From hiking to enjoying your favorite cup of coffee, it’s easy to take advantage of the fall season and everything it offers. Here are a few activities to enjoy the cooler weather, beautiful scenery, and the great community around Central Oregon.
To kickoff the fall season, Bend is holding it’s annual Oktoberfest on September 15th & 16th, 2017. Beer, food, wine, cider, music, quirky games, and much more is there for you to enjoy during the free event. This is a great way for local businesses to promote what they have to offer and for visitors to have a good time.
The climbing scene in Central Oregon is undeniably great no matter the season, but the fall offers weather for the best days. Smith Rock is the ultimate place to go and has all levels of climbing, from beginner to extreme. But if the weather isn’t cooperating or you’re really new to climbing, Bend Rock Gym is a great place to spend the day. They have a great staff that’s always willing to help give pointers and offer lessons.
With the cooler weather, the fall makes for some of the best mountain biking around Central Oregon. There are many popular local areas to visit (check out the list here) or you can head over to Mt. Bachelor Bike Park which has over 13 miles of downhill trails. Traveling or don’t have a bike? No worries, Mt. Bachelor has a fleet of bikes you can rent and there are also a handful of bike shops in Bend that offer tours and rentals, such as, Pine Mountain Sports and Cog Wild.
Central Oregon is full of gorgeous places, and there are some spots out there during the fall season with lots of changing colors you have to check out. Located just north of Sisters is the beautiful Metolius River, great for hiking, fly fishing, and enjoying a beautiful autumn day. In Bend, the Pilot Butte trail is a great hike and offers miles of views.
Central Oregon has a great selection of local brews and fall also offers a few awesome seasonal beers. Maps for the Bend Ale Trail are available at the Bend Visitor Center where you can get all the stamps and claim your prize. The Brew Bus is a great and fun way to travel around the breweries around Bend too!
If you enjoy shopping or an interesting activity on a rainy day, then thrifting might be your answer. Bend is full of awesome thrift shops to add a little spice to your spaces. The Humane Society Thrift is a good choice knowing proceeds are going to the local animal shelter. Other local thrift shops that are great for finding treasures include City Thrift, Possibilities, and Starburst. Gear Fix is also a great resale shop for used outdoor equipment.
There’s something about cozying up in your favorite sweater and drinking a delicious warm drink. Thump Coffee, Backporch, Lone Pine, and Megaphone all roast their beans locally. In addition to those selections, there are many more wonderful local coffee shops in Bend that offer a different vibe, perfect for a cool autumn day.
To learn more about everything Central Oregon has to offer, check out our community page and contact one of our brokers today!