B is for...Bend
Technically considered the central point of the state, Bend is a city that is a must for nature enthusiasts and beer connoisseurs. Nestled in the Cascade Range, it's a vibrant city with the highest population in Central Oregon (roughly 76,000). Surrounded by high desert and US Service Forest land, the climate is temperate and offers activities year round. Whether you're into biking and hiking in the summer or skiing and snowboarding in the winter, Bend has it all. Yet another positive for Bend: nearly 300 days of sunshine with low humidity and a fairly temperate climate.
|Tower Theater, Bend, Oregon 1920|
First settled in the mid-1800s by fur trappers, Bend was originally named Farewell Bend after a nearby ranch. This name didn't last long because the postmaster in DC felt it was too long, so it was shortened to Bend. Since its founding, Bend has continued to grow and attract visitors.
In recent years, Bend has become a mecca for outdoor thrill seekers and retirees. The housing market has been booming and tourism has become one of the main cash flows for the area. After a long day on the slopes of Mt Bachelor, the multitude of golf courses in the area, or hiking on the many trails around the city, take a minute or two to check out some of the local breweries. Some personal favorites include Deschutes Brewery, Bend Brewing Company (BBC), and Cascade Lakes Brewing Company among others.
Or simply follow the Beer Trail!
Regardless of what you're into, Bend is a place where something will strike your fancy and it will keep you coming back for more.
|Mt Bachelor, Bend, Oregon|
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