Bend, OR — Things to Do, See, Eat and Sip

This summer, our Sudara Travel series is focused on the cities that our small (but mighty!) team calls home.  If you’re looking for travel recommendations or a new city to explore in your Sudara goods, these are a few of our favorite things to do, see, eat and sip across the U.S. and India.  This week, we’re talking about beautiful Bend, OR — our office HQ!

Bend, OR //©PaulaWattsPhotography
Bend, OR // ©PaulaWattsPhotography

Bend in five words (well, technically, six):

  1. Active
  2. Community driven
  3. Recreation
  4. Outdoors
  5. Passionate

Three reasons you should visit:

  1. Access to just about any outdoor activity you can think of.
  2. The fun and joy Bend offers for anyone at any age, whether it’s art and a great show, or an outdoor adventure followed by a scrumptious meal.
  3. The gorgeous sunsets!

Knowledge about Bend to impress your friends and family:

The Cascade Mountain Range is home to 18 active volcanoes. Many of which we view on a daily basis in town and haven’t yet exploded.

Favorite place(s) for coffee: 

Backporch Coffee House, Strictly Organic, Bellatazza Coffee and Stackhouse…just to name a few!!

Favorite place(s) for breakfast/brunch:

The Victorian Cafe is one of many local brunch spots. This one specializes in a variety of eggs benedict.

Favorite place(s) for lunch: 

El Sancho – Flash fried tacos – YUM! (if we could list this place 100 times, we would.)  If you don’t like tacos and need a vegan option, though, check out Next Level Burger for some pretty unique and delicious meat, dairy and gluten free options.

Favorite place(s) for a casual dinner:

Jackson’s Corner is a really fun place for casual dining and the food is delicious. They offer a wide variety of farm and garden homemade options utilizing local ingredients.

Favorite place(s) for drinks: 

Velvet in downtown Bend has cocktails galore. Check out Hola for an awesome margarita and Crux Brewery for famous Bend microbrew.

Favorite place for live music:

Les Schwabb Amphitheater

Favorite things to do/must visit places: 

  • Mt. Bachelor Resort for biking and hiking in the summer – skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
  • Elk Lake and Resort for swimming, sailing and camping.
  • Smith Rock’s State park is an iconic rock climbing mecca that you cannot miss.

Do you live in Bend or love visiting?  Did we miss any of your favorite places?  Let us know in the comments!