to Central Oregon…where there is NO off-season!
It’s a word you hear from so many visitors as they experience
this region of diverse landscapes---
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.
alpine lakes and flower-filled meadows
- Dense forests
filled with miles and miles of some of the best hiking and biking
high desert with spectacular Smith Rock for rock climbing adventures
rivers offering some of the best fishing and rafting in the Northwest
- Rugged lava
flows offering adventures above and below ground
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.
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
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."
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
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!
A SHOPPING SPREE…TAX FREE!
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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."
Chamber of Commerce’s Calendar of Events will thrill you!