6 Mountain Bike Areas. Epic trail systems all close to the Pine Ridge Inn

Before the crisp air begins and we start to see the colorful foliage of fall now is the ultimate time to take advantage of Bend’s countless world-class mountain biking trails. Maybe you’ve read about Bend’s 277 miles of trails or seen Bend heralded as America’s best mountain biking town in Mountain Bike Action magazine, but until you’ve actually geared up and hit the trails yourself, you won’t fully understand why cycling is as much a part of the local culture as microbrews and quality outerwear. Bend offers many options for any level of cycler, from beginner to advanced, from solo riders to entire families. You can hit the trails by yourself or check out Central Oregon Wheelers Recreational Road Bike Club or Cog Wild to explore your options for group rides. Mountain biking is the absolute best way to get some exercise, explore the unparalleled natural beauty of Central Oregon, and figure out just why Bend has been nicknamed Biketown USA.   1.) Phil’s Trail Complex– A local favorite, Phil’s Trail Complex provides all the best that Bend mountain biking has to offer. Back before Bend was such an up-and-coming destination, Phil and his friends actually carved these 100+ miles of singletrack trails themselves. Located just three miles from downtown Bend, Phil’s Trail Complex lets you choose between dozens of intersecting trails all cutting through the scenic Deschutes National Forest. Take your pick from a variety of trails with fun names like the Grand Slam, Ticket to Ride, Rockstacker, and Voodoo. 2.Wanoga Trail ComplexThe Wanoga Trail Complex is one of the newest additions to Bend’s incredible wealth of mountain biking options. Though some parts of the complex are still under construction, there are still plenty of excellent routes to choose from. If you want to experience some thrilling downhill mountain biking, check out the 7.2-mile  Tiddlywinks Trail, which offers all the banked turns, log rides, and rock jumps any mountain biking enthusiast could dream of. If that sounds a bit intimidating, fear not. Several sections of the trail give riders the option to ride around the more advanced, technical parts without having to get off their bike. 3.)   Newberry Crater/Paulina Peak Not many people know that there is a volcano the size of Rhode Island right outside of Bend, but you can actually bike there along the Bend to Newberry Crater Trail. Once you arrive, circle the rim of the caldera along the Crater Rim Trail for amazing glimpses of the crater below. The area is overflowing with a wealth of natural wonders, from caves and ancient lava flows to waterfalls and hot springs. After exploring Newberry Crater, make your way to the top of Paulina Peak for unbeatable views of the crater and surrounding Cascade Volcanoes. 4.)   Tumalo Falls Tumalo Falls usually shuts down for the winter, so visit now or you might have to wait until spring. A 97-foot waterfall tumbling out over a rugged, tree-spotted cliff into a glacier-fed creek, Tumalo Falls is the perfect end to your mountain biking adventure. This fun uphill route Northfork takes you through thick stretches of pine trees at least 7 waterfalls before you get to Happy Valley. The trail is used as a hiking trail also. Its a good idea to go early on this trail. 5.)   Sisters Sisters is an adorable, old-West style town that most motorists pass through on their way to Bend. If you bike there, starting at the Twin Bridges loop in downtown Bend, you’ll pass through lush forests, rolling high-desert terrain, and the breathtaking Cascade Mountains. The stretch of roadway leading to Sisters is actually on the US Register of Historic Places, so you’ll experience a little bit of history as well. Once you arrive in Sisters, you can take your pick from 15 different mountain biking trails of varying distances and difficulty levels. The 25-mile Peterson Ridge Trail is a great place to start. It’s a “stacked loop” route, which means you will have the chance to branch off to different trails as you see fit. If you are up for a challenge, hop on to the tough but rewarding Eagle Rock Trail for a spectacular 360-degree view of the landscape below. 6.) Swampy Lakes AreaThe Swampy Lakes Area offers a number of low-difficulty trails for beginners who want to give mountain biking a try without having to commit to anything too challenging or arduous. Starting at the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, this pleasant, mellow trail cut through scenic stretches of pine trees, occasionally offering stellar views of the thick, swampy waters of Swampy Lakes. Check out below some great resources for trails in the Bend and surrounding area. www.bendtrails.org mtbproject.com
Pine Ridge Inn welcomes mountain bikers to Bend! Best rates guaranteed when booking direct on our website Pine Ridge Inn boasts spacious and quiet accommodations and a great location overlooking the beautiful Deschutes River. Find tranquility while still having easy access to downtown Bend, the Old Mill District, and hiking & biking trails. All of our guests receive complimentary local craft beer or wine, a locally sourced breakfast, free WiFi and more.

5 Reasons the Pine Ridge Inn is the Ideal Hotel for Pole Pedal Paddle

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 or local craft beer 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 continental breakfast that includes freshly baked pastries, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, granola, 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 Hospitality Specialist provides friendly, informed, and professional service through out 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 SporkBarrio, 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 Brewingthe 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.  
  Click here for more information about the Pole Pedal Paddle and to register for the race. Stay at Pine Ridge Inn during the event. Book direct to get our best rates & amenities!

Spring Time-Things to do in Central Oregon

Spring Skiing-Fat Bikes-Nordic & XCski.

SUNCHASER SPRING

ALL DAY ADVENTURE. ALL SPRING LONG.

Embrace Fun in the SnowSunchaser Spring is a uniquely Bend outdoor adventure spring celebration. Running through Memorial Day weekend, Sunchaser Spring offers all-day adventure from morning turns and afternoon trails to evening fun. With more options than ever to explore the outdoors of Central Oregon, Mt. Bachelor is the perfect base camp www.mtbachelor.com to chase the sun and revel in the freedom of a quintessential Bend adventure.

 

1. Sledding – Fat Bike trails at Wanoga Sno Park

Wanoga Sno Park is an ideal place to bring the kids for some family fun in the snow. Bring up your sleds and inner-tubes and glide down the hills together. Bring your bike for some fun groomed trails. This is one snow park your Puppy can snowshoe or xcski around with you. See the trail system map located at Wanoga sno park for details. It easy to stay warm and cozy between the firepit and hot cocoa stand. Be sure to wait for the base to accumulate to a few feet to avoid extra obstacles that haven’t yet been buried. Check out the NOAA conditions to see how it is looking now. A Sno Park Permit is required to use the area – pick yours up downtown at Visit Bend before heading out.

2. Alpine Skiing or Snowboarding at Mount Bachelor

Mount Bachelor is regularly praised as having some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in the country, so you will be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check it out while you are here. There are many options for lift tickets depending on your needs – check out Mt Bachelor’s pricing for more information. Keep in mind that if you are teaching your kids to ski (or learning yourself), you can park in the Sunrise parking lot and use the Carousel bunny hill without purchasing a lift ticket!

3. Snowshoe Tour

Wanderlust Tours is one of Bend’s leading tour operators. It offers a wide variety of tours for all seasons, but we particularly love their Snowshoe Tour around Mount Bachelor and the Deschutes National Forest. Wanderlust’s trained naturalist guides will take you on a magical journey through the snow-laden wilderness, pointing out animal tracks and lava flows along the way.

Experience Events

There is something that you should know about Bendites: we love festivities and gathering together to enjoy great entertainment and each others company. Here are some of our favorite family friendly events in Bend. www.visitbend.com www.expo.dechutes.org www.bendconcerts.com

www.downtownbend.org

Explore New Exhibits at the Educational High Desert Museum

One of Bend’s premiere tourist destinations, The High Desert Museum is dedicated to providing visitors with an in-depth and informative understanding of the history, culture, and geology of the North American High Desert. It is the perfect choice for the family that wants to learn but have a great time doing it. Here are some of their special exhibitions for your family to explore while visiting for the 2019 Holidays:

1. See the Animals

The Autzen Otter Exhibit is located outdoors and includes both outdoor and indoor viewing areas. Nothing brings more smiles than seeing otters play in the Autzen Otter Exhibit! Watch the resident river otters Brook, Rogue and Pitch as they scamper on land, use their slide or go for a swim.

2. Indian Art Exhibit

Over the decades, photographer Edward Curtis’ sepia-toned prints of Native people have shaped the ways that many people think about American Indians and the American West. Marking the 150th anniversary of Edward Curtis’s birth, By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis features Curtis’s photographs of women and the art they created from the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection. The High Desert Museum will also include historical and contemporary works of art created by Indigenous artists from our permanent collection to broaden this story.  
  Pine Ridge Inn Hotel & Suites in Bend OR offers a boutique hotel experience in a natural setting. Book direct with Pine Ridge Inn for our best rates & amenities

The Ultimate Guide to Happy Hour in Bend

The Ultimate Guide to Happy Hour in Bend
Bend may be a small town but you will eat and drink well while you are here. In fact, you could spend your entire trip eating and drinking and barely scratch the surface of the amazing culinary delights Bend has to offer. We’ve already written a some great Local Restaurants, so we thought that this time we’d tell you everything you need to know about Happy Hour in Bend. Whether you want sushi, yerba mate cocktails, or cheap craft beer, you will find something delicious and budget friendly during in those wonderful golden hours known as “Happy Hour.”

Food

Many locals say the The Pine Tavern has the best happy hour in town. First opened in 1936, the Pine Tavern is also one of the oldest culinary establishments in town. This welcoming, wood paneled restaurant specializes in classic American comfort food like steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta. Costs are usually in the $20-$30 price range, but during happy hour, many items on the menu are under $5, including a ½ pound burger for only $4.95! You’ll also find discounts on their cocktails. Come for cheap grub and a little local history. Happy Hour is all day Sunday, 12-5 pm on Saturday, and 3-6 pm the rest of the week. 5 Fusion Sushi Bar is another great chance to get normally fancy fare at a reduced price. Executive Chef Joe Kim and his team serve up inventive and delicious sushi in a sleek, ultra-modern space that is unique to Bend. During Happy Hour, you’ll find a variety of sushi rolls and appetizers for $5-7 along with discounted beers and cocktails. Happy Hour is 4-6 pm, Monday through Friday. Drake also has a stellar Happy Hour menu where you can get discounts on favorites like portobello fries, grilled mahi mahi tacos, and roasted cauliflower. You’ll also find their Signature and Classic cocktails for reduced prices of $7 and $8. Come daily from 3-5 pm for great food and drinks in a fancy diner setting. In the mood for pizza? If you buy a whole pizza pie at Pizza Mondo in Downtown Bend, you’ll get half-off all drinks, appetizers, and salads. Pizza Mondo is our favorite pizzeria in town, so take advantage of this amazing deal when you can.

Beer & Wine

Breweries should be part of every Bend itinerary, but hit them up at Happy Hour for some pretty unbeatable deals. ImmersionGoodlife Brewing, and Crux take $1 off all craft beers and offer some additional discounts on food items. One of Bend’s most famous breweries, the Deschutes Brewery Public House, offers $3.50 pints during their Happy Hour. You don’t want to miss that! If you are more of a wine person, head to Sip Wine Bar during their Happy Hour for $1 off everything on their menu. Wednesday is Ladies Night so head there with the girls for even better deals on their delicious wines and cheese boards.

Cocktails

We know. The real reason you go to Happy Hour is for the strong stuff. Don’t miss Dogwood Cocktail Cabin where you can drink fancy artisanal cocktails in an upscale, cabin-style setting. Their cocktails are all infused with ingredients you don’t usually find on a drink menu: beets, peppercorns, habanero peppers, butternut squash, vanilla bean, and more. This stylish bar also happens to have one of the best Happy Hours in Downtown Bend. From 5-7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, you can get 25% off everything off the menu. And on Sundays this awesome deal goes all day long. If you are in the Old Mill District from 3-6 pm, head to Level 2 for great views and even better Happy Hour deals. You’ll find $5-7 cocktails, $3.50 craft beers, and discounts on their Asian-fusion small plates. Sit on their deck for beautiful views of the Deschutes River. If you want a truly “Bend” cocktail, head to Velvet, a posh, art-filled bar located Downtown. They specialize in Yerba Mate infused cocktails, ancient drinking vinegars, and speakeasy inspired beverages. For Happy Hour, which is everyday from 5-7 pm, you can get their classic Blue Velvet Cocktail, a unique Moscow Mule, or any food item on the menu for just $6. Hungry or thirsty yet? We are! Happy Hour is a great way to give your wallet a break and get discounts on delicious food and drink items while mingling with friendly Bend locals. Ready to eat and drink your way through Bend? Book a stay at the Pine Ridge Inn for convenient access to Downtown Bend, the Old Mill District, and the rest of Bend’s most popular culinary destinations.

Your Guide to the Bend Ale Trail

Welcome to Bend, Oregon – Beer Town USA!

With a population around 100,000 and around two dozen breweries, aficionados from around the globe have begun flocking to Bend to enjoy some of the most award-winning craft beers and best breweries in the US. November is the official Bend Ale Trail month, where visitors receive extra special awards for completing this journey.  As if tasting amazing craft beer wasn’t enough, those that visit 10 breweries during their visit can redeem their completed Ale Trail Passport at the Visit Bend downtown visitor’s center for a keepsake ‘Sili-Pint’ along with a special November Ale Trail trophy!  In addition, those guests staying with us in November and showing completion of their Bend Ale Trail Passport also receive a FREE nights lodging!  Click here for details on the free night offer, and see below for our guide to assist in maximizing your time along the Bend Ale Trail! Before you head out on your Bend Ale Trail adventure, make sure to pick up the official Bend Ale Trail Passport at the front desk, which you’ll use along the journey and document your stops with a unique stamp at each area brewery.

Beyond Beer

The Bend Ale Trail is about more than just enjoying quality, locally brewed beer. Flip over your Bend Ale Trail Passport for Drinkable Diversions, which features a number of cideries, wineries and distilleries and can win you additional prizes if you collect enough of their stamps! But even more important than craft booze is Bend’s commitment to safe roads and drivers. If you have a designated driver in your group, they will be awarded a Hydroflask True Pint after 10 stamps, in addition to a free non-alcoholic drink at each stop! If you don’t have a designated driver with you, there are still plenty of ways to navigate safely to the breweries outside of walking distance. Firstly, Uber and Lyft and other cab companies are always good options to help you get around. Consider arranging a behind the scenes brewery tour to hit four stops via the Bend Brew Bus with Wanderlust Tours (which can be added to your lodging reservation at the time of booking). There’s also the popular Cycle Pub if weather allows for small groups, which provides a driver and tour guide. Click here for more info on the Cycle Pub and additional Ale Trail transportation options around Bend. Disclaimer; this is a non-biased guide with personal recommendations to the Bend ale trail by the Pine Ridge Inn Director of Sales & Marketing, and based on proximity from our property. Day 1; Westside Bend – explore the burgeoning Galveston Avenue breweries from the Pine Ridge Inn via 14th avenue with breweries along the way!
  1. For the optimal guest convenience, your first stop along the Bend Ale trail is right across the street from the Pine Ridge Inn at Cascade Lakes Brewery!  ‘The Lodge’ offers a large selection of their crafted taps along with other area favorites, as well as a large menu with reasonably priced meals and open late for guests arriving in the evening hours and looking for an easy option for food and beer.  Cascade Lakes also offers our guests a special discount to fill up the official Pine Ridge Inn growler found in your room.  Feel free to use this growler during your stay to fill up your favorite beers along the Bend Ale Trail!  The Lodge also offers a great venue for watching your favorite sporting events in a casual dining and pub environment, and also a great après ski scene with nightly specials and happy hour.
  2. From Cascade Lakes Brewery, head down 14th Street/Century Dr. just past the Simpson roundabout to Goodlife Brewing Company in the Century Center.  The tasting room provides a variety of regularly brewed ales such as Sweet As Pacific Ale and Descender IPA along with unique seasonal offerings.  This stop features another good menu for appetizers and snacks for your travels along the Ale Trail.  Thursday’s are locals night featuring $3 pints, and the outside Bier Garten is a playground for all ages with a large lawn featuring corn hole, a professional bocce ball court, and fire pit – while the weather lasts.
  3. From Goodlife, head down 14th Street to the next roundabout at Galveston Avenue, where you’ll turn right and can’t miss 10 Barrel Brewing with their large patio and fire-pit drawing a crowd any evening of the year.  10 Barrel features a wide selection of rotating taps and seasonal offerings from their award-winning brewers, along with a great menu and option for dinner with amazing heart-stopping nachos (but worth it), along with a variety of tasty pizza’s and dinner entrées.
  4. From 10 Barrel, your next craft brewery is less than a block away (very convenient access for the days 4th stop), at Sunriver Brewing Company. This pub is known for being recognized as the Small Brewing Company of 2017 at Great American Beer Fest, one of the biggest events of the year for beer aficionados. If you’re anything like me, at this point in the day you have convinced yourself that a dessert is in order. Have a Marionberry Cobbler (an Oregonian favorite) or go with the rich and delicious Cocoa Cow Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Pro Tip; ask your server for a scoop of ice cream in the snifter to make it a Chocolate Milk Stout Float!
Day 2; Downtown Bend – explore a wide variety of locally owned shops and restaurants, with a handful of breweries all within walking distance.  Stop by the Visit Bend visitor’s center to eye the prize and check out the official Ale Trail Sili-Pints and trophy along with additional retail items, also a great knowledge center for anything you need to know about Central Oregon!
  1. A great option for lunch is McMenamins – Old St. Francis Pub, located in a turn of the century renovated schoolhouse on the south end of Bond Street.  McMenamins offers a unique and casual atmosphere well known and consistent at all their Pacific Northwest pubs and hotel properties.  McMenamins has great lunch fare, with ales brewed in a basement system that can only be found at this establishment.  This is also a great venue for live music and late-night options at O’Kane’s cigar bar out back.  To relax those sore legs after a day on the slopes or singletrack – check out their salt-water soaking pool, open to the public for a $5 charge (you can also order your favorite ale at the bar and request a plastic cup to bring with you into the pool area).
  2. Bend Brewing Company is a great, long-standing brewery in Bend situated on the Deschutes River and offers a wide selection of beers brewed in one of the area’s most unique small-batch systems to maximize freshness and variety.  Bend Brewing Company also has a great menu for food or snacks along your tour of the Bend Ale Trail. If you’re into sour beers, give the Ching Ching a try – a delicious, tart fusion of pomegranate and hibiscus.
  3. For dinner, the Deschutes Brewery Pub has elevated their menu and food offerings to a level of quality matched only by their fresh brews on tap! Enjoy a wide variety of entrées, appetizers, and rotating specials using locally sourced ingredients and some of the area’s best chef’s. ComplimentdinnerwithyourfavoriteDeschutes beer, or try one of the seasonal selections and special pub-only offerings found only at their Bend pub!
    • Bonus Beers; The Deschutes Brewery primary brewing facility and tasting room is just a few blocks from the Pine Ridge Inn.  Schedule a free guided brewery tour for a behind the scenes look at the 5th largest craft brew operation in the US and sample some of the area’s finest ales!
  4. For those wanting more craft beers and late-night evening festivities, Silver Moon Brewing on Greenwood (about a block away from the Deschutes Brewery Pub) is known for having live music (mostly without a cover charge – free!) regularly with great local bands and acts traveling through Central Oregon.
Day 3; The Box Factory – Walk a mile from the Pine Ridge Inn front doors to find the Box Factory, a renovated historic section of the Old Mill District. It easy to spend more time than planned in the Box Factory with tenants like Bend Art CenterBend Tour CompanyGear Fix, and the utilitarian motorcycle shop Spoken Moto
  1. Start your final day off at a relatively new spot in town, Immersion Brewing. You can expect some quality offerings at Immersion, like their pub pretzel with beer cheese and the Hazy-E New England styled IPA. At this point in your Ale Trail journey, you wouldn’t be alone if you wanted to start your own project and brew some beer of your own. Immersion offers BIY (Brew-It-Yourself) sessions that let you work with a professional brewer to make a unique brew of your own. Schedule a two hour session and become a Bend BIY’er!
    • Drinkable DiversionAvid Cider (formerly known as Atlas Cider [here’s the story]) is one of the premier cideries in the Pacific Northwest. They are conveniently located right next door to Immersion Brewing. Sample some of their creative ciders like the Dragonfruit, Pineapple Mango, or Vanilla Bean Pear.
  2. Time the grand finale finish to your tour along the Bend Ale Trail at Crux Fermentation Project for their ‘Sundowner Hour’ sunset happy hour with drink and food discounts (30 minutes prior to and after sunset, every day).  The Crux tasting room and patio is an amazing venue to enjoy a high-quality craft ale with one of the best vantage points to watch the sunset over the Cascade Mountains – a great toast to finishing the Bend Ale Trail!
Congratulations!  If you’ve followed this handy guide to finish the Bend Ale Trail, you’ve won all the aforementioned awards along with a free night of lodging with us at the Pine Ridge Inn!  We hope you enjoyed the trek – and please send in any photos or feedback to help refine this guide and update for future guests visiting Bend and setting out to explore the Ale Trail. Cheers! Tyler Spragg Director of Sales & Marketing tyler@pineridgeinn.com

Your Guide to the Old Mill District

The Old Mill District is a historic area situated along the Deschutes River that was further developed and re-purposed in the mid 1990’s. Nowadays, it is a center for some outstanding shopping, dining, and art galleries. From the front doors of the Pine Ridge Inn, it is less than a mile walk on the Deschutes River Trail to enjoy all that the Old Mill has to offer! Here is an overview of the Old Mill District.

History

The history of Old Mill District is significant to the character of Bend and who we are as a community today. The following paragraphs were taken from the Old Mill District’s website: “For nearly a century, timber production was the unchallenged king in Bend, most of it taking place in the Old Mill District. Hardy men used axes, crosscut saws, horses, and ‘high-wheel’ rigs to cut down huge Ponderosa pines in the surrounding forests. The first of the big mills, operated by the Shevlin-Hixon Co., opened in March 1916. A month later a rival company, Brooks-Scanlon, began operations at its “Mill A” complex on the other side of the river. In 1922 Brooks-Scanlon established a new, bigger mill complex upstream from Mill A. This “Mill B” site makes up the largest portion of the Old Mill District. At their peak, the Brooks-Scanlon and Shevlin-Hixon operations were two of the largest pine sawmills in the world, running around the clock and employing more than 2,000 workers each. In 1950, facing dwindling timber supplies, Shevlin-Hixon sold its interests to Brooks-Scanlon. Brooks-Scanlon’s Mill A closed in 1983 and was in a state of near ruin before being restored in the early 1990s. The old brick powerhouse buildings and their three towering smokestacks still stand, silently testifying to the district’s colorful past. For more history on the Shevin-Hixon and Brooks-Scanlon Mills, visit the Old Mill District’s website Nowadays, you will find an REI (Recreational Equipment Inc) in the Mill B building. This has some significance, as it represents a “passing of the torch” from lumber to outdoor recreation as Bend’s primary industry. Other Bend born/based outdoor companies like HydroflaskCairnSnoplanksRuffwear, and Blackstrap are testaments to not only the shift in industry, but how it has benefited our community. We love our outdoor recreation companies!

How to Get to the Old Mill District

The Deschutes River Trail runs through the heart of Bend and beyond along the Deschutes River. It is a great network of well maintained trails to hike and a great way to get a taste of our town. Many guests of the Pine Ridge Inn walk to the Old Mill District on the Deschutes River Trail. This leg of the trail starts across river from Riverbend Park (pictured below) and is about 3 quarters of a mile long. It is a wide trail which makes plenty of room for hikers, cyclists and pups to enjoy! Hey it is Riverbend Park as seen from the Pine Ridge Inn! The bottom of this photo is the Deschutes River Trail.  To start your journey from the Pine Ridge Inn, take a left out of our front doors and notice a trail across the lawn and between the two gazebos. Take this trail down to the street (Reed Market) and look left, or downhill towards the Bill Healy bridge. To the left of the bridge is where you will see a post and the start of the trail! The start of the trail is between these gazebos, next to the green doggy station. If you would rather drive, take your first two rights out of our driveway to get on Century. At the roundabout, turn right (or as Siri says, take the first exit) onto Colorado. From there, turn right onto Columbia and look to your left after you cross the bridge. Parking can be tight, so be prepared to take a couple of laps.  

Play

  Once you arrive at the Old Mill District, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy yourself. Bring your surfboard and ride the man-made wave at the Bend Whitewater Park, or just watch from the Colorado Bridge! Once the sun sets over town, catch a flick at the Old Mill Regal theater (yes, you can order Boneyard’s RPM IPA for the full Bend experience)! Also, keep your ear to the ground (or just look here) for concerts and festivals at the Les Schwab Amphitheater! The concert series starts in late spring and goes all the way into September. Dave Matthews, Steve Miller Band, Modest Mouse, and Primus are some examples of recent acts to grace Bend with their tunes! Winterfest and various beer related events have been held at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in past years. Interested in fly fishing? Check out the permanent 12 hole fly casting course throughout the Old Mill District. It is the first casting course of its kind in North America! For more information, see their website and stop by the ticket mill for a brochure.  

Arts, Dining and Shopping

  For the full directory of stores in the Old Mill District, click here. If you are interested in local and boutique shops, here are some quick hits on some of our favorites:  

Art Galleries

 
  • Tumalo Art Company – A fine art collective in Bend, Oregon, owned and operated by artists who showcase a variety of fine art in both modern and traditional styles
  • Lubbesmeyer Art & Studio Gallery – Twin artists, Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer, blend their backgrounds in painting and printmaking to create strong visual statements in fiber. Expect Fine Art that expands the definition of painting.
  • DeWilde Art Glass – Local stained glass craftsman Rich DeWilde has made a career of handcrafting fabulous entry ways and stunning conversation pieces in homes throughout Central Oregon. Check his shop out for examples of his work for windows, doors and individual hanging works of art in various sizes and price ranges.
 

Restaurants & Wine

 
  • Greg’s Grill – An excellent casual, fine dining restaurant featuring Northwest cuisine right along the Deschutes River.
  • Naked Winery – Based out of the Columbia Gorge, Naked Winery pours exquisite wines out of their tasting room in the Old Mill District.
    • Ps. The Pine Ridge Inn features a glass of their Outdoor Vino line at check-in for a complimentary beverage!
  • Level 2 – Level 2 is a global fusion restaurant with great views of the Cascades from their second story location. Check out their happy hour!
 

Shopping

 
  • Desperado – Desperado mixes bohemian charm with the latest in on trend fashion for women and men. Whether work or play, Desperado’s unique lines of clothing capture the essence of our Central Oregon lifestyle.
  • Ginger’s Kitchenware – Ginger’s Kitchenware focuses on the personal connection with its customers, while sharing food stories and helping to create new memories. Their knowledge helps to add what they call the “key ingredient” for their customers to make meals at home, entertain and share with friends and neighbors.
  • Confluence – Confluence Fly Shop is well stocked with flies, rods and tackle for a great day of fly fishing in Central Oregon. Fly fishing schools, instructional clinics and private casting lessons on the banks of the Deschutes River.
  • Sweet Tooth Shoppe – A magical candy store designed to be a fun, memorable experience for kids of all ages! Featuring bulk candy (over 300 kinds!), chocolate, retro and novelty candy, Japanese candy and soda.

  Visiting the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon? Consider staying at the Pine Ridge Innfor spacious accommodations and gorgeous views overlooking the Deschutes River. Book direct for the best rates!

Our Picks for Patio Dining in Bend

In Bend, there is an abundance of quality places to eat & drink – perhaps as many as there are natural attractions to explore. And maybe there are so many restaurants because of how easy it is to work up an appetite here in Central Oregon. After all, playing outside is a great way to exercise, satiate your inner explorer, and… well… get hungry. Anyway, after finishing up an epic hike, you now need a spot to re-fuel, reflect, and make some new memories. With so many dining options to choose from, don’t let yourself spiral into a paralysis by analysis. There’s no time for this – you’re probably getting hangry. Apply a filter to narrow the search and speed up the process. (You’re in Bend – dine outside) Good call. While this does narrow it down a bit, we still have a sizable pool of choices. But hey, you know that you want to stay outside, and that is a great start. We whipped up this list just for you. Here are 5 restaurants with quality bites, brews, and seating under the Central Oregon sky.

1.) Pacific Pizza & Brew

Just under a half mile walk from Pine Ridge Inn is Pacific Pizza & Brew. Pacific has a spacious patio with a modern feel, plenty of seating and shade from the sun. 90% of their beer list originates from Oregon, with a few of taps hailing from California and Washington. This is a hip and convenient spot to get a taste for the Pacific Northwest. Choose your table, your brew and a slice of pizza and you will be fueling up in minutes. Tap Handles at Pacific

2.) La Rosa

La Rosa is a modern Mexican kitchen, and actually one of Bend’s most awarded restaurants. They serve refreshing margaritas and first rate enchiladas or fajitas. Their Northwest Crossing location is a five minute drive from our parking lot and offers a cozy patio which can be heated after the sun sets. This is an ideal place to enjoy a romantic meal under the stars.

3.) Sunriver Brewery on Galveston

One of the coolest patios in Bend is in Sunriver Brewery’s backyard, where an outdoor meal and a pint is a suitable option for any time of year. Patio misters make the breeze more meaningful and keep you cool in the summer. During ski season, patrons stay warm by the fire pit or under the covered community table, equipped with heaters. Sunriver’s eclectic menu moves with the seasons and is filled with high quality offerings for all kinds of foodies. Don’t be afraid to bring your furry four legged friend – they are more than welcome on the patio. In fact, I bet they deserve a Ruby Burger! Really, even something for the furry foodies.

4.) Greg’s Grill

In the Old Mill District, along the Deschutes River sits the locally owned and favorited Greg’s Grill. This casual fine dining restaurant serves Northwest styled dishes in a lovely atmosphere. Casual hiking garb is welcomed with open arms, and even encouraged if you’re sitting out on the patio. Enjoy the view, and maybe even sounds from a concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater, situated across the river. Check out our recent blog post to see if there is a concert playing during your visit.

5.) Crux Fermentation Project

There is so much to reason to rally around Crux Fermentation Project. At the “crux” of Crux is a love for top notch craft beers, like the Pilz and Gimmee Mo’ IPA. These brews stand out even in a community flooding with some of the world’s best beer. Crux’s pub is smack dab in the middle of Bend with a beautiful and spacious lawn. Complete with food trucks, corn hole, and stunning views of the Cascades, it’s no wonder Crux always seems to be busy. Catch their Sundowner Hour for sweet discounts on beer and appetizers.
The Pine Ridge Inn is close to all these great restaurants and more. Book a stay with us to experience the all culture that Bend has to offer. 

Savor the Summer with Sound

It is that time of year again – our trails and scenic highways are open for the season, the weather is gorgeous and inviting, and the daylight lasts long enough for everyone to soak it up. As the sun sets and cools the Cascades, the music meets Central Oregon in its grand outdoors at the Les Scwhab Ampitheater. Sitting beside the Deschutes River is a stage that has hosted many of the greats, like Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, and Steely Dan as well as numerous contemporary artists like Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Modest Mouse, The Avett Brothers, and Phish. The Les Schwab Amphitheater has been running a summer concert series for the past 15 years. However 2018 is a special one for this sweet summer series with 17 total concerts – the most performances they’ve had up to this point! From the mellow vibes of Ray Lamontagne to the rowdy rockin’ nature of Primus, and everything in between, there is something for all music lovers at the LSA this summer. Check out their event calendar to find your flavor! Oh and don’t forget about Free Summer Sunday Concerts, which tend to showcase some of Bend’s more local acts. Here are our most anticipated shows coming this summer with tickets still available:  
 

1. Jethro Tull – Friday, June 8th

These guys have been honing their eclectic bluesy/folky/proggy/hard rock tunes since the late 60’s and have a massive catalogue to show for it. The band truly has taken on a life of its own throughout the years as it has cycled through 33 musicians, always fronted by the very talented Ian Anderson. The creative capacity of Jethro Tull is staggering, evidenced by hits like Locomotive Breath, Aqualung, and Bouree. Happy 50th Anniversary, Tull!

2. Michael Franti and Spearhead – Tuesday, June 19th

Michael Franti blends hip-hop with jazz, funk, reggae, folk, and rock to make infectious, danceable music that often contains powerful social messages. As a humanitarian, Franti believes in using his music as a force of change, but as a performer, Franti is committed to putting on a dynamic, entertaining, and uplifting live show.

3. The Decemberists  – Thursday, July 26th

The Decemberists are heading over to the Les Schwab Amphitheater again, bringing their unique flavor of folk and indie/pop from across the Cascades in Portland. Colin Meloy has led the group from their start in the early 2000’s. His thoughtful and poetic lyrics are a defining characteristic of this band – perhaps showcasing skills that were honed while completing his Creative Writing degree at the University of Montana. We are so excited to have Meloy and company back in Bend!  

4. The Pixies – Sunday, August 5th

The Pixies are an enormously influential band to rock & roll. The energy in their catalogue can shift from a relaxed surfer vibe to a chaotic, driving punk feel at the drop of a guitar pick. This masterful use of dynamics has been admired by many notable artists, including Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. As fans of good music, we are very grateful they soldiered back after a rather nasty break-up and are crafting new tunes again. You may find yourself asking “Where Is My Mind?” after this explosive performance!

5. The Head and the Heart – Wednesday, September 19th

The Head and the Heart are a humble band of friends with an enormous sound. Their indie folk style was born quite organically about 10 years ago through a series of open mic sessions in Seattle. Their synergy as a group has earned them a lot of success in record sales, live performances, and television (Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, Sons of Anarchy, not a bad résumé). Lost in My Mind is a perfect example of their awesome group dynamic and how musically sympathetic they are to each other. You won’t want to miss out on this one!  
  Coming to Bend for a show? Book your stay with the Pine Ridge Inn and you can beat the traffic by walking to the Amphitheater along the Deschutes River. 

A Guide to Live & Local Music in Bend

Object Heavy at Crow's Feet Commons | Photo by Isaac Montoya
| Photo by Isaac Montoya | Object Heavy performing for the Apres Ski Bash series at Crow’s Feet Commons in 2018.    In Bend, we are known to spend bundles of time connecting with nature in our extensive and diverse outdoors. Within 30 miles of downtown, one can almost endlessly explore the beauty of the Cascade Lakes Highway, enjoy skiing down the magnificent Mt Bachelor, or experience the world class climbing at Smith Rock State Park. But after day breaks and everyone heads back to town, you’ll find the community connecting indoors with each other over a locally brewed beer and some truly outstanding home-grown tunes! In addition to the nature of our topography, music is another medium that Central Oregon uses to express itself. Each performance is individual and unique in its own way – you can’t see the same show twice. Here is a local’s guide of where to go for a unique and memorable evening soaking up the soundscape of your favorite mountain town.  

Volcanic

One of our favorite venues to catch some local and live music is at the Volcanic Theatre Pub. There is a wide spectrum of genres to witness at the Volcanic – one night, you might be boppin’ about to the punk infused folky jams by local heroes Larry and His Flask, and the next night, the Volcanic crew may break out the comfy sofas while Portland’s Haley Johnsen serenades you with her velvety, va va voom voice. If you are staying at The Pine Ridge Inn, enjoy the mile walk over to the Century Center, which houses the Volcanic as well as the good vibes of GoodLife Brewing Company. Fuel up for the show with a flatbread and their signature Sweet As northwest ale before walking the 20 yards over to the Volcanic. Expect admission price to be between $5 and $12. Check out their Event Calendar to find your favorite musical flavor! Pro Tip: Follow Good Life’s Facebook // Instagram to stay in the loop of their concert series on the lawn during sunny summer months.  

McMenamins

Staying true to the funky McMenamins brand, Bend’s St. Francis location is a quirky campus that offers quality free concerts in Father Luke’s Room. Shows are usually scheduled Tuesday’s through Thursday’s and feature some lively local acts, like the young and funky Maxwell Friedman, or Portland’s Jerry Garcia Birthday Band, for all of you Dead-Head’s out there. Arrive early with swim trunks and a towel for a pre-show soak in the Saltwater Spa, then rinse off and grab a beer at the Fireside Bar before heading in for the music. Pro Tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, follow the blue lights after the show to unwind with a custom cocktail in the secret bar, The Broom Closet.  

The Lot

The Lot is a hip gathering place surrounded by food carts and some friendly, Bend-y neighborhoods. If you brought along your guit-fiddle and are itching to play, come down to The Lot on Wednesday night for Open Mic where you can share your voice and bare your soul to the mob on The Lot! If it isn’t Wednesday (or you aren’t feeling particularly brave), head on down the rest of the week for some mellow, easy listening to compliment the easy drinking Crux Pilsner on tap behind the bar. Also, reference our recent blog post highlighting the best food carts in town for recommendations on how to navigate The Lot and narrow down the tough decision on which cart to choose. Pro Tip: If carts aren’t your thing, grab a bite and a pint across the street at Sunriver Brewing, who offers the best food you can get at a Bend brewery – which is no small feat considering the stiff competition in town.  

M&J Tavern

This list would not be complete without M&J Tavern. M&J has truly taken local music in Bend under its wing, supporting an abundance of artists with a space to perform, and connecting them with their listeners through the love of music. Locals and agave enthusiasts choose M&J for this reason as well as their staggering 243 bottle tequila selection! With multiple bands playing on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights (and an open mic on Wednesdays) it seems that in a given year, you would have as much choice and variety in bands as you would tequilas. Experiencing music at this homey little tavern (complete with a laundromat) is always a unique, one of a kind time. Pro Tip: You can find Silver Moon BreweryThe Domino Room, and Midtown Ballroomon the next block east, towards the Parkway overpass. Just follow your ears – this NE slice of Downtown Bend offers live music most nights of the week.   Well, that’s the scoop on live and local music here in Bend. One last thing – we are proud to have two drummers in the scene and on our Pine Ridge payroll. If jazz and funk are your cup of tea, listen out for their beats in The Same Coin & Soul Providers. We hope you enjoy the tasty tunes of our town!
Ready to move and groove? Book a Stay at the Pine Ridge Inn for welcoming service, large and comfortable rooms, and an unbeatable location close to these outstanding music venues.

A Coffee Snob’s Guide to Bend

A Coffee Snobs Guide to Bend
Bend gets a lot of attention for its craft beer, but there is another delicious beverage making a name for itself on the local scene: coffee! A number of roasters and coffee shops throughout town are applying Bend’s artisanal, environmentally conscious, and locally sourced values to making the perfect cup of joe. Sure, you’ll find Starbucks in Bend. But you’ll also find a variety of independent businesses striving to serve you the absolute best coffee they can in ways that are good for the environment and support the local economy. If you consider yourself a coffee snob, you will feel right at home in Bend. Here is our guide to the best local roasters and cafes to try while you’re here.

Thump Coffee

Thump Coffee is our favorite roaster in town. In fact, we love Thump Coffee so much that we serve it to our guests at breakfast. We also serve their delicious muffins and orange-lavender granola. Thump believes that each cup of coffee should tell a story. They strive to create sustainable, supportive relationships with farmers and producers all around the world. Buy Thump and you’ll enjoy beans from Ethiopia, Colombia, and Guatemala. They take coffee seriously but also aren’t scared to be playful or try new things. There are three locations in Bend: their flagship cafe downtown, in the 1001 Tech Building about a quarter mile from the Pine Ridge Inn, and a brand new location in Northwest Crossing. Their cafes also serve chais, teas, artisan pastries, and granola.

 Palate: A Coffee Bar

Located just south of downtown Bend, Palate is another awesome cafe brewing beans from Portland-based roaster, Coava. They have a spacious outdoor patio for when it’s sunny and a warm and cozy interior, complete with a fireplace. Palate is the type of place you could spend hours in, simply reading a book, chatting with a friend, or catching up on some work. The baristas are friendly and eager to whip up the perfect drink just for you. You can also get delicious matcha lattes (hint: ask for cinnamon on top), strong cold brew, and kombucha on tap.

Strictly Organic

Strictly Organic is the only cafe in town serving beans from local farmers. They work hard to ensure that all their coffee is organic and fair trade. It is a great place to come if you want to drink a good cup of coffee without feeling guilty about it. Their food is pretty great too. Their name says it all: everything you eat or drink is strictly organic. Start off your day with a cup of coffee and one of their famous breakfast burritos or egg-and-cheese croissants. They also serve delicious soups, salads, and rice bowls for lunch or an early dinner.

Backporch Coffee Roasters

This bright and airy coffee shop on Newport Avenue is the perfect place to hang out for a few hours and savor a truly delicious cup of joe. Stop in while you are waiting for a table at Chow or on your way to a walk at Drake Park. If you really like their roasts, you can buy them in the shop or at Whole Foods, Market of Choice, and other spots around town, as well as on the Backporch Coffee Roasters website. Try their yummy lavender latte if you are feeling adventurous.

Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe

Coffee and a book: the eternal combination. At Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe downtown, you can savor a good book and a good cup of coffee at the same time. Dudley is an adorable neighborhood bookshop filled with two stories of books, including best sellers, used classics, and local interest. We love their friendly, knowledgeable staff and ever-changing book displays. After you find the perfect book, crack into it while enjoying a cup of coffee or specially-made chai in their in-shop cafe. At Dudley’s, they pride themselves on always serving double-shots of espresso no matter the type or size of drink you order. That’s how you know its a true coffee lovers paradise. Planning a trip to Bend? Book a stay at the Pine Ridge Inn for a convenient location, spacious rooms, and unbeatable views of the lovely Deschutes River.