There’s no mistaking it—summer life in Bend is in full swing. Just look around: Our roads are filled with vehicles pulling boats, water toys and campers and they’re loaded with bikes, tents and camping gear. Our rivers and lakes have warmed up enough for lazy afternoon floats and fun on SUPs and kayaks. Hammocks are up, firepits are lit, and the music of outdoor concerts is in the air.
To celebrate summer, we’ve put together a guide to colorful summer adventures in this issue. And read how to take your next campfire to a new level with the latest accessories featured in our Lifestyle Hack story. This issue also spotlights Tumalo Bee Academy, a project of Tumalo Garden Market.
Summer isn’t all for play—July reminds us of our freedom as well. This issue shines a light on Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, a healing place for veterans that is working to restore purpose and spirit for those who’ve experienced combat and trauma. Be sure to read this touching story.
Finally, catch a sneak peek at one of Bend’s hottest new restaurants, Citizen Bar & Kitchen, inside these pages. And for refreshing cocktails at home, try our Grapefruit Cucumber Fizz recipe.
Here’s to a fun and adventurous summer!
Jane Rial, Publisher
COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLLIN SELL
Kayaker, Bend Whitewater Park
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