Bend is a small town in Central Oregon known for craft beer and outdoor recreation. Nestled along the Deschutes River, Bend’s name was originally “Farewell Bend” for the bend in the river in the center of town. Just 20 minutes drive southwest from downtown is one of the top 10 rated ski resorts in the country, Mt. Bachelor. Passed Mt. Bachelor along the Cascade Lakes Hwy are dozens of alpine lakes, idealic for camping and fishing in the summer time and nordic skiing in the winter. In Bend proper, you have two primary buttes. Awbrey Butte is on the west side of Bend and is home to many higher end neighborhoods. Pilot butte, smack in the middle of town, is iconic and can be seen from any part of town. It’s where the city launches fireworks from every 4th of July and where thousands of residents and tourists alike walk the winding trail to the top for 360 views of Central Oregon.
Bend’s population is growing at one of the fastest in the entire country. People from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and all across the country are learning about the reputation of the easy going lifestyle and unmatched beauty of Bend. The population sign on the edge of town might read 80,000 but it’s more likely Bend is pushing close to 120,000 by now.
Being in the high desert and an elevation of 3,456 feet, Bend enjoys four distinct, beautiful seasons. Bend proudly claims more days of sunshine than southern California. Even if it’s below zero in the winter, you’ll still need sunglasses. Add a few fresh hop Pale Ales to your system and it’s not hard to understand why people are so warm in this town. Life is good in Bend, Oregon.