The Les Schwab Amphitheater

Since 2002, Central Oregonians have looked to the Les Schwab Amphitheater (LSA) for their riverfront event fun. The 8000-patron amphitheater, built in the Old Mill District in 2001, has seen over one million guests flock to the venue for free Sunday concerts, ticketed shows, and brewfests since its gates opened. Each spring, locals and out-of-towners alike await the announcement of…

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…

A New Year’s Eve Snowshoe

Each Central Oregon winter, the Virginia Meissner SnoPark becomes a popular destination for nordic skiers and snowshoers. The Meissner Nordic Club cares for the pristine park by grooming the trails four times a week and maintaining shelters throughout where visitors can warm up. While Virginia Meissner is gorgeous during the day—with fresh blankets of snow covering the towering Ponderosa and…

My Central Oregon Holiday Tradition

Each year, I look forward to chopping down my own Christmas tree. Without fail, I wake up in the morning with a gigantic grin on my face, throw off the covers and pronounce, “Let’s get ready to go Christmas tree cutting!” While my family is small—just my husband and myself—my enthusiasm isn’t. There are no children jumping up and down,…

Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway

Central Oregon has many attributes that make it a wonderful place to live as well as a world-class vacation destination. We enjoy mountain views, a river running through a beautiful Downtown Bend, and surrounding farms and ranches illustrating our heritage. For local and visiting cyclists, each of these features can be experienced in one day, on the Twin Bridges Scenic…