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Best of Central Oregon 2017 

The highlights, the winners, the BEST of Central Oregon 2017 is here

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When it comes to Bests, this year may very well eclipse the rest. We just endured one of the snowiest (and best for snowriding!) years in decades, for one. For two, we're in an area known for being best for viewing the Great American Eclipse. Add in the nods and accolades we continue to get from far and wide (Outside magazine's "Best Multisport Town," for one) and we're certainly racking up the Bests.

But wait, dear readers! The Bests aren't done yet.

Read on to find out where else Central Oregonians are tossing shine this year. This 2017 Best of Central Oregon issue includes new categories such as Best Place to Work (separated by businesses over and under 50 employees) and Best Budtender—and also "fun" category winners, determined by the Source staff, such as Best Pothole and Best Up and Coming Neighborhood. Oh yeah, Source readers. We know what you like to talk about... and it usually involves roads and real estate.

So hold onto your flimsy NASA-sanctioned eclipse glasses and bust into the water bottles you've been hoarding since June, because this is a Best of Central Oregon guide that definitely eclipses all others.

Here is your complete list of winners and runners up

Below are highlights of these year's winners:

Best Eats in Bend  

Best Grocery Store

Best Local Bumper Sticker

Best Lunch & Best Salad

Best Up and Coming Neighborhood

Best Pothole

Best Patio

Best Beverages in Bend   

Best Bartender

Best Cocktail Menu & Bar

Best Happy Hour

Best Escape for Parents

Best Place to Park Your Van for Longer Than 12 Days

Best Tinder Date Blowoff

Best Barrel Aged Beer

Best Locally Brewed Beer & Best IPA


Best of Shopping

Best Clothing Consignment

Best Sign from the Women's March

Best Way to Get Around

Best Budtender

Best Way to Defy Gravity


Best of Service

Best Dental Group

Best Beauty Boutique

Best Auto Repair

Best Tour Company


Best of Arts & Culture  

Best Art Gallery

1st Red Chair Gallery

2nd Mockingbird Gallery


Best Local Blog

1st LivingtheBendLife.com

2nd HomeyHomey.club


Best Local Radio Personality

1st Kris Arnold 92.9

2nd Lonnie & Meg in the Morning 107.7


Best Place to Hear Live Music

1st Les Schwab Amphitheater

2nd Volcanic Theatre Pub


Best Radio Station

1st 92.9 KRXF

2nd 101.7 KLRR


Best TV Personality

1st Bob Shaw

2nd Samantha O'Connor



Best Place to Escape the Eclipse Madness


Best of Local Life

Best Local Fundraiser

Best Place to Work (Over 50 employees)

Best Place to Work (Under 50 employees)


Best of Tourism & Recreation

Best Fitness Studio

Best Excuse for Public Nudity


Best of Redmond  

Best Lunch


Best of Sisters  

Best Bang for Your Buck


Best of Sunriver  

Best Coffee Shop


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