Colors of Bend

 Article Sarah Richards  Come summertime, life is nonstop for those living and traveling in Bend. Central Oregon’s mountains, cold rivers, and inviting people represent a rainbow of colors in the community—activities and symbols beloved in the region rise like the sun. We’ve prepared a color-coded guide chock-full of outdoor experiences, new ways to imbibe, and how to best relax at…

Gift of Music Fundraiser

The Cascade School of Music held their annual Gift of Music Fundraiser April 28 at Awbrey Glen Restaurant. The event included a silent auction of 22 painted violins by local artists. The dinner and auction raised $92,000 plus the School received a $30,000 grant from Oregon Community Foundation. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE GIARDINI

Deschutes River Conservancy’s RiverFeast

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) held their RiverFeast Dinner and Auction on May 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The event raised $100,000 to support the DRC's mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. PHOTOGRAPHY BY R. TODD CARY

July 2018 Around Town

American Red Cross Launches Missing Types Campaign As part of an international movement, American Red Cross launched the Missing Types Campaign in June to raise awareness of the need for blood donors to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.  They campaign asks, “What if the letters A, B and O went missing from the … Continued

Guide to Summer

It’s Summer! 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. … Continued

Bees, Please

 Article Donna Burklo  Hug a Bee  You may not love bees. You aren’t alone. The potential for a sting and the incessant buzzing-all-about are sure detriments to any relationship that otherwise might bloom.

Lifestyle Hack

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  For a dose of nostalgia, the smells and sounds from a crackling campfire evoke summertime in an instant. A fire is often the communal focal point of a campsite, or backyard gathering, where each person has a role—from wood gatherer, fire starter, fire poker, to musician or s’mores chef. As a lifetime camper and a…

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch

 Article Claudia Hinz | Photography Cheryl Parton  The Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) broke ground on 19 acres north of Bend in 2015, but the seeds of this one-of-a-kind model of care and fellowship were planted long before. For many years, Alison Perry, a licensed professional counselor and founder of COVR, worked with veterans though the United States Department of…

Craft & Cocktail

 Article and Photography

Citizen Bar & Kitchen

 Article Julie E. Furnas | Photography Itzel Weiwel  Tucked in the Bond and Greenwood area of downtown Bend, Citizen Bar and Kitchen is the new kid on the block. With a sleek bar, low lighting and soft vintage interior décor, Citizen adds a speakeasy element to the ever-evolving Bend food scene by offering a full bar with prohibition-style cocktails and…

Guys’ Night Out

 Article Gregg Morris  Surrounded by nature’s playground and over 20 local craft breweries, Bend is either a mountain town with a nightlife problem or a beer town with a recreation problem. After a long day riding Phil’s Trail, skiing Mount Bachelor’s backside, or paddling the Deschutes River, there’s no shortage of nighttime opportunities. Either way, guys will jump at the…

Reach Your Potential

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Barbara Dudley  It’s no secret that Bend is a mecca for people who enjoy an active lifestyle. From mountain biking to rock climbing, downhill skiing to backcountry hiking, and everything in between, Central Oregon offers endless possibilities. An essential part of prepping your body to enjoy the Bend life starts in the gym. Year-round training…

Who Am I?

 Article and Photography  Phil Anderson defies singular definition: attorney, family man, traveler, child advocate.  “Growing up, my brothers and I would play outside all day, building obstacle courses, making

Family Access Network Fundraiser

Family Access Network (FAN) held their 12th Annual Luncheon Fundraiser April 13 at Pilot Butte Middle School, raising more than $110,000. FAN serves nearly 9,000 disadvantaged children and their family members each year in Deschutes and Crook Counties. They provide essential services with a goal to keep children healthy and in school. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE … Continued

Take Back the Night Hosted by Saving Grace

Saving Grace Imagine Life Without Violence organized a “Take Back the Night” event April 20 in Bend. The walk through downtown, booths, art installation and words from survivors allowed participants to increase awareness and speak out against sexual and domestic violence. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAITLIN AND CO.

Earth Day Event at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve

A “SOLVE It for Earth Day” clean up project took place April 21 at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve as part of a statewide event. SOLVE (originally called Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers for litter cleanups, invasive plant removal, planting native trees and shrubs, and other environmental projects throughout the … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Floor Coverings International of Bend Provides Mobile Showroom Floor Coverings International of Bend has opened with a unique model of delivering custom floor options for Central Oregon homes. Their mobile showroom, filled with more than 3,400 samples, comes directly to customers for a simple, easy and stress-free experience. They provide high quality design and installation … Continued

The Men’s Issue

Hello, Summer!   June celebrates the start of summer and also Father’s Day. We honor that by making this our Men’s Issue. Here’s to all of the special men in our lives–husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and friends.   Like last month, this issue includes a “Faces of the Community” feature, this time spotlighting five local … Continued

Men of Bend

 Article and Photography Joshua Langlais  Jeshua Marshall, Larry & His Flask  What do you like about Bend?

Meet Our Bend

 Article and Photography Joshua Langlais  School Counselor  Megan Pettibone

Gather in Bend

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  When searching for adventure with girlfriends, there’s no need to travel far with Gather in Bend. Founded in 2015 by Jill Rose and Kelli Singer, Gather’s goal is to provide experiences and spaces to cultivate connections among women. Gather events are curated to encourage the growth Rose and Singer believe occurs when women share their worlds.…

Lisa + her mom

 Article and Photography  Insulated Coffee Flask, "For cold mornings as a Hockey Mom.", 20 oz., $27.95

Design for Inspired Living

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Cheryl Parton  Stephanie Ray Peters has interior design in her blood. Her grandfather started his construction company in 1960 and developed residential communities where her mother worked as decorator for his model homes. As she grew up, Stephanie inherited her family’s passion for design and it led her to start her own company, Staging Interiors…

May 2018 Around Town

Refine Medical Opens to Provide Aesthetic Medicine and Wellness Refine Medical has opened in Bend as a new destination for aesthetic medicine and wellness by providing patients in Central Oregon with bio-identical hormone treatments, medical weight loss, laser body sculpting, and more. It is their belief that true beauty already lives within their patients, and … Continued

2018 Muse Women’s Conference

The annual Muse Women’s Conference brought together local women and teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month. The conference took place in Bend, March 1-4, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY THOMAS AND VELO PHOTOGRAPHY

Client Appreciation and Open House

Carrie Ditullio hosted an Open House on March 8 to introduce clients to her new office at Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Lifestyle Letter

The Women’s Issue   While working on this Women’s Issue, I reflected on how grateful I am for all the women in my life—my daughter, my sisters, my friends, and my female family members. The photo shown here was taken at a very sad time, but the strength of family got us through and brought smiles … Continued

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

The 8th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, held January 18, showcased innovative designs by transforming trash into runway fashion. The event raised more than $24,000 for Realms Middle School. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI

April 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 Meet the Makers  Ahh, art! The following pages introduce you to talented local artists making their mark here in Bend. A father-son duo uses a traditional glass-making technique to create one-of-a-kind blown glass to beautifully adorn your home. A sculptor, inspired by a child’s serious medical condition, creates a sculpture as a tribute to her and her family. A talented chef…

April 2018 Around Town

Ron and Laura Fritz of Bend have launched their new company, Marca Via, with the mission to inspire and support families to create meaningful and impactful rite of passage events for people on the cusp of major life transitions. Meaning “mark the path” in Latin, Marca Via provides free guidebooks and online tools that help families and communities create their own…

Peña Cultural Gathering

At Liberty hosted a Peña Cultural gathering February 17 at their collaborative arts space in downtown Bend. The event celebrated artistic expression and featured artist Alejandro Salazar, poet Alberto Moreno, musician Miguel de Alonso and dancer Xeina Ccallo. PHOTOGRAPHY CAROL STERNKOPF

Meet the Makers: Roger and Trevor Crosta

A traditional glass-making technique has made its way from Italy to Manzanita and now Bend, thanks to father and son duo Roger and Trevor Crosta. Artisan-owners of local studio Crosta Lighting, they use a process called “scavo,” which is Italian for excavation. The process adds a gritty yet graceful texture to their blown-glass art, which includes hanging pendants and chandeliers.…

A Day in the (Creative) Life

Douglas Robertson is a fine artist with 25 years of 
experience in painting, drawing and ceramics. He is also founder and director of the High Desert Mural Festival, a nonprofit with the goal of enhancing public art space and increasing cultural discourse. His current work pairs contemporary painting designs with street art techniques of spray paint and stencils. Douglas lives in…


A visit to Cosa Cura is not only part visual treat and part treasure hunt, but the local store provides a guilt-free style of shopping. Buying resale, locally-made and socially-conscious products represents a shift to quality over quantity. “We like things that are funky and different,” says Angela Dietrich, owner and curator. The difference in the lines they represent can…

Art at Home

Joey and Craig Van Blokland had plenty of time to envision and design their dream home. In 1986 they purchased 28 acres on the eastside of Bend and then spent the next 14 years living in a mobile home on the property. They had neither the time nor money to build. Craig was starting his own business, Morales Van Blokland…

Portrait Connections

“It’s a brain tumor.” These are words no one wants to hear. Yet they’re words that forever circle back unsummoned for Bend sculptor Kelly Thiel, and Rachell and Kevin Cook.

A Touch of Magic

Chef Di Long was no stranger to running a restaurant by the time she opened La Magie Bakery and Café in downtown Bend, at the age of 35. Long grew up in a family of Central Oregon restauranteurs but departed from her Asian cooking background after studying European baking with expert Marda Stoliar at her International School of Baking in…

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…

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…

History Runs Through It

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

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…

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.

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…