Situated 170 miles from Portland, Oregon, Bend offers visitors 300 days of sunny outdoor recreational opportunities. Warmer months provide miles and miles of mountain biking and hiking trails and scenic rivers along with golf courses, and rock climbing. Add 30 craft breweries, a growing dining scene, and tax-free shopping and you’ve got a perfect day in Central Oregon. Below are our recommended things to do in Bend Oregon!
Fun Things to do in Bend Oregon
Bend is a small town located on the Deschutes River with beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains. Bend is famous for its outdoor beauty, beer, and laid back vibe. Whether you want to go mountain climbing, skiing, fishing, boating, or just enjoy a good pint of beer, you’ll find it in Bend!
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Breakfast in Bend
If you arrive in Bend in time for breakfast, locals flock to Jackson’s Corner for dishes like Green Eggs & Ham, Mushroom Gravy & Biscuits (vegetarian) or the brioche French toast stuffed with cream cheese and topped with fruit compote. Choose from their Westside (845 N.W. Delaware Avenue) Eastside (1500 N.E. Cushing Drive). Check out this link for additional breakfast options.
Get to know this Timbertown up close and personal with a tour from Bend Tour Company (350 SW Industrial Way). Choose from their e-Crusier outings onboard their open-air electric touring cars or a guided walking tour. In particular, their Bend City Sights & Brewery Combo tours take in the key landmarks in Bend while also sampling some of the city’s best craft beers.
Bend Craft Brewery Stop
Be sure to stop by Crux Fermentation Project (50 SW Division Street) for a beer and a bite. Their tasting room is in the middle of this craft brewery, a vantage point that allows you to get immersed in the action. Swivel your bar stool to the left for a look at the brew deck, fermenters, and oak barrels containing the next Banished-series beers.
Behind you is the hop cooler while before you are their conditioning tanks and their ever-changing menu of beers on tap. Order up a tasting sampler of their latest seasonal offerings. Pair this sampler with one of their savory pizzas. Time permitting, consider returning for a spectacular sunset view and another pint. They are open from noon to 9 pm 7 days a week.
Wine Tasting at Stoller Wine Bar | Bend
Relax from your Bend adventures with a wine tasting at Stoller Wine Bar | Bend (555 NW Arizona Ave #30). This Willamette Valley winery now has a tasting room in the Box Factory in Bend. Their 90-minute wine experience affords guests the opportunity to sample the range of their offerings paired with a curated selection of food items.
Beer Flights at Deschutes’ Bend Public House
Another option is to get a tasting flight at Deschutes’ Bend Public House. Their classic flight offers a selection of their standard beers. Adventurous types should sure to ask the bartender for a six serving containing their specialty beers only available on tap at this location. Also, those with gluten allergies will appreciate the craft quality of their gluten-free beer.
Oregrown Craft Cannabis’ flagship store
Also, consider delving into Oregon’s legal cannabis scene with a visit to Oregrown Craft Cannabis’ flagship store (1199 NW Wall Street). Here the experienced budtenders can help consumers choose from their range of cannabis from Oregon farms that are grown using sustainable and organic means.
In addition to their own products, they carry select offerings from other Oregon companies who share their values. Check out out their caviar vape cartridge for a discreet elevated high. Other options that work well for travelers include edibles and prerolls.
Cocktails & Dinner in Bend at 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar
Next, sample the offerings from 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar (821 NW Wall Street #100). Chef Joe is a three-time James Beard Award Semifinalist in the category of Best Chef in the Northwest, one of the very few chefs east of the Cascade Mountains to receive this honor.
He was invited to represent Central Oregon at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting at the Feast Portland and was one of the five Celebrity Chefs featured the Bite of Oregon in 2018. Chef Kim and 5 Fusion have been recognized multiple times by voters through local media as the best sushi best chef and best fine dining in Central Oregon.
Since their inception, they have placed the community at the heart of our work and grew the program to a regular Charity Dinner Series. Make a reservation for the Chef’s tasting series, a truly unique gastronomical experience. Also, they offer monthly 5-course meals with the profits benefiting a local charity.
Element Bend Hotel
Rather than drive back to Portland late in the evening, consider spending the night at Element Bend (1526 NW Wall Street), a centrally located dog-friendly hotel in downtown Bend with a specious outdoor feel. It features 112 spacious oasis-like guest rooms (46 fully equipped suites and 56 studios with full kitchens).
Their complementary Rise breakfasts provide visitors with healthful breakfast options to fuel their day’s adventures. A pool, whirlpool, and fitness center offers guests additional opportunities to relax and rejuvenate themselves. Then at the end of the day on Mondays through Thursdays, guests can Relax, a complimentary evening featuring locally made wine and beer.
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Other warm-weather Bend activities include; kayaking, white water rafting, fly fishing, and cycling. Then during the winter, Bend becomes a haven for those interested in sports like downhill skiing or snowboarding at nearby Mt. Bachelor or cross country skiing and snowshoeing at one of the area’s Sno-Parks.
Directions to Bend from Portland: Start your day from Portland by driving along Route 26, one of the most scenic road trips in Oregon. Traverse Mt. Hood National Forest, desert canyons, lava lands, and petrified forests.
Heading Back to Portland: Consider varying the scenic route by taking Route 20 and 22. This route runs through the tree-stump-studded Detroit Lake, Deschutes National Park, and Mt. Jefferson.