Our beautiful city of Bend is known primarily for three things: our awe-inspiring mountains, our ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, and our award-winning craft beer. However, Cascade Alchemy bucks the trend of craft breweries by being one of the best craft distilleries in town! Enjoy fine spirits made right in the heart of the Cascades and the High Desert. Read on to learn why this should be on your “must-see” list of things to do in Bend Oregon.
Craft Spirits and Liquors in Bend
Cascade Alchemy has six signature spirits, made using the pure and clean mountain water and natural ingredients that Bend has to offer. Among these spirits are Oregon gin made with juniper berries from the Badlands, Chai Tea Vodka made using the distillery’s own vodka and locally-made chai tea, in-house bourbon whiskey, barley shine, and apple pie vodka. Variations on these spirits include aged Oregon gin and Hot Pepper vodka.
The ambiance at Cascade Alchemy is quaint, but homey for grabbing a handcrafted cocktail or a flight of tasters. Throughout the Bend area, you’ll find that many local restaurants and bars carry the unique spirits that Cascade Alchemy has to offer, meaning that even if you don’t get a chance to visit this fine distillery, you can still sample what they have to offer at famous locations, such as Pronghorn Resort’s on-site bar.
Cascade Alchemy also offers tours of their distillery facility in which you can see just what goes into making these fantastic local liquors, as well as free tastings of their spirits on-site. You’ll find the distillery on the north side of Bend at 20585 Brinson Blvd., Suite 5, Bend, OR 97701, across the highway from Bend River Plaza and Bend River Promenade. You can also reach the distillery by phone at (541) 647-4363, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The distillery opens at 9:00am and closes at 4:00pm Monday through Friday. On weekends, visit between 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday; the distillery closes all day on Sundays. We recommend visiting Cascade Alchemy between 11:00am and 3:00pm throughout the week for the best experience! Bend breweries have something for everyone!
Other Things to Do in Bend, Oregon
Once you have had your fill of beer and food, you will find plenty of things to do in town. You can visit the High Desert Museum, where you will learn all about the history of Bend and the animals who call it home. Their on-staff zoologist will tell you about the habits, diets and needs of these fascinating creatures. You will find some beautiful hikes and challenging mountain bike rides just outside of the city. If you visit in winter, you can go skiing or snowboarding at Mount Bachelor or enjoy a sleigh ride through the beautiful mountains.
This wilderness area located in Deschutes and Crook Counties offers visitors a hauntingly beautiful area in which to hike. You can walk through a dry riverbed or hike on a mountain ridge. Remember to bring a compass and plenty of water, because it is easy to lose your direction in the desert. The area has rock formations that resemble ancient castles, and you will see juniper trees and sagebrush. The area is home to much wildlife, and you may see jack rabbits, elk, and owls. Although the area never officially closes to visitors, you may want to plan to hike early in the morning.
The Tower Theater
There is nothing like a show at the Tower Theater after a day of outdoor fun in Bend. The theater is nonprofit and offers everything from plays to comedy to music. The 2020 calendar offers a play about Clarence Darrow, a concert by roots music artist Martha Redbone, and Matilda the Musical. They also offer occasional lectures on a variety of topics. You will find something entertaining and interesting to see there whether you are traveling with children or adults. Ticket prices vary depending on the show, but it is always a good idea to make your reservations well in advance.
Located just 10 miles west of Bend, this 97-foot waterfall is one of the area’s most popular attractions. You can view the falls from the parking lot or hike a short trail to an observation deck that will give you a closer view. There is a picnic area right near the falls where you can enjoy lunch and get some great pictures. If you are feeling energetic, you can go on a seven-mile loop trail around the area. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Bend, Oregon.
Contact us to find out more about Cascade Alchemy and other awesome places to check out during your time here! Speak with a member of our reservations team today and book your vacation rental with us!