Living the Bend Life Wins for Best Local Blog!

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com Around the Bend

Thank you to everyone for your votes and support! I am honored to win 1st place for Best Local Blog in the Source Weekly’s annual Best of Central Oregon 2016 reader’s poll.  I love sharing our adventures and offering tips on my Bend Blog…Living the Bend Life! I am thrilled to be in the company of the best restaurants, businesses, and services …

Hiking Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

We had the most amazing experience hiking Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls recently. This little slice of heaven, located on the McKenzie River, is just an hour outside of Bend and well worth the drive! I’ve been wanting to visit this amazing place for a while, so I pulled out my handy-dandy Bend, Overall book, so we would know exactly where to …

Floating the River in Bend!

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

Now that the new Passageway Channel is Open, I wanted to offer some tips for floating the river in Bend! One of the most popular summer activities in Bend is floating the river. On any given day, you will see the river full of tubes, paddle boards & kayaks. As many of you know the passageway channel recently re-opened for …

Check Out Bend’s Family Friendly Art Scene!

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com Featured Events

Sharing art experiences with our kids makes for wonderful childhood memories, family bonding, and quality family time together. That is the reason I am so pleasantly surprised that Bend has a very accessible local art scene and plenty of classes for adults and kids alike!                    Coming from a big city where …

Let the Good Times Roll at Munch and Music!

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com Featured Events

Head on down to Drake Park Thursdays this summer to enjoy the free concert in the park. July brings back one of my favorite events…Munch and Music! Bring your lawn blanket, low-profile chairs, and your sweatshirt and settle in for another fun summer night here in Bend. Be sure to come with an empty stomach, as you will find a …

4th of July Parade & Festival

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com Featured Events

The 4th of July in Bend is amazing! And it’s a lovely reminder that we live in a small town with festivities that are fun, convenient, safe and easy to access. That’s something that is hard to find in bigger cities. Even through we are a vacation destination and summer brings loads of tourists to Bend, I am still in …

Bite of Bend

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com Featured Events

It’s the beginning of summer and that means the beginning of festival season here in Bend! I don’t think there is a better way to kick it of then with the Bite of Bend food festival! This was our first year to attend the event, and the local restaurants and food trucks did not disappoint! Located in the center of …

Mt. Bachelor Pond Skim and Summer Activities

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com Winter Adventures

What’s the best way to close out the ski season on Mt. Bachelor? With a massive party, of course! The sun was shining, the temperature was warm and the band was playing to create a festive atmosphere at the base of the mountain. This is Bend, so of course the beer tents from all the local breweries outlined the perimeter …

Let’s Run…It’s Race Season in Bend!

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com Featured Events

As I continue to embrace the Bend lifestyle, I decided (or should I say let my girlfriend talk me into) running the annual Happy Girls Run. I have only run one other 5K in my life, and it was through Disney World, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with a course through nature. With Bend being such an outdoorsy …