are so many things to do in and around Bend; this list is just a
start! Please see the Guest Guide for
a more complete list with directions. Also check out the events
calendars at the Bend
Bulletin , The
Source, Bend Chamber Visitor
Center, and the Central
Oregon Visitors Center.
- The Iron Horse, a great antique and junk shop, is only a few
blocks away at St. Helens and Congress. Also, try some
of the little home and gift boutiques downtown.
- Use the gallery map found in the Guest Guide to make your way from
the Mocking Bird and other downtown galleries to the galleries on
Industrial Way and the Old Mill District.
Houses - Our favorite is Strictly Organic at Arizona and Bond Streets. Starbucks, if
you can't live without it, is on the corner of Wall and Franklin.
Nancy P's Cafe is next to the Newport Market.
- Use any of the four bikes at the cottage on the Deschutes River
Trail, running 9 miles through riverside forests and lava flows. Also,
check out the Central Oregon
Trail Alliance for trails and conditions. Bike rentals are also
available at Hutch's.
Identification - A swan family sometimes nests on the island
across the river from the cottage. You're also likely to see Kingfishers,
Great Blue Herons, Steller Jays, Nighthawks, Juncos, Song Sparrows,
a host of mallard ducks and Canadian Geese, and an occasional Bald Eagle or Osprey.
- Our favorites include:
~Alpenglow - for a fantastic breakfast or lunch of all natural
~ Bend Brewery - outside seating in the summer with good
~ Cork - the downtown location boasts the former chef for
~ Deschutes Brewery - good pub grub, great beer, and lots
~ Marz - fabulous, hip dinners begin at 5:30.
~ Fireside Red - great food and drink in the industrial area.
~ Chow - our favorite lunch or dinner spot.
~ Parilla - a fun margarita bar serving huge, delicious burritos.
~ Pine Tavern - tables overlooking the river with fabulous
prime rib and a great non-smoking bar.
~ Scanlon's at the Athletic Club of Bend - excellent food
~ Sintra - coffee house with breakfast and lunch.
~ The Taco Stand - good, inexpensive Mexican on Hill street
near the Parkway.
~ Toomies - excellent Thai food.
~ Westside Bakery - delicious bakery and breakfast.
- The Bend Summer Fest, usually in late July, includes food, local
wine and microbrews, live music and more www.visit-bend.com.
The Cascade Festival of Music,
in late summer, takes place on the Deschutes River in Drake Park.
Since 1977, Sunriver Resort has been celebrating its Sunriver
Music and Arts Festival.
- The ultimate summer "sport!" Use the cottage's four air
mattresses or raft to float to the Pine Tavern or Bend Brewery for
a drink and a bite.
- The Fly Box, High Desert Drifter and Garrison's Fishing Service
all offer supplies as well as guided fishing excursions. Please catch
and release so that others may torture the fish later!
Desert Museum - One of the finest wildlife and history museums
and good for half a day.
Skating - Enjoy traditional winter fun at the Inn of the 7th Mountain.
- Practice on the river or take them up to Big Eddy near the Inn of
the 7th Mountain for a real thrill. (Everyone must wear life jackets
when using our kayaks.)
- Use the cottage's library pass to explore Bend's great library.
Just be sure to return the books.
- Visit Spa W or Bruno and Carl at the Athletic Club of Bend and treat
Golf - Golfing options include the highly praised Sunriver Resort's
three courses, as well as Eagle Crest Resort, Crooked River Ranch,
Juniper Golf Club and Quail Run. See Guest Guide for details.
The Deschutes offers some of the finest white water in Oregon!
Rapid River Rafters and Sun Country Tours offer tours and Bend Whitewater
Supply can outfit you for your own trip down the river.
- Check out the events calendar for the Les
Schwab amphitheatre, centraloregonmusic.com
The Source, the alternative weekly newspaper, for the local music
Climbing - World famous rock climbing is found at Smith Rock State
Park. See the Trail Guide section of the Guest Guide for details.
- Terry's favorites include: The Old Mill Shops in downtown Bend and Tradewinds for jewelry. Also, try Cliff
Sharf at the east end of Sisters for beautiful, custom jewelry.
- - Mt. Bachelor has downhill
and cross-country skiing. Our favorite spots for cross-country are
the Swampy Lake and Dutchman Flats snow park on the road to Mt. Bachelor.
Remember to take the cottage's winter emergency kit with you and let
us know if anything was used and needs to be replaced.
-A great destination resort about 40 minutes south of Bend. Tennis,
swimming, golf, canoe rental are all available in the summer, plus
The Meadows, the resort's main restaurant.
- The river is refreshingly cold, even in the summer. Be sure to be
aware of the city ordinances against diving off the bridges.
Watching - Beavers have set up a lodge on the other side of the
island (which explains the wire mesh around the bushes and trees).
Look for otter and the occasional mink in the river. We were visited
by a Pine Martin early one morning and we sometimes see deer feeding
across the river.