And the surrounding wilderness

For many years, Bend has been a well kept secret amongst its residents and fellow Oregonians. That is until passers-by began to notice the raw beauty of this place and all it has to offer. Delicious coffee, beer, food, and not to mention miles and miles of endless adventure in the surrounding mountains, lakes, desert land, and rivers. Word is spreading like wild fire; soon people will be coming from every corner of the globe just to get a taste of the good life here in Bend, Oregon.


Location: The very center of Oregon on the East side of the Cascade Mountain Range, Nestled right along side the Deschutes River off of Highway 97 coming from either Portland, Salem, Eugene, Idaho, or Southern Oregon.

Coordinates: 44°3′N 121°18′W / 44.050°N 121.300°W / 44.050

Population: 81,236

Word is spreading like wild fire; soon people will be coming from every corner of the globe just to get a taste of the good life here in Bend, Oregon.

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Where to Eat

Stop by Sparrow on your way up to the mountain for a famous Bend pastry: The Ocean Roll.

Sunny Yoga Kitchen. Walk through those doors and you’ll be filled with nourishment for both your body and mind. If you have time, be sure to take a yoga class from Courtney (more about the yoga here), or ask Amy about the special ‘Sunny Sauce’ that they use on many of their dishes.

Jacksons Corner is perfect for big group gatherings after any big adventure.

For a lively Bend scene, stop by The (food) Lot on the westside of town.

Crow’s Feet Commons, a central location that is great for renting bikes and/or grabbing a bite to eat.

Some of the best coffee in town can be found at Backporch Coffee Roasters.

Comfort food and hand crafted beer at Deschutes Brewery.

For Mexican, Spanish, and South-American inspired cuisine, check out Barrio, located in the heart of downtown.

Street-food evolved and travel inspired dishes are in abundance at the ever amazing, Spork.

Eggs Benedict at Chow.

Mothers for smoothies and other tasty eats.

Comfort food and beer to be found at Brother Jons.

Stop by Crux Fermentation Project at sunset for a view of the Cascades and hand crafted beer.

The most delicious thai food in town can be found at Wild Rose.

What to Do

Visit Smith Rock for climbing and hiking (under an hour north of Bend).

Mountain biking on Phil’s Trail (for all skill levels), Whoops, Tiddlywinks, and Tyler’s traverse, all just outside of Bend.

Mt. Bachelor for skiing, cross country skiing, and snowboarding.

Float the river in the spring, summer, or early fall for a different view of the town.

Cascade Lakes Highway (summer only, unless you want a snowshoeing or snowmobiling adventure in the winter).

Black Butte if you a looking for an epic hike with stunning views of the Cascades, just under an hour north of Bend.

Tumalo Falls, located just outside of Bend, great if you’re looking for a short but beautiful hike.

A day adventure at the Cove Palisades, great for swimming and fishing, and only an hour north of Bend.

Bend, Oregon

Sparks Lake, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Contributed By


Adam McKibben

Adam McKibben is a climber, explorer and photographer as well as the brand manager of Thirst Relief International, a non-profit that is passionate about changing the world through clean water.

Chloe O’Neill

Chloe O’Neill is a writer, explorer, and full time Lyme warrior, as well as the founder of More Than Lyme: a community designed to bring people together, share stories, and raise awareness of Lyme disease, one adventure at a time.

Both are honored to call Bend home.

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