Mountain Town Tour: Discovering Bend

 
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Just 3 hours away from Portland and a mere 6 hours south of Seattle, you’ll find the mountain town of Bend, nestled between the High Desert of Oregon and the Cascade Mountains. An increasingly popular destination travel town, residents and visitors flock to Bend for its unparalleled recreation and sophisticated leisure opportunities that seamlessly shift with the changing seasons.

Winter

My wife Kim and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Bend and nearby Sunriver, to take advantage of the activities that the winter season affords. Though the weather is cold, the fun certainly heats things up, as the surrounding mountains average 30 feet of snow per year for unbeatable skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. 

 
 
  Hitting the slopes in Mt. Bachelor is a must-do winter activity in Oregon.

Hitting the slopes in Mt. Bachelor is a must-do winter activity in Oregon.

 
 

For those that don’t want to don skis or a snowboard, snowshoeing is recreational activity enjoyed by many. On our most recent visit, we had a chance to explore Edison Butte, which proved a fun and worthwhile excursion with amazing views.

 
 
  Snowshoeing up Edison Butte is a scenic and fun route.

Snowshoeing up Edison Butte is a scenic and fun route.

 
 

Summer

Recreation in Bend doesn’t end with the last snowfall, as there is plenty to do when the sun starts to shine. Favorite summer pastimes include kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding down the Deschutes River, mountain biking along endless trails (the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway is a favorite), and hiking up scenic trailheads at Smith Rock State Park and Pilot Butte.

 
 
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Summertime activities include mountain biking or floating the Deschutes River.

 
 
  or floating the Deschutes River.

or floating the Deschutes River.

 
 

As an avid golfer, I am always thrilled to have the chance to tee off at the region’s courses, and there is no lack of options with over 20 championship golf courses just 15 minutes outside of Bend. Though some of the courses are members only, visitors will have a great time at Sunriver Resort’s Meadows & Woodlands, which is open to the public.

Dining & Activities

Whether it’s been a day out in the summer sun or an afternoon of snowboarding, a long day outdoors always means we’re hungry and ready for some casual fun. Bend is home to a thriving brewery scene, with many world-class options clustered together. As the city in Oregon with the most breweries per capita, it’s no surprise it’s been called Beer Town USA.

 
 
  We said cheers to the end of a successful day at Bend’s    GoodLife Brewery    with our new    Silipints   .

We said cheers to the end of a successful day at Bend’s GoodLife Brewery with our new Silipints.

Of course, no visit to the area would be complete without a stop at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with some of my fellow Sotheby’s International Realty agents to discuss market trends and learn about some fantastic homeownership opportunities in the area. Broker Betsey Little shared a massive 10-acre estate owned by former NFL Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, which you can tour in my property spotlight here.

 
 
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You’ve heard of ALL the great activities Bend has to offer and if you’re like me you’ve probably wondered about investing in this easy-going active lifestyle. Affordable vacation rentals abound around Sunriver and Bend while new condos opportunities downtown are in the works, so call the Nielsen RE Group today to learn more about how you can become a part of this amazing lifestyle!