Are you a true connoisseur looking for the world’s best in wine? If so, your Oregon vacation will not be complete without a stop at the tasting room of Elixir Group. Elixir has been importing the finest wines from around the world for nearly two decades, and we want you to stop by and try some!
South America, Europe, and the USA
For almost 20 years, Elixir Wine Group has been importing the very best vintages from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Baja California (Mexico), under the name Southern Wine Group. About six years ago, they decided to expand their profile with a variety of great wines from Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and right here in Oregon. Though their business is global in nature, their headquarters is right here in Bend, where they bring the finest to you in their tasting room. Their Ermisch Cellars Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley is Live Certified, so it abides by research-based standards for sustainable vineyards. You expect only the best from Oregon, right?
Elixir Group Tasting Room
In the tasting room in beautiful Bend, you can sample a rotating selection of fine wines, as well as shop for wines from their entire portfolio. It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir bottle or two to take home! They’re open six days a week for tastings, and of course, your tasting fee is waived when you make a wine purchase. You can also get discounts on full case purchases!
Tourist Attractions in Bend
There is much to do in the city of Bend and if you visit on vacation, there is not much time to do everything. There are a few attractions you should not miss.
Three Sisters Wilderness Area
The Three Sisters are part of the Cascades Volcanic Arch. They consist of three volcanic peaks that are right near one another and each peak is over 10,000 feet. The wilderness area that surrounds the mountains offers many different hiking trails for people of various levels of ability. There are some very challenging hikes in this area, so be sure to consult a ranger before you decide what hike you wish to take.
You will see many different types of fir and hemlock trees in the area. 40 miles of the famed Pacific Crest Trail runs through the area, and it is a great place to take a camping trip.
The town of Sisters offers many unique shops and fun family restaurants. You will find several art galleries where you can pick out the perfect souvenir of your Oregon trip. Remember that Oregon has no sales tax, so it is a great place to stock up on clothing and decorations for your home.
Scavenger hunts are all the rage in Oregon. They are a great way to enjoy the out of doors and learn a bit about the city you are visiting. Bend Scavenger Hunt Walking Tours offers a one-hour game where you can answer trivia questions about Bend as you hunt for various landmarks and curiosities around Downtown. Tours leave from 875 NW Brooks St. at 7:00 am. Tickets are $38 per person and can be purchased online.
Take a Helicopter Tour
Bend may be famous for its hiking and mountain biking trails, but you are on vacation and you may not want to work that hard. Why not see the city from a comfortable seat in a helicopter? Big Mountain Heli Tours offers several different helicopter tours of the High Desert area. Most tours are about half an hour long and can seat up to three people. The cost of the tours depends on where you go. All tours leave from the Bend Airport and you can call 541-668-7656 to make a reservation.
More Fun Things to Do
The city of Bend is well known for its many food carts. The Podski Food Cart Lot features many of the town’s best carts. Located at 536 NW Arizona Ave, the lot features everything from perogies, to Thai food to a cart featuring gourmet grilled cheese. You can enjoy one of Oregon’s finest beers with your meal, so don’t forget to bring your ID.
Downtown Bend and surrounding areas are making quite a name in the wine and beer industry. These days, everybody knows that Oregon is where it’s at for the very best in craft brews and vintages. If you’re planning a vacation to take advantage of that fact, then why not choose a vacation rental that’s right in the heart of it all? Bend Vacation Rentals will help you find the best spot to lay your head during your trip, whether you’re traveling as a couple, a family, or a large wedding party. With so many different sizes of houses to choose from, Bend Vacation Rentals is sure to have something that meets your needs! Check out the selection today!
Elixir Wine Group
990 NW Brooks, Suite 3
Bend, OR 97701