Bend + The Cascades

Bend + The Cascades Travel Guide

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

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).

The company leads daily excursions to Boyd Cave, an 1,800-foot-long lava tube that snakes beneath the desert floor.

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

Fly fisherman Peter Bowers, owner of the Patient Angler, swears that what he'll teach you in a 90-minute crash course would take you three years to learn on your own; when you're done, he'll set you up with a rod, reel, and map of the best local holes.

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).

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

Bend's cultural nexus is the Tower Theatre, a venue worth checking out any time of the year for eclectic dance, live theater, and performance goings-on that draw audiences from all over central Oregon.

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.

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

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.

Musher Jerry Scdoris leads daily dog-sledding excursions.

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

Golfers can make for Widgi Creek, a course designed by Robert Muir Graves that meanders among pines in scenic Deschutes National Forest.