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Monday, 20 May 2013
Where do I go for…? We’re answering 3 not-so-frequently-asked questions about Bend
Posted: 17 May 2013 03:27 PM PDT
If you’ve wandered around visitbend.com, odds are good you’ve stumbled across our Bend FAQ page. It’s packed with frequently-asked questions ranging from Bend history and elevation to Sno-Park permits and airports.
Useful stuff, to be sure. But the Visit Bend team fields plenty of less-commonly-asked question on Facebook, Twitter, or in the Bend Visitor Center. Many of them have to do with finding the best place for a particular activity. It might not be the sort of thing you’d see in a normal FAQ, but we think it’s worth sharing in case you have the same plans.
Here are three not-so-frequently-asked questions about Bend (along with the answers—because we’re helpful like that).
Question: Where can I find a place that’s open late, serves beer and wine, and offers free wi-fi?
Answer: Believe it or not, we’ve fielded this question more than once. Though a lot of free wi-fi spots are coffee shops that close a bit earlier, here are three excellent options for night owls craving an internet fix and an IPA.
Nighttime is the right time for free wi-fi and a good beer at Jackson’s Corner.
- Jackson’s Corner in Downtown Bend offers delicious breakfasts, salads, pastas, and pizzas with a flair for locally-sourced products. They’ve also got a great selection of wine and beer, both on-tap and in the enormous bank of coolers lining one wall. Add all that with free wi-fi and hours of operation that span from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and you’ve got yourself a great spot for an evening of internet surfing. If you’re in the mood for pizza, grab the Bianca—it comes with pancetta, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, cream, and sage, topped with sea salt and pepper. Divine!
- McMenamins Old St. Francis Pub is another great spot for late-night sipping and internet surfing. With several pub and restaurant areas to pick from, you can set up your remote office Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday & Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. They’re right in the heart of Downtown, and packed with cozy booths and quirky artifacts from the days this was a Catholic school. Added bonus—their double happy hours, which go from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then again from 10 p.m. to midnight. Grab a pint of Ruby, a basket of Cajun tots, and settle in for the evening.
- River Rim Coffeehouse is the newest addition to this list, but their nice hours and unique location in southwest Bend make it a great spot for those staying outside the Downtown area. They’re open at 7 a.m. daily, closing at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, ‘til 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and ‘til 5 p.m. Sundays. Though the name says coffeehouse, they have four beers on tap (all of them from Oregon) as well as a great selection of tapas and 15 or 16 wines by the glass. They often feature live music, so you’ll be tapping your toe while you tap the keyboard.
Question: Where can I go to watch the big game?
Answer: Though I’m not a fan of televised sports, I’m aware that there’s always a “big game” no matter what season it is. Luckily, Bend has a nice selection of sports bars offering you the opportunity to belly-up to the bar, sip a cold one, and watch men in tight pants run around on a field.
- The Summit Saloon is located in the funky, historic O’Kane building in Downtown Bend. They boast 10 high-definition flat screen televisions, as well as the largest HD projecting screen in town. If you get bored with that, they’ve also got some pretty cool gaming, including Golden Tee golf, Big Buck Hunter, Indiana Jones Pinball, and a tournament size pool table are available in the upstairs bar. They open daily at 11 a.m. and stay open ‘til 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. This is one of my favorite happy hours in town, so time your visit between 4-7 p.m. if you can, and order an extra hummus plate for me.
Admittedly, it’s not pretty. But the Dave Semenko Poutine at Hideaway Tavern – complete with smoked duck gravy, cheddar cheese curd, and scallions – is totally to-die-for.
- The Hideaway Tavern is tucked away on SE 2nd Street behind Chan’s restaurant on 3rd. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key than the Downtown scene, this is the spot for you. They offer eight flat screen TVs and a comfortable lounge area with couches, darts, shuffleboard, and more. Their real claim to fame is their creative culinary offerings. I dare you to try the Dave Semenko Poutine (house French fries, smoked duck gravy, cheddar cheese curd, and scallions) without swooning. Wait, do people who watch sports swoon? No matter. It’s really very good. So are the 17 beers they have on tap, along with a full bar. They open at 11 a.m. daily, except on Saturdays and Sundays when they open at 9 a.m. for brunch. Closing hours vary, but count on 11 p.m. most nights.
- Rivals Sports Bar is another great spot if you’re looking to be a bit outside the bustle of Downtown. They’re on Division Street just across from the river, and they’re open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday , and ‘til midnight on Sundays. Besides offering 15 big screen TVs, they also boast a VIP room for those special occasions. Rivals also has daily poker tournaments and live cash games. I’m a frequent visitor on Friday and Saturday evenings, when I go to watch my friends do karaoke. When it’s warm outside, I adore the Stiegel Grapefruit Beer they have on tap. Hand me a plate of their cream cheese jalapeño wrappers stuffed with applewood smoked bacon, cream cheese, fresh green onion, and jalapeño, and I’ll be in heaven.
Question: Where can I take my dog to frolic off-leash?
Answer: You’ve come to the right place, in case you missed the news that Bend was named the nation’s dog-friendliest city by Dog Fancy magazine.
Tawna’s dog, Bindi, loving every minute of her time in the Deschutes River.
One of the key things that earned Bend the DogTown USA title is the city’s abundance of off-leash areas—seven, in total! DogPAC has an awesome map of them here. My favorite is the Bob Wenger Off-Leash Area in the northeast part of town. It features more than 17 acres of fenced terrain with trails and grass.
Don’t forget to review the dog park rules at Bend Parks & Recreation District website.
If you’re hoping to hike in the great outdoors without the constraints of fences or leashes, there are a few great options. In the winter months, Wanoga Trail is Oregon’s only groomed ski/snowshoe trail that allows dogs. During the summer months, check out the Three Sisters Wilderness between the South Sister climber’s trail and Broken Top.
Dogs are also allowed off-leash all year long while in the river from Meadow Camp to Benham Falls. The area between the Entrada Lodge and Widgi Creek Golf Course offers the best water access in the summer, with just a short hike to the river.
For all the best info on dog-friendly outings, check out Visit Bend’s pet travel page or visit DogPac.org.
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We’re answering 3 not-so-frequently-asked questions about Bend appeared first on The Bend Buzz Blog by Visit Bend.
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Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Bend, Oregon Named Dog-friendliest Town in America
Dog Fancy magazine names Bend "DogTown USA," and celebrations are slated for August 4 at Pine Nursery Dog Park & Crux Fermentation Project
Bend, OR (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
Bend, Oregon named dog-friendliest town in America
Celebrations slated for August 4 at Pine Nursery Dog Park & Crux Fermentation Project
(BEND, Ore.) Bend is going to the dogs — and that’s cause for celebration.
Bend has been named DogTown USA —the nation’s dog-friendliest city — in the September 2012 issue of Dog Fancy magazine. The city was selected based on Bend’s abundance of canine-friendly recreation opportunities, businesses, restaurants, and off-leash areas.
“The application process was extremely involved, and we were thrilled to work in cooperation with groups like DogPAC, Bend Parks & Rec, and the Humane Society of Central Oregon to submit Bend as a contender for this title,” explained Visit Bend CEO Doug La Placa. “We’ve seen a big upswing in tourists seeking dog-friendly travel opportunities, and it’s an honor to have Bend recognized for all the hard work locals have done to make the city welcoming for dogs and their owners.”
The DogTown USA title comes with a large donation of pet food for the Humane Society of Central Oregon and a $5,000 check that will be awarded to DogPAC at a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 4 at Pine Nursery Dog Park in northeast Bend. During the ceremony, Parks & Rec will unveil signs renaming the park as the Bob Wenger Memorial Dog Park.
“Bob worked passionately to make Pine Nursery Off-leash Area a fun and welcoming place for dogs and their guardians, and he passed away while walking his dog there earlier this year,” explained DogPAC President Kreg Lindberg. “We know he’d be pleased to see the community turn out to celebrate the DogTown USA honor.”
The DogTown USA application was submitted in memory of Bob Wenger, and included materials Wenger personally developed for the 2011 application. A photo of Wenger and his dog appears alongside the article in Dog Fancy.
Dog Fancy publisher Ernie Slone will travel to Bend to present the award at Pine Nursery Dog Park. Afterward, Bend’s newest brewery, Crux Fermentation Project, will host a public after-party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For $10, guests can enjoy burgers, brats, a relish bar, and side salads, with a portion of the proceeds going to DogPAC. In celebration of the DogTown USA honor, Crux is permanently renaming one of their most popular brews “Off Leash” Northwest Session Ale.
“Best of all,” explained Crux co-founder Paul Evers, “guests can celebrate with us as we dedicate our own dog park— a quarter-acre parcel directly behind the brewery to provide a place for our two-legged friends (with beer in hand) and four-legged friends (with ball in mouth) to play. We’ve been working in tandem with the local non-profit group, DogPAC, on planning this project, and look forward to completing it with their support later this summer.”
Leashed dogs are welcome at the 11:30 Crux event, and are also encouraged to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony at the Pine Nursery Dog Park.
DogPAC is a community volunteer organization focused on advocacy and on-the-ground enhancement for off-leash recreation. DogPAC's mission is to promote the health and enjoyment of dogs and their guardians through the provision of off-leash recreation opportunities in Central Oregon.
About Visit Bend:
Visit Bend is a non-membership, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting tourism on behalf of the City of Bend. We’re a leading provider of information on Bend, Oregon hotels, restaurants, activities, and Oregon vacation planning. To learn more or to order a complimentary Official Visitor Guide to Bend, contact Visit Bend at 1-800-949-6086 or visit http://www.visitbend.com.
Tawna Fenske, Visit Bend, 541-382-8048, Tawna(at)visitbend(dot)com
Doug La Placa, Visit Bend, 541-382-8048, Doug(at)visitbend(dot)com
Kreg Lindberg, DogPAC, 541-617-8878, kreg(at)bendbroadband(dot)com
Paul Evers, Crux Fermentation Project, 541-585-2100, paul(at)cruxfermentation(dot)com