The Great Cascade Powder Safari

Your Encore Winter Adventure to Cascades of Oregon

        February 1 to February 8, 2020

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 eBend Oregon

Bend is a city in, and the county seat of, Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is the principal city of the Bend-Redmond Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bend is Central Oregon's largest city, and despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area. Bend recorded a population of 76,693 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, up from 52,029 at the 2000 census. The estimated population of the city as of 2018 is 97,590. The Bend-Redmond metro population was estimated at 191,996 as of July 1, 2018. It is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Oregon.

 

Tucked neatly between the snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the inspiring high desert plateaus of Central Oregon, Bend, Oregon has evolved from a sleepy lumber town to an international mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and people in search of active and healthy vacation experiences and tourist attractions.

Dining in Bend

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the diverse selection of restaurants and dining options in Bend. You’ll find mouth-watering cuisine on a menu list that will satisfy your deepest cravings. Enjoy the epitome of fine dining with meals prepared by some of the world’s finest chefs. Wet your whistle at one of Bend’s many micro-breweries and savor the flavor of a delectable dessert for two. When it comes to cuisine, Bend truly over-delivers. Bend was named as one of the top cities with the most eateries per capita according to The Huffington Post.

Restaurants in Bend, Oregon serve Central Oregon and surrounding areas such as Sunriver, Sisters, Redmond, La Pine, and Prineville. Find a broad listing of the best in food and restaurant dining. Listings may change and can include American restaurants, Barbecue (BBQ), Chinese, Dessert, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Gourmet, Pizza, Seafood, Steak, Sushi, Thai, Vegetarian, and more. Whether for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, buffet, all you can eat, takeout, delivery, catering, or a romantic dining setting, you can find it here.

Bend’s foodie scene even excels among those with special dietary concerns, with many restaurants specializing in gluten free offerings, or catering to those with vegetarian and vegan diets, including a restaurant whose menu is 100% plant based that’s great for the whole family.

In our little mountain town of more than 87,000 people, Bend has a startling abundance of world-class breweries clustered close together like the gold at the end of a big, beer rainbow. Bend has more breweries per-capita than any other city in Oregon and has been dubbed Beer Town USA! If beer isn’t your thing, that’s okay. Bend’s growing selection of distilleries and wineries are a great way to quench your thirst for adult beverages, so make sure you check out the Drinkable Diversions along the Bend Ale Trail while you’re in town.

Get Your Stamps!
As you forge your way along the Bend Ale Trail , whip out your passport (one required per person) and ask for a stamp at each brewery. No purchase is necessary at any of the brewery stops, though it’s a great chance to sample suds everywhere you go. Please refer to each brewery’s hours of operation here, as not all of them are open 7 days a week.

Got stamps from 10 breweries? Awesome! Pat yourself on the back, then stop by or send your completed passport to the Bend Visitor Center (please note Bend Visitor Center hours of operation) to receive your souvenir, a commemorative Bend Silipint! Got stamps from all 18 breweries? Rock on with your bad self! Not only do you get the Silipint, we’ll also give you a nifty Bend Ale Trail bottle opener.

It’s important to keep in mind, too that you don’t overdo it. No purchase is necessary to complete the Ale Trail, all you’ve got to do is stamp your passport at each location.

It’s probably not wise to attempt the entire Bend Ale Trail in one day. Luckily Bend is home to many great hotels & motels, resorts, vacation rentals, and even B&Bs. Find your perfect place to rest up along the Bend Ale Trail on our Where to Stay page.

What to do in Bend 

beyond the slopes

 There is plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to keep all in your party busy and happy. Here are a few ideas beyound the Club's scheduled excursions and activities.

Snow. You want it, Bend has it! The mountains surrounding Bend get an average of about 30 feet of snow per year, while the city gets less than 30 inches. Know what that means for you? The most diverse winter vacation you can imagine! 

Book a once-in-a-lifetime sled dog ride, or rent a snowmobile to explore endless acres of pristine forest. If snowshoeing is more your speed, try a guided adventure from Wanderlust Tours. They offer outings ranging from Moonlight & Starlight Snowshoe Tours to the craft beer-fueled Shoes, Brews & Views adventure.

Once you’ve had your fill of snow, it’s time to explore dry land. Lace up those boots for a bit of hiking at scenic spots like Smith Rock State Park or Pilot Butte. The Oregon Desert Trail in the Badlands is often snow-free and a hike up Horse Ridge will offer stunning views of the Cascade Mountains. If the bike trails are calling, there’s no reason not to answer – you’ll find plenty of great mountain biking even in the dead of winter. For a truly unique adventure, head underground to explore hundreds of caves and lava tubes tunneling beneath Bend’s landscape.

Winter Wonderland in Bend
Seek the sunshine you need in the sunny mountain oasis of Bend, Oregon! Build a snowman, catch snowflakes on your tongue, and soak up the sunshine at Mt. Bachelor.  Then set your tail wagging on a dog sled dash through the Deschutes Forest, get cozy with critters at the High Desert Museum, get your game on at the Sun Mountain Fun Center, and finish your day by making snow angels and star-gazing until you’re sleepy. Plan your Oregon ski vacation now!

Bend Ale Trail – Trek the largest beer trail of the WestBeer is good. Beer in Bend is Better! Follow your beer dreams to the sunny mountain oasis of Bend, Oregon. Trek the world famous Bend Ale Trail and sample decadent craft beers at ​more than 15 award-winning Bend breweries. When you need a break from Beervana, soak up the sunshine on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, snowshoe through the beautiful Deschutes National Forest, and enjoy the energy of the hip mountain oasis of Bend. Plan your Bend Beercation now!

A Snowmance in Bend
Nothing stokes winter romance like a moonlit snowshoe tour, hot drinks around the fire, and a quaint B&B. Grab your sweetie by the hand and share the fun of winter in the sunny mountain oasis of Bend, Oregon! Build a snowman, make snow angels, then top off your day with a starlit snowshoe adventure and some cuddling by the fire during your Bonfire on the Snow adventure. When your stomach starts growling, grab a gourmet meal at one of Bend’s many award-winning restaurants. Then stroll hand in hand as you enjoy the charming shopping districts in ​Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District. Plan your Bend Snowmance now!

Trek Through Smith Rock State Park

This 651-acre state park is open all year round, and features a network of gorgeous hiking trails that offer stunning views of the unspoiled wilderness that extends for miles in every direction. Part of Oregon’s high desert plateau landscape, the park has an elevation of around 3,000 feet, delivering incredible vantage points you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Smith Rock State Park is also a rock climber’s paradise, with well over 1,000 climbing areas. Bear one thing in mind as you plan your visit: conditions can be very hot in the summer, and daytime temperatures can break the 100-degree barrier. Spring and fall are generally the best times to visit.

Drive the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
Also known as Forest Route 46, the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful drives in the western United States. This 66-mile route passes eight beautiful lakes, where you can pause to take pictures or spend a few hours exploring. Breathtakingly beautiful Cultus Lake is a particularly appealing place to spend some time, as it has well-developed tourism and visitor facilities including a lodge and restaurant as well as boat rentals and overnight cabins. If roughing it is up your alley, you can also pitch a tent and camp.

Check out the Newberry National Volcanic Monument Designated in 1990, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is housed within the beautiful Deschutes National Forest area. It covers about 50,000 acres of unique landforms, including volcanic caldera lakes and obsidian lava flows. Its Lava River Cave and Lava Cast Forest are especially popular tourist draws, with the forest resting atop a lava flow that’s about 6,000 years old. Its haunting molds make excellent photo opportunities.

The site’s Newberry Caldera serves as a camping, hiking, and outdoor recreation base. Campgrounds, indoor lodgings, and an excellent trail network encircle the scenic volcanic lake, which is accessible throughout the year.

Tour the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area
If you want to 6experience another area filled with fascinating landforms, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness area beckons. Part of the National Landscape Conservation System since 2009, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a desert area that houses ancient Native American pictographs, arid canyons, centuries-old juniper trees, and formations of ancient igneous rocks that bear uncanny resemblances to castles. You can also enter the Oregon Desert Trail from the park, as its western end point exits into the badlands.

Food and Shopping in the Old Mill District
If you’re looking to head indoors for a little while, Bend has a wide range of shopping and dining options, especially considering the city’s relatively cozy size. Its Old Mill District is a great place to start, as this historic quarter of town occupies a pretty perch on the banks of the Deschutes River and houses an intriguing lineup of restaurants, locally owned shops and boutiques, galleries, and bars. Many of the area’s original buildings have been preserved and repurposed into award-wining and innovative mixed-use facilities.

Visit Bend’s Educational Museums
Bend has a long and interesting history, and the city’s story is well-told at the Deschutes Historical Museum and the High Desert Museum. The Deschutes Historical Museum is housed in a heritage schoolhouse, and features exhibits that cover the region’s history from prehistoric times to the pioneer era and beyond. The High Desert Museum is an excellent place to learn more about central Oregon’s deserts and badlands, and it’s a great place to visit either before or after you visit these unique geological regions in person.

Delve into Oregon’s Storied Past
Bend has 10 sites that are part of the United States’ National Register of Historic Places, with several standouts that reward curious visitors. The Drake Park Historic Neighborhood district is a fantastic place to go for a walk if you want to see some great residential architecture, while the one-of-a-kind Goodwillie-Allen House is the oldest house within Bend’s city limits. Other noteworthy entries on this list include the N.P. Smith Pioneer Hardware Store, which dates to 1909 and stands as a rare and authentic glimpse into the old ways of bygone years, as well as the Gothic Revival-style Trinity Episcopal Church.