Moon.
3.. Climb some routes at Bend Rock Gym ($16 for a day pass), or out at Smith Rock State Park, a world-class climbing site (any season).
4. Find some live music at a dive bar, usually no cover and usually rock, country, or bluegrass.
My extra insider tip for you is
Bend is nestled between a major mountain range and a vast high desert. The ecology, geography, and geology out here is incredible, and there are tons of hikes and mountain biking trails everywhere. Don't hesitate to go out and explore! The city itself is great, but the wonderland that is Oregon begins outside.
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