Best of Bend, OR in the Fall

Fall hikes in Bend, OR

Fall hikes in Bend, OR

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

The presentation on this Corned Beef Hash at Chow in Bend was impressive.

The presentation on this Corned Beef Hash at Chow in Bend was impressive.

Omelet with spicy sausage

Omelet with spicy sausage

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

Impressive meal

Impressive meal at Jackson’s Corner in Bend

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

This picture does not do this justice. This was the most impressive meat and cheese plate I have seen in quite some time

This picture does not do this justice. This was the most impressive meat and cheese plate I have seen in quite some time. Even the grapes were smoked.

Favorite Coffee Shop: The Lone Pine.

Lone Pine coffee is hidden in Tin Pan Alley.

Lone Pine coffee is hidden in Tin Pan Alley.

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.

Beautiful Tumalo Falls

Beautiful Tumalo Falls

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.

Smith Rock

Smith Rock one of the 7 wonders of Oregon

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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  1. Looks like a beautiful place for a visit! I’m partial to waterfalls, too! And you sure ate some delicious food!

  2. I do love to eat, so yes lots of research goes into eating as well. 🙂

  3. I’m sad we decided to skip Bend on our Oregon road trip. I had read that there was fantastic food and even better beer in the city. Next time!

  4. I would love to try the beer trail! And the Falls looks beautiful.

  5. Did you ever make it to Boneyard Brewing? My favorite beer of all time.

  6. We didn’t make it Boneyard. It was literally a few blocks from our AirBnB, but they had such weird hours that we never managed to be there at the right time. Just means I have to go back right?

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