Treasured for its scenic environment, resort skiing attractions and beautiful outdoor sports opportunities, Bend, Oregon, is a hidden gem tucked in the northwest corner of the United States. Although small, this town is the largest metropolis in its region and is home to historic sites like the Tower Theater, as well as entertaining events like Central Oregon Beer Week and the Annual Bend Film Festival.
Although Bend once depended on the local timber industry to support its economy, today it is best known as a gateway for the multiple outdoor activities Central Oregon has to offer. Bend is a popular outdoor playground for thrill seekers who love rock climbing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, fishing, golfing and other rugged outdoor sports. The recently renovated Old Mill District offers fine dining, boutique shopping and multiple performance art venues set alongside the scenic Deschutes River.
Located in the Cascade mountains, Bend enjoys a high elevation and dry climate that keeps the weather fairly cool and mild for much of the year, even though snowstorms frequently occur during winter, contributing to the success of the nearby ski resort, Mount Bachelor. Premium water quality and legislature make the town a very popular place for craft beer enthusiasts, and Bend is home to a huge number of microbreweries. This booming beer business makes it a popular place for cozy gastropubs and several annual brew festivals.