Renowned for its adventurous spirit by publications like Men's Journal, the cultural heart of Central Oregon is known for an array of calls to fame. In one of America's most breathtaking cities, Worldmark Seventh Mountain offers quick access to skiing, downtown shopping and unique craft breweries. With world-famous craft breweries and award-winning dining everywhere you look, Bend regularly tops lists of the best places to live in the United States. The Deschutes River winding through town doesn't hurt either, host to some of the best fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
In the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, no Central Oregon city better embraces the culture, outdoor recreation, and adventurous spirit of the Pacific Northwest. The Worldmark Seventh Mountain Resort is just outside of town, less than ½ mile from the Deschutes River. This close proximity to the water puts whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and paddle boarding at your doorstep, not to mention the famous craft brewery of the same name (Deschutes), just 5 miles away. If you prefer dry land, Oregon is an oasis of championship golf as well, with luscious fairways and heavenly vistas as far as the eye can see. In the winter, Mt. Bachelor is one of the most revered skiing destinations in the U.S., with 88 runs stretched across almost 4,000 acres. And no matter when you visit, you're sure to find a seasonal festival to revel in, from brew-centric parties in Downtown Bend or the Old Mill District, to hot-air balloon shows and golf tournaments.
900 Wall Restaurant & Bar While its brick building dates back to 1920, the food here is Modern American, inspired by French and Italian techniques. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 3 years running, their Happy Hour is incredible.
Pine Tavern Restaurant For over 70 years, this local treasure has been serving a delectable menu in a gorgeous space overlooking Mirror Pond. The sourdough scones and honey butter are just the start of a meal you're sure to remember.
The Blacksmith Restaurant Charmingly located in a historic blacksmith shop, the setting is equally as impressive as the New-meets-Old-World cuisine. In addition to famous meatloaf and live music, they also have an all-day Happy Hour on Sundays and Mondays.
Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails With local beer on tap from Boneyard brewery, signature cocktails like the Cardamom Old Fashioned, and delicious dishes like Artichoke & Corn Fritters and BBQ Shrimp, it's clear what makes this one of Bend's best restaurants.
Bend Factory Stores Nothing beats the bargains you'll find at this popular factory outlet mall, lined with major retailers like Carters & Kids, Coach, Eddie Bauer, GNC, Kitchen Collection, Nike and Tuesday Morning.
Bend River Promenade Across the street from the Deschutes River, retail shopping here includes a Macy's, Sears, Kohl's, Willoughby's, TJ Maxx and Natural Grocers, with the best in local organic produce, meat and fish.
Cascade Village Shopping Center This local Bend shopping center is a retail hub for everything you might need from Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick's Sporting Goods, PetsMart, Rue 21, Cost Plus World Market, Ross and Pro Image.
Downtown Bend A total of 325 businesses line the historic streets of one of America's favorite downtowns, full of antique-store treasure troves, outdoor outfitters, home furnishings, unique clothing boutiques, bookstores, gift shops and a monthly Art Walk.
Old Mill District Riverside trails, restaurants and shops along the Deschutes beckon shoppers to retailers like REI, Simply Mac, American Eagle, Naked Winery and numerous art galleries, with a First Friday Art Walk at the start of every month.
This picturesque city in the middle or Oregon is a Mecca for sports enthusiasts, no matter what time of year it is. Enjoy outdoor activities from winter to summer, from skiing to mountain biking, from ice skating to white-water rafting. Beyond that, you'll be surrounded by pictorial views in every direction
February - Subaru Winterfest
March - Great Nordeen Race
April - Springtacular Celebration
May - Snow Golf Tournament
May - Annual Tomato-Rama
May - BBQ, Blues & Brews by the Bay
July - 'POWDR SHOT' Mountain Biathlon National Championship Series