Historic Bend started as a simple crossing spot on the Deschutes River, used by trappers, miners, loggers, and pioneers on their way west as they searched for a brighter future. The river remains an important part of life here in Bend, with the surrounding Cascade Mountains a close second. When you vacation in Bend, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of both mountain and river living.
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The historic city of Bend is nestled up against the Cascade Mountain Range as it reaches down from Canada over to northern California. The snow-capped peaks and rugged beauty form the backdrop for life here in Central Oregon. You can’t escape them, they’re everywhere you look. In fact, Bend is one of only three cities in the mainland US to have an extinct volcano within city limits. That’s pretty cool. Pilot Butte is a great landmark and way-finder while you’re downtown, and the view from the peak of the surrounding city and river is well worth the hike.
The mountains aren’t just pretty to look at; they provide year-round activities for everyone who loves the outdoors. During those cold snowy months, there’s downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and much more. Warmer months are perfect for hiking and biking your way along dusty, rocky trails that wind up the mountains, not to mention rock climbing, rappelling, and birdwatching.
Area Rivers and Lakes
While the Deschutes River is the main river in Bend, there are plenty of other rivers and lakes to keep you busy. If you love waterfalls, hike the Tumalo Falls Trail in the Deschutes National Forest. Besides the picturesque falls, the top of the falls trail has an absolutely breathtaking view. You can also hike around Sparks Lake for quick 2+ mile loop around one of the most photographed lakes in the state, then stay for an amazing sunset from one of the viewpoints.
Besides the fabulous scenery, you can rent kayaks or canoes and get out on the water. Spend an afternoon gently floating down the river on a big rubber tube or take an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip. If fishing is your passion, stay on the Deschutes and you’ll be landing rainbow, brown, and brook trout in no time. Book a guided fishing trip to Cascade Lake, East Lake, Crooked River, Fall River, or one of the other lovely lakes and rivers near Bend.
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We have rentals that front calm, cool lakes or rushing rivers, where you’re just minutes away from more water fun. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and keep it at your rental’s private dock. That dock will be great for fishing too!
Book one of our high-rise condo vacation rentals and you can look out across the river and valley to the surrounding mountains. Many of these rental properties Bend Oregon are steps away from ski lifts and close to trailheads. Plus, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the condo’s extra amenities like on-site fitness centers, hot tubs and spas, swimming pools and more.
A private vacation home nestled near the river or on a mountain slope will have amazing views, not to mention more privacy. These mountain retreats have decks and porches with comfy seating made for outdoor living. Many come with extras like big fenced-in yards, garages and off-street parking, and fire pits. We have townhomes and private vacation homes in gated subdivisions that offer a little extra security, and many are large plots of land so you will have a little more privacy too. They all have great views of the snowy Cascades, and our rentals with mountain views may feature amazing views of Mt. Bachelor, the Three Sisters, or Black Butte, but they are still close to Downtown Historic Bend and all its comfortable amenities.
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Our rental properties Bend Oregon offer the usual amenities you’ve come to expect, like fully-equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances and coffee makers, washer/dryers, and indoor fireplaces. Many have separate offices, so you can work in peace if you have to. All have free Wi-Fi and cable TV, some vacation homes feature satellite TV, ping pong tables, and game rooms. Many offer little extras like private hot tubs and gourmet kitchens. If you’ve brought your favorite furry friend along with you, that fenced-in yard will be a welcome amenity.
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After you’re finished with all your outdoor activities, you’re going to want to head back to your vacation rental for an evening in front of the fire, or out on the deck gazing at the bright stars. Ease those tired muscles in the hot tub while you gaze out at the mountains you spent the day on.
Bend is the perfect spot for outdoor fun on the mountains or out on the water. If you need help narrowing down all the choices, just give us a call! Let us help you book one of our rental properties Bend Oregon for your stay.