Bend + The Cascades

Things to do in Bend + The Cascades

Don't leave Bend without visiting Mount Bachelor, which consistently tops ski bibles' lists of the finest peaks in the Northwest. In April, the powder is still deep and fine; a full-day lift ticket is $49.

Rent an ATV for the dunes.

If tranquil water is more your speed, hire a guide at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe and the only splashes you'll hear will be the ones your paddles make.

Come for tree-trunk tables, antler chandeliers, and hand-carved rocking chairs; everything is crafted from local materials.

Sun Country Tours sends 20,000 people a year down the Big Eddy Thriller, a three-mile, roller coaster–like white-water stretch of the Deschutes River.

Stop at the Mount Hood National Forest Headquarters to find out what’s blooming (depending on the month, you might see lupine, columbine, purple foxglove, fireweed, Indian paintbrush, or asters).

At 8 p.m., Bob Grossfeld, Sunriver's astronomer in residence, flicks a switch and retracts the roof of the Sunriver Observatory. Sidle up to one of 20 telescopes for a whole new take on the Milky Way.

Brian's Windsurfing & Kitesurfing can point you in the right direction, and hook you up with equipment and instruction.

The guides at First Ascent will teach you the ABCs of climbing on the dramatic spires of Smith Rock, located just north of town.

Stop along the 35-mile Hood River Fruit Loop, where farm stands sell homemade, fruit-filled pastries.

Head to the Old Mill District, where there are vast outposts of REI and Helly Hansen, as well as one-off boutiques like Vanilla (should your needs run more to Cosabella lingerie) and Dieci Soli (for covetable Provençal faïence and Umbrian majolica).

Peer at fossilized plants and bones on ranger-led walks.

Bendistillery is an intimate space for sinking into a plush velvet armchair and sipping a DesertJuniperGin martini.

The history behind this farm, set in the lush Hood River Valley east of Portland, is part of its particular charm; it was established in 1951 by Mamoru Kiyokawa, a first-generation Japanese resident who spent much of World War II in an Oregon internment camp.

Musher Jerry Scdoris leads daily dog-sledding excursions.