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.

Bend Bikes Host 2nd Annual Christmas Light & Hot Toddy Ride

Local cycling non-profit Bend Bikes recently hosted brave Bendites for a chilly evening ride and get together. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Photography by Kirk Stock.

Central Oregon Eyecare Grand Opening

Central Oregon Eyecare recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Bend office with a ribbon cutting. The new office joins their four other Central Oregon locations. Photography by © 2015 The Hidden Touch Studios LLC

Harmony 4 Women Performance at Summit High School

The 7th annual performance benefitted Grandma's House of Central Oregon, American Association of University Women, 
Soroptimist International of Bend, and Bella Acapella Harmony Chorus. Each of these organizations help support and educate women and families in our communities. Harmony 4 Women is an acappella community chorus based in Central Oregon.

Around Town

Enjoy vineyard living at its finest at Faith, Hope and Charity 
Vineyards, now offering 5-acre parcels for sale boasting views of the vineyards, the Three Sisters and Smith Rock. Located just outside Terrebonne, each parcel includes a complimentary Gold Wine Club membership and access to the amenities of the entire 312-acre 
development. Enjoy quarterly wine pick-up parties with the vineyard's…

Winter By Bike

There’s no question Bend is bicycling mecca. Estimates of up to 1,200 miles of single track within an hour of downtown include 300 miles accessible from Bend’s west side. Mountain biking areas such as Phil’s Trail, along with six Oregon Scenic Bikeways within an hour, draw cycling enthusiasts from all over the world. On any given summer day commuters fill…

Luxury Living in Caldera Springs

Rick Wright has been designing homes for 35 years out of his Wright Design Studio in downtown Bend. The award-winning architect—including recipient of Central Oregon Builders Association’s “Best in Show” three years in a row—has seen his fair share of beautiful locations, and Caldera Springs is no different. The Sunriver Resort community, just south of Bend, boasts hundreds of acres…

Editor’s backpack

When not slaving over his laptop, Bend Lifestyle’s Editor Gregg Morris can often be found in Central Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness. Whether he’s out earning his turns for the day or spending the night in a snow cave, preparedness is foremost on his mind. Take a peek inside his backpack to see what he takes with him.

The Joy of 

I am a fun seeker and lifelong alpine skier. But, last winter, I decided to expand my skiing horizon and take cross-country ski lessons. As it turns out, I had so much fun learning how to cross-country ski that I carved out space in the garage for my new skis: the skinny ones. I opened the new chapter in my…

Choosing the Right Exercise Equipment

When it comes to staying fit, gone are the days of jumping jacks and Jane Fonda workout tapes. Thankfully, there are many options for home exercise equipment geared toward keeping you fit or nursing you back from injury. However, navigating the $3.75 billon industry (2014 statistics) and choosing the right machines can be a daunting one. Try using some of…

Morning Smoothie to Evening Toddy

Having a smoothie to start off the day is the perfect way to give your body its essential vitamins and get you ready to hit the slopes and trails. Garden favorites such as berries and kale, along with almonds, bananas and local honey, provide a great base for your morning pick-me-up. But consider these healthy smoothie hints and additions, offered…

Through the Red Door at Family Kitchen

Through Family Kitchen’s red door entrance, a noticeable hum alerts visitors to a well-oiled machine in operation. Every month, over 250 volunteers enter and immediately insert themselves as one of the essential gears in the process of preparing approximately 5,000 meals for those in need in our community. Except this hum isn’t mechanical at all. It’s a din of loud…