Bend, Oregon

People kayaking on Elk lake in Central Oregon in the Cascade Mountains

In central Oregon’s high desert with a backdrop of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, Bend is a year-round destination. Summer temperatures reach the low 80s, ideal for outdoor activities, and the Deschutes River is the perfect place for fly-fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, or just enjoying the scenery. Hike through the hills, climb the rocks, or take advantage of mountain biking trails. Bend Brewfest, Aug. 15-17, celebrates the town’s title of “Beer City USA” and its micro-brewery industry with over 200 different craft beers, ciders, and wines. Bend is also a top golf destination with more than 25 courses including highly rated Pronghorn, Sunriver, and Bend Golf & Country Club. The High Desert Museum’s exhibits focus on nature and culture, and their workshops and lectures highlight the area’s resources and history. Pronghorn Resort ‘s new Huntington Lodge boasts luxury accommodations and amenities, spa, private terraces, in-room fireplaces, and a range of lodging options that include guestrooms, suites, and upscale homes. The newly renovated restaurant Cascada offers fine dining with views of the Cascade Mountains, and a variety of other dining options are also available.

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