Highlights from an Awesome Mid-Week Getaway to Bend
After working seven days straight through Snowpocalypse, I desperately needed a few days off to recover. Since I've declared 2014 the year I travel more often and enjoy small "adventures," we decided to head down to Bend mid-week for the wintery-desert scenery and perhaps some outrageous fresh powder on Mt Bachelor!
|Off to Bend! It's Only 3.5 hrs from my house.|
|We took my '89 Tacoma because it's our only 4-wheel drive vehicle. Look how thick the snow is on top of the dam!|
|Sick but smiling. I was so terrified of the drop! I refused to lean out and over.|
|Disclaimer: I did NOT take this picture. Too chicken to lean out!|
|I've never seen mist like this before.|
|Detroit Lake was built in the 50's.|
|You can barely see the tower where we drove out. It's just right of center.|
Driving on past Black Butte and Sisters, I got to Bend in the late afternoon and began exploring the city. If you haven't been to Bend recently, it is simply gorgeous. Where Portland would go for a "grunge" or "vintage" feel even in a newly renovated building, Bend takes a cue from California and goes for a polished resort feeling that is both high-class and Oregon-style friendly! It's a magical combo. I see why so many folks buy second homes here.
|Pine Ridge Inn - Snuggled into the Bend hillside overlooking the Deschutes River|
|Seriously how cozy is THIS? There were homemade cookies on the table to the right|
|Anyone care to jump on this with me?|
|REI uses the original "Old Mill" building|
|Me at The Old Mill shopping center. This mall seriously looked like a mini Olympic Village.|
Here are my two favorite shops:
Vanilla Urban Threads - Cute and comfy girl clothes. A sporty mix of bohemian chic and street-savvy modern wear. Something for everyone here and very affordable. Shoe collection is incredible.
Nashelle - Here's a real treasure! Bend-made artisan jewelry. Love the delicate metalwork and vibrant stones. Multiple photos of celebrities wearing Nashelle wear. Too many choices to select a piece in-store, so shop online!
That's all for now dear friends. Keep exploring and post up if you've got a favorite nook or cranny in Bend!