Turkey Trot

3 Ways to Keep the Family Entertained Over Thanksgiving in Bend Oregon

Finding a reason to travel to Bend, Oregon is never a difficult task. There are enough things to do and see along with a community that provides endless fun events, so it is always a good time to visit. But as Thanksgiving comes around, this place comes to life with the spirit of the holidays. For this reason, a Thanksgiving spent here is sure to be one of the most memorable of your life. Here are three ways to keep the family entertained during Thanksgiving in Bend Oregon.

Sisters Holiday Celebration

The best place to kick off the holidays is the Sisters Holiday Celebration, taking place this year on November 23rd and 24th. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm with the lighting of the Christmas tree. The fun continues into Saturday with their renowned holiday parade that you will not want to miss. Throughout this time, you can also take the little ones to visit Santa Claus at the Sisters Chamber of Commerce.

Turkey Trot Like Never Before

The “I Like Pie” run is a beloved tradition on Thanksgiving in Bend, and this year it is better than ever. As you may have guessed, that means more pie, but that is not all! The fun is kicking off at 9 am on Thanksgiving morning. You can partake in the untimed Turkey Trot 5k or the shorter family run/walk. This provides a great opportunity to get to know this one of a kind community. You can find it in the beautiful Old Mil District.

Go Skiing!

The time has come, or perhaps the time never left the community in Oregon. While many other mountains do not open until early December, the plan at Mt. Bachelor is to open the weekend of Thanksgiving, providing the perfect opportunity to work off that Thanksgiving dinner about 30 minutes from Bend. In the unlikely event Mt Bachelor does not open as planned, slopes that are open year-round are just a couple hours away on Mt. Hood at the Timberline Lodge!

Spend the Holiday in a Beautiful Vacation Home

One of the best things you can do to ensure an enjoyable an Thanksgiving in Bend Oregon is to find a place to stay that you will love. You will find no shortages of places you will love throughout the wonderful listings of vacation homes provided by Bend Vacation Rentals. Since it is Thanksgiving, let’s start with the amazing kitchens provided by these homes. You will find gourmet-level kitchens that provide functionality through high-end appliances and plenty of cooking ware, while you will find beauty in find countertops and cabinets. If you choose to prepare your own feast, the kitchen will ensure it is an enjoyable experience. Beyond that, you can find luxury and comfort in spacious rooms, cozy furniture, immaculate beds, patios, and so much more. Find the perfect one for you by contacting us today!

Bend Upcoming Events

5 Incredible Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Bend

Regardless of the time of year, there is something to love about a trip to Bend. However, this is especially true in September, when the tail end of summer brings great weather and plenty of ways to take advantage. That is why you should consider a trip to Bend for this year’s Labor Day Weekend. The following are the top five most incredible ways to spend a Labor Day Weekend in Bend and one of our favorite Bend upcoming events.

Little Woody is One of the Top Bend Upcoming Events

This festival is one of the top Bend upcoming events you must attend if you enjoy unique and delicious beers. On August 21st and September 1st, some of the town’s favorite breweries bring out their most special barrel-aged brews for everyone to enjoy. The beer is Bend is always amazing, but this experience allows you to enjoy the best of the best. You can also enjoy awesome music and food, all on the lawn of the Deschutes Historical Museum.

Go Skiing

You read that correctly! Mount Hood is the only skiing area in the Continental United States that provides year-round skiing, and it is only about an hour north of Bend. You can find it at Timberline Lodge. Skiing and snowboarding are certainly not the first things that come to mind when you think of Labor Day, but it is definitely one of the most fun and unique things you could possibly do during the holiday.

Chase Waterfalls

This is not necessarily specific to Labor Day Weekend, but it is still one of the most incredible ways to spend a day around Bend. You will find countless waterfalls within an hour of Bend, but one of the coolest is only 30 minutes from the center of town in Tumalo Falls. It only takes about an hour of hiking to reach this awe-inspiring sight of a 220-foot waterfall.

Float Down the Deschutes River

There are many great tours of the Bend area, but none provide the great sights and relaxation of a simple float down the Deschutes River. This is the perfect time of year to take advantage, as the weather is still warm enough for a comfortable float, but the insane crowds have thinned out a bit. You simply need to get a hold of some rafts, tubes, or even an air mattress and launch from a safe and calm part of the river like Riverbend Park.

Hit the Golf Course

There are many amazing courses throughout town, including three that made it into Golf Digest’s top 100 in the country. Any Oregon local will tell you that the best golf in the state is waiting for you in Bend, and you will understand why after visiting any one of these courses. You can find a wide variety of courses—everything from tree-lined fairways to rolling hills.

Stay in One of the Best Homes Bend Has to Offer

It is easier than ever to find the best real estate in Bend available for rental with the help of Bend Vacation Rentals, the premiere rental agency in town. We go above and beyond in providing the most comprehensive list of homes in Bend. Looking for a swanky condo amidst the excitement of downtown? No problem. Are you looking for something tucked away in some of the area’s beautiful wilderness? Great! No matter what size or location, you can be sure you will find a place to stay in Bend that will be cozy, luxurious, and beautiful. Contact us today to book your dream vacation!

pumpkin patch with painted faces on pumpkins

Top Reasons to Visit Bend, Oregon at Halloween

Planning Halloween activities at home can turn out to be a lot of work. You spend weeks searching for the perfect costume, buying the good candy—only having to return to the store on Halloween night to buy whatever is left over because you ATE all the good Halloween candy—planning a party, building a haunted house, or both! Classic overachievers like ourselves often over-plan and then find themselves too exhausted to enjoy the fruits of their labor; let’s make this year different and plan a Halloween vacation to Bend. You can still play and frolic, but you won’t be inclined to overdo it!

Monster Dash 5K and Little Monster Mile, Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Drive

Those Halloween treats can add up, so why not be pre-emptive and burn up the extra calories before you eat them? This Monster Dash 5K and Little Monster Mile isn’t just good for you, it’s spookily fun as well! Wear your scariest costume (that doesn’t interfere with your running or vision), your best running shoes, and hit the road! The Little Monster Mile allows your kids to participate in the fun as well! Register at http://centraloregonrunningklub.org/cork-events/monsterdash/.

Tales of Hallows Eve, High Desert Museum, 59800 South Highway 97

There is nothing more unique than getting all dressed up in your Halloween scariest and spending an evening hearing scary stories as you visit with live animals! The High Desert Museum offers Tales of Hallows Eve on October 28th from 6-8 PM for kids of all ages! The Spirit of the West exhibit has been known to feature some spooky sights and sounds; are you brave enough to enter?

Downtown Bend Trick or Treating, 916 NW Wall Street

There’s nothing a kid detests more than missing out on scoring a big bag of candy on the spookiest night of the year, and if you’re vacationing in Bend, your child doesn’t have to miss out! This wonderful event happens on Saturday, October 28th from 1-4 PM (head home on Monday, and your children can trick or treat again with all their friends on Halloween!) and offers pumpkin painting events and a costume contest in addition to the sweet, delicious, candy!

Scare Yourself Silly

Stay home in your Bend Vacation Rentals cozy cabin and watch a Halloween marathon of scary movies! Start a fire (Halloween nights are cool in Bend!), pour an Irish coffee or a mug of hot chocolate, and cuddle with your kids and family on the couch as you get your scare on for a wonderful night of goosebumps and chills! Reserve yours today; Halloween is just around the corner!