After a day of fresh air and adventure, you’ll need the perfect place to recharge. Oregon is home to some of the most picturesque camping spots in the world. You don’t have to sacrifice modern-day comforts: Try staying in one of the many cabins, yurts, tipis, alpine huts, tree houses, tiny houses, campers or any-place-elsers that Oregon has to offer.
Even when it’s damp outside, Oregonians still want to get out there — to the forests and trails, the water’s edge, the mountains and the high-desert landscapes. From glamping and camping to rustic and luxury, there are a variety of places to kick back after a big day of adventure.
It is easy to find all kinds of hidden adventures when visiting the handful of small towns that surround Bend. You’ll find rich urban, Western and wilderness experiences that don’t always make international travel lists. Here is a guide of where to play, eat and stay in these high-desert hamlets.
With quick access to the Newberry Crater, Deschutes River, Deschutes National Forest, Cascade Lakes and other major natural landmarks, it’s easy to make your basecamp to La Pine for a weekend of exploring. Just remember to tread lightly as you explore these pristine public spaces and leave them cleaner than you found them.
Trail running has been more popular than ever lately. Some of Oregon’s most ambitious runners have chosen to set their sights on FKTs, or fastest-known times. It may sound intimidating, but you don’t need to be an elite athlete to try for an FKT.
Cottagecore is a movement that idolizes the simplicity of time gone by. Popularized on social media during the stay-at-home times of 2020, this swoon-worthy aesthetic has garnered a loyal following for its magnetic escapism appeal. In Oregon you can find quiet lodges, cabins and cottages that might make you feel as though you’ve walked into the pages of Little Women or onto the set of The Secret Garden. Slip into a nostalgic retreat at one of these four cottagecore getaways.
When it comes to a sport as technical as fly-fishing, there are a number of benefits to going with a guide. Not only will a guide service outfit you with the gear you need such as waders, a pole and flies, they’re also eager to share their expert knowledge like how to cast, what flies you need and how to tie them. They’ll also be on top of safety concerns like river and weather conditions.