May 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The month of May means flowers are in bloom, spring sports are in full swing, and Mother’s Day celebrations are in the works. I miss many things about my mother, Margaret. Mostly, I miss the little things—her ageless energy, contagious laughter, and famous homemade cinnamon rolls. I smile when I think about seeing her and my father dancing to their…

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The season for gorgeous weddings and alluring travel is right around the corner! This issue spotlights some unconventional—and beautiful—ideas for weddings. Be sure to turn to the pages of “Southern Oregon Love” for spectacular photos of a wedding set in a natural forest setting. And, if you’ve ever thought about planning a wedding that gives back, we’ve got some creative…

March 2017 Lifestyle Letter

After this extraordinary winter, I find myself dreaming of spring, and even the arrival of warm summer days. While I do love the way our landscape remained a winter wonderland for so long, like most Bendites, I reached a point where I was so ready for it to be over.

February 2017 Lifestyle Letter

In a salute to the thriving craft brewing industry in this town, we’ve dedicated this issue to brews—complete with a comparison of different types of beer, a listing of local beer festivals, and a guide to choosing a local watering hole, depending on your mood. Celebrate February with your favorite beer in hand, a warm fire in the fireplace and…

January 2017 Lifestyle Letter

With the New Year upon us, chilly winter nights have arrived here in Bend. For me, that’s mostly about staying snug and warm in the evenings! But, the stories in this issue have challenged me to venture out into the cold and try new experiences after dark. Although I love the outdoors on a sunny winter day, I admit I’ve…

December 2016 Lifestyle Letter

Joy! With the holidays in full swing, I hope you have a chance—despite the craziness—to take in the joy this season brings. I know I sometimes lose that focus when things get so hectic this time of year. But, I always imagine a peaceful, joyous (and, hopefully a white) holiday that overshadows the stress.

What November Brings . . . 

Undoubtedly, those of you who live for winter sports here in Central Oregon are impatiently waiting for the snow to fall. This transition from warmer temperatures to our winter season leaves me with mixed feelings—I’m sad to see our long summer days fade, but am excited for the holiday season to be upon us.

The Pets We Love

Like most of you I’m sure, I can’t imagine life without the animals we love being in it. They are our best friends. They make us laugh. They offer us unconditional love. They add so much joy to our lives. 


As the first signs of Autumn begin to appear with crisper air and changing colors, we have one more holiday weekend to soak up our favorite summer activities—get out and enjoy it!

Homegrown in 
Central Oregon

In this issue, we invite you to get inspired by local entrepreneurs with do-it-yourself attitudes who are changing the way we look at art, food and skincare. We also take a look at Bend’s emerging art and DIY work spaces that are shaping the local art community.

Discover Your Sense of Adventure!

When planning this issue’s adventure theme, I couldn’t help but face the rude awakening that I hadn’t nurtured my sense of adventure for far too long. It made me reminisce about my years living in Colorado when I was in my 20’s, and the thrill of Class V whitewater raft trips every year with one of my best friends.

Color. Size. Style.

Homeowners know summer is the season for outside projects. Next time you’re working your way through a “honey do” list, don’t forget to carve out a backyard space for the children. Here are some home improvement options to give the kids a safe place to play.

Publisher’s Letter

Get Out of Town! Where will your travels take you this summer? Whether you plan to travel across the state or across the globe, this issue is packed with ideas! Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? In this issue we introduce you to Bend’s own Tofino Expeditions, which offers guided sea kayaking tours in exotic destinations all over the…

Publisher’s Letter

This month we take a closer look at our friends and neighbors who are working hard to make Central Oregon a better place to live. They are everyday people doing extraordinary things and performing not-so-random acts of kindness. Inside, you’ll find stories about farmers and ranchers getting back to their roots while pioneering nontraditional crops—grapes and hops. In Local’s Choice,…

Publisher’s Letter

Springtime in Central Oregon means the snow still covers the mountains while the sun shines in town. As the days get longer, the list of recreation opportunities grows and your list of excuses to stay inside shrinks. Try one of these outdoor activities to get your heart pumping and your body moving.

Welcome to the first issue of Bend Lifestyle!

What drives this magazine? We’re dedicated to bringing you inspiring stories of people, businesses and happenings in the heart of our Bend community every month . . . stories that reaffirm the reasons why we choose to live in this amazing place.