2017 Cork & Barrel

More than 800 Central Oregon wine and food-lovers came together July 18-21 to support KIDS Center while enjoying high-end food and wine from Walla Walla, Willamette Valley, and the Columbia Gorge. Photography Steve Giardini

October 2017 Lifestyle Letter

. . . Bend’s true shoulder season month. 

As we move towards winter, Central Oregonians know we could wake up to sun, rain, or snow! This issue celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Bendites as they grow their ideas into businesses and carve out their place in this town. Make sure to read our main feature on four sister teams, each…

October 2017 Around Town

Bend’s Atlas Cider Company dominated the 2017 Oregon Wine Awards, walking away with the three highest awards. The Atlas Apricot cider impressed the judges and earned the highest score of all ciders, a "Best of Class" Double Gold, while the Atlas Blackberry won a Double Gold, and the Atlas Apple won Gold.

Family Ties

Ranked number one on the 2016 Forbes List of Best Places for business and careers, it's no wonder that people flock to Bend to start new lives, careers and small businesses. Our little mountain town not only has high job growth and employment statistics, we're a haven for outdoor sports, recreation, and of course, beer!

A True Culinary Experience

After a long plane ride, getting lost in New York City, and a five-day bus trip across the upper United States, Romanian Sanda Costello and a hometown friend finally made it to Bend, Oregon in the summer of 2005. As college exchange students from a far away land, the high desert landscape was exciting and unexpected.

Entrepreneurial Tips from James Gentes

Bend’s James Gentes has intimate knowledge of starting and growing a business. His resume includes a stint as chairman of the nonprofit Tech Alliance of Central Oregon, organizer of the co-working facility BendTech, and former mentor and alumni of the FoundersPad business accelerator program.

Preparing For the Journey

As seniors get ready to finish their final year of high school, they’re also preparing to make major life decisions on where to go to college and what to choose as a major. On top of being busy students, these massive future changes can become overwhelming. Luckily, Gary Whitley, Glenn Miller, and Pam Borgman—owners and operators of Cascade College Advisors…

Coffee 4 Adults – A Future 4 Kids

If you’re going to spend any time with Sean McDonell, founder and CEO of Bend-based Coffee4Kids, take a deep breath, do some stretches, and be prepared to take off running. McDonell is as high-energy as a person can get. And, it’s not the caffeine; it’s the mission. Mix one part pure energy, one part pure heart, and one part extraordinary…

September 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Fall! As we lament over summer slipping away, the crisp fall air always energizes me with everything fall brings. September means the flurry of back to school—including the start of fall sports—with shorter days and a faster pace.

September 2017 Our Contributors

Retired from public service, Steve Giardini now claims to be a professional landscape, travel, and lifestyle photographer extraordinaire. Armed with little more than a camera, wishful thinking and stack of business cards, Steve launched his second career in 2013. Truth be told the business was actually just an excuse to hike state and national parks, kayak mountain lakes and backcountry…

September 2017 Around Town

The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools awarded over $54,000 in classroom grants to District schools and $40,000 in needs-based activity fee scholarships for the 2017/2018 academic year. The innovative classroom grants included 19 STEM programs, several art and music projects, as well as other Life Skills and miscellaneous requests.

Wines by the Glass

There are tens of thousands of different wines produced across the world. Almost every country produces wine, and each state—including Alaska— in the United States has a winery. For the seasoned wine sipper, the task of trying as many wines as possible in a lifetime is exciting. However, for those without tasting opportunities, the mission to educate oneself about wine…

Wine + Food Pairings

Wine drinkers face a constant barrage of rules regarding their enjoyment of wine with food. “Thou shalt not eat fish with Cabernet Sauvignon,” is oftentimes considered a guiding principle when pairing wine with food. Drinking Riesling with a marbled steak is punishable by death-through-mockery in many circles.

4 Peaks Music Festival

Thousands of music-lovers flocked to Southeast Bend’s Stevenson Ranch June 15-18 for the 10th Anniversary 4 Peaks Music Festival.
 Photography Gary Calicott

Oregon High Desert Classics

Top riders from the Western United States and Canada competed in the premier AA hunter/jumper competition July 18 - 30. Proceeds support five youth serving agencies parented by J Bar J Youth Services. Photography Barbara Dudley

Bicycle Touring

I am a cyclist. That very fact has been ingrained in my soul since I first put my six-year-old feet to the pedals of my Schwinn Scrambler and darted off to school. It became all but solidified when my parents first took me to the BMX track. When I was 14-years-old, a cycling group rode past the park just as…

Organic All American Apple Pie

Place flour in a food processor with cutting metal blade, add butter and shortening, slowly pulse your processor to cut up butter and shortening. Add two tablespoon of water at a time and pulse a few more times. After four tablespoons of water, check to see if the flour holds together. The dough should look crumbly if it does not…

Playground Adventure of an Affirming Nature

Blake Greco made the steep, dusty climb up the hill and across the wooden platform. Standing at the edge looking down at the crowd far below—fully harnessed, helmeted and safety-checked—he took a deep breath and made that brave first step. There’s truly no going back once you begin flying on a zip line. He soared above the junipers and over…

August 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I love starting my day taking care of the animals in my life. As I walk out the back door each morning, our horse stands ready to greet me, with the sunrise as his background. I walk out to him, with our dog by my side. It’s a good way to start each day. These rare quiet moments allow me…

Mardi Gras for Paws

The Humane Society of Central Oregon held their annual Tuxes and Tails fundraiser at the Riverhouse Convention Center June 10. 
Photography Steve Giardini

Bend Lifestyle Celebration at Hollinshead Barn

Bend Lifestyle kicked off summer with a party on June 1 at Hollinshead Barn. Special thanks to Bowtie Catering for the evening's delicious food and drinks, and to all Bend Lifestyle advertising partners and friends who came to help celebrate. Photography Brent Barnett & Steve Giardini

Winnie The Pig

Bali Schock clearly listens to animals. A lover of four-legged friends her entire life, the incoming Summit High sophomore has always been around horses and dogs. Recently, she added a porcine friend to her circle. Perhaps not the pig you initially envision, Winnie the Pig is a house pet enjoying the finer things in life. With a blue bow clipped…

August 2017 Around Town

The Bend-based Zagster bike share program has expanded to four locations thanks to local digital marketing company G5, sponsor of the most recent station. The new location stands at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Bond Street in Downtown Bend. The other locations are at Oregon State University - Cascades campus, the Old Mill District, and Crux Fermentation Project.

Doc on Duty

It’s loud in the Skyview Middle School cafeteria during lunch break. Eighth-grader Taylynn Lindsey chats with her friends at a table set at the back edge of the room. They’re an active bunch, having been set free from class for this short span of time.

Hard Work Pays Off

At just nine years old, Art in the High Desert (AHD)—Bend’s riverside juried art show—has surpassed the likes of Portland’s Art in the Pearl (21 years old) and San Francisco’s Sausalito Art Festival (65 years old) as one of the highest quality shows in the nation. Ranked #10 by the Art Fair Sourcebook, AHD is known to present unique work…

The Taste of Summer

Place the watermelon into a pitcher and either use your hands or a potato masher to crush up the watermelon until it is in a mostly liquid state. Add the tequila and the cointreau, let sit for a few minutes, then stir to combine. Next, add the limeaid and the club soda. finally, juice the two limes directly into the…

Hanging High

Driving along Highway 97 from Bend to Redmond, it’s almost impossible to miss the colorful shoe tree on the east side of the road. The barely-alive juniper stands tall with dozens of shoes of all shapes, sizes and colors adorning the branches for onlookers admiring in wonderment.

July 2017 Lifestyle Letter

No matter what your favorite summer pastime is, there are endless possibilities to enjoy the outside and explore our high desert playground. The hammocks come out, coolers are filled with beer, and camping chairs circle backyard fire pits. Bend roads become lined with cars carrying bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, and camping equipment—all under the watchful eye of a dog with…

U.S. Bank Pole Peddle Paddle

Thousands of racers skied, biked, ran, and paddled their way through the U.S. Bank Pole Peddle Paddle May 20. Proceeds benefited MBSEF. Photography Brent Barnett

U.S. Bank Mini Pole Pedal Paddle

Hundreds of youngsters took to the Les Schwab Amphitheater to compete as teams in the U.S. Bank Mini Pole Peddle Paddle May 21. 
Photography Brent Barnett


I am a photographer. When I wander, I wander with a camera. One evening, while out exploring a new road in the desert east of Bend, I happened upon a group of paragliders. I watched in wonder as they peacefully flew in random patterns. As I took photos, I found myself wishing to be up there with them. I went…

Columbia Gorge Wine Country

The Columbia Gorge wine region seems to go out of its way to defy all Pacific Northwest wine culture stereotypes. Straddling both sides of the mighty Columbia River—with a foothold in both Oregon and Washington—this wine region represents different growing climates, and wine experiences, around every corner.

Racing for Adventure

Six teammates swim down an unknown Patagonian whitewater river toward a glacial lake. In the middle of the lake—halfway through the two kilometer swim—hypothermia creeps in, along with doubts of survival. Crawling out of the lake, then huddling together with a tent fly wrapped around their shivering bodies, the team vows to drop out of the adventure race that has…

July 2017 Around Town

The Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has been awarded the Organizational Achievement Award from The Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West). FAR-West is a chapter of Folk Alliance International, who fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the U.S. SFF has grown from an annual folk festival into an arts organization that provides…

Where the Rivers Flow

With many world-class features and landmarks less than an hour from Bend—including Mount Bachelor, Smith Rock, and the Badlands—at times we forget about the natural beauty in our backyard. The watchful mountains may stand guard over the High Desert, but a leisurely stroll by a river helps to wash away the daily stresses in our lives. One such hike, Alder…

Teaching Young Adventurers

For Brenna and Bill Warburton—two of the co-founders of Bend Endurance Academy (BEA)—adventuring started at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, as Bill ran the cycling club and Brenna was involved in ski racing and running. A semester in East Africa solidified their shared love of hiking, camping and sailing. As part of the nonprofit BEA, they promote healthy living…

June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

When my oldest son took up lacrosse in high school three years ago, our family knew nothing about the sport. I remember thinking, “of course boys like lacrosse—they get to wear cool helmets and beat each other with sticks.” Although I’m sure this is true, I was wrong to think that was all there was to it.

June 2017 Around Town

The Bend Life! Experiencing Bend’s restaurants, breweries, outdoor markets, and cultural events while surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks, rivers, and trails captivates a lifestyle for which many strive. Those of us fortunate enough to live “The Bend Life” enjoy a plethora of winter activities, as well as a summertime menu of concerts, hikes, river floats, and outdoor activities. The options…

Earth Day 2017

Costumed adults, kids, and pets flocked to Downtown Bend to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Photography Barbara Dudley

Walk MS Bend 2017

Hundreds of caring Central Oregonians marched to support those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis in Downtown Bend on April 15. Photography Barbara Dudley

Growing Pains of a New High School Sport

While summer’s approach may mean putting the books away, kids across the high desert are keeping the sports equipment out. The spring athletic season may be over, however summer training and tournaments are just beginning. While basketball, baseball or soccer may be the traditional choices, lacrosse is widely considered the fastest growing sport in the country.

Outdoor Living

Faced with the impending reality of living with three teenage girls—one daughter already there, and two others not far behind—Neil and Angie Cole debated how to cope with the size of their house. They talked about adding another bedroom or creating additional living space, but their River Rim home’s footprint didn’t allow for much expansion.

Come One, Come All

Most of us aren’t born to be Olympic athletes. For mere mortals, cheering for elite athletes from the comfort of the couch is participation enough. In the spirit of competition for everyone—not just the professionals—the Oregon Senior Games (OSG) offers athletic opportunities for sporty-minded folks, ages 50 and over. OSG welcomes everyone to the joys of coming together for fun…


As Bend Lifestyle Editor, I spend enough time putting pen to paper and stressing over deadlines. When I leave my desk, you can find me escaping to the woods to decompress and take advantage of Central Oregon living. As a former Deschutes County Search and Rescue member, I know how to pack a pack and get myself out of precarious…

Turning Good Thoughts into Good Actions

Patty Knowles and Wendi Holman—both of Central Oregon—used to watch as promising students of the Sortor Bushido Kai Karate studio switch to team sports because of the higher likelihood of getting college scholarships. Frustrated, the pair decided to do something to support future education and instruction for individual sport athletes. Enter the Good Thoughts Good Actions Foundation (GTGA), created to…

May 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The month of May means flowers are in bloom, spring sports are in full swing, and Mother’s Day celebrations are in the works. I miss many things about my mother, Margaret. Mostly, I miss the little things—her ageless energy, contagious laughter, and famous homemade cinnamon rolls. I smile when I think about seeing her and my father dancing to their…

7th Annual Mt. Bachelor Rotary St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Hundreds of spirited runners braved challenging conditions for a family-friendly 5K fun run in downtown Bend to benefit Kids Center. Photography Steve Giardini

Mother’s Downtown Kitchen Grand Opening

Mother's Downtown Kitchen celebrated their First Friday grand opening on March 3 with a party benefiting local nonprofit Family Kitchen. Photography Mike Albright

Garden to Glass

The record snowfall Old Man Winter dropped on Central Oregon is finally in the rearview mirror. In preparation for warmer temperatures, back patios are being cleaned, gardeners are getting their hands dirty, and many of us are thinking about how to quench our upcoming summer thirst. For the cocktail lover who also enjoys being outside and using garden tools, Central…

May 2017 Around Town

As the real estate market continues to boom across Oregon, the top-producing real estate brokerage in Redmond, Windermere Real Estate, has moved to a new office space to house its growing staff and clientele. Windermere celebrated the grand opening of its new office space on March 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.