We created BendOregon365.com to help visitors and new residents of Bend expedite their search in finding interesting, unique, and fun things to do in and around Bend on ONE WEBSITE. Under our “Things to Do” button, it is categorized by season. Bend has plenty of things to do every single day of the year – it’s not just a summer or winter destination!
I came to Bend in 2000 to escape the traffic and high cost of living in the SF Bay Area. Born and raised in Marin County, I spent many vacations in the Lake Tahoe area. As an avid skier, snowboarder, mountain biker, trail runner, kayaker, and backpacker, I longed to live in a mountain town. While I spent a couple of years living in Lake Tahoe, it wasn’t a place I would call home. I went to college in a small town and knew I wanted to end up living in a small town someday. After visiting Bend in 1992, I knew I wanted to end up there. Eight years later, I made it my home. My husband, Jim, and I have four kids together and all are outdoor enthusiasts.
With a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, I have spent most of my career creating and coordinating recreation programs for children, teens, and adults. I have also been an outdoor guide for the past 20 years leading people on cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and backpacking excursions, as well as a travel guide – coordinating and leading trips for adults and seniors throughout the United States (and one trip to Italy).
My passion is to provide people with an experience they can talk about for years to come. Seeing, doing, and experiencing unique opportunities in a beautiful environment. Central Oregon is a high desert. Bend’s elevation is roughly 3400 feet. It doesn’t rain much (it rains on the west side of the mountains – Bend is on the east side of the Cascade Mountain range). We get some snow in town during the winter months, but most of it stays in the mountains – it’s about 20 miles to Mt. Bachelor for world-class skiing and snowboarding.
During the summer months, Bend is dry and hot. People flock to the Deschutes River in town to float in it’s cool waters and enjoy a number of outdoor activities…too many to list!
Fall and spring offer opportunities to do multiple activities in one day…In the spring, you can ski or snowboard at Mt. Bachelor in the morning and mountain bike or golf in the afternoon! Fall is one of my favorite times of year because it’s a great time to hike or camp in the mountains, then head to Elk Lake Resort to listen to live music on the lake while enjoying fantastic food and a cold microbrew on their deck, and finish the day by heading to downtown Bend for a movie at Tin Pan Theater – a quaint little movie house that serves beer, wine, and yummy snacks.
I’ll say it again, it’s all right here on one website. Check out our activities by season under “Things to Do”, our variety of restaurants by area (which is very handy!), the various lodging opportunities, our Entertainment page, and the kid’s and dog page for a list of fun activities and dog parks.
Welcome to our site and enjoy our beautiful city!
– Valerie Wodrich