If you have chosen the winter season as the time for you to visit Bend, Oregon, you are in luck! The winter season is a great time to visit, and plenty of activities are now available to be enjoyed. Take a look at what kind of Bend activities you can find yourself enjoying this winter:
Bend is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground with plenty of natural attractions to help you have some winter fun. Bend often sees around 30 feet of snow in the areas surrounding the city while the city itself usually gets about 30 inches. This means the local mountains including Mt Bachelor have some of the best ski conditions in the state. Hit up Mt Bachelor or Hoodoo Ski Area for a variety of slopes and cross-country trails. COVID restrictions now require visitors to purchase lift tickets with advance registrations but allows visitors to visit at different times allowing social distancing. Check out gear at local shops to make sure you are ready for another snow filled adventure on the mountain!
The best way to see the winter tundra around Bend is with a snowshoe tour. Local companies such as Wanderlust Tours provide all the gear you need while showing you around the area. You can even have a tour guide with you showing all of the best spots. Don’t miss out on one of these exciting tours!
Bend is home to a variety of local craft breweries that offer handcrafted ales. The best way to see most of these local breweries is by taking the Bend Ale Trail challenge. Visit the Bend Visitor’s Center to pick-up the Bend Ale Trail passport. When you visit a new local brewery, you will get a stamp when you order a beer. Collect 10 stamps and return to the Bend Visitor’s Center to receive a commemorative pint glass! If you hit all 18 breweries in the city you can earn even more prizes. The Bend Ale Trail does can be completed over the duration of your stay. Please make sure to plan ahead for a designated driver!
Winter is finally here in Bend, and with it comes all of these exciting activities and so much more. Prepare for your winter adventure by reserving one of our exclusive vacation rentals that will keep you warm throughout your stay. Contact us today to learn more about Bend activities!
Bend, Oregon may be one of the world’s coolest outdoor playgrounds, but in the summertime this high desert can get downright hot. The arid slopes of the Cascades are beautiful and offer unique hiking trails and chances to explore ancient lava tubes, but if you need to beat the heat this summer, we have you covered. Read on to know more of the best things to do in Bend Oregon.
Without question, the coolest way to cool off is by “toobin” one of the crystal clear and refreshing rivers that flow through this beautiful region. Grab a sturdy inflatable air mattress or inner tube (or rent one from Sun Country Tours or Tumalo Creek Kayaks), some aqua socks, and your sunscreen and then head to Riverbend Beach Park. The shallow beach area is an ideal spot to launch your “flotilla” in the Deschutes River. Be prepared for some small rapids and a thrilling adventure as you while away the day floating downstream in the cool waters of this pristine river. You will have the option of braving the Bend Whitewater Park and its man-made rapids, or bypassing them and continuing lazily on to Drake Park. Exit here and catch the River Shuttle back to your car at Riverbend.
Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic Recreation Center (SHARC) is a massive indoor/outdoor aquatic center featuring recreational pools, lazy rivers, water slides, a hot tub (hey, it’s there if you want it), a tubing hill, and plenty of grassy areas for sunbathing, picnicking, and relaxing. Just a short 20-mile drive away from Bend in Sunriver, this outdoor playground is a great way to stay cool with the whole family, especially if river tubing is a little too daredevil for you and yours. Admission is $20-25, but well worth it for the incredible variety of aquatic adventures that await you.
Another way to beat the heat is to head for the hills. Drive up, anyway you can, and seek out the cooler temperatures at higher altitudes, particularly at one of the many scenic lakes that dot the foothills around the Cascades. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway passes several charming spots, and part of the fun is choosing your own adventure. If you need some tips, Blow Lake and Devil’s Lake offer easy access and are excellent choices for swimming, paddling, floating, and relaxing. Cultus Lake Resort and Elk Lake Resort feature amenities and equipment rentals if you want to try your hand at paddleboarding or kayaking.
Another popular way to cool off in Bend, one of the microbrew capitals of the world, is the Bend Ale Trail. This charming walk through downtown Bend takes you to several of the best breweries and wineries in the country, all locally owned and operated. Try the Fresh Squeezed IPA at Deschutes Brewing, the Apocalypse at 10 Barrel, and many more. Along the way you can stop at the unique, charming, and eclectic stores (most of which have A/C). Score!
Contact us today to book one of our beautiful vacation rentals in Bend and for more entertainment ideas, be sure to visit our blog!