Bend, Oregon, has a well-deserved reputation as a multi-sport mecca.
But this time of year, when days are long, the trails are dry, the rivers are running, and the mountains still have snow, it’s particularly true.
We were curious about how many different activities you could cram into one day in the central Oregon city. Turns out, it’s a lot. Especially if you consider eating and drinking to be sports. (Spoiler alert: in Bend, they are.)
6:30 a.m.: Trail Run the Deschutes River Trail
The Deschutes River Trail runs along the river through the middle of town, so chances are, whereever you’re staying, you’re close to some easy-access trail running.
8:00 a.m.: Breakfast at McKay Cottage
It’s hard to make it past the front counter at McKay Cottage, which is lined with scones and muffins, but sitting down to one of the hashes is well worth it – especially if you have a full day ahead of you.
It’s been voted best breakfast in town every year since 2010.
9:00 a.m.: Ski at Mt. Bachelor
Mt. Bachelor is only a 20-minute drive from town but it feels like it’s a whole world (and a totally different season) away.
You can ski off of all sides of the volcanic cone, to access playful, feature-filled terrain. And a short boot pack will take you to the peak, if you’re keen to summit a volcano before lunch. The mountain is slated to be open until May 27, so there’s still plenty of time to get those laps in.
12:00 p.m.: Lunch at Spork
Spork, where the menu ranges from curry to chillequiles, may seem like it could be a mixed up mess. But the restaurant, which the New York Times called “culinary magic” hits all the right spice notes.
The walk up counter service is fast, which makes it perfect for a quick lunch in between activities.
1:30 p.m.: Float the Deschutes River
The Big Eddy section of the Deschutes is a quick ride through class III rapids.
Sun Country Tours runs two-hour trips on the three-mile stretch, so you can get your whitewater fix fast.
4:00 p.m.: Mountain Bike Phil’s Trails
Bend was one of the first places to dedicate resources to mountain bike trail building – and the 100 miles of flowy, well-maintained trails in Phil’s complex are a direct reflection of that. Cog Wild will rent you gear and shuttle you up to the trails so you can ride singletrack right back down into town.
6:00 p.m.: Beers at 10 Barrel
10 Barrel Brewing is one of the rare microbreweries that sponsors athletes, like local mountain biker Carston Storch, so drinking there is basically a physical activity. Brewmaster Tonya Cornett s known for her sour beers, so if they’re on tap, you have to try one.
7:00 p.m.: Dinner at Crux
Time to hop over to another brewery. Crux Fermentation Project, in a converted Aamco transmission shop, serves some of the best, most interesting beer in town – which is saying a lot in Bend, which has more than 20 breweries in town.
Their food, like their beer, is creative and locally sourced.
8:30 p.m.: Dance at Crow’s Feet Commons
For a small town, Bend has a surprisingly hopping music scene, and you can find free music several nights a week. Check the schedule at Crow's Feet Commons, a gear store/coffee shop/bar/music venue. And for more information about all of it, check out Central Oregon's Visitors Association/Visit Central Oregon and Visit Bend.
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