I recently visited Bend, Oregon for the first time! Here is what I got up to.
After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I packed up my stuff and prepared to head on out! I picked up Riley from his work and the two of us set out for Bend. We had a three-hour drive ahead of us and clear skies.
Along the way we also saw some snow-covered mountains! I love that you get so much seasonal variety in Oregon. Definitely not the norm in sunny Los Angeles.
You can get beer from the tap both inside or out. You can also order food from two stands that you will find outside, one is Mexican and one is Hawaiian. Riley and I decided to get food from the kitchen. The pretzel was to die for. And the beer is great too! This place was a total hit and lots of people were there with kids or large parties.
We then spent some time walking around downtown Bend. It was a beautiful day out and as the downtown is pretty small, you can easily conquer its entirety. There is also a lot of cool architecture to check out.
Keep your eyes peeled while walking around for yarn bombs! We saw this on a couple different statues around Bend!
We then stopped in at the Wine Shop and Beer Tasting Bar. This was a nice place to stop in for a glass of good wine with family or friends, but wasn’t as lively as some of the other places.
The server was very knowledgable though!
After some more walking around and window shopping, Riley and I stopped at The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, which ended up becoming one of our favorite spots.
I ordered a great vanilla bean drink and Riley got the Romeo and Julieta, which was made with nicotine-infused rum. Although neither of us smoke, it was such a unique drink that we had to try it. It was delicious. If you like craft cocktails, come here!
We decided to get a little thematic with our night and have a late Spanish dinner around 9PM. We went to Barrio.
Neither of us were big fans of the drinks, but the paella was good!
With that, we called it a night! What a fun half day!
We wanted to start our day off with a hike, but first we needed breakfast.After stopping at Strictly Organic Coffee Co and each ordering a scone, we took off for the trails. We decided to hike the South Canyon Reach which goes around the Deschutes River. When we got there, we were surprised to find more of a walking path than a hiking trail. Lucky for us, it was another gorgeous day and the path was beautiful.
We then walked around different neighborhoods in Bend. While most of the houses are a colonial style, we did find some really amazing modern ones.
Everywhere you look in Bend there is plenty to see, including lots of cool art installations!
Wanting to get a little more food in our systems, we went to Good Life Brewing. Riley and I shared the roasted garlic and bacon squared. Both were delicious, but the bacon squared (jalapeños filled with beer cheese and topped with bacon) was amazing.
We then went to the Deschutes Brewery for a tour.
It is a free walking tour and lasted 45 minutes.
At the end of it, you get four samples each! Riley also took home some beer soap as a souvenir.
Ready for a real lunch, Riley and I went to Silver Moon Brewing.
I would really recommend passing up on this place. The food was pretty boring.
Instead, go to Atlas Hard Cider Co.
Although I am coming to enjoy beer more (having a nice cold, craft brew fresh from the tap at an awesome brewery is just such a different experience than having it out of a bottle from the grocery store), I love hard ciders. Riley and I got a flight of cider samples and checked-in on Facebook to get free hard apple cider donut holes. We really enjoyed this stop.
We then went and checked into our second Airbnb (we thought it would be fun to have two different experiences and this house was located right in Downtown, so we were able to walk everywhere). Once settled, we spent a few hours window shopping and exploring Bend.
Riley is a huge Portland Trailblazers fan, so we started scouring out sports bars to watch the game from.
We decided on Sidelines, which was a complete mistake. Although they had plenty of TVs, the food (I was starving and ordered french toast), drinks, and service was all really poor. Follow Cyndi Lauper’s advice and walk on by.
We ended up leaving during half time and going to White Water Taphouse to watch the game instead.
This place had a cool vibe about it and a great selection of beers. I loved the color of my sour 10 Barrel Strawberry Crush.
We rounded out our night back at The Dogwood for some food. We split the Mac and Cheese Balls and I tried a new orange based drink.
Although we already both really liked the Dogwood, the live DJ on Saturday night was the cherry on top. It made for a really fun night and great people watching!
After packing up and checking out of our Airbnb, Riley and I went for a small breakfast at The Sparrow Bakery. Although we didn’t sit down for a full breakfast, this place was delicious and we both really enjoyed the pastries we ordered.
We then did some shopping, mainly so I could purchase some wool socks for Alaska. I also ordered a pair of hiking boots so I can go backpacking this summer! No sales tax in Oregon so, score! Riley did not have as good luck and walked away empty handed, but with his wallet still full. Not a bad trade off.
We then popped back over to Crux, our favorite brewery, to get a very light lunch.
We split a flight and a pretzel. This place is so so good.
The main event Sunday was the 5th Annual Foodie Crawl!
Riley and I are both total foodies, so when I saw this online while researching our trip, I knew we had to sign up. Although tickets were $75 each, it felt completely worth it. We visited 15 different restaurants, all of which had a food and drink paring. The food was good. We had duck confit and pork belly and gelato milkshakes and beet salads, just to name a few.
By the end of the three-hours and the final dessert buffet, we were stuffed. But, it was a great way to experience so much of downtown Bend. All of the restaurants were in walking distance and, although we had to rush, Riley and I were able to make it to every restaurant! It was a ton of fun and a definite high-note of the trip! I would love to go again next year.
We then started the 3-hour drive back to Portland around 6:30PM and ended our night with the season 6 premier of Game of Thrones. Bend was a truly great place to visit, filled with friendly citizens, delicious food and beer, and tons of cute shops. I can’t wait to go back.
Have you ever visited Bend? What recommendations do you have? Let us know below.