The Sound of Music

Since the birth of our nation, music has helped to define—and bring color to—the cities and towns that make up our country. Fife and drum corps in Boston provided the soundtrack to the American Revolution while San Francisco hippie bands illuminated the 1960’s cultural revolution. Take a walk through Nashville’s Music Row and hear up-and-coming country artists or head to…

High Desert Artistry

As Central Oregon has grown, so has the number of talented artists, naturally drawn to the high desert for its enriching environment and intimacy—the perfect backdrop to create. Whether it’s public art, jewelry, furniture or architecture, our corner of the world has a plethora of passionate craftsmen whose creativity seems to never end. Three local artisans—Jim Rozewski, Erik Hoogen, and…

Freedom from 
Conformity

Retired fourth grade teacher Judi Van Houweling always incorporated the arts into her lesson plans. For 26 years, her classroom at Tumalo Community School was one where acting, painting, drawing and crafting were central to learning. One day, Debra Mae Fisher—an artist-in-residence at the school—encouraged Van Houweling to bring her love of the arts and teaching into her plans after…

The Beers of Beer Town, USA

With Oregon having over 200 breweries—34 in Central Oregon alone—the days of walking into a bar and telling the bartender you’ll have a “beer” are long gone. Choices now range from locals’ favorite India Pale Ale (IPA) to specialty beers, crafted for the season.

Where to Grab a Beer


Are you in the enviable position of trying to decide between multiple craft breweries? Here's our guide to local watering holes that best suit your needs.

2017 Central Oregon Beer Festivals

As if Central Oregon needs more of a reason to get together and celebrate beer, each year a dozen beer festivals take place throughout the High Desert. Some specialize in certain beer distinctions, while others invite various breweries from across the country to participate. Add the sounds of local bands and culinary delights served by local vendors and you have…

Bend Winter Nights

Central Oregon is known for breathtaking Cascade Mountain views, Bend’s bustling downtown area, and over 300 days of sunshine. Even when long winter nights cut the days short, the high desert has a picturesque mountain sky and an entertaining mountain town experience. So, next time a cozy home fire tries to lure you into staying home, resist the urge and…

Removing Obstacles

I step around to the unsafe side of the safety fence. The ledge—300 feet above ground—isn’t quite wide enough to fit the full length of my feet. My mind goes eerily calm. I take a deep breath, focus on the horizon, and await the countdown. Then, I jump.

Get Organized!

Modern-day living has become increasingly more demanding as people get married later, work longer hours, and relocate more frequently. As a result, an organized, relaxing, and inspirational home has become even more important.

Gifts That Give Back

Ready to make the holidays less about commercialism and more about spreading love? These local businesses can help! In fact, they are all about helping—in every possible way. Come along as we stroll through conversations with Bend’s social entrepreneurs. Better yet, plan a visit of your own. If you do, chances are you’ll find these hands-on, hard-working, heart-involved business owners/managers…

GIFT GUIDE

Looking for holiday gift ideas? Try some of these exceptional, locally-made products for the loved ones in your life.

Holiday Giving With a Twist!

The holidays bring an opportunity to deliver unexpected acts of kindness to family, friends, business associates or even total strangers. They are a time for gatherings—complete with eating, drinking, and of course, gifts! In turn, the celebratory season teaches us that gift giving is more fun than receiving.

Warm Fires & Dry Tents

Four friends—exhausted from the day’s conquests—sit around a roaring fire as they swap stories, exaggerated to be sure. Any pause in conversation is the result of polishing off a pre-packaged meal or becoming lost in the never-ending sea of stars overhead. The conversation turns to the following day’s plan of attack and the hint of an early bedtime.

Red Rock and Snow

From Mt. Bachelor’s pristine runs to the Cascades’ many snow parks, colder months turn Central Oregon into a winter wonderland. But, when storm cycles make the mountains unpleasant, places like Smith Rock State Park offer dry ground and panoramic volcanic rock views as a fun hiking option.

Cold Weather Fun–Add Ice Fishing to Your List

Central Oregon is surrounded by many forms of water throughout the year. Lakes and rivers, big and small, dot the landscape in every direction. Because we live at a higher elevation, summer’s water playground turns into a winter landscape full of ice and snow.

Four-Leg Friendly

Thanks to the cooler weather, fall is an ideal time to get out and explore Central Oregon with a four-legged friend. The crisp air is refreshing, the turning leaves are more vibrant, and best of all, the miles of trails are usually less crowded. Phil Collins, my 95 pound, black German Shorthaired Pointer and Labrador mix, is my hiking companion.…

A Dog Day Afternoon

Any description of Bend is sure to include craft beer, the great outdoors, and of course, dogs! Bendites love their furry friends so much that the thought of leaving them home seems unimaginable. Luckily, Central Oregon boasts a plethora of bars, restaurants and breweries that have dog-friendly patio areas and throughout the year, you can find Central Oregonians hanging out…

Compassion and Companionship

Maty used to love to run and catch frisbees. But, that’s pretty common for an Australian Shepard mix. She became so good at the acrobatics that she was invited to compete as a high-flying disc dog at the 2006 Skyhoundz World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. An impressive fete in itself, but still not uncommon for an Aussie. What made Maty’s…

Bend’s Outstanding Teen Athletes

Each year, thousands of Central Oregon teenagers attend school, play sports, and work part time jobs. Some tackle gigantic work loads that make “walking barefoot, uphill both ways in the snow to school” seem like a picnic. Others altruistically volunteer at non-profits, while seeking to make the world a better place. Still others focus on a singular passion as they…

Friends of Hospice

In 1979, Friends of Hospice formed in Central Oregon as an all-volunteer patient care organization. It was the first hospice in Oregon to begin seeing patients. Over the past 37 years, it evolved into what is now Partners In Care.

Youth Rugby

Most people wouldn’t automatically pair ladies with rugby. However, women in Central Oregon are quickly taking to the sport—which dates back to 1823—and eagerly working to share the fun with the younger generation.

Art in the High Desert

Bend locals know Art in the High Desert as the colorful swirl of mind-expanding fine art set under a sea of white tents along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District each August. However, the participating artists might consider it to be more of an Artist Boot Camp & Mutual Admiration Party. From the start, Art in the High…

Local and Fresh with Angelina Organic Skincare

Artisanal, plant-derived oils, lotions and body scrubs line the walls of the sunlit shop at Angelina Organic Skincare on Bond Street in Downtown Bend. Local and national spas as well as individual customers rave about the products found here, which the owner, Angelina Swanson, proudly makes and formulates in Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Farming

On any given summer’s day, farmers around the world tend to their crops. Their sunburned bodies take a beating while they plant seeds, ensure proper watering, and harvest vegetables to be sold to restaurants, grocery stores, and patrons of local farmers markets. Closer to home, local organic farmers battle a short and unpredictable growing season to bring fresh foods to…

The Artist’s Way

Sometimes art classes in Bend are more than typical art classes. They consist of one-of-a-kind gatherings and salons with local and national painters, designers, printmakers, writers and more sharing their talent with eager learners. Bend’s premiere working art spaces, A6 and The Workhouse, not only offer the Central Oregon community a place to learn a new art form, these spaces…

July Brings Bikes, Horses, Balloons and More to Bend

Central Oregon Builders 
Association Tour of Homes July 15 - 17 and July 22 - 24 The Central Oregon Builders Association Tour of Homes showcases the best in building. Homes completed in the last 24 months are judged based on categories such as Best Interior Finish, Best Features, Best Landscaping, Best Master Bath, Best Kitchen, Best Value, and Best In…

Home Smart Home

The dream of laundry being started, air conditioning turned on and dinner ready—all by the time you arrive home from work—is coming to fruition as smart home technology is currently one of the fastest-advancing industries. From home security to appliances to entertainment devices, smart products are rolling out and keeping up with consumer demand in a big way. It was…

A Bold Community

Bend attracts the adventurous. There are mountains to climb, trails to run, roads to ride, skies to fly, and rivers to navigate. And if any of that gets old, we simply create new possibilities. Meet some local adventurers and find out what makes them tick. Maybe you’ll be inspired to strike out on some new adventure of your own!

Oregon’s Unconventional Lodging

Part of Oregon’s draw during the summer months lies in its unique travel destinations—from coastal towns to high desert cities. One-of-a-kind places to stay only add to its massive appeal. Next time you’re exploring Oregon, consider an unconventional lodging option to make your experience more memorable.

The Rise of Whiskey in a Beer Town

In 1919, as Prohibition kept the United States in shackles, Central Oregon was gaining a reputation as “Oregon's liquor cabinet.” Our wide open spaces and close-knit communities made the job of busting bootleggers a difficult one. Because Oregon had passed a law outlawing alcohol three years prior to the national one, our underground liquor industry was already well established—complete with…

Fruits (& Vegetables) of Our Labor

Ah! Planting time in Central Oregon; the beginning of a short yet sweet season of outdoor activities, events and of course, home gardening and landscaping. Every year is the same. The temperatures rise and the soil dries. Backyard gardeners furiously rush to local gardening suppliers to find everything from fresh herbs to flowers to growing aids in hopes that a…

A Force of Nature

Central Oregon has a natural color palette of its own. Think of our signature views of the blue/gray/white cascade mountains, the dusty green of the juniper and sagebrush on the flat lands, the deep green and brown of the pines, the reds and golds of the volcanic rock, and our blue rivers and lakes offering depth, movement and reflection. The…

Addicted to Kayaking?

A kayak has a way of putting you in the middle of your 
dreams’ panoramic picture. With Bend’s abundance of rivers and lakes just minutes away in every direction, it’s difficult not to want to spend some time on the water in a kayak—even if only for an afternoon. “There really isn’t any better way to experience nature than with…

Oregon’s Less-Traveled
COAST

Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline offer a lifetime’s worth of hiking, biking and beachcombing. Roughly divided into thirds, the North, Central and Southern parts of the state’s coast each offer a unique take on coastal life. As Mount Bachelor’s ski season winds down, consider Oregon’s less-traveled Southern Coast as your vacation destination. Its uncrowded beaches, bustling commercial ports, and relaxed…

Summer Festivals


As the temperature begins to rise and the final school bell rings, one thing is on everyone’s mind; vacation! Thoughts of packing up the family cruiser and hitting the open road race through our collective heads as we try not to forget the necessary travel items. Our destination is one of the many festivals currently being organized for our listening…

Fly Fishing Oregon

The contest begins with a plan. The warrior angler chooses his adversary and readies his weapons. The battlefield is named as he marches towards victory with a quiver full of specifically chosen flies, and perhaps the most important tool of all, patience. The day is long, but there is no regret; a bad day fishing outshines a good day of…

With a Little Help from My Lady Friends

The female hop plant creates the coneflower responsible for the mighty India Pale Ale, the summery Hefeweizen, and the dark Stout. Next time you’re enjoying a pint, remember you owe that tasty treat to the female plant; a lady hop, so to speak. This fact is not lost on Melissa (Mel) Parker. As the owner of Ladyhops, Parker—with the help…

Grapes on the Vine in Central Oregon

While Central Oregon may be known for craft beer and a stunning Cascade Mountain Range backdrop, its burgeoning wine scene is beginning to get noticed. Area wine producers and wine-oriented tasting locales, each delivering delightfully diverse selections of the viniferous kind, continue to rack up awards and grow in number in our picturesque backyard.

When Community Matters

We try to keep the vision at bay. A young driver. Your young driver. Your child, who is prepared, yet inexperienced, sets out on a frosty, foggy morning to drive himself to school. You’re certain that the sirens you heard just now are for him. It’s a vision that plays over and over in our minds, especially in those first…

High Desert Artistry

Central Oregon is home to many talented artists. The breadth of our high desert landscape and wealth of adventures—from day hikes to backcountry treks—make it almost impossible to avoid divine influence in our surroundings. Add the realization most people move, or stay, here for the beauty or outdoor experience, and you get a diverse selection of appreciative craftsmen with never-ending…

The Story Behind Bend’s Roundabout Art

If you’ve driven through one of the many roundabouts in Bend or turned a corner downtown, chances are you’ve seen some of our city’s impressive outdoor art sculptures. If you don’t fancy what you see, “Keep driving,” says Jody Ward, one of the founding members of Art in Public Places (AiPP), “you’re bound to see something you like.” The imaginative,…

Red Chair Gallery

The Red Chair Gallery on Northwest Oregon Avenue has one of the most frequented First Friday Art Walk gatherings in downtown Bend. At the beginning of each month, people flock to the gallery to take in the artwork and community-driven spirit. Red Chair Gallery was founded in 2010 by a group of women with a “common love for art and…

Yarn Bombs Fall Softly on Public Spaces

Finding members of the local yarn bombing community is not easy. They like their anonymity—not because of fear of retribution, but for fear of attribution. While they don’t employ voice enhancers or masks during interviews, yarn bombers do enjoy a certain level of mystique. After all, if they were known, it would take away the magic. Yarn bombing has become…

Winter By Bike

There’s no question Bend is bicycling mecca. Estimates of up to 1,200 miles of single track within an hour of downtown include 300 miles accessible from Bend’s west side. Mountain biking areas such as Phil’s Trail, along with six Oregon Scenic Bikeways within an hour, draw cycling enthusiasts from all over the world. On any given summer day commuters fill…

Luxury Living in Caldera Springs

Rick Wright has been designing homes for 35 years out of his Wright Design Studio in downtown Bend. The award-winning architect—including recipient of Central Oregon Builders Association’s “Best in Show” three years in a row—has seen his fair share of beautiful locations, and Caldera Springs is no different. The Sunriver Resort community, just south of Bend, boasts hundreds of acres…

The Joy of 
Skinny 
Skis

I am a fun seeker and lifelong alpine skier. But, last winter, I decided to expand my skiing horizon and take cross-country ski lessons. As it turns out, I had so much fun learning how to cross-country ski that I carved out space in the garage for my new skis: the skinny ones. I opened the new chapter in my…

Through the Red Door at Family Kitchen

Through Family Kitchen’s red door entrance, a noticeable hum alerts visitors to a well-oiled machine in operation. Every month, over 250 volunteers enter and immediately insert themselves as one of the essential gears in the process of preparing approximately 5,000 meals for those in need in our community. Except this hum isn’t mechanical at all. It’s a din of loud…