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Mini Trip Guide to Bend, OR

Jonathan Sprague Mountain High Volcanoes shaped Smith Rock, just north of town, millennia ago; today, it's a climbers' mecca

Photo: Jonathan Sprague

With superb new restaurants, galleries, and a slew of rated golf courses, high-desert Bend, Oregon, has graduated from dusty crossroads to bona fide destination. Three days—and this itinerary—will let you do the town.

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Destinations: Bend · Terrebone

Inspired by: Quick Getaway to Bend, OR — by Ted Katauskas, Published Mar. 2006

Hotels (2)

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    McMenamins Old St. Francis Hotel

    McMenamins Old St. Francis Hotel is a converted 1936 elementary school with 19 guest rooms and four rental cottages—plus a microbrewery, restaurant

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    Sunriver Resort

    Sunriver Resort, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, has it all: a stately lodge, three golf courses (including Crosswater, the top-ranked c

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    Café Rosemary

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    Blacksmith

    This restaurant turns out “New Ranch Cuisine” (for example, a sophisticated version of meatloaf) in a converted 1923 smithy.

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    Merenda, Bend

Activities (10)

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    Wanderlust Tours

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

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    Tower Theatre

    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 going

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    Mount Bachelor

    Don't leave Bend without visiting Mount Bachelor, which consistently tops ski bibles' lists of the finest peaks in the Northwest. In April, the pow

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    Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

    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 mak

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    Sun Country Tours

    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 Riv

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    Sunriver Observatory

    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

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    First Ascent

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

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    Old Mill District

    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

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    The Bar at Bendistillery

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

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    Patient Angler

    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

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