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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

TULA MOVEMENT ARTS

 “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…

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. 

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

HOLIDAY HITS!

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.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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.

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…

HosPets

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE . . .

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…

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.

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…

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…