Last year we took our first trip to Bend and during the Thanksgiving weekend we headed back. With dreams of a cabin getaway and time with family, we drove 4 and a half hours north to Bend. While many have begun to recognize Bend as a tourist destination, we must be honest, this trip was phenomenal and well worth it. The hype of this town is true every time we go back and gets better with age.
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When it comes to eating in Bend, it’s truly hard to go wrong. Throughout the town, there’s delicious eats and breweries around every corner. It’s easy to go to a different pub every night and try a different craft brew. (We encourage it.) Here are a few of our favorites from this trip.
10 Barrell Brewing Co.: 10 Barrel has recently expanded to a second location and we opted to dine at their on-site brewing facility rather than their location in the Old Mill District. Ordering their crispy duck with risotto, asparagus, black garlic, and cherry balsamic reduction, this dish was every bit decadent and delicious. (Not to mention, a beautiful presentation.) Outside you’ll find a patio kept warm by a large outdoor chimney and wood burning fire. We wrapped up our evening enjoying the last bit of our saison brew by the fire.
Sunriver Brewing Co.: Sunriver is known for many things, but more than anything we found that this brewery had great service and a fast turnaround time during the holiday weekend. While we were looking in shops and making a quick visit to Santa, our table became available. Sunriver Brewing Co. has recently won Small Craft Brewery of the Year in 2017 so we wanted to make sure we tried this spot out. Everyone at our table was pleased with their dish and the kids area was great to keep little ones occupied during the meal. Ordering the pub nachos, this dish had the typical layers of nacho goodness with one exception, the green roasted chile beer cheese. It was delicious and I could go for a cup of this cheese with chips right now. With a great selection of IPAs, their beers have a strong aftertaste and hoppy finish.
Crux Fermentation Project: Make sure to head here for a great evening. Crux offers the same ambience as most breweries, but does it with their own unique spin. Order their famous grilled cheese sandwich and pick a rich and nutty brew to pair with it.
Spoken Moto: We headed here as the last stop on our way out of town. With a motorcycle inspired shop, this cafe is everything I had heard of and more. (With ties to Redding, we were excited to make a trip.) Offering their own retail extension and curated space, the level of sophistication and ease in this place was unlike most coffee shops I’ve been to. Honoring past days of rustic Americana, it’s well-thought out. While food isn’t served inside the shop, they host some amazing food trucks on-site with a variety of delicious options to enjoy with your cup.
After spending the money to rent a house in Sunriver, I can’t recommend staying here enough. We stayed in a 4 bedroom, 3.5 half bath house for the holiday, which gave plenty of room for us to enjoy. With a full selection of bikes to choose from, walking trails, a shopping center with Santa and ice skating, and indoor pool and water park, Sunriver literally has anything you could possibly need close by. With only a 15 minute drive to Bend and 30 minute drive to Mt Bachelor, it’s perfectly located.
Ski or Snowshoe at Mt. Bachelor: Known for skiing and snowtubing, Mt Bachelor is a great option for any winter sports enthusiast. With little ones, we opted to put on snow clothes and go play in the snow by going to the edge of their parking lot and taking a few steps toward trees. (Not to mention we got in a beautiful Christmas card shoot quickly while the girls made snow angels.)
Explore the Old Mill District and walk through Drake Park: If you’re looking for some unique shopping, head to Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District. Walking along the river, you’ll find some more breweries, Spoken Moto, and Crux Fermentation project, in addition to some beautiful murals.
Lava Fields: With roadside access, make sure to check out the lava fields and walk along the trails. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, check out the lava tube and cave tours available.
Thank you so much for joining us on our latest trip to Bend!
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