Portland may get all of the fame in Oregon but Bend has a lot to offer too. For one it’s in a remote location by the Deschutes National Forest and foothills of the Cascades, with opportunities to head outdoors every season. And then there’s all of the local restaurants. Bend has a thriving food, beer and wine scene with cafes, breweries and mom & pop establishments around every corner. These are just seven of the lesser-known spots that are worth checking out next time you’re in the area.
1. Tumalo Falls
Tumalo Falls isn’t as famous as Multnomah but it sure is enchanting. The cascade drops 98 feet as the tallest waterfall on Tumalo Creek, just a short drive from Bend and easy walk from the parking area. But it’s not the only one – you can keep hiking on a 7.4-mile loop to see more waterfalls hiding across the area.
2. Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Despite the name, this area surrounding Newberry Volcano isn’t a monument so much, rather an area packed with opportunities for adventure. Over 110 miles of trails provide routes to stunning viewpoints – including Paulina Peak as pictured above, overlooking Paulina Lake.
3. Pilot Butte Scenic Viewpoint
Speaking of great viewpoints, Pilot Butte does not disappoint – especially at sunset. It’s located on an old cinder cone just east of town with three trails that wind up to the summit. From the top you’ll get a 360-degree view of the high desert with Cascade peaks lining the horizon, including Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters and Mount Hood.
4. Lava River Cave
Lava River Cave is another highlight of Newberry National Monument. The mile-long cave was carved out by old lava flow and is the longest underground lava tube in Oregon. It stays a cool 42-degree Fahrenheit year-round providing a cold, dark home for bats. The cave is managed by the National Forest and remains open for self-guided tours from May-September. See other lava tubes to discover.
5. 10 Barrel Brewing
10 Barrel Brewing started in Bend and later expanded – with pubs now open in Portland, Boise, Denver and San Diego. They’re popular with locals, nestled in a residential area on Galveston Ave. Great beers aren’t the only draw here – they make some fine-tasting pub food too. We recommend one of their pizzas or the Gorgonzola Nachos with a pint of their Apocalypse IPA.
6. Nancy P’s Cafe & Bakery
Nancy P’s Cafe & Bakery is a sweet little gem hidden just behind Newport Market. They bake up fresh pies, cookies and cakes, along with breakfast and lunch options.
They also have gluten-free options and sandwiches for kids. You can check out the full menu here to see everything they’re currently offering.
7. Dudley’s BookShop Cafe
Curling up with coffee and a good book is my kind of afternoon, and that’s exactly what they offer at Dudley’s. This bookshop cafe is downtown by Drake Park with a wide selection of new & used books available to purchase, espresso drinks, freshly baked goods and free WiFi.
It’s a warm, quiet spot for meetings, get-togethers, or just to relax, read and work. For directions and more info, visit them online here.