It's no surporse that we love traveling and exploring new places. Bend, Oregon has been a place we wanted to visit from the moment we moved to Seattle so when we found out we'd be partnering with Visit Bend we were PUMPED. We spent a snowy weekend in Bend and can't wait to go back.
When we arrived on Friday we got dinner and beers at Crux Fermentation Project ! We highly recommend everything we ate (which was a lot) chicken pot pie, the pretzel, and The Project Board (a bunch of meats and cheeses!)
Next up was a bonfire snowshoeing tour with Wanderlust Tours . Neither of us have been snowshoeing before and Anthony was originally very hesitant over the activity because he thought it would be boring. HE WAS SO WRONG AND HE ADMITTED TO BE WRONG! We had A BLAST. Seriously, THIS is a must-do when visiting Bend. Our tour guide, James, was the best tour guide we've had for anything we've ever done! He was incredibly knowledgeable. We snowshoed on Mount Bachelor at night and James taught us everything about the animals and the trees.
We even ate pine needles which are extremely high in Vitamin C! Who knew!? We snowshoed around Mount Bachelor to a bonfire where another guide, Erika, had set up a perfect little spot for us to warm up and drink some hot cocoa with Hazelnut Espresso Vodka. On our way back we got to snowshoe down some hills and it was a BLAST. Before the trip ended, James had our group stop, turn off our head lamps an each take a minute in the COMPLETE silence as the snow fell around us and wind whipped around the trees. It was a much-needed relaxing moment. If you only have one night in Bend, you absolutely have to do this!
It began snowing pretty heavy Friday and continued to all day Saturday! We threw on our snowboard and ski gear and headed to Mount Bachelor . We had heard so many amazing things about the mountain and it was all true! We had a great day skiing and boarding on the fresh powder!
After hitting the mountain we were starving so we went to 900 Wall ! We were so excited because we got to meet Elise and her son Logan! Elise has been listening to our morning show and podcast for three years from Bend, Oregon and we finally got to meet her on this trip! Everything we ate was great but we seriously loved the french fries!
After lunch we roamed around a bunch of cute shops on NW Wall Street! We loved The Bend Store ! We bought pins and stickers with the Bend logo! It was definitely time for some rest so we headed back to the Pine Ridge Inn! We loved this place! Each of our rooms had their own fire place. Whether you're traveling solo or with a group Pine Ridge Inn is a great place to stay!
After getting some much needed rest and showers we headed to 10 Below at The Oxford Hotel ! This space was really unique. We loved all of our food and drinks here! For appetizers we had Ahi Tuna Taco and crab pot stickers and for dinner Carla Marie had shrimp stuffed with Dungeness crap and Anthony had a steak! We ended our night at the River Pig Saloon ! We met so many wonderful locals while visiting who told us we must come back in the summer to tube down the Deschutes river. There were so many more things we wanted to do like the Bend Ale Trail where you go on a beer tour of the local breweries! It's on the bucket list for next time!
To plan your trip to Bend, Oregon head to VisitBend.com