March 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 Home Creative Home  Welcome to our Home issue!  The following pages invite you to explore new ideas to truly make your home your sanctuary. In our “Creative Spaces” feature, we give you a look inside one-of-a-kind spaces that provide inspiration to the homeowners who created them. From a unique music studio to a tranquil orchid room, we hope you’ll feel…

Creative Home Spaces

If a kitchen is called the heart of a home, then creative spaces are the soul. For Mike Ryan M.D., his music studio, named the “Baja Room,” is an inspiration. “To be in your creative comfort zone, you need to be surrounded by the things that spark your process,” says Ryan—orthopedic surgeon, songwriter, guitarist and lead singer of Doc Ryan…

March 2018 Good Times

 Bend Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards Celebration
  Bend Lifestyle celebrated with Readers' Choice Award winners on January 11 at Central 
Oregon Collective. There are several not pictured; check out the February issue for a complete list. Congratulations to this year's winners! PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE GIARDINI

March 2018 Around Town

Carrie DiTullio, billed as “Your Local Real Estate Concierge,” has joined Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate in the Old Mill District. Formerly with Bend Premier,  Carrie has been helping buyers and sellers in Central Oregon for more than nine years and has been a Central Oregon Resident for two decades.  Carrie may be a familiar face to many long-time Central…

Safari Blankets

For Heidi Wright, local artisan, travel guide, wife and mother of four, the word “home” has a heart’s definition. Born and raised in the Portland, Oregon area, she felt drawn to Africa as her “true home” from an early age. Physical house locations through the years have been wide-ranging: Uganda, Kenya, Virginia and, for the past seven years, Bend. She…

History Runs Through It

For many of us, family runs as deep in our blood as fish run in the Deschutes River.

Jonny & Mike: Décor Picks

“Our inspiration is farmhouse modern. The look combines different materials in interesting ways—like pairing metals with reclaimed materials. Wood, with its earthy feel, works especially well in Bend.  A neutral palate gives a backdrop for unique textures in furniture and upholstery, but in our very active community, it’s also important to have furniture you can use. Weaves and materials should…

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Washington’s John Gurnee

John Gurnee, executive chef/
culinary director for both Drake and Washington Dining & Cocktails was on his way to a hunting excursion. If the hunt is successful, he’ll bring something back to share with the kitchen staff, he says. For Gurnee, this is just one of the perks of living in Central Oregon. “I enjoy the quietness of Bend, the fact…

February 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 And the Winners Are . . .  In the last months of 2017, the Bend Lifestyle team was working busily on our first 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards contest. We had an amazing response from our readers! Congrats to ALL the nominees! It’s been an exciting ride watching the votes come in. Every business on the ballot was nominated by local…

February 2018 Good Times

Sand Lily Home, a new home furnishings and decor store on the corner of Galveston & Federal, celebrated its grand opening party on December 8. 
Photography Steve Giardini

Gotta Have Heart

What are the first things that come to mind when you think of February? More likely than not, your answer probably includes expressions of love, candy hearts, cupid, and various shades of red. While Valentine’s Day certainly is a major theme of the month, many don’t know that February is also American Heart Month. The American Heart Association dedicates this…

Romance in the Snow

Winter in a quiet mountain town can be a magical time. Woodsmoke wafts out the chimneys and fills the air, while soft, white snowflakes dance through the pines, landing ever so gently on the ground. The picturesque backdrop overflows with romance as loved ones huddle by the fire for warmth and simply to be with the ones they love. In…

Readers’ Choice

Ever wonder which local businesses are considered “the best of Bend?” 
When you want to eat, shop, relax, or need the best in healthcare, we’ve got you covered. The results have been tallied! Here are the locals' favorites, as voted by Bend Lifestyle readers.

Be Nice!

 The bumper sticker commands, ‘Be Nice, You’re in Bend.’  Let’s face it, though. It really is very important to be nice when you’re in Bend—or Central Oregon in general. Because we’re basically on an island of sorts, especially in winter. If you think about it, we’re surrounded on three sides by desert and on the fourth by a towering mountain…

January 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 Get Fit!  Of all those New Year resolutions we’re about to adhere to, chances are good one of them is about getting in shape in the coming year. With that in mind, this issue focuses on fitness here in Bend.   For those workouts taking place inside rather than on the trails or mountain, you have a wide spectrum of workouts…

NeighborImpact’s 16th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Hundreds of community members bought handcrafted bowls and and dined on soup from local chefs at the Central Oregon Community College Campus Center in support of local nonprofit NeighborImpact on November 12. Photography Steve Giardini

January 2018 Around Town

January 1 marks the start of National Mentoring Month; as organizations around the country honor mentors and bring awareness to mentoring. Thank Your Mentor Day is January 19, and mentees and former mentees are encouraged to reach out personally or to use social media to thank their mentors for the influence they have had on their lives.


 “It’s really amazing to help people make the impossible, possible.”   Lotsie Cash, owner of Tula Movement Arts, is no novice to the importance of movement in life. For over 10 years, she was a professional ballet dancer in New York and Boston. She also practiced and taught various types of yoga for years prior to moving to Bend and opening…


 1. TRAINER CONFESSIONS  2. Motivational Fitness Advice  Keeping your eyes on the fitness prize can be challenging for even the most hard-core fitness fanatics. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly nudge from an expert. We asked three local trainers to share their most common fitness-based motivational words they say to their clients.

The Homeless Leadership Coalition

You may know First Fridays as the downtown Bend block party to end all block parties. Omnipresent art, free-flowing libations and snacks, and a who’s who of neighbor sightings at each stop highlight each event. 

Central Oregon Masters Aquatics

Most of us spent our childhood summers learning to swim. So much so that transitioning from the “doggie paddle” to a successful freestyle stroke has become a sort of right of passage. Swim lessons as a child—including the social aspect of learning with friends—turns into the camaraderie of being part of the high school swim team. 

January 2018 Trend Setter

1. 2018 Workout Gear for Her
2. Follow These Local Trends
3. Article Gregg Morris | Photography Mitch Wiewel

Warm Winter Beet and Pomegranate Salad

 Entirely dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan friendly. - Itzel Wiewel  3 medium beets peeled and cubed  1 tbsp olive oil

Bend Roots Revival

Over a hundred local and regional bands performed over three days for the Bend community at the free 2017 Bend Roots Revival. 
Photography Gregg Morris

December 2017 Around Town

Southeast Bend’s Father's House Church is partnering with local and international organizations selling Christmas trees to meet needs across the street and around the world. BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE works in partnership with People for Care & Learning to help children globally and locally. This year’s program begins on Friday, November 24 at 61690 SE Pettigrew in Bend.

December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

 Let the Holidays Begin!  The holidays are here! As we come gather together to relish in the holiday festivities and celebrate the year, hopefully we can find moments to reflect on the things we’re grateful for.   As we busily shop for the perfect gifts, one way to make gift-giving more meaningful is by giving back. In this issue we’ve showcased…

for a Home Gym

Kevin Roll has sold and serviced exercise equipment in his BACK IN ACTION! Fitness Equipment shop since 2012. Last year—in an effort to accommodate demand and increase the product lines he carries—Roll moved his storefront to a new 4000 square foot facility. Here are some product suggestions Roll has to move your home gym into the 21st century.


The holidays are a time that will always elicit warm memories of home; fuzzy socks sliding on wood floors, the sound of classic Christmas movies coming from the living room, and mouthwatering scents of comfort food wafting throughout the house. In other words, magic.


Looking for Holiday gift ideas? Take a look at these exciting new products.

Mission: Spread Joy

If you shopped or dined in Bend last winter, chances are you saw and felt the effects of the Bend JOY Project. The bright orange banners, set against the record-shattering piles of snow, and the preponderance of kind actions were dead giveaways. 
Noelle Fredland, Marketing Director for the Old Mill District in Bend, was the bold visionary and Bill Smith,…

Gifts that Give Back

The holiday season seems to divide people into two distinct categories; those who love diving right in to the shopping fray and those who lock up their wallets for safety until after the New Year.

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

Elf’n PJ’s

It’s Christmas Eve. My six-year-old self is sprawled out on the living room floor, staring up at the kaleidoscope of colors that make up our Christmas tree. My German Shepherd wags her tail as I rest my head on her, closing my eyes as I giddily imagine what lies underneath the ribbons and wrapping paper…

Thrilla Cyclocross Series

Racers and spectators alike flocked to the Athletic Club of Bend for an ever-changing cyclocross course of steep climbs, steps, and obstacles September 14. Photography Gary Calicott

Bend Open Streets

Four Eastside Bend streets were closed to car traffic by the City of Bend and local nonprofit Commute Options September 17. Booths showcasing healthy eating, safety, and commuting alternatives highlighted the second annual event. Photography Gregg Morris

November 2017 Around Town

The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research is pleased to announce the addition of Matthew R. Lilley, MD to their orthopedic sports medicine team. He specializes in the study, evaluation, and treatment of shoulder, hip, and knee injuries and conditions. Dr. Lilley completed his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He…

November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Winter Already? As I write this in early Fall, I’m wearing a puffer jacket, admiring the the season’s first white blanket of snow on our mountains and thinking that last weekend, we were floating the river! So … I guess it’s already time to gear up for winter.


Pets have a longstanding history of providing faithful companionship and unconditional love for the humans in their lives. And, for hospice patients without four-legged family members, there is still an opportunity to experience meaningful interaction with therapy dogs through the Partners In Care HosPet program. Over a dozen volunteers serve in this program, each with one or more trained therapy…

A First (Light) Adventure

We all have childhood memories of waking up early for an adventure. A parent opens the door to a pitch black room. A sliver of light beams from the hallway, through the cracked door, and lands on the pillow. A groggy kid shakes off the request to wake up, sits up in bed, and tries to rub the night’s sleep…

Live Here, Give Here.

It is the giving season again; Thanks-giving, charitable giving, gift giving, giving hugs, giving someone a break. We are ready to do what we can do for others. Yet, who? How? Oftentimes, the larger, better-known charities get the bulk of our year-end financial support because they are better able to market themselves, and as a result we see and hear…

Soup is Good for the Soul

This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage, and a tart…

Scruffy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a high expectations holiday. Family time-allotment and travel planning begins in July. A veritable arm-wrestling contest of “who’s turn is it” ensues. Pinterest overflows with crafty ways to decorate all house corners with every scrap of anything available. Mix in the preconceived notions each individual has of the “perfect” Thanksgiving and it’s a recipe for a complete…

Stay On Track

Each year, innovative companies—from startups to established—come up with new products aimed at getting us outdoors and enjoying it more while we’re there. Sometimes it feels like they are simply eliminating our exercising excuses. Need help with your ski boots? Need a new pack? Want a new camp stove? Don’t like the weight of snowshoes? Try these new products and…

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 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.

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…

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.

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…