When you're craving a change of pace from the daily grind, look no further than Bend, Oregon: "The Outdoor Playground of the West." From skiing, to rock climbing, to snow-shoeing, this Central Oregon locale, will have even the hippest of urbanites getting down and dirty in the great outdoors.
For those who are less into sleeping in a sleeping bag and more into a king-sized pillow top mattress, there are plenty of unique options in Bend to take you seamlessly from exploring Mother Nature to treating yourself to some world-class dining and lodging experiences. If you like your great outdoors with a side of gourmet treats, visit Bend, Oregon for your next weekend getaway, and check out these local businesses while you're there.
For those looking to get outside, but lacking the gear, expertise, and time to plan out your own excursion, Wanderlust Tours has got you covered. You can book a half-day tour that will please any travel companions, whether you want a romantic outing, a family-friendly romp in the woods, or an exciting day out with a group of friends.
This winter, get out into the quiet solitude of the snowy Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range with Wanderlust's snowshoe tours. These small group expeditions get you up close and personal with the best nature Bend has to offer. Head off-trail with their experienced guides, who will teach you snowshoeing techniques and tips, as well as share their expanse of knowledge on the area's natural and cultural history. If you've come to Bend for the craft beer scene, try their Shoes, Brews, and Views tour to get access to the best mountain vistas while enjoying local brews from Cascade Lakes Brewery. For an out-of-the-ordinary aprés ski activity, check out the evening Bonfire on the Snow tour, where you'll bask in the glow of a bonfire in the middle of a snow-carved amphitheater, relaxing with hot drinks and yummy desserts. It's the ultimate way to end a day in the mountains.
This innovative taproom/pub/restaurant isn't your average coffee shop. They specialize in cold brewed coffee, which, no, is not just regular coffee served cold. It's brewed slowly (we're talking hours) in cold water instead of hot, making for a smoother and less acidic cup of joe.
At Riff, their coffee is truly the star of the show, with a full menu of coffee inspired cocktails like the Cold Fashioned (yep, it's an old fashioned with cold brewed concentrate), the Span-ish Coffee (think Kahlua, rum, coffee, and cinnamon), and the Tropic Thunder (made with mezcal, Aperol, lime, vanilla, and, you guessed it, cold brewed coffee concentrate). Make a meal of it with their stellar menu of pub bites which focus on fresh, local ingredients. This is truly a must-visit for any coffee enthusiast exploring Bend.
For a luxury night out on the town in Bend, Bos Taurus is the restaurant to visit. This boutique, chef-driven American steakhouse sources only the highest quality beef from around the globe, seared to perfection on their custom-built cast-iron slab grill.
Start with a decadent appetizer like roasted bone marrow and unagi, hamachi crudo, or a gorgeous Hudson Valley foie gras terrine. For the main course, you'll have your pick of choice cuts from only the best butchers in the world, like two varieties of Japanese A5 Wagyu beef, a petit filet mignon from Allen Bros in Chicago, wagyu bavette from Broadleaf Farms in Queensland, Australia, or a day dry age bone in rib-eye from the Holstein cows of Flannery Beef in California. After a long day of skiing or snowshoeing, you will definitely have earned that protein.
Ready to plan your adventure in Bend, Oregon? Visit www.visitbend.com or call 877-245-8484 to chat with a Bend expert.