A Day in Bend, Oregon
Winter is a great time of year to spend a day in Bend, Oregon. Magnificent, snow-capped peaks adorn this high-desert’s skyline to this welcome mountain getaway. Come prepared for cold and snow as you’ll want to head out for both outdoor recreation and the city’s center for a day in Bend, Oregon.
A former mill town, now the largest city in Central Oregon, Bend has been given a full makeover into an adventure playground. The city sits at 3,623 feet, providing an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. Even in winter, you better bring your sunglasses if you don’t want to be blinded by the sun reflecting off the snow.
Many come to Bend to spend the morning skiing or snowboarding through fresh powder and head into town for the afternoon. Not us. We came to spend a day in Bend to get away from the crowds, kick-back, and unwind.
Where to Stay
We stayed just outside of town at Eagle Crest. It was a quiet place that offered plenty of toys to play in the snow, recreational trails, and a Christmas light show to drive through at night. Their hot tubs were perfect for relaxing in at night while snow quietly fell around us. Even during the winter, each unit came equipped with a BBQ that we were sure to put to good use. There’s nothing like BBQing your dinner in the snow.
Visit a Retro Candy Shop
Not being big shoppers, we stayed away from most of Bend’s downtown, except for a visit to Powell’s Sweet Shop. The shop is filled with every kind of vintage and candy of today that you can think of. There’s even a gelato counter. We enjoyed filling up bags with sweets and the cotton candy machine that made fresh, still warm, cotton candy.
Where to Eat
You won’t find much ethnic food in Bend, but surprisingly you will find great New York City style pizza. Drew loves pizza, especially New York City style. Cibelli’s had just that and Drew couldn’t be happier. He even loved the leftovers we had from the very large pizza the next morning.
Spend Some Time Outdoors
With 71 parks and 48 miles of recreational trails in Bend, we enjoyed strolls during the day with brisk temps and bright sunshine interrupted by bursts of snow flurries. It gave us the opportunity to take in views of all of the mountains, Deschutes River, and local wildlife. To help keep us warm, we brought along a thermos of hot chocolate we made before setting off on our adventure.
Have you ever spent a day in Bend, Oregon?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.