Bend

Things to do in Bend

The tiny café has a passionate following for its smoked-sea-salt bagels and its trademark “ocean rolls” (like a cinnamon roll, but with a cardamom kick).

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.

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

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.

Rent an ATV for the dunes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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

Musher Jerry Scdoris leads daily dog-sledding excursions.