Raising the Barre on Fitness

Ready to shake off the post-holiday doldrums with a fresh workout routine? Fitness aficionados across the country rave about barre studios: the positive atmosphere and community, the personal attention, and most of all, the results.

Set (and Achieve) Your Goals

Oh, the age-old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re a goal-setting champion or the ultimate procrastinator in need of a good push, reflecting on your past year and the fresh months ahead can go a long way in setting up 2019 for success, whatever that might mean to you. One year, I resolved to accept that I simply…

Concierge Medicine Makes Medicine Personal

While the majority of Americans utilize mainstream healthcare, a different approach to health and wellness exists across the country and right here in Bend: concierge medicine. Concierge medicine is a personalized approach to medical care. But just how individualized is it?

Up Beet Smoothie

Aaron Talbot has a self-described “blueberry problem.” His quest for finding the tastiest, organically grown blueberries in Oregon for his daily smoothies led him to freeze up to 100 pounds of blueberries every year. Now the owner of Humble Beet, a new market/deli/café on Bend’s west side, Talbot offers a selection of 100-percent organic, non-GMO smoothie concoctions.


 Natural Beauty with Angelina Swanson  Yarrow and sage, prickly pear and wild rose are more than pretty wildflowers to Angelina Swanson, namesake and founder of Angelina Organic Skincare, a local artisan line of skin and beauty products. These are powerful botanicals that inspire natural creations. Transforming plants into skin-nurturing products has been a life-long passion for Swanson who describes her philosophy…

Creating Holiday Memories When Memories Fade

This holiday season will be different for Don and Phyllis Rigney. In January 2018 they made the difficult decision to find a residential memory care facility for Phyllis Rigney’s 85-year-old mother Ida. Regular phone sessions between mother and daughter had hidden the progression of Ida’s dementia, so it was only after Ida suffered a stroke that the evidence was impossible…

Winter Home

Before the boom years, Bend was a transitioning mill town with a ski mountain. And when there were few buildings west of Century Drive, there was First on the Hill, an eclectic neighborhood with a mix of log-, luxury- and family-styled places (plus an occasional geodesic dome) all with a close commute to Mt. Bachelor—the ultimate winter homes.


Gratitude abounds for the beauty of the Deschutes National Forest (DNF). After another dramatic fire season in the Pacific Northwest, and with the DNF encompassing nearly 1.6 million acres, we are thankful for the Forest Service that keeps our environment safe year round. The role of the Deschutes National Forest’s USDA Fire Service is multi-faceted in the fire-adapted ecosystem of…


Butternut Squash Soup 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, seeds removed 1/2 of a sweet onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 stalks of celery, diced 3 thyme sprigs 1 sprig rosemary

Farmhouse Revival

They had two hard choices: Either demolish the 1920s farmhouse with its laundry list of needs or keep it and build out the 1200-square-foot, golden-age charmer. For Ezra Ross and wife Kristen, the decision tugged between heart and head, and eventually the outcome became a calculated combination of both.

Farm to Fork Dinner Supports Heart of Oregon Corps.

Aperion Management Group hosted the third annual Farm to Fork Dinner and Fundraiser on September 9th at Mt. Bachelor’s Pine Marten Lodge. The event featured a lift ride to and from the lodge, farm to fork food prepared by a local chef, music and auction. The event raised $50,000 for Heart of Oregon Corps. PHOTOGRAPHY JOSH … Continued

Northwest Cosmetic Surgery Welcomes Dr. Amanda Nelson

Dr. Gary Gallagher welcomed Dr. Amanda Nelson to his practice with an Open House September 11 at Northwest Cosmetic Surgery. A Central Oregon native, Dr. Nelson returns to the area after completing her medical degree with honors at University of Washington, and brings with her a wealth of clinical, research and plastic surgery fellowship training. PHOTOGRAPHY CHERYL PARTON

The Dailey Method Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

The Dailey Method, a barre fitness studio owned by Kris Pursel, celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 8 and 9 with free classes, raffles and refreshments at its Brookwood Plaza location. The Dailey Method combines Pilates, yoga and ballet barre training to benefit mind and body. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI        

What Chefs Love

Out of the many different things that make up a community, food is often times the most universally understood and celebrated. From chef to customer, food is a language of love that everyone can appreciate. In Bend, a town chock full of incredible restaurant options from a variety of cuisines and cultures, that food experience is no exception. The backbone…

Fall Road Trip

Oregon’s Hood River Valley is hauntingly beautiful when fall takes hold. The region shows its autumnal burnt orange and yellow-colored foliage, and fresh fruit unfurls from the land’s historic and fertile farms.  

Donna Britt’s Favorite Things for the Kitchen

For media personality Donna Britt, food has always been the tie that binds. Growing up in the South meant cooking with her Granny, and when family gathered, it was to share a meal. These days, “Feeding the people I love is important,” she says. With a long career in broadcasting, in Memphis/Nashville/Seattle/New York and Central Oregon (first in 1988), Britt…


The Oregon wine landscape is spectacular: vineyards on the west side of the state are located close to many recreational opportunities like hiking, fishing, and cycling.The New Zealand wine landscape is similar. Mountains, rivers, lakes, and the ocean surround the country’s grape growing regions on both islands. Both Oregon and New Zealand have signature grape varieties–Pinot Gris in Oregon and…

Johnson Brothers Appliances Ribbon Cutting Event

On July 26, Johnson Brothers Appliances celebrated a ribbon cutting and gave tours of their new 30,000 square-foot showroom on Azure Drive in Bend. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI

Cork & Barrel Benefits KIDS Center

Cork & Barrel, a benefit for KIDS Center, took place July 19-21 at Broken Top Club. The three-day food and wine event included Winemaker Dinners, A Sip of Cork & Barrel, and the Grand Cru—a five-course dinner and live auction.  PHOTOGRAPHY MIKE ALBRIGHT, BARB GONZALEZ, BRITT RENE, ABBOTT SCHINDLER PHOTOGRAPHY


 Article Cheryl Parton | Photography Charlotte Dupont  As the season expresses itself in changing tones and colors, creativity expresses itself in how we dress, decorate our homes and in the case of the Gilreath family—in every facet of daily life.  Abe and Kirsten Gilreath, the founders/proprietors of local lifestyle shops Ju-bee-lee and Abode, realized their combined creativity through a spirit…

Leela Into the Fold

 Article Julie E. Furnas | Photography Cheryl Parton  Most artists discover and hone individual talents at a young age. Leela Morimoto, owner and chief artist for LeeMo Designs, is no exception. Her talent of folding paper started at three years old when her mother needed something to keep her daughter'sfidgety fingers occupied. Once she started, she couldn’t stop—folding anything and…

Local Look

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Cheryl Parton  At first glance, the trend of men’s facial hair may appear to be simply a matter of style. Yet beards provide a segue to substance and community support. Beard clubs exist not only as a place for bearded individuals to come together and share a common interest, but also to make the world…

Lunch on the Lawn

J Bar J Youth Services celebrated 50 years of helping kids get back on track, find safe shelter, finish high school, prepare for their future, and reach their full potential at their Lunch on the Lawn event held July 20 at J Bar J Ranch. PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

Oregon High Desert Classics

Top riders from the Western United States and Canada competed in this premier AA/Hunter Jumper competition from July 18-29. Proceeds from the event benefit five youth-serving agencies parented by J Bar J Youth Services. PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

People & Pets

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Barbara Dudley  MEET RED + SUE  Sue Jackson is an equine massage therapist specializing in equine sport therapy. With a background in physical therapy and massage therapy in humans, Sue didn’t originally plan on mixing her two passions of healing and horses until 1990. A champion for keeping horses as healthy and happy as they…

Crafting A Home

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  Approaching the home of Scott and Karen Letourneau on their property east of Bend, the elegant sloped angles of arts and crafts architecture and glimpses of a sleeping porch ready to impart a summer’s night dream are a welcome sight. Even more welcoming is the head of their eight-year-old Vizsla, Gus, who pops his head…

Kids Create Change

 Article Donna Burklo | Photography Cheryl Parton  Empowering kids to be agents of positive change for neighbors in need helps them to know their value in the world at an early age. Children and youth can not only make a significant difference in the health and well-being of others, they can also inspire people of all ages to do the…

A New Vision for Life

 Article Donna Burklo  1. Tents in a circle form a supportive community for students.  2. Shared experiences of outdoor therapy help build strong relationships.

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.