Since as early as the 1920’s, this town of 80,000 fresh-air loving folks has been hailed as a tourist destination for all four seasons. All year-round, the city boasts lovely desert weather, an average of almost 300 sunny days per year. When the summer sun is shining, rock climbers flock to the world-renowned faces of Smith Rock. Canoeists, kayakers, and white water rafters enjoy the myriad of rivers and high-altitude lakes fed by crystal-clear mountain snow. Hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking opportunities abound. In the winter, the Olympic quality slopes of Mount Bachelor – averaging 370 inches of fluffy white stuff each year – call out to skiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers. The wealth of trails and wilderness areas attract flocks of cross-country skiers, snowshoers, dog sled enthusiasts, snowmobilers and winter campers of all kinds.
In addition to the natural wonders and outdoor activities abundant in Central Oregon, there are more than two dozen golf courses, from more traditional clubs to modern and striking golf and real estate developments. Beyond the vast array of fine dining, local breweries, and shopping available in Bend, nearly every week of the year you will find festivals, fairs, parades, concerts or shows of one kind or another to entertain adults and children alike.
MSN.com rated Bend/Sunriver Oregon in the top 10 cities to own a second home. U.S. News and World Report named Bend as the top city for retirement property steals. Now is the time to start looking for your home in sunny Central Oregon.
The links below contain great resources and ideas for things to do and places to eat and drink in Bend and Central Oregon.