Winter Bliss in Bend
An Oregon Wintercation in Bend
Snow-capped mountains and gourmet restaurants, hip boutiques and delicious beer – find it all in Bend, where you can shred powder on a black-diamond ski run or get pampered at a luxury spa. Explore acres of forest on snowshoes, or race with a rambunctious team of sled dogs. Here are a few ideas to start planning your wintercation in Bend.
For kids and kids at heart
Find winter sunshine in the sunny mountains of Bend. Build a snowman, catch snowflakes on your tongue, and soak up the sunshine at Mt. Bachelor, where kids 12 and under ski free every day. Then set your tail wagging on a dog sled dash through the Deschutes Forest, get cozy with critters at the High Desert Museum, and finish your day by making snow angels and star-gazing until you’re sleepy.
Trek the largest beer trail of the West
Follow your beer dreams. Trek the famous Bend Ale Trail and sample craft beers at 10 award-winning breweries. Learn about the cutting-edge brewing techniques used by Bend’s brewers, meet the artisan brewers who have launched the Bend beer scene, and experience the diversity of styles, art and taste that differentiate each of the region’s breweries.
Find winter romance
Nothing stokes winter romance like a moonlit snowshoe tour, hot drinks around the fire, and a quaint bed and breakfast. Grab your sweetie by the hand and share the fun of winter by building a snowman, making snow angels, and share the thrill of skiing and riding at Mt. Bachelor. Finish your day with a gourmet meal at one of Bend’s many award-winning restaurants and enjoy the charming shopping districts in Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District.
About the Author: Emily Forsha
Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s content editor and a runner, hiker and biker of many Oregon trails. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two little boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.
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