Our Bend Rental Homes
When you go on vacation to a great town like Bend, it’s so nice to relax in the comfort of your own rental home, rather than a hotel. For a similar price, you’ll have all the amenities you would expect from a hotel, but with so much more as well. Enjoy making your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen; you’ll save money this way, as well as appreciate the convenience of not needing to go out in the morning for breakfast. Luxuriate in cozy, well-appointed living rooms at the end of a long day, enjoying your favorite shows or movies on the large flat-screen TV. You’ll also find some great extras in our Bend, Oregon Memorial Day rentals, like wide decks, BBQs, and pool tables, and many of our Bend rentals are also pet-friendly, so take a look and find the rental that’s just right for you and your family!
The Town of Bend
While Bend has tons of outdoor adventures for you, it’s also fun just to stroll around such a cool historic area as downtown Bend. Start in Old Bend and take a peek at some of the cool older homes here, then stop in at the Deschutes Historical Museum and learn about the region’s history in this school building from 1914. Next, head over to Drake Park, which overlooks the Mirror Pond area of the Deschutes River, and enjoy a picnic.
Next, step over to nearby Downtown, and enjoy browsing a plethora of unique businesses like Vector Volcano Classic Arcade, Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, and Bend Electric Bikes. Sample something new and delicious at Zydeco Kitchen, Noi Thai, or Bonta Natural Artisan Gelato. And of course, no trip to downtown Bend would be complete without a visit to at least one of the area’s fine craft breweries! They take their microbrews very seriously here in Bend, and for those who want to tour more than one, be sure to download your free copy of the Bend Ale Trail Passport from the Visit Bend Website. Once you’ve visited five breweries, you’ll win a special prize!
The Deschutes River
The town of Bend is centered on the Deschutes River, and it’s a hub of activity for all manner of water sports. Whether you enjoy kayaking, tubing, paddleboarding, or surfing, you’ll find a chance to practice it here on the Deschutes. And even if you’ve never tried any of these, you’ll find that Bend is the perfect place to learn, as there are many outfitters who would be happy to give you a lesson!
A great place to start on the Deschutes, right in town, is the Bend Whitewater Park. This public facility divides the river into three channels: the Fish Ladder, great for tubing, provides a small dose of rapids excitement; the Whitewater Channel, which offers four wave features for kayakers, paddleboarders, and surfers; and the Habitat Channel, which is the pathway for wild animals to traverse the Whitewater Park safely, and is off-limits to humans (and pets). The Whitewater Park is an awesome, convenient spot that makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the excitement of river rapids!
Another popular activity in the middle of Bend is tubing down the Deschutes. It’s an awesome activity the whole family can enjoy, and if no one wants to ride the rapids, you can easily get out and bypass the Whitewater Park. Many people start at Riverbend Park and ride downriver to Drake Park; just be prepared to walk a bit on the way back!
Hiking and Biking in Bend
Once you’re ready to get out into the woods, check out the Deschutes River Trail, which winds its way from downtown Bend into pristine portions of riverfront with pine, juniper, and ponderosa forests. With 12 miles of trail available, you can easily walk all day and enjoy the scenery. The Deschutes River Trail is also a popular spot for mountain biking, so consider renting bicycles during your trip, so you can explore Bend at the perfect pace.
Another great spot close to town is Shevlin Park, a nearly 1000-acre regional park on the banks of scenic Tumalo Creek. With an extensive trail system, including several footbridges, this is a great place for families to get out and enjoy the woods, as well as do some fishing.
There are countless other parks and trails to explore nearby Bend, so start planning your Memorial Day Bend, Oregon vacation today!