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Outdoor Adventure in Bend

Martha Camarillo America’s Best Small Ski Towns

Photo: Martha Camarillo

Lying on the dry side of the Cascades, Bend has the best of all worlds: it’s well-watered by the Deschutes River but avoids the coastal drizzle; bluebird skies are the norm. Come wintertime, that means plenty of snow atop nearby Mount Bachelor—and plenty of sunshine. Factor in 2 million acres of adjacent national forest, and it’s no wonder Bend consistently ranks as one of America’s favorite multisport adventure towns. Fortunately, though the city has quadrupled in population over the past 20 years (an estimated 70,000 people live here now), its 1920’s core—a district of Craftsman and other kit-built bungalows abutting a gorgeous riverfront park—remains charmingly intact.

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Destinations: Bend

Inspired by: America's Best Small Ski Towns — by Stacey Brugeman, Published Oct. 2008

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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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    Blacksmith

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

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    Oregon Trail of Dreams

    Musher Jerry Scdoris leads daily dog-sledding excursions.

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    Sparrow Bakery

    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

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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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