Chances are that over the last eighteen months, your home has also become your workplace. So what do you do when you need a getaway? Our brokers share the many compelling reasons why Travel + Leisure just named Bend, OR as one of the "8 Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S."
What Makes Bend So Wonderful?
- Beautiful Weather
Bend has the highest average number of sunny days in Oregon. While the Pacific Northwest has a rainy reputation, Bend averages 11 inches of rainfall per year, less than one-third of the national average of 38 inches. According to BestPlaces, the most comfortable months in Bend are July, August, and September, which is prime vacation time.
- Outdoor Playground
No matter what your choice of outdoor activities, you'll find it within convenient access in Bend. Are you an adrenaline junkie? Mt. Bachelor, just 20 miles away, is one of the top spots for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. If you prefer a more moderate pace, there are plenty of trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Water lovers have the Deschutes River and nearby lakes for swimming, fishing, boating, and paddle sports.
- Charming Downtown Area
Bend's quaint, delightful downtown area is essentially unchanged since the city was founded in 1905. Instead of skyscrapers and national retailers, you'll see historic buildings, charming independent shops, and an eclectic mix of restaurants. For those times when you want the big city, Portland is only a three-hour drive away.
- Easy to Navigate
Leave the car at home. With a Walk Score of 90 out of 100, Bend earns the coveted designation of "Walker's Paradise." The city is also a recent recipient of the SILVER level award from the League of American Bicyclists, which is given to communities deemed most bicycle-friendly.
- Stunning Scenery
When it comes to visual surroundings, variety is definitely the word for Bend. Its prime location between the desert to the east and mountains to the west means you're treated to an endless display of picturesque landscapes. You may find yourself becoming an early riser just to see the sunrises, and there are few things more romantic than a sunset in Bend.
Things to See and Do in Bend
- Mt. Bachelor - 13000 SW Century Dr., Bend, OR 97702
At 9.065 feet, Mt. Bachelor isn't the tallest mountain in Oregon, but it's definitely the most popular, with nearly half a million visitors per year. Mt. Bachelor's skiing season runs from mid-November through May, making it one of the longest in the country, but it's also active during summer when people head out for hiking and mountain biking.
- Drake Park - 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend, OR 97701
Downtown Bend is home to Drake Park, a scenic spot alongside Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River that's perfect for a brisk walk, fishing, or some time with a good book. The park is also a gathering spot for events such as Bend's July 4th celebration. Pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables. Park hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
- Bend Ale Trail
The Pacific Northwest is one of the major outposts of the craft beer movement, and in Oregon, Bend is second only to Portland in quantity and quality of breweries. Founded in 2010, the Bend Ale Trail was first in the West and second in the nation. The trail is divided into seven distinct territories, encompassing more than two dozen breweries. Get a digital or old-school passport and win prizes for each territory you complete.
- Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall St., Bend, OR 97703
Dubbed "Bend's Living Room," the Tower Theatre is the epicenter of the city's cultural and entertainment scene. Events cover the full spectrum, including concerts, movies, plays, and dance. The calendar for 2022 includes Judy Collins, "Friends: The Musical Parody," and "The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute."
- McMenamins Old St. Francis School - 700 NW Bond St., Bend, OR 97703
In Bend, when someone talks about going "back to school," it's a good thing. McMenamins Old St. Francis School is a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse converted to a lively entertainment complex including a hotel, brewery, pub, movie theater, and concert hall. When you visit, be sure to check out the broom closet on the third floor of the Art House for entry to a secret bar!
Which of the amazing Bend homes for sale is your perfect vacation getaway? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for friendly and knowledgeable help with your search.