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Visitor's Guide: Stoked on Central Oregon since 1997

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A little intel on towns surrounding Bend.

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Be Nice, You’re in Oregon…

…and other slogans, rules and things you should know while you’re here
You’ve made it to Oregon’s Outdoor Theme Park—high five! Here in the High Desert, we work hard at our jobs at craft breweries, kombucha factories and tech firms—but we play even harder.

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Four Food Spots to Try

Our staff awards a handful of restaurants top honors in our annual Restaurant Guide. These are the places that impressed us in 2019
Food Cart of the Year: Ronin Sushi and Japanese Grill For sushi lovers, or people who like good poke bowls or bento boxes, Ronin should be your go-to spot.

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Food Cart Pods Abound

Why limit your choices on food and drinks, when you can be surrounded by options?
Bend has an abundance of great mountain bike riding, skiing, hiking and trail running—and in recent years, an explosion of food cart pods to help you gain back those calories lost doing all that activity. Here’s the lowdown on the gastronomic wonders that abound at Central Oregon’s food cart lots—in no particular order.

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Five Great Burgers in C.O.

The mainstay you crave, and where to get it best in Bend and beyond
When it comes to pubs, Central Oregon has more than its fair share—most with a burger or two on the menu. To help you decide which one to choose, we've narrowed it down to the five juiciest, drool-inducing burgers around.

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Redmond Booze Cruise

Redmond's adult beverage scene is rapidly expanding. Our staff enlisted the help of a local party bus to check out the range of new options
Redmond, Ore.—the city of roughly 30,000 people that sits 18 miles to the north of Bend—has had a small collection of breweries for at least the past several years. Options have included Wild Ride Brewing—a hub for brews as well as food carts, The Vault Taphouse, home to the cozy Kobold Brewing lineup of beers, 7th Street Brew House, Cascade Lakes Brewing Company's Redmond home, open since 1996, and Smith Rock Brewing, located in an engaging former residence near downtown.

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Our Staff’s Fave Beers

Yes, Central Oregon has a lot of great beer. Here are a few local classics to get you started.
If you’re visiting Central Oregon, chances are you’ve at least heard about Deschutes Brewery’s Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter. You’ve probably also had a 10 Barrel Pub Beer or two at one point.

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Sippin' Spots

10 places to get a great cocktail in Bend and Central Oregon
It may be Beer Town, USA, but make no mistake—Benditos like their cocktails, too. If your desire for libations falls more on the sweet, savory, or non-hoppy side, here's where to find your jam.

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Central Oregon Venues

Down for some music or comedy? Here are some of the venues where live events happen often .

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Happenin' Events

Spring, summer, fall or winter, these are the big events to have on your radar in Central Oregon
Sat., May 18, 2019 POLE PEDAL PADDLE Six events that span Central Oregon's outdoor scene. Contestants race in teams or do all the events, including Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, cycling, paddling and a sprint to the finish.

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Local Books To Guide You

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Beyond the Big Stuff

Central Oregon has lots of well-known outdoor destinations and many other equally stunning spots, too. Here's where to go to stay away from the pack
The beauty and outdoor adventures that await in Central Oregon are probably some of the big reasons you find yourself visiting here. It's why we live here, too—and very likely why the people in the Airbnb next door to you are here as well.

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Winter Paradise

Cabins, cocktails and winter fun await at Elk Lake Resort in the Cascades
Plenty of locals have only been to Elk Lake in the summer. The views and the abundant trails and camping make this area fun—but crowded.

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Go with the Float

Everything you need to know before floating the Deschutes River
After adventuring the Cascades and exploring the Old Mill District, it's time to relax. Grab an inflatable donut and meet at Riverbend Park to enjoy one of Central Oregon's most popular and majestic attractions the right way.

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