Music, dining, entertainment, events.  Bend has many events throughout the year. First Friday Artwalks, Winterfest, Spring Festival, Summerfest, Fall Festival, Pole Pedal Paddle, Cascade Cycling Classic, Concerts and more.

Bend real estate newsletter February 2014

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Name Change 

Bend Oregon Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate

As you may have heard, Prudential Northwest Properties is now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate.  Prudential Northwest Properties was acquired by home services in 2013, and adopted the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name in November.  I'm excited for the change!  Berkshire Hathaway is Warren Buffet's flagship company that is trusted world wide.  Clients will bennefit from a company that provides it's agent with the best marketing tools and technology available.


Bend Winterfest This Weekend

The Bend Winterfest activities kick off this Friday, February 14th and run all weekend.  Events include ski and snowboard big air…

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Breweries in Bend Oregon

CRUX brew pub in Bend
CRUX Brewery in Bend

Bend is known for many things, it's sunny weather, mountains, rivers, scenery, outdoor recreation, lifestyle, and OF COURSE IT'S BEER!  The craft brew craze has taken over in the northwest, and Oregon is on the map for it's production of craft beer.  And we have some of the best breweries right here in Bend.  Lately, it seems like a new brewery is popping up every few months. Normally you wouldn't associate beer with tourism, but our breweries are getting so much national attention that people are coming in flocks to see the breweries in person. So much so, that Visit Bend made a Ale Trail Beer Tour, that includes a smart phone app. 

Our Breweries

In no particular order, below is a list of the Central…

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A Winter Day Trip to Elk Lake Lodge

Snowmobile to Elk Lake Resort

Yesterday I decided to load up the old snowmobile and saddle up for a ride to Elk Lake Lodge for lunch with some friends.  We parked at the Vista Butte Snow Park, (a pull off parking area a few miles before Mt Bachelor), unloaded the snowmobiles, and geared up for the ride.  It's a short 4 mile ride to Dutchman snow park, which is the closest snow park to Elk Lake.  We elected to park at Vista Butte, because Dutchman fills up fast and can be challenging to find a spot for a truck and trailer.  

From Dutchman, it's an 11 mile ride on a groomed trail to Elk Lake Lodge.  It's a beautiful ride with views of Broken Top, Bachelor, and the Three Sisters along the way.  You'll also see the frozen Sparks and Devil Lakes.

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Bend Oregon Ranked #3 Ski Town

Bend Oregon Mt Bachelor

Travel and Leisure magazine recently ranked Bend Oregon the number 3 ski town in the USA.  The ski town USA article states that "beer and snow go hand-in-hand".  And Bend has both.  It's vibrant downtown and many craft breweries contribute to Bend being a top ski town.  The article also mentions Bend's less than 12 inches of rain annually and Mt Bachelor's 400 inches of average snow.   It's quite common for it to be dumping snow on the mountain and be sunny in town at the same time, even though Mt Bachelor is only about 20 miles from Bend. The article also touches on the many other outdoor activities in the Bend area.

My Top 10 Reasons Bend Is One Of The Best Ski Towns

  1. About 400 inches of snow on Mt Bachelor…

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Mt Bachelor Open As Of Thanksgiving

16 inches of powder over night Mt Bachelor

Ski and snowboard season has officially begun in Bend!  After sitting out last year due to a knee surgery, I'm ready for some powder turns.  Mt Bachelor officially opened on Thanksgiving day, and I heard it was a great one. I was visiting family in Portland, so missed out on that first chair of the year.  But I'll be heading up to the hill the next chance I get. Hopefully the knee will hold up!

Check out the Mt Bachelor opening day video shot by Pete Alport. Enjoy!

Visit Mt. Bachelor's web page for information on daily conditions, lift tickets, and events.  The Dirkson Derby is coming up on 14th, 15th, and 16th of December.  This is a great snowboard event benefiting the Tyler Eklund Fund.  Tyler is a local…

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The Pumpkin Patch

It's that time a year again.  The leaves are starting to turn, temperatures are dropping, and ghosts and gobblins are right around the corner!  If you have little ones I highly suggest a trip to Terrebone to one of the two pumpkin patches, Central Oregon Pumpkin Company or The D & D ranch.  This past Saturday we chose to take are kids to the Central Oregon Pumkin Co at Smith Rock Ranch. Both are about a 30 minute drive from Bend.

 Pumpkin Patch at Smith Rock outside Bend Oregon

Pumpkin Patch Things To Do

You'll find plenty to do for kids and adults at the pumpkin patch (mainly for the little ones though).  This year's pumpkin patch includes a petting zoo, archery, train ride, pony rides, a huge corn maze, pumkin picking, and my favorite, the pumpkin cannon.  The cannon is…

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Art Walk in Downtown Bend Today!

Every first Friday of the month Bend's downtown businesses stay open late and display art throughout the shops downtown.  In addition to the art there is music, food, beer, wine, and refreshements all for free.  Tonight is the Fall art walk which is one of the biggest of the year.  It kicks off the downtown Bend Fall Festival.

Grab your family and come downtown this evening. The art walk starts at 5pm. It's going to be chilly, but well worth the bundling up!  It's a free event, though art work is for sale throughout downtown.  For more information visit the Downtown Bend Art Walk page.  It looks like there is going to be some great artwork, tasty treats, music, and liabtions tonight.  See you downtown strolling the…

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