Happenings that only a native to Bend would recommend. We hope you enjoy these treasures as much as the locals!
The BendFilm Festival is just like its community, original. For the past 15 years the festival has highlighted some of the best and most unique cinema around. This is a not to be missed annual event.
Enjoy delicious food, local wines and music at Currents at the Riverhouse’s weekly music series. There is no cover charge to attend and the event runs from 7-9 on Thursdays. Check out their website for a list of performers.
Offering 101 runs to explore, Mount Bachelor is the 6th largest ski area in North America and a can’t miss for those who love the slopes. If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing don’t worry Mount Bachelor caters to you too; with dog sledding and snow tubing in the Winter and a ton of other activities in the Spring, Summer, and Fall too.
Looking for an adventure? Absolutely. With Riverstone Adventures you are bound to have an experience of a lifetime. Whether you choose to fish or raft, it is sure to be an adventure you won’t forget.
The Bend Brewfest has something for everyone. Featuring over 200 beers, wines and ciders you will certainly not be left thirsty. But it’s not just about the drinks, this 3-day event also offers food trucks and unique shopping too.
From 2pm to 6pm every Wednesday from May 1 through October 9, Bend hosts one of the largest Farmer’s Markets in the area. Located behind the Tower Theater, this is a not to be missed event for locals and visitors alike.
Check out our itinerary, made for you to get to know Bend. Follow our choices for fun and getting to know the city.
Visiting the Old Mill District is a great way to get to know Bend. With a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options it’s a great way to spend your first night here, as it offers everything. Shop, eat, drink, take in a show or movie, the choices are endless and up to you.
Sargent’s Café is one of Bend’s old reliable spots for locals. Their breakfast is second to none offering everything under the sun from pancakes to egg dishes. You don’t want to miss this self- proclaimed “Bacon Dispensary”.
With more than 19+ craft breweries in central Oregon, Bend is clearly an ideal spot to be when craft beers are your thing. Each tour is unique and will visit different breweries based on their availability. The Beer van will pick you up and drop you off at your Bend hotel.
Dinner at Elevation at the Cascade Culinary Institute is one of a kind. This student operated restaurant allows budding chefs to bring their newly harnessed skills directly to your table. Be sure to make a reservation for this culinary treat.
It’s not often you get to go to a movie theater that is home to only 28 seats and a small bar. Add to the atmosphere a red velvet curtain and you will be at the Tin Pan Theater. Check out their website for a list of events.
This former truck stop continues to be a local favorite, providing what they call the, “the best food for the best price”. Everything they serve is fresh to order and delicious.
10:30 a.m. | Take in the Scenery
Bend is comprised unforgettable scenery, so be sure to take it in while you’re visiting. Bring your dog and go for a hike, there are tons of trails to choose from.
Continue taking in your surroundings with a farewell lunch at Currents. Outdoor seating and picturesque window views are provided while enjoying a unique and delicious meal before heading home.
Travelling with your kiddos? Bend is a family friendly city, just waiting to give you and yours the time of their lives. Check out our list of fun family restaurants and attractions.
This popular locally owned restaurant is a family favorite. Not only is there pizza there is also a gigantic two-story play area for the kids.
With a name like Laughing Planet you know this place welcomes families. The atmosphere is airy and welcoming to families, not to mention they serve their food fast, but don’t serve “fast food”.
Voted the #1 place to visit in Bend, don’t miss the High Desert Museum. Set on 135 acres of woods, it hosts a ton of both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.
Love is in the air all over Houston, so be sure to visit some of its sweetest spots.
Take your love to visit one of the many waterfalls in Bend. The scenery is unparalleled and makes for a perfect place to pop the question!
Everyone has been to a beach bonfire, but what about one in the snow? Let Wanderlust Tours make this magical night a reality.
Don’t give up a moment of taking in Bend’s breath-taking sights. Make a reservation for a river facing table for two at Greg’s Grill.
With a romantic location, Riverhouse on Deschutes is the perfect location for a romantic getaway. Breathtaking views and property will only add to the elegance and beauty of your stay.
Bend is a foodie town, here is a list of not to be missed places.
Live music on the patio sets the tone at chow, serving breakfast and lunch from 7-2 daily. In addition to a unique menu, Chow also has a fantastic tea selection.
Looking for an extra healthy meal, Mother’s Juice Café is the place to be. Serving many breakfast and lunch options to choose from and if you’re on a juice cleanse they can help you with that too.
Make sure you make a reservation at this Bend restaurant. Zydeco has a deliciously artisanal menu and they are known for their bar options too (local beers and wine).
If you are travelling to Bend for work here is a list of restaurants, dry cleaners, pharmacy’s, urgent care locations and things to do with your travel companions.
When travelling for business, things always happen. A stained suit, an upset stomach or you simply want a cold beverage. The list below highlights some of the best places around to take care of the simple needs we always take for granted when we’re at home.