With a town like Bend, Oregon the peak times are in the summer, with all the water sports, lakes, fishing, hiking and the list goes on. And in the winter, with the skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and anything else you can think of. The falls seems to be the “off season” if you will. But don’t let that keep from enjoying this great town. We got to experience Bend with all it’s outdoor splendor without having to share with a lot of other people. The restaurants that are usually packed, were just quite full. The hiking trails that are ever so popular, had a crowd, but parking spots were easy to find. The the breweries pour beer all year long and that’s really all that matters, right? And you can follow the Bend Ale Trail to all 14 breweries.
Let’s get the food out of the way, since you all know we love to eat, but don’t worry I won’t skip the hiking. I had done my research ahead of time and even asked my readers if they knew of any great places to eat and the list became long. There were a few misses, but mostly, we had amazing food.
Favorite Breakfast: Chow
Everything was exceptional at Chow. We got there right before 9am and our timing was perfect, by the time we left that was quite a wait. Even if you do have to wait they have a fire going outside with coffee.
Favorite Dinner : Jackson’s Corner hands down
You can’t tell by looking at the food, but this an order at the counter and go find a seat kind of place. We had someone come through and help us figure out what to order. She said if we had never been before then we needed to get the pizza (kale/bacon that was out of this world), pasta (we did the special) and a salad, I guess that was for good measure. They had lots of local beers on tap an a great cocktail list. We left stuffed!!!
Favorite Brewery for food: Crux
Favorite Coffee Shop: The Lone Pine.
Favorite Brewery for the beer: Cascade Lakes
They have a 20 edition IPA right now that is great! I brought home 2 6packs since they sell them cheaper there than in any stores.
We also enjoyed 10 Barrel Brewing. Their food was actually quite good. I’m also a fan of Good Life Brewing and we stopped there to sample some brews. There was just too many places to get to with too little time.
We stayed in an Airbnb within walking distance of downtown. It was perfect, we could easily walk to numerous breweries and lots of restaurants. Plus the walking trails along the river were not that far away either. If you don’t mind walking you can even take in a lot of the Bend Ale Trail.
There is tons of hiking to do in the Fall, so we took advantage of that. The first day we were there we went to Tumalo Falls. This is not far from Bend and it’s a falls that you can actually drive right up too. You can park and walk a short 100 yards or so to a observation deck. The fall colors here were spectacular with these bright yellow trees amongst all the evergreens.
The next day we went to Smith Rock. This is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. This is now one of my favorite Oregon hikes. There are more details about both hikes here.
What We Discovered:
- Tumalo Falls is not at Tumalo Falls State Park. Don’t make that mistake like we did. Took us a while to find this beautiful waterfall.
- Bend if very walkable, not only with lots do in the dowtown area, but also with the many trails that run along the river. Bring good shoes.
- Casual is what Bend is all about. No need to bring fancy clothes, you won’t need them. Come as you are.
- When most people think of Oregon they think of Portland or even the Oregon Coast, but Central Oregon is worth the trek. There is so much to do. It’s definitely for those that enjoy the great outdoors, beer and good food.
- We will be back.
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