Early Bend Takes Flight

 (Introduction to be part of opening spread)   A lesson on Bend’s early history is represented by some of the 59 surviving historic structures or monuments in the Deschutes Historical Museum’s “Heritage Walk” program. Local historian James Crowell writes about the history of the Putnam House for Bend Lifestyle in the pages that follow. Crowell, a resident of Bend for 79 years,…

Color of the Year

As sure as color evokes memories and emotions, experts study the colors that align with our place and times to predict trends for the future. For 20 years, folks at the Pantone Color Institute have combed the world looking at color influences to name their Color of the Year. In 2019, they selected Living Coral described as, “Sociable and spirited,…

Welcome Home

“Home is where the heart is.”  This common phrase is a reminder that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and create fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our world, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

High Desert Mural Festival Creates Public Art The High Desert Mural Festival (HDMF), a 501(c)-3 nonprofit dedicated to support projects that enhance the public arts culture of Central Oregon, has focused on facilitating public murals in our community and helping to foster local visual arts education. HDMF completed three major murals in Central Oregon during … Continued

Hearth Warmers

 Books to Warm Your Hearth, Home, and Spirit  Much like home, Dudley’s Bookshop Café welcomes guests into a comforting place to settle in with favorite books, coffee and people. The shop offers a curated selection of new and used literary fiction, guidebooks and ever-changing staff picks,  hot coffee and tea, plus cozy chairs and an upstairs meeting nook for gathering.…

Bend Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards Celebration

Bend Lifestyle celebrated its second annual Readers' Choice Award winners on January 10 at Central Oregon Collective. Congratulations to this year's winners! (See the February issue for a complete list.) PHOTOS STEVE GIARDINI

Building a Sustainable Future

When a person spends as much time on a river as Rick Wright does, a passion for the natural world is bound to seep into every part of life. For Wright, his love of nature can be seen in how he lives, works and plays along the Deschutes River. Wright’s first experiences in the Cascade Mountains came as a 6th…

Green Home

Adding houseplants to living and working spaces not only provides a visual aesthetic, it creates a peaceful atmosphere and has been proven to be good for mental and physical health. With a wide variety of houseplants to choose from, introducing the right ones into the home and office can have the same positive effects as aromatherapy and music. In fact,…


When it comes to selecting the best of our community, there are no better judges than those of us who live here. We asked you, our readers, to give us your list of the best in Bend: opinions from locals FOR locals. With so many top-notch businesses in Central Oregon, the nomination and voting process took two months and the…

Drumroll, Please . . .

During these past few months, the Bend Lifestyle team has been busy working on our second annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Once again, we had an amazing response from our readers! Every contender on the ballot was nominated by the community and during the voting round, with many tight races, you, our readers, determined the winners. … Continued

20th Anniversary Celebration for Spa W

Spa W day spa celebrated its 20th anniversary with a customer appreciation event December 4th at Spa W. Cellist Billy Mickelson set a festive tone for food, drinks, new product demos and giveaways. The event raffle proceeds benefitted Good Grief Guidance, a local nonprofit that offers grief guidance, healing, and support in a safe environment. PHOTOGRAPHY CHERYL … Continued

Inaugural Flannel and Frost Fundraiser

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend hosted their Inaugural Flannel & Frost Fundraiser November 30 in the Club's gymnasium which they transformed into a snow-inspired wonderland. The evening included live and silent auction, family-style dinner, drinks and a celebration of all things winter.  The evening raised more than $73,000 to support local youth. PHOTOGRAPHY GLORIA WILLIAMS. 

February 2019 Around Town

Deschutes Public Library Completes Facilities Capital Plan As the Deschutes Public Library approaches its 100th birthday, it’s board and staff completed a Facilities Capital Plan after two years of intensive study and outreach to more than 1,600 stakeholders and community members throughout Deschutes County. The plan outlines a vision for future library spaces and services needed … Continued

Night Out with the Arts

Smack dab in the middle of dreary, dark February sits a day made just for inspiration: Valentine’s Day. This year, why not nix the traditional chocolates and flowers and get creative? Bend may be known for its outdoor recreation, but our local cultural scene is thriving and has plenty to offer for a night out with the arts. Art wakes…

Aprés Snow

When the temperatures outside are chilly, mulled drinks warm us from the inside out and the scent of melding spices add an extra bit of comfort and aromatherapy. Spices can be purchased pre-mixed—local purveyor Savory Spice offers a combination of Saigon cinnamon, allspice, Ceylon and Madagascar cloves, blade mace and cardamom seeds. It’s also easy to create your own mix,…

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.

Wellness in Words

Yoga teacher and certified holistic nutritionist Mandy Butera left an executive career of 20+ years in the traditional cosmetic world to bring a better vision of healthy beauty to the community. Wren and Wild is a collection of natural skincare, cosmetics and "magical elixirs."  WrenandWild.com

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Bring on the New Year

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to get up to the mountain more this winter (definitely on my list!), exercise more regularly, or volunteer in the community. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

OSU-Cascades Researcher Receives White House Appointment Elizabeth Marino, an assistant professor of anthropology in the social science program at Oregon State University–Cascades was appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a delegate to the Second Arctic Science Ministerial, an international meeting in Berlin held this fall.  As one of ten … Continued

NeighborImpact Empty Bowls Fundraiser

NeighborImpact held their 17th Empty Bowls Fundraiser on October 28 at the COCC Campus Center. Empty Bowls is an internationally-recognized event that raises awareness of hunger-related issues. Locally, funds raised from the event support NeighborImpact’s Emergency Food Assistance program that feeds approximately 25,000 people monthly and distributes more than three million pounds of food each year. PHOTOGRAPHY AUSTIN BRADY … Continued

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…

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Comedy for Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon (BBBSCO) held their 21st annual Comedy For Kids’ Sake on October 26 at the Tower Theatre. The event featured Portland comedians Todd Armstrong and Tyler Boeh along with live and silent auctions,  and raised more than $80,000 that allows BBBSCO to match 80 kids with mentors in 2019. PHOTOGRAPHY CALEB THOMAS

High Desert Chamber Music Gala

High Desert Chamber Music held its 11th Annual Gala on November 10 at Bend Golf Club with festivities including a silent auction, dinner, and a performance by HDCM’s student training group, the Spotlight Chamber Players.  Proceeds from this event allow HDCM to offer all outreach programs in Central Oregon at no cost to students, teachers, or schools. PHOTOGRAPHY … Continued

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…

Musical Reflection

Travis Ehrenstrom’s life has been tied to music since he stumbled upon his older brother’s guitar and realized he could express his thoughts through songwriting. Serendipitously, Ehrenstrom was born and raised in Sisters, home of the Americana Project, an innovative music education program established by the Sisters Folk Festival. He worked hard to develop his songcraft and musicianship, spending hours…

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…

5 Gifts that Tech the Halls

The season of holiday gatherings and gift giving is here and for those who desire the latest and greatest devices for the home, car and office, owner and operator of Technology Design Associates Ron Wanless offers the perfect gifts for those gadget obsessed friends and family. The marketplace for new technology is vast and while inexpensive devices and programs are…

Take Time for the Holidays

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Bend Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Mt. Bachelor Celebrates 60 Years Sixty years ago, the grand opening of Mt. Bachelor took place on December 19, 1958. That day will be commemorated at Mt. Bachelor this season with a 60th Birthday Celebration December 19. “This season will be a great party at the mountain with historical photos, videos and stories to share about … Continued

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.

Giving in Style Showcases Fashion for Philanthropy

Local charitable organization BendGivesBack hosted the debut of their Giving in Style event October 12 at The Pavilion at Tetherow. The community-focused fashion show and fundraiser benefited Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend. The annual event was designed for an active, socially-conscious and philanthropic audience to support organizations in the community. PHOTOGRAPHY GWEN SHOEMAKER

The Center’s Senior Day at The High Desert Museum

The Center's Senior Day at the High Desert Museum   The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research hosted Senior Day at the High Desert Museum October 18 by offering free admission to those 65 and older. The day included programs, animal encounters, tours, and information on programs offered by The Center all year. PHOTOGRAPHY KARI MAUSER AND CHERYL … Continued


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…

Be a Saving Grace

“I feel like I’m living someone else’s story, or dream…or nightmare.” This was Edlyn’s* reality when she finally called 911 a few years ago. Her husband at that time was physically abusive. “If you leave me,” he would say, “I’m going to find you and I’m going to kill you,” recalls Edlyn. She lived in a constant state of fear—fear…


Recently I decided to try to take time out every day to reflect on the things that I’m grateful for, particularly the things that happened on that given day. When I remember to take a moment for reflection, I’m overwhelmed with all the blessings in my life and it makes it easier for me to … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

The Center Expands Medical Team The Center welcomes four fellowship-trained physicians who bring valuable skills and expertise to Central Oregon: Anthony DiGirolamo, DO is a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor with fellowship training in pain medicine; David Holt, MD is an orthopedic surgeon with specialized training in hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions; Justin Roth, … Continued

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.

Healing Reins Diamonds and Dust Fundraiser

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center held their 2018 Diamonds and Dust fundraiser on Sept. 15 to support equine-assisted therapeutic experiences each year to change the lives of children, teens, adults and whole families facing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges. PHOTOGRAPHY JESS LYDON


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

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…

Food Creates Memories

It’s interesting how favorite foods can bring back happy memories and become family traditions. On a recent vacation to Michigan, we had a long-awaited family get together with more than 50 of us. The spread of home-cooked food did not disappoint—with many well-loved Polish recipes handed down from my mom and as always, including at … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry Welcomes Dr. Edward Christensen Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry adds not only more depth of experience, but a branch from their family tree with the addition of Dr. Edward Christensen to their practice. As a board-certified pediatric dentist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Edward Christensen joins his brother Dr. Steven Christensen … Continued

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…