Central Oregon Activities

Building a Better Central Oregon: Awards

As you may know, this summer, Patty spent a few of her Thursdays helping Central Oregon Association of Realtors (COAR) review the nominees for Building a Better Central Oregon (BBCO).

The award ceremony is tonight and we thought it would be fitting to share the award winners who will be honors this evening.

If you haven’t checked out these amazing new and old businesses that are innovating Central Oregon, definitely find your way to these spots soon!

Greatest Contribution to New Economy Investment: Brookswood Lodge, Bend

Most Inspirational Achievement: Citizen Bar & Kitchen, Bend

Significant Contribution to Neighborhood Economy: General Duffy’s Waterhole, Redmond

Best Downtown Revitalization Project: Historic Central Hotel, Burns

Best Creation of Cutting Edge Industrial Workspace: KEITH Manufacturing, Madras

Outstanding Repurposing of a Historical Landmark: Ochoco School Crossing by Housing Works, Prineville

Outstanding Youth and Civic Collaboration: Homestead Pump Track, Redmond

Most Significant Community Impact: Sisters Roundabout, Sisters

Outstanding Contribution to Senior Living: The Lodge in Sisters

Most Innovative Indoor Recreation Facility: Trampoline Zone & Adventure Park, Bend

Most Creative Renovation of a Commercial Space: Tumalo Cider Co Tasting Room and Heritage Brand, Tumalo

Honorable Mention: Grocery Outlet, Madras

Honorable Mention: On Tap, Bend

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5 Things To Do in Central Oregon This Fall

Summer faded quickly this year and we are well on our way to fall. We may get a few last nice days in before the crisp new season takes full effect, but it is definitely time to start transitioning from shorts, dresses and tank tops and pull out the sweaters, boots and hats.

As we approach the new, chilly season, we’re shifting into new hobbies and activities.

Here are a few ways to enjoy all that autumn has to offer.

1. Fall Fest

Since this annual festival is this weekend, we figured we should add it to the list. Bend’s Fall Festival is an amazing time to say “hello, autumn” and get your friends and family out for some pumpkin-appreciating fun. With the Harvest Market, Kids Harvest Run and streets of vendors, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy.

2. Photo Opportunities

When summer switches to fall, the same trails you’ve loved since June take on a new look and are ideal for a fall foliage hike. There are plenty of opportunities for landscape photo shoots! Head to the Old Mill District, Drake Park, the Deschutes River Tail, Shevlin Park and the Metolius for a great starting point.

3. Fall-Themed Beers

With the new season comes new tasty beverages that are the perfect flavor for the chillier weather. Hit up the Bend Ale Trail to get to all the best breweries and enjoy what they’re creating this season.

4. Bend Film Festival

The Bend Film Festival is an annual festival that takes place each year in October. And when you’re transitioning to more indoor activities, this is a great way to do it. This year, the festival features movies like Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm (feels fitting), Native Wisdom: The Peoples of Eastern Oregon and Vanilla, to name a few.

5. Get to Smith Rock

This may not seem like a “fall activity,” but Smith Rock often gets too hot during the summer to enjoy too much time out there. Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s a beautiful time to get back out there and enjoy the scenery before winter rolls through. And while you’re there, head to Smith Rock Ranch to check out this year’s corn maize.

What are your favorite fall activities?


Central Oregon Activities

Get to the Sisters Folk Festival

Every September since 1995, folk enthusiasts and alike gather in Sisters to enjoy amazing music, dancing and excitement. It’s worth checking out if you’ve never been because there is a little something for everyone.

This year, the festival is on September 6 through the 8th.

“Many greats have shared their talents since the initial Festival in 1995, including but not limited to:
Ian Tyson, Natalie MacMaster, Jesse Winchester, Chris Smither, Dave Carter, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Ruthie Foster, The Subdudes, The Waifs, Tim O’Brien, The Wailin’ Jennys, Jon Cleary, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Lake Street Dive, Anais Mitchell, Shakey Graves, Eric Bibb, Richard Thompson, Shawn Mullins, and many more.

The Festival hosts eleven stages, including an 900-seat venue at the Village Green Park in downtown Sisters, and 1,100 seats at Sisters Art Works.

Sisters is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, the community of Sisters is a wonderful place to live and visit. Outdoor recreational opportunities in and around Sisters are endless, with mountains, rivers, and lakes at your back door. Bike or ride horseback on the many beautiful mountain trails, or golf at any number of first-rate courses. Gift, home & garden, clothing, and antique shops abound for the shopper in your group, or just relax and enjoy the clean air and incredible mountain views. There is truly something for everyone in Sisters.”

This Year’s Lineup

Bruce Cockburn

Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Airforce

Los Texmaniacs

Ron Artis II and The Truth

Le Vent du Nord

Rising Appalachia

The East Pointers

Della Mae

Flor de Toloache

The Hamiltones

Martyn Joseph

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Carrie Rodriguez

Red Dirt Boys

Phil Madeira

Will Kimbrough

Cedric Burnside

Lindsay Lou

Keith Greeninger

Lula Wiles

Pharis and Jason Romero

Alex Cuba


David Jacobs – Strain and Bob Beach

Kuinka (a personal favorite of the Dempsey family)

The Brother Brothers

The Sweet Remains




Beth Wood

The Suitcase Junket


Susan Gibson

Jeffrey Martin

Anna Tivel

Kacy and Clayton

Dennis McGregor and The Spoilers

Stand and Sway


The Arcadian Wild

Thunderstorm Artis

Stay Wild

Pete Kartsounes

Kristin Andreassen

Arouna Diarra and Biko

Americana Alumni Performers


Home Fun

5 Apps to Sell Stuff (that you may not have heard of before)

Seasons like spring and fall often come with a little bit of downsizing. These are great times for getting rid of things you do not need anymore to make room for the new. But sometimes you don’t feel like doing a garage sale. Maybe you don’t have the time or it’s just not your scene.

Well, here are a few apps that can help you rid yourself of the unnecessary stuff without going anywhere.

1. Decluttr

Decluttr is where you can sell used CDs, DVDs, games and other tech-related products online. And we all know these are things that take up space.

Using Decluttr is pretty straightforward. When you enter your item (through the app or website), you are offered an instant valuation. If you move forward, they send you a free shipping label. Then all you have to do is pack it up, put on the label and drop it at UPS.

The coolest part is that you can receive payment through direct deposit, PayPal, check OR as a donation to your favorite charity.

2. Letgo

Letgo is specifically for selling stuff in your neighborhood, making it a worthwhile alternative to Craigslist. This means anything – clothes, furniture, cleaning supplies, cars, etc.

This app is easy to use and has in-app tips that can help you through the process.

3. thredUP

This app is specifically for selling used clothes from over 35,000 brands. The site lists specific items they’re looking for and you can choose which ones are most worth sending in. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau so you can feel assured you’re in good hands.

How it works: You order a free closet cleanout kit and once your bag comes, you add your used clothing, send it off and wait. When the order is processed, you receive your payment.

4. Recycler

Recycler is a marketplace that connects local buyers and sellers. The main categories include vehicles, pets and housing. But there are also options for furniture, clothes and other items.

This is a great way to sell as well as buy when you’re looking to reduce waste.

5. Chairish

This one is specific to furniture. You snap a picture of what you’re trying to sell, create your listing and description and set your price.

Listing with Charish is free, but there is a 20% commission charge for the items you sell. Whenever your item sells, the buyer has 48 hours to return it through the app, but afer that 48-hour window, your payment is processed.

What are your favorite ways to sell your things?


6 Restaurants with a View in Central Oregon

So summer is finally here and in full swing. That means we want to soak up the remaining days we have with all the outdoor activities, brews and sunshine with friends.

Here are a few places to get to so you can make the most of what’s left of summer.

Bend Brewing

If you’re feeling more of a laid back vibe where you can lounge in an adirondack chair while the kiddos play cornhole (and also overlook the beautiful Deschutes River), this is your spot. Bend Brewing has gone through some pretty incredible updates over the last few years and it’s worth making it a summer go-to.


With their “Sundowner Hour” (also known as happy hour) coinciding with sunset, the views of the mountains from this spot are absolutely amazing. And with their giant lawn, food cart selection and activities, you can definitely hang there for longer than just the Sundowner.

Greg’s Grill

In the heart of the Old Mill District, Greg’s Grill offers breathtaking views paired with equally delicious bits. Right on the river, you can post up and people watch the river floaters rolling through and enjoy a couple cocktails and appetizers.

Cascada at Pronghorn

Cascada is fine dining, well, at its finest. Their ambiance will make it worth the trip and they have farm-to-table, carefully-crafted cuisine accompanied by panoramic views of the mountains, golf course and high desert. A sunset here with a glass of wine is a great way to spend a summer evening.

Range Restaurant at Brasada

The food at Range Restaurant and Bar is as extraordinary as the views. From the expansive windows, guests take in expansive views of the cascades while enjoying dishes inspired by local farmers and purveyors. Nightly sunsets are just the beginning of the show, better enjoyed roasting housemade s’mores over the outdoor firepit.

Solomon’s at Tetherow

More impeccable golf course views with mountains in the background. Solomon’s has a rotating menu that highlights offerings from the Pacific Northwest, such as pheasant, elk and seafood. They’re prepared alongside vegetarian options and decadent desserts. It doesn’t get much better than that.

What’s your favorite spot to get some great food and views at the same time?