We all know how Bend is full of attractions, and it will take more than one visit to enjoy them all. But sometimes you only have enough time for a long weekend vacation. So, what are you going to do? Well, for one thing, you need a good plan. With so many attractions, you can’t possibly visit them all in your short visit, but you can still enjoy the best the town has to offer and hope to come back again to cover the rest of it! Here are some of the best Bend attractions that draw tourists from all over the country.
Bend Attractions: High Desert Museum
This is a museum dedicated to wildlife, but this is not a regular museum with simple exhibits and some interactive shows; this is 125 acres of land where exhibits cover both indoors and outdoors, and it’s all about desert life and the hardy critters that make the desert their home. These include raptors, otters, porcupines, and reptiles. You can also visit the Miller Family Ranch and Sawmill and get a glimpse of what life used to be like in the area.
One way to get a good look of the whole town is to hike up Pilot Butte. It’s good exercise, and once you’ve reached the top you’re met with amazing views. Try to start early to beat the hot sun and also because the views in the early morning are spellbinding. This is a popular activity for both locals and tourists alike. You’re more than likely to meet other hikers along the way and get a chance to make some new friends. If you don’t like to hike, you can still go up the road in a vehicle.
When traveling in a group or with your family, you’d usually want to go everywhere together. But instead of taking a cab or public transport, why not hop on a bike surrey? It’s a lot of fun for the whole family—for both those who are pedaling and those sitting at the back and enjoying being shown around comfortably. You can plan your trip to visit the Old Mill District and the Deschutes River where there’s plenty to see and the roads are good for your unique vehicle.
Be sure to experience the best Bend attractions while you are in town. For more information and places to stay during your three-day weekend in Bend, call us today!
As the final days of winter begin to slide into the early days of spring, the city of Bend doesn’t lose its momentum. The fun keeps happening, and the excitement keeps growing, ensuring your stay in our mountain village will be exactly what you hoped for. And when you plan your visit around these upcoming events, the wow factor amps up even more! We’ve compiled this guide to upcoming events in Bend for you to peruse; find what you like and plan your unforgettable Oregon experience around that event!
Oregon WinterFest, Old Mill District, February 15th through February 17th
What better way to celebrate one of our favorite seasons than with a big party? The Oregon WinterFest is an annual event offering three days of unending music, tasty foods, and all the beer and wine you care to drink! Every minute of this three-day event is exciting and fun and you won’t want to miss a minute of the festivities, so purchase your tickets here and save a few bucks—literally! Tickets purchased at the gate will cost $3 more.
2019 Central Oregon Golf Show, Deschutes Convention Center, March 30th
As the winter thaws begin, many of our guests’minds turn to one thing: GOLF! Golf fans are an obsessed bunch, and in some snowy regions, they have actually discovered ways to play throughout the winter and at night with colored and glow-in-the-dark balls! In any case, the Central Oregon Golf Show is a much-awaited event in Bend, offering the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest equipment that’s available, meet with golf pros, and perhaps pick up a new golf shirt or two.
2019 Salmon Run, Athletic Club of Bend, April 7th
Mmmm, salmon! It’s our favorite fish and can be served in a multitude of ways, each one delicious. But the 2019 Salmon Run really has nothing to do with salmon and everything to do with running! This half-marathon, 10K, and 5K run takes its participants along well-maintained paved and dirt trails through some of the most beautiful scenery that Bend has to offer. And because this event takes place in the spring, it’s destined to be even more beautiful than ever! Offering a post-race celebration that includes the best local meals, drinks, and swag from the sponsors of this fun run, your Bend vacation promises to rise above all others when you take part! It’s definitely one of the best upcoming events in Bend to visit!
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The beginning of a new year is our favorite time. There are 365 days stretching out before us, waiting to be filled with laughter, love, and adventures to places we have never visited before. And when it’s time to start filling some of your days with adventures to those places, a visit to our hometown of beautiful Bend, Oregon should be at the top of your vacation bucket list! Welcoming and inviting at any time of the year, during the festival time the excitement gets amped up even more, making your Oregon getaway even more magical than you imagined it could be. Here’s a list of some of our favorite upcoming Bend festivals; let’s get the vacation planning started!
Oregon Winterfest, February 15th-February 17th, Old Mill District
Winter is one of our favorite seasons in Bend and we celebrate its wonders with the Oregon Winterfest. Featuring ice sculptures, live musical entertainment, a wine walk, and a royal run, every second of every day is filled to the brim with exciting activities and fun adventures. And once darkness falls, the cold of an Oregon winter night is chased away with the warmth of the fires from the firepit competition. Your winter break is destined to be a great one when planned to coincide with this chill winter festival!
Bite of Bend, June 23rd-June 25th
As you huddle under blankets with the heater blasting beside you, it may be difficult to believe, but summer IS coming sooner than you think, and it’s never too soon to start planning that summer vacation! And because the best vacations always involve the tastiest foods, Bite of Bend offers the opportunity to taste the best of our town! Featuring multiple restaurants serving meals they have designed to entice, a mixology showcase for the over-21 crowd and a root beer run for the wee ones, this epicurean adventure is bound to be the highlight of your summer getaway.
Bend Summer Festival, July 7th through July 9th
Summer days and nights are special ones in Oregon, and the Bend Summer Festival celebrates the good times that accompany the longest days of the years. Featuring live music being performed on three stages that will have you dancing in your seats, tasty food, refreshing beverages, and a play zone for your littles, no one knows how to throw a party better than a Bendite, and this Bend festival is the proof!
Celebrate in Style After These Bend Festivals
Whether it’s a tasty food festival or a funky music fest that brings you to Bend, staying in one of our Bend Vacation Rentals properties will be the best part of an already stellar vacation. Reserve yours today and discover the luxury of celebrating in style!