February 21, 2017
5 Reasons the Pine Ridge Inn is the Ideal Hotel for Pole Pedal Paddle
By: Marlena Williams
Every May, multi-sport athletes from across the Pacific Northwest flock to Bend for the annual Pole Pedal Paddle competition. Pole Pedal Paddle, or PPP for short, is a six-leg relay race that combines skiing, biking, running, and kayaking for a thrilling, high-energy day of spirited athletic showmanship. Since the first race in 1976, PPP has been a popular and thriving event, one of the premiere sporting competitions in the Pacific Northwest. All the proceeds from the PPP go to the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF), which promotes youth athletics. Whether you come to watch, compete, or support a participant, the Pine Ridge Inn is the ideal choice for making the absolute most out of your stay in Bend.
1. Convenient Location
The Pine Ridge Inn is centrally located just minutes away from downtown and a half-hour away from Mt. Bachelor, where the race kicks off. It’s an excellent home base for exploring Bend, enjoying the PPP festivities, and relaxing after an exhausting day of physical activity. The location is so convenient that many locals even stay at the Pine Ridge Inn during the competition.
2. Beautiful, Comfortable Rooms
After a busy day of skiing, biking, running, and kayaking, you’ll want a welcoming and comfortable place to sit back and relax. The Pine Ridge Inn offers a variety of deluxe suites with luxurious beds, flat screen T.Vs, and warm gas fireplaces. Several suites include patios and lovely river views while others come with Jacuzzi tubs, where you can sooth sore muscles and sip a glass of complimentary wine before tucking in for a relaxing night’s sleep.
3. Friendly Staff and First-Rate Amenities
At the Pine Ridge Inn, we offer a wealth of amenities to ensure that your stay is as relaxing and memorable as possible. Upon arrival, we offer our guests local wine from the Naked Winery or options from over 30 local breweries. To power up before your big day, we serve a complimentary breakfast that includes freshly baked pastries, eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, and a choice of coffee or tea. If you are looking for even more physical activity after the PPP, all hotel guests may purchase a $10 day pass to the Athletic Club of Bend, which offers indoor and outdoor pools, workout facilities, and tennis courts. Our 24-Hour Hospitality Specialist provides friendly, informed, and professional service at any hour of the day and will go out of their way to fill any and all of your needs, from arranging transportation and restaurant reservations to giving you the best and most up-to-date information about Bend as possible.
4. Great Places to Eat…
Bend's thriving and innovative food scene will provide you with plenty of opportunities to reward yourself after the rigorous activity of the Pole Pedal Paddle. You can grab a healthy and hearty breakfast at the Sparrow Bakery or Chow or explore delicious American options at the Pine Tavern or 900 Wall. If you are craving something ethnic, check out Spork, Barrio, or Wild Rose Thai. Click here for more of the Pine Ridge Inn’s favorite dining options.
5. And Drink
With 29 breweries and counting, no trip to Bend is complete without a pint of one of our local craft beers. Check out 10 Barrel Brewing, the Goodlife Brewing Company, and the Crux Fermentation Project for some of the best beers Central Oregon has to offer. If you aren’t a beer-lover, you can sip fancy cocktails at the the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, sample Oregon wines at Sip Wine Bar, or savor a stiff drink at the Stihl Whiskey Bar. While we can’t recommend drinking before the PPP, you’ll certainly deserve a drink or two after afterwards, and in Bend, you don't have to search long to find the perfect one.