Welcome to Central Oregon…where there is NO off-season!

Breathtaking! It’s a word you hear from so many visitors as they experience this region of diverse landscapes---

  • Exhilarating Cascade Mountain range of snowcapped peaks offering world-class skiing throughout the spring. Mt. Bachelor is known as the Northwest’s premier ski & snowboard resort. It stands just 20 minutes from downtown Bend….nestled in the expansive and pristine Deschutes National Forest. It boasts a 9, 065 summit, 70 runs, 3,365’ vertical…and a ski lift system that has been voted #1 by Ski Magazine for the last 4 consecutive years.
  • Sparkling alpine lakes and flower-filled meadows
  • Dense forests filled with miles and miles of some of the best hiking and biking trails
  • Sage-scented high desert with spectacular Smith Rock for rock climbing adventures
  • Abundant rivers offering some of the best fishing and rafting in the Northwest
  • Rugged lava flows offering adventures above and below ground

All landscapes designed for fun, recreation …and relaxation!

* 85% of the land in Central Oregon is public…with millions of acres of National Forests and Federal Bureau of Land Management set asides.

Central Oregon Communities

The charm of Central Oregon is certainly its people…warm, friendly and open! The communities in this area offer unique characteristics, histories and lifestyles. There are the well-known communities of Bend, Redmond to the north, Sisters to the west, and Sunriver to the south . Also attracting visitors and new residents are the smaller towns of Terrebonne, Crooked River Ranch, LaPine, Prineville, Madras and Warm Springs…each with a flavor, culture and style all their own.

"Bend, as the largest community, is a vibrant , yet relaxed community of just over 50,000 people built around the slowly meandering Deschutes River, with the beauty of a number of public parks and preserved areas such as Drake Park & the Mirror Pond. You still find a charming downtown area, many quaint shops offering quality Oregon merchandise, a variety of first class restaurants with varied traditional and ethnic cuisines, art shops and galleries which host year-around Art Walks and festivals."


Sunny, blue skies is the norm in Central Oregon! Three hundred days of sun is the standard. This is generally a high-desert region, with an arid climate and Bend's elevation at 3,600 ft. above sea level. Rainfall averages 12" per year and snowfall at 34".


Our many communities boast some of the finest schools in Oregon…with a commitment from each of the governing Boards of Education to develop working partnerships with ALL the stakeholder the students, educators, parents and city government, civic groups and other agencies & professionals. The largest district serving Bend LaPine has 13 elementary schools, 5 Middle Schools and 5 High Schools. Magnet schools and alternative, individualized programs offer a “cafeteria” of options for parents and students.

Bend is home to both the Central Oregon Community College, and in the fall of 2000 opened its doors to Oregon State University-Central Oregon Branch.


Central Oregon offers as much variety in dining…as it does in recreational options. You’ll find MORE restaurants per capita in Bend alone…than any other city in Oregon.
Whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast to prepare you for a day on the mountain…a quick snack before a round of golf…or a leisurely gourmet meal with an award-winning bottle of Northwest wine…you’ll find it here…in all different tastes…ethnicities…prices…but all with friendly and excellent service!


Shops and galleries in the downtown areas, as well as designated and expanded malls…offer everything from fashions for men & women ..to specialized candles, soaps and herbal scents…. to books…antiques …and art.
In Bend, find great bargains at the Prime Outlets , as well as the Mt. View , Bend River and Forum malls. Shop at Nike, L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer, Barnes & Noble… or full-service department stores, like The Bon and Sears…and discount stores such as Costco, Old Navy, and Linens N’ Things.

Many one-of-a kind items can be found in the unique clothing boutiques, folk and fine art galleries and specialty shops in the communities of Sisters, Warm Springs and Sunriver.

Arts and Culture

Central Oregon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a TOP OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA, but it isn’t on the top of the list for “best places to live and retire” for that alone! Our thriving arts and culture scene is also quite impressive ! With both the college and university here, we attract fine speakers and stimulating events year round. We offer nationally renowned museums, dramatically diverse art galleries, an art school, as well as a variety of world-acclaimed concert series and festivals…featuring top name singers, songwriters, musicians and conductors.

A year-round celebration

"There is NO OFF-SEASON in Central Oregon. We host a gamut of year –round activities… winter: skiing to dog sledding, snow-mobiling and sleigh rides…in the winter to some of the best fly-fishing, rafting, kayaking, biking and hiking in the nation..

The calendar of activities in Central Oregon is FULL…365 days per year. Fun indoor and outdoor activities are plentiful here…whatever the weather or time. The new Expo Center, located on 132 beautifully landscaped acres houses the annual County Fair, Sportsman’s Show…along with a variety of Rallies, Concerts…….and regional events… bringing in top stars like Wynona, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, and Alabama.

Winterfest is a week-end of events and ice-carving contests. Summer Festival closes the entire downtown area to traffic…with booths, music, dancing and planned activities.

Pole, Peddle and Paddle brings hundreds of teams from all over the Northwest …to compete in skiing, cycling and canoeing events on our mountain and rivers. The Cycling Classic is an annual staged event. The annual Sisters Quilt Show brings people from around the world to the area."

Reading the Chamber of Commerce’s Calendar of Events will thrill you!

Mara Stein, Principal Broker
65765 W. Highway 20
Bend, OR 97701-9189
(541) 617-6195
(541) 420-3400 - cell.
(541) 617-6197 fax.

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