Let me start by saying that this is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise! We were only in Bend for a quick (and snowy!) 48 hours, but I discovered there is no limit to what you can do outdoors. The Deschutes River runs through the middle of town and you can paddleboard, float in a tube, kayak, canoe, or even surf- yes, surf!- to your heart’s delight. I will certainly be back in the summer to experience such goodness! For winter, Mount Bachelor is a close next door neighbor, where you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe, snow tube, rent snowmobiles for the day, or even go dog sledding. Seriously, the options are endless!
One random, but important tidbit about Bend is that everyone is sooooo nice! No seriously, it’s a thing. They even have a bumper sticker that says: “You’re in Bend: Be nice!”
We arrived late on the 23rd and left on Christmas Day, so many places were closed that we were recommended to us. However, have no fear! I have a few DELICIOUS recommendations for those that have food sensitivities like I do.
Without further ado, here are my recommendations for all things Bend:
Places To Eat
Deschutes – Pub burger in a lettuce wrap with no cheese (GF, DF)
Victorian Café – Burrito Bowl with quinoa as a substitute for the eggs, ask for no dairy (GF, EF, DF)
Townshend’s Tea – Alberta Street Chai Latte with coconut milk
Things To Do
Ice Skating at The Pavilion
Explore downtown Bend
Where To Stay
Riverhouse on the Deschutes – We had a wonderful experience staying here for two nights. We booked through HotelTonight and got an excellent deal! The hotel was very welcoming to dogs, which immediately set us at ease, and is perfectly located only about 5 minutes from the heart of downtown Bend. Our room even faced the Deschutes River, which was beautifully covered in snow. They had a heated pool and hot tub, but we never had a chance to take advantage of them.
Here is a list of restaurants and activities we really wanted to try, but either didn’t have the time or they were closed for the holidays. Next time, Bend, next time!
Places To Eat Next Time
Strictly Organic Coffee
Things To Do Next Time
Snowboarding on Mt. Bachelor
Race sled dogs with Oregon Trail of Dreams
Soak in heated soaking tub at the McMenamins Old St. Francis School
Hike Smith Rock State Park
Hike Pilot Butte
Explore Lava River Cave
Visit Tumalo Falls
Tube down the Deschutes River
Is there something I missed that is amazing and a must-see or -do? Let me know in the comments!