Crater Lake National Park

Day Trips From Bend, Oregon

There is no doubt that Bend, Oregon provides endless ways to spend a worthwhile vacation. There is no need to go outside of this incredible city to find fun things to do. With being said, it is in such an incredible area that there are so many things to explore outside of the city itself. These are the perfect conditions for an unforgettable day trips from Bend, Oregon. The following are few ideas regarding some of the awesome day trip opportunities that await you here!

Crater Lake National Park

Only two hours from the city, you can find one of the most beautiful national parks in the world in Crater Lake National Park. Amidst some of the bluest water you will ever come across, you can enjoy the sights of volcanic islands, stunning mountains, and a lush alpine forest. Almost 10,000 years ago, there was a massive eruption that collapsed in on itself. The result is the deepest lake in the country and one of the most beautiful places in the world. Finding a place on the shore and enjoying the sights is an awesome way to spend a day, but you can always part take in some hiking and water recreation.

Crooked River Scenic Drive

This is an awesome option because the fun of this day trip lies within the trip itself. Along this journey you will encounter some of the most stunning landscape in the country. The road weaves you in and out of canyons, along rivers, across rock formations, and through awe-inspiring valleys. Simply taking the drive is sure to provide for an unforgettable experience, but there are countless amazing locations throughout that are perfect for a stop and picnic.

Sisters, Oregon

This town is among the most charming you will ever come across, and it is only about 20 minutes from Bend. It is a beautiful place that feels as if it is stuck in the old west. Not only is it beautiful, but it is home to countless events throughout the year, so there is always something exciting going on here. One of the most popular of these events is the Sisters Rodeo.

Find a Wonderful Place to Call Home

This wonderful city provides a seemingly endless list of options when it comes to where you will stay while here. You can always find a hotel, but that does not provide nearly the same comfort and privacy that you will get from one of the area’s incredible vacation rentals. Now, finding the right home for you has never been easier, especially with the help of Bend Vacation Rentals. Our easy to use booking system makes it so simple to find a wonderful place to stay —check it out today!

Bend Summer Events

5 Bend Summer Events You Don’t Want to Miss

It is always a good time to visit Bend, Oregon. Regardless of the time of year, you can expect to find a unique beauty and countless ways to take advantage of it. Outdoor activities are the real calling card of this town in central Oregon, but the summer comes with a variety of events that visitors love! The following are five of the best Bend summer events you will not want to miss.

Bite of Bend

This is an event that should not be missed by any lover of food, because it is one of the best celebrations of food you will find anywhere. The celebration is taking place from June 15th through the 17th and features incredible food samples and meals from some of the most beloved restaurants in town. Beyond absolutely delicious food, you can enjoy a “top chef” competition, bartending competitions, live music, and much more.

4 Peaks Music Festival

From June 21st through June 24th, Bend’s most popular 4-day festival is taking over the gorgeous venue of Stevenson Ranch. On top of beautiful weather and scenery, you can expect incredible music from all types of bands so there is something for everyone. You will find bluegrass, folk, reggae, and everything in between. Make it an extra special experience by camping out throughout the weekend.

Bend Summer Festival

This year between July 13th and 15th comes Oregon’s oldest and biggest arts festival. During this time, seven blocks of downtown’s coolest areas are transformed into a beautiful festival grounds that provides three stages for live music, a whole street for food and wine, and of course, all of the amazing art that you can handle. This is one of the Bend summer events the whole family will enjoy!

Balloons Over Bend

There is nothing quite like hot air balloons peacefully making their way across this beautiful town, and that is exactly what you will get from July 27th until July 29th. Balloons will be launched every day and the festival headquarters at the Deschutes Historical Museum will be home to bouncy houses and other great activities for the kids.

Bend Brewfest

As August approaches, summer in Bend is coming to a close, but there is much more to enjoy, like the Bend Brewfest from August 16th through the 18th. This is a must-attend event for any lover of beer as you can get your hands on some of the most classic and experimental batches of beer anywhere in the world. Check it out at the Les Schwab Amphitheatre!

Top Off these Bend Summer Events with a Cozy Place to Call Home

Bend is a place that essentially requires great adventure because of all the opportunities that it provides. As such, you need to stay at a cozy and convenient home if you are to be properly rested for these adventures. The vacation homes provided by Bend Vacation Rentals offer everything from beautiful aesthetics and luxurious accommodations to a convenient location.

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Best Pizza Restaurants in Bend

It’s one of our first favorite foods: pizza. When you’re on vacation, it’s perfectly fine to indulge your inner child and check out the local pizza places—or, look for something a little fancier if your tastes have grown up with you! Either way, Bend has you covered. Check out one of these Bend pizza spots for your pizza craving.

Bend Pizza Kitchen

Bend Pizza Kitchen is newer to the block, but they’ve already made a name for themselves with a wholesome menu and easy to work with staff. They proudly host live music and community events, making them a favorite neighborhood stop. Their point of pride is their fresh, organic ingredients, with daily-made dough and sauces and gluten-free options available. In addition to pizzas, Bend Pizza Kitchen also offers calzones, sandwiches, and desserts, plus a selection of beers and wines. As a special bonus, BPK will deliver your order—beers and wine included! BPK is in the west part of Bend, west of Compass Park on Northwest Crossing Drive.

Abby’s Legendary Pizza

Are you new to the northwest? If so, you should try Abby’s Legendary Pizza while you’re here! The quality of the pizza is indisputable, as even a basic cheese pizza here makes a delicious meal. What’s exciting is the way that Abby’s pushes the envelope. Taco pizza is one exciting way they’ve spiced up the pizza world, as are some of their more creative topping options, like grilled oyster. Find Abby’s near the center of Bend, off NE 3rd Street and NE Kearny Street.

Olde Towne Pizza Company

Are you looking for something a little more no-frills? Do you have a hankering for something homey? Olde Towne may be what you’re looking for. This is one of the best local options for a place to sit down and enjoy a pie. The service takes time, but the place is clean, welcoming, and makes one heck of a pizza—it’s that simple. It’s near Old Bend, on NW Greenwood Avenue a little west of Bend Parkway.

Taste Central Oregon’s Bend Pizza with Bend Vacation Rentals

From pizza to beer, from skiing to biking, Bend offers the best of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Enjoy your own Bend getaway with a vacation rental! Instead of a tiny hotel room, spend a little extra for some added privacy and plenty of amenities. In fact, we’ve got homes with barbecue grills, hot tubs, garages, and more! So just head to our home page, plug in your dates, and see what we have to offer—or call 541-385-9492 with any questions, or to book on the phone! Your mountain getaway awaits!

Best Summer Festivals in Bend, Oregon

The temperatures are climbing—are you already excited for your summer mountain getaway and Bend summer events? If not, get excited with these fantastic festivals happening this summer in Bend, Oregon:

Oregon Senior Games

Looking to prove that you’re still spry and coordinated? Looking for a reason to keep pushing yourself? Look no further than the Oregon Senior Games! Hosted in Bend this year, these games include a variety of sports, from 5k and 10k to swimming to archery to pickleball to bowling. Plus, these games are qualifiers for the 2019 National Senior Games; this means it’s your chance to prove your mettle and for the crowd to see who rises to the top. And even if you’re not the most athletic, there are still awards recognizing other aspects, including miles traveled to arrive and the sportsmanship award. The games stretch from June 2nd to the 17th.

Bend Summer Events: Four Peaks Music Festival

What’s summer without a major music festival to go to? Bend’s Four Peaks Music Festival scratches your itch for live music with four days of performances with a variety of genres. Two stages keep the music going all day long, while the Kidlandia activity center makes sure that the younger ones have fun too. This year, the festival is happening June 21st-24th. It’s happening at 21085 Knott Road, about 15 to 20 minutes southwest of Bend.

Bend Summer Festival

Perhaps the biggest summer festival—simply called the Bend Summer Festival—this event is an arts festival, nearing its 30th anniversary. It is far more than a gallery walk—the festival spans seven blocks and attracts over 50,000 people! You’ll see stunning creations in metal, glass, wood, and ceramics, as well as beautiful paintings, photos, and mixed media pieces. Plus, live music on three different stages accents the enjoyment of art.

The Summer Festival takes place right in downtown Bend. A kick-off concert begins the festival on Friday, July 14th, with the rest of the festival happening on the 15th.

Bend Vacation Rentals: Make the Most of Your Vacation

Any of these festivals is a great excuse to visit Oregon’s favorite mountain town, and to maximize your fun while you’re here. When you’re not playing games or listening to music, come see the beautiful hiking trails and enjoy our fabulous weather. Then, wind down in a gorgeous vacation rental. Bend Vacation Rentals features only the best properties—immaculate homes-away-from-home for your relaxation and enjoyment. Use our easy online booking process to plug in your dates and find the property that suits you! For questions, just call 541-385-9492. A marvelous vacation awaits—set it up today!

Memorial Day Activities in Bend

Looks may be deceiving. While Bend may seem like your normal sleepy mountain town, it’s actually quite the opposite! The town of Bend is a bustling area full of incredible events to see and adventures to take part in, and one of the best times to do it is on Memorial Day weekend! If you’re planning on spending this Memorial Day in Bend, here are some of the great events going on that we highly recommend checking out.

Spending Memorial Day in Bend Catching a Baseball Game!

Every single year for Memorial Day, the Bend Elks Baseball Club hold a three-day weekend tournament to find out who some of the best youth baseball teams are in all of Oregon, and this year will be no different! This year’s tournament will take place over the entire three-day weekend from the 26th to the 28th and is sure to be jam packed with excitement! Even if you’re not the biggest baseball fan in the world, there are few better experiences than watching a game in the backdrop of the incredible Cascade Mountains, and that’s what helps make this a can’t-miss event every single year!

Get Out and Enjoy the Incredible Weather

One of the best things about Memorial Day weekend is that it marks the true beginning of summer, and did we ever need it! There were times it seemed like winter was never going to end. In late May, the mercury usually rises to an average of 70 degrees, which means it is perfect weather to get out and explore all of the incredible activities Bend has to offer! Lace up your boots and hit the trails or rent a mountain bike from one of the many incredible local businesses for some high-octane exploration and fun.

Visit the Opening of the Central Oregon Saturday Market

Located right in the heart of Bend every single year is the Central Oregon Saturday Market: a local marketplace that encourages local artisans, craftspeople, growers, food vendors, and more to come out and sell their wares. This market is an incredible event where you have the opportunity to find amazing and unique wares, all while supporting local business! And the best news is that Memorial Day is opening weekend! Open on May 27th & 28th from 10 AM to 4 PM, this year’s market looks to be the biggest ever and will feature vendors selling everything from homemade bags to baked goods for your best pup and so much more! The market is located at 520 NW Wall Street in Bend, so why not go see what special items you can find this upcoming Memorial Day weekend?

Contact us today to learn more about Memorial Day in Bend; or, click here to see our selection of beautiful vacation rentals.

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Green Lake Trail and More: 5 Activities to Stay Fit in Bend

As the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon (and that’s saying something in a state as outdoorsy as Oregon), Bend has plenty of fun ways for you to enjoy the Great Outdoors AND stay active during your vacation. Whether you prefer the snowy slopes, the sunny running tracks, or the wooded hiking and biking trails, you will find the time of your life waiting for you right here in the heart of the Cascade Mountains.

Green Lake Trail Runs are Fun Runs

Nestled high in the Cascades located in a unique ecosystem known as a high desert, Bend is blessed with tons of sunshine year-round. The sunny weather, when combined with 51 miles of urban trails make Bend a natural winner of Outside magazine’s “Best Trail Running Town.” Check out the extensive network of trails perfectly suited for trail running including miles of graded dirt paths along the Deschutes River and winding routes through sagebrush and old lava flows on the Green Lakes Trail.

Hiking

Central Oregon boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to a large network of well-maintained trails, it is easy to find the perfect hike for you to explore this wild and beautiful wilderness. The Oregon Desert Trail runs for 750 miles, and hikers can hop on wherever they please in order to wander through sprawling deserts, towering mountain tops, and mysterious canyons. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Pilot Butte State Park offers easier hikes with a 2-mile hike up the butte skirting an extinct volcano while the Farewell Bend River Trail Loop is an inviting forest hike with excellent views of the river gorges. Another hike not to be missed is the Lava Cast Forest , a 1-mile paved trail through an old forest obliterated by a violent lava flow that left only ashy skeletal husks behind. If you are feeling really daring, there are even hikes into underground lava tubes and cave systems!

Cycling

Bikes are a way of life in Bend. If you want to try a two-wheeled workout, there are hundreds of miles of scenic mountain biking trails as well as the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway, a network of road routes offering unrivaled views of the incredible mountain vistas and river valleys. Whether you are looking for steep climbs, rapid descents, or long cruises, there is the perfect bike route for you in “Bike Town USA.”

Ride the River

Bend is also home to a wide variety of watersports. Rent a kayak and enjoy a calm paddle on the alpine lakes high in the Cascades, or test your mettle in the new Bend Whitewater Park featuring sections for floaters, nature enthusiasts, and whitewater warriors who want to battle the artificial – but very exciting – waves. For a new challenge, rent a stand-up paddleboard and set out on the Deschutes River to enjoy some peace and tranquility.

Winter Wonderland

Of course, no review of the adventure activities in Bend is complete without a section on the slopes. Bend’s scenic mountains average 30′ of snowfall every year, making it the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders alike. For a downhill workout, don’t miss the thrills of Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort or the major cardio workout of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the more than 45 miles of trails in the Bend forests, deserts, and wilderness areas.

Staying active in Bend is never a problem. With towering mountains, sweeping deserts, vast lava fields, and winding river valleys dotted with lush forests, here you can have it all, in any season. Ready for an adventure? Book your vacation rental home with Bend Vacation Rentals today!

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Best Bike Trails in Bend

Being outside in Bend is one of the best treats you will discover during your unforgettable Oregon vacation. Enjoy skiing in the winter, hiking any time of the year, and biking along the many trails, feeling the wind against your cheeks as you explore our natural terrain on two wheels! And because of fat bikes-mountain bikes designed to be used in the snow-biking is an activity that can be done year-round as well. Keep reading for more information on bike rental shops and the best bike trails in Bend.

Where to Rent a Bike

Bend offers a huge selection of bike rental shops. Many of them are close to your Bend Vacation Rentals cozy cabin! Stores like Webcyclery, located at 550 SW Industrial Way #150, feature everything from children’s bikes to fat bikes for rent, and they sell them as well. If you’re looking to take a nice bike home with you, they discount their rental bikes frequently, allowing you to get a top-notch two-wheeler at a price that easily fits in your budget. Electric bikes can be rented at Bend Electric Bikes, 223 NW Hill Street, for those who like to take it easy on their vacations but still want to get out and play. And finally, Wheel Fun Rentals, found in the Old Mill District at 603 SW Mill View Way, offers Surrey Bikes that can hold the entire family as they shield you from the hot sun rays in the summer!

Where to Ride

Fat Bike Trails – When the snow is lingering in many places in Bend, these trails are best for fat bike riding. Horse Butte Loop is 9.9 miles long, making it best for riders with at intermediate skills and above; offering breath taking views of the valley, this is our personal favorite. Wanoga Short Loop is shorter, lasting just 3.5 miles, and is friendlier to beginning fat bike riders.

Family Trails – Biking is an activity the entire family can enjoy, but if you have small children, you may want to stick with easy loops like the Todd Lake Loop. 1.25 miles long, Todd Lake Loop offers the chance for the kids to play with frogs or tadpoles. The Sparks Lake Loop, 1 mile long, allows you to witness breathtaking views without causing you to lose your breath from over-exertion.

Other Trails – If bike riding is your passion and you are traveling with other like-minded people, the South Sister Summit Climb is a 11.8-mile trail best attempted in the months between August and October. Smith Rock Park offers a variety of trails for all skill levels, so if you are more experienced, but are traveling with others who aren’t, you can all head to the park and take off on trails that best suit your biking skill levels. The Metolius River Trail, Sisters Mirror Lake Loop, and Green Lakes are a few other trails worth mentioning. All range from easy to intermediate and all offer incredible Bend views.

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Winter is Here!

Bend, Oregon is one of the most visited places during the months of winter. This goes for people that live in hotter climates and need to get their yearly dose of snow, but also for those that live near here. People that live near here know that Bend is the best winter destination in the area because it gets some of the most snow in the Pacific Northwest and it is quite simply the most beautiful area in this part of the country. Great community events and incredible recreational opportunities throughout the area are just a couple of the things that you will love about Bend in winter.

Winter in Bend Skiing and Snowboarding

Amazing snowfall and one of the best peaks in the area in Mt Bachelor make this a major skiing and snowboarding destination for people from all over the country. Here, you will find a mountain where you can lose yourself for the whole day on endless runs of all kinds. Friendly bunny hills and epic black diamonds come together to create one of the most fun experiences for everyone. This winter sports area offers some of the best variety in recreation that you will find anywhere, as you can of course find downhill skiing, but there is also a massive area for Nordic skiing. This is a must try activity for those that are not familiar with it.

Hiking

Of course, there is more than enough snow to appease your appetite for your typical winter activities, but the area also offers plenty of dry land where the snow tends to not fall—places like Smith Rock State Park and Pilot Butte. This lends itself to providing the best hiking opportunities in the Pacific Northwest during the winter. These hikes give you all of the pleasure of hiking on dry land, but also offer incredible views of the snowcapped mountains and trees that stretch as far as the eye can see. This is a great way to get a little exercise and see some of the most beautiful landscape you will ever see.

Ice Skating at the Pavilion

One of the most popular places to visit during the winter is the ice skating pavilion in the heart of Bend.  Here, you will find a lively scene full of friends and family enjoying the contagious holiday spirit that is available throughout the whole community. This outdoor rink is covered by a roof, giving it an outdoor feel complete with protection from the elements so it is always a good time for skating. You will also find fire pits for relaxing in between skates and concessions.

Winter in Bend is such that you do not need to do much to enjoy it. Simply walking the festive streets of town will provide for a memorable evening, as will any number of fun winter activities. The beautiful thing about this place is it offers a little bit of everything, so your winter vacation in Bend will be exactly what you want it to be.

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More Festive Things to Do in Bend, Oregon

Travelers from all over are welcome in Bend for the holidays, whether they’re returning home to reunite with family or establishing a new tradition in a new place. Bend loves the holidays, and there are all kinds of things that we love to do here to get into the spirit! Here are just a few ways you can embrace the holiday cheer.

Tower Theater Hosts A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live on Stage

The classic Charlie Brown special that plays in so many homes throughout the holiday season is coming to the stage! The touring production is coming to Bend’s Tower Theater on November 27th, and brings to life the lovable cast of the fifty-year-old TV special. Featuring an ensemble playing the music live and an animated (in a different way!) cast, it’s sure to delight anyone who appreciates the timeless message of Christmas cheer.

23rd Annual Bend Jingle Bell Run/Walk

If you missed Sunriver’s Turkey Trot, then come to Bend for this yearly event on Saturday, December 2nd! Starting at the First Interstate Bank in downtown, this 5k is Christmas themed—tie bells to your laces or anywhere else you please to be part of a stream of seasonal sprinters! The proceeds from the Jingle Bell Run go to the Arthritis Foundation, which aims to find cures for a leading cause of disability. Jingle all the way for a charitable cause—what could be more Christmas-like?

Things to Do in Bend With Sled Dog Rides

We’ve all sung about the one-horse open sleigh, but why not be pulled along by some dogs instead? Oregon’s Mount Bachelor is home to Oregon Trail of Dreams, reservable sled dog rides. Mix the gorgeous scenery of the Cascades with the massive energy of a team of sled dogs—they may be the friendliest guides you’ll ever have! Four people (or 450 pounds) can fit per sled, so it’s perfect for small families. Have an exciting winter trek you’ll never forget!

Bend’s Christmas Parade

Every town has their own Christmas traditions, and Bend is no exception. Join us for our annual Christmas Parade this December 2nd. This year’s theme is “Christmas Surprises,” and you may indeed be surprised by the creative floats and costumes people come up with! The parade will begin on Newport Avenue continue onto Wall Street, Franklin Avenue, and Riverside Boulevard. Celebrate a heartfelt love for the season!

Bend Vacation Rentals: Home away from Home for the Holidays

Your Bend Vacation Rental Property will be full of cheer—because you’ll be thrilled with the comfort and welcoming atmosphere of your new vacation home! From condos to large family houses and even pet-friendly rentals, we have some of the greatest places to stay in central Oregon. Call us at 541-385-9492 to learn more about our offerings.

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Best New Restaurants in Bend

Nestled in the Cascade Mountains at over 3,600 feet in elevation, the historic former logging town of Bend, Oregon is home to world-class ski resorts, miles of hiking trails and a wealth of activities. But Bend is so much more than skiing and the great outdoors. Being that the area is a popular vacation destination that attracts visitors from around the globe, it’s no surprise that the town boasts a wealth of culinary variety, with talented chefs from many different cultural traditions calling Bend home. A handful of impressive new eateries have recently opened their doors, and we’ve picked out the best new Bend Oregon restaurants for you.

Solomon’s at Tetherow Resort

61240 Skyline Ranch Road

(877) 298-2582

Located at the acclaimed Tetherow Resort, Solomon’s is one of Bend’s premiere fine dining experiences. Boasting beautiful views of the Cascades from their casual yet elegant dining room, Solomon’s features a rotating menu consisting mainly of locally acquired meats, vegetables and seasonings. If you are looking to experience unique gastronomical creations such as Elk Rack, Steelhead Vera Cruz, and local Wagyu Tenderloin, look no further. Reservations are recommended when you plan to eat at this Bend Oregon restaurant.

Bos Taurus

163 N.W. Minnesota Avenue

(541) 241-2735

Whether your palate is pleasantly simple or highly discriminating, Bos Taurus has you covered. This wonderful new steakhouse in downtown Bend features the finest cuts of beef from around the globe and a delectable selection “not beef” menu items, such as Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Beet Salad, Colorado Lamb Rack, and Line-Caught Washington Halibut. Seating fills up quickly, so reservations are recommended.

El Sancho Taco Shop

335 N.E. Dekalb Avenue

(458) 206-5973

Don’t let the outside looks of El Sancho Taco Shop deter you from eating at this new Bend Oregon restaurant. Though the funky little yellow building they’re in looks like a run-down roadside stand that got teleported from the side of a Mexican highway, El Sancho definitely has the most outstanding Mexican food around and is lauded for having the best tacos in Bend.

Washington

900 Mt. Washington Drive

(541) 640-8257

Inspired by a passion for the Bend area and Oregon’s wealth of local seasonal ingredients, Washington is the hottest new kid on Bend’s culinary block. Presenting casual upscale dining in a swank yet rustic ambiance, Washington’s menu boasts traditional American fare with a stylish twist and includes local favorites such as Elk Swedish Meatballs and Grilled Steelhead Trout. Daily specials, a raw seafood bar, build-it-yourself salads, and a take-out window add to the list of Washington’s unique offerings.

Mantra Indian Kitchen and Tap Room

744 N.W. Bond Street

(541) 241-7567

Hailed as the finest Indian food in Central Oregon, Mantra Indian Kitchen is the longtime vision of owners Jassey Uppal and Arun “Runi” Srikantaiah. An informal setting, excellent food, great service, and modest prices along with a stellar menu have fast made Mantra Indian Kitchen a Bend favorite. Believe us when we say everything on the menu in this Bend Oregon restaurant is delicious!