Fall in love with Bend

This Oregon playground offers sun, snow, and storybook-sweet cottages. Here's where to go and what to do
Rachel Levin

"Whoever visits bend, moves to Bend," people warned. So frequently, in fact, I took it to be the official motto of this always sunny central Oregon playground ― a blessedly bipolar high-desert home base, where you can trail-run along the rushing Deschutes River in the morning and hit the snowy slopes of Mt. Bachelor in the afternoon. My kind of town.

GETTING THERE

Direct flights operate from most major cities in the West to Roberts Field–Redmond airport (RDM). Bend is 16 miles south of the airport on U.S. 97. See visitbend.com for more.

WHERE TO STAY

McMenamins Old St. Francis School 19 rooms from $104, 4 cottages from $175; soaking pool free for guests, $5 for non-guests; 877/661-4228.

WHERE TO EAT

BREAKFAST:  The Victorian Café Line up with locals for Pacific blue crab Benedict. INFO: $; 1404 Galveston Ave. N.E.; 541/382-6411.

LUNCH:  The Sparrow Bakery Chic, couple-owned cafe. INFO: $; closed Sun–Mon; 50 S.E. Scott St.; 541/330-6321.

DINNER:  Blacksmith Restaurant ($$$; 211 N.W. Greenwood Ave.; 541/318-0588) Cider-brined pork rib chops.
28 ($; closed Sun–Mon; 920 N.W. Bond St.; 541/385-0828) serves a fresh spin on beef Stroganoff.

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