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…

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.

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…

This Isn’t Your Monarchy’s Polo

Polo may seem a bit too formal for our mountain bike-loving, beer-swigging town. However, we’re athletic, we love our animals, and we’re drawn to wide open spaces. Therefore, polo may be the perfect fit for Central Oregon.

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…

Seed To Table

Sprawling across two acres on the outskirts of Sisters, the nonprofit organic farm Seed to Table is about to be in full bloom. Once vegetables and fruits are ready to be picked, the farm will be responsible for distributing several tons of produce to families in Sisters and beyond. Audrey Tehan, Director of the Seed to Table program, returned to…

Plan a Wedding that Gives Back

The love of our Central Oregon lifestyle and beauty of our natural surroundings is contagious. As is the love you feel for your fiancée and those who celebrate with you. If you’re interested in creating lasting memories and a positive impact on our community at your wedding, consider planning one that gives back.

Southern Oregon Love

Oregon has a myriad of diverse locales—including big cities, lush forests and coastal beaches—for the perfect destination wedding. Each with its own unique environment, weather and landscape, these regions play host to thousands of weddings each year. One such area, Southern Oregon, provides an ideal backdrop for couples in love to tie the knot.

Oregon’s Sea Sentinels

The simple joy of taking a morning walk on a sandy beach is reason enough for me to hop in the car and head to the Oregon Coast. For those who require a more structured reason to visit Oregon’s bountiful coastline, consider taking a trip to see Oregon’s original lighthouses. These coastal workhorses—still providing light and safety to sea travelers…

A Hidden Desert Gem

Never-ending skies wait to erupt into a powerful downfall as hikers march over rolling hills. Wild mustangs and antelope roam through fields of green and gold flowers. A glorious sunrise illuminates a slot canyon and greets the day. While this nature scene plays out everyday somewhere in the backcountry, it’s hardly the first thing people think of when picturing a…

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…