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We are planning a trip to Oregon. We will spend a week on the coast, I believe near Newport. Then we plan to move inland. Which location would be best – Welches or Bend?

Hello! I am not going to make any claims about "better" because I truly love this entire state, but Central Oregon is a great destination! Bend offers incredible recreation, great microbrews, fine and casual dining, shopping, resorts, hiking, biking,…
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Go With the Flow

written by Eileen Garvin on April 29th, 2012

Late spring runoff is still with us, and that means rivers are flowing strong. For some early season boating, check out…

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Oregon’s Fishing Ambassador

written by Grant McOmie on April 20th, 2012

When it comes to building bridges along many of Oregon’s rivers, fishing guide David Johnson is one of the best. He…

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White River Adventure

written by Grant McOmie on March 30th, 2012

This week I hit the open road to explore the valleys east of Mt Hood and discover the White River Wildlife Area and…

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Wild for Mountain Biking

written by John Waller on March 11th, 2012

Spring has arrived, and the high desert singletrack is calling you out of hibernation. Join Lev Stryker, owner of Bend…

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Finding Oregon

written by Eileen Garvin on March 7th, 2012

We thought we knew Oregon like nobody’s business. Then we watched Finding Oregon, a video from Uncage the Soul…

Eagle Crest Resort

7555 Falcon Crest Dr. Redmond, OR 97756

Eagle Crest offers three unique golfing challenges in one incredible location. Their two 18-hole championship courses…

Eagle Crest Resort – Resort Course

1590 Mountain Quail Dr Redmond, OR 97756

The original Resort Course features all of the elements that have made Eagle Crest® and Central Oregon a golf Mecca…

City of Dufur

Dufur, OR 97021

Dufur is a small, rural agricultural community that’s striving to preserve its local history through buildings,…

Widgi Creek Golf Club

18707 SW Century Dr. Bend, OR 97702

Nestled among the giant Ponderosa pines in the Deschutes National Forest…Between the snow-capped peaks of the…

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The Dalles

written by Lori Russell on December 1st, 2011

Ascending the curves of the Historic Columbia River Highway west of The Dalles, we passed a massive boulder field and…

Amazing Oregon

written by Mo Sherifdeen on November 30th, 2011

We came across this amazing time-lapse video of Oregon night skies from our friends at Uncage the Soul last night. …

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Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center

3075 N. Business 97 Bend, OR 97701

Nestled along the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River in the heart of Bend, Oregon, The Riverhouse Hotel &…

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Oregon Rolls Out Five New Scenic Bikeways

written by Eileen Garvin on September 30th, 2011

Roadies rejoice! In September, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announcedfive new scenic bikeways. The 132…

Oregon Rolls Out Five New Scenic Bikeways

written by Eileen Garvin on September 30th, 2011

Roadies rejoice! In September, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced five new scenic bikeways. The 132…

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Deschutes Steelhead

written by Grant McOmie on September 8th, 2011

When you travel east from Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, be on the lookout for a “silver lining” in…

Arts Central Station

313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. Bend, OR 97702

The Arts Central Station is housed in Bend’s historic train depot. The 1911 structure was moved stone by stone to…

Chris O’Donnell’s Guide Service, LLC

PO Box 42 Maupin, OR 97037

Welcome anglers. Chris O'Donnell's Guide Service offers wild & scenic float trips on the Lower Deschutes River for…

Big River Campground

Located on Deschutes River the Big River Campground offers eleven campsites, vault toilet, and a boat launch. Special…

Bull Bend Campground

Located on the Deschutes River below Wickiup Reservoir the Bull Bend Campground offers twelve campsites, vault toilets,…

Cow Meadow Campground

Located along the Deschutes River at Crane Prairie Reservoir the Cow Meadow Campground offers 21 campsites, vault…

Pringle Falls Campground

Located on the Deschutes River below Wickiup Reservoir the Prongle Falls Campground offers 6 campsites with vault…

Walt Haring Snopark

In the winter, the Walt Haring Sno-Park is a starting point for snow mobile and Nordic skiing adventures, and in the…

Wyeth Campground

Located on the Deschutes River below Wickiup Reservoir the Wyeth Campground offers three campsites with vault toilet, a…

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Rolling on the River

written by Eileen Garvin on July 15th, 2011

April showers bring May flowers, but those spring rains also mean great summertime boating. Unusually high water levels…

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What’s SUP on the Water?

written by Eileen Garvin on July 15th, 2011

The hot, flatwater days of summer are here. And while we enjoy a bit of beachside lounging, Oregonians can only take so…

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White River Falls State Park

White River Falls State Park is a popular and scenic picnicking, hiking and fishing retreat for visitors to the…

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument is also a recreational playground for thousands of visitors each year. Newberry…

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Heritage Landing

Heritage Landing serves primarily as a boat launch and provides access to the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers. It also…

Deschutes National Forest

Outdoor recreation opportunities attract thousands to Central Oregon and the Deschutes National Forest. Warmer weather…

Cline Falls State Scenic Viewpoint

Cline Falls offers opportunities for picnicking, fishing and viewing scenery.

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Drake Park

777 NW Riverside Blvd. Bend, OR 97701

This may be Bend's most popular outdoor public gathering place, so it receives more human use than any other city…

Trout House

57239 River Road Sunriver, OR 97707

Central Oregon’s only restaurant overhanging the Deschutes River, the Trout House offers Breakfast, Lunch and…

Imperial River Company Restaurant

304 Bakeoven Rd. Maupin, OR 97037

Dining in our restaurant is an experience you won’t soon forget. Our delicious menu items are cooked with care…

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Greg’s Grill Restaurant on the Deschutes

395 SW Powerhouse Drive Bend, OR 97702

270 seat Steakhouse overlooking the Cascades and Deschutes River serving weekend brunch, lunch and dinner Monday…

Easy Scenic Hikes

written by Oakley Brooks on March 10th, 2011

There’s nothing like a few hours in the Oregon outdoors to revive you on the road. And because wild areas at city…

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Smith Rock Family

written by John Connor on March 1st, 2011

The young rock climber was ecstatic. One more move and Lauren Neumann had reached the top of Night Flight her…

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Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway

  • Distance: 66 Miles (106 Kilometers)
  • Minimum Driving Time: 3-5 Hours
  • Best Time to Drive: June-October (the Road Closes Beyond Mt. Bachelor In Winter)

Round a bend to find Mt. Bachelor looming larger than lifeand find its image perfectly reflected in a mile-high lake…

10 Chefs, 10 Weeks, 10 Tastes

written by Michelle Godfrey on September 8th, 2010

Spending a day as a chef sounds like vacation to us, but what do the chefs do on their time off? We asked some of the…

Lava Lands – Looking Back in Time

written by Grant McOmie on August 27th, 2010

This week, my adventures across Oregon takes me to a place that used to be a true hot zone of volcanic eruptions, magma…

White Water Adventures!

written by Mikhael Romain on July 15th, 2010

Summer is here in all its hot, hot splendor and we revel the season’s high temperatures in the cool comforts of…

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City Slicker Getaway to Oregon’s High Desert

written by Dawn Rasmussen on June 8th, 2010

Memorial Day weekend was almost upon us and the weather forecasters had a glum message for us: Rain, with lower…

Zen and the Art of Fly Fishing

written by Kim Cooper Findling on May 20th, 2010

I will admit that I was not as enthusiastic about the fishing as Ron. But I am not sure anyone could be as enthusiastic…

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The Dog Blog: Good Dog! River Trail

written by Kyla Merwin Cheney on May 6th, 2010

When the sun sets on Meadow Camp in the spring, the light is so soft you feel as though you could melt right into it.…

High Cascade Canoe

written by Grant McOmie on August 3rd, 2009

Central Oregon’s Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is a path once taken, you’ll never want to leave, but —…

Experience Excitement “Unplugged” this Summer

written by Brian Sykes on July 2nd, 2009

School is out and summer is here. It’s time to “unplug” from the electronic chaos of everyday life…

Thirty Windy Miles

written by Francie Royce on May 14th, 2009

When it’s grey and dreary in Portland, a forty-five minute drive east rewards you with sun and blue skies. For…

Exploring Spring Time Hiking In Oregon

written by Dawn Rasmussen on April 17th, 2009

[autoviewer=26,448,336] Oregon winters are a lot of fun, with plenty of snow sports activities, but by the time spring…

Get Back to Nature – Urban Hikes

written by Emily Watson on February 27th, 2009

In Oregon, you can have an exciting city experience and get back to nature in the same trip often in the same day.…

What’s Going on in Oregon this November?

written by Mo Sherifdeen on November 5th, 2008

With the election behind us and the fall crush successfully wrapped, this is the perfect month to unwind and enjoy…

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