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Leaving Bend…

Leaving Bend…

Hey y’all, I have some news. I’ve loved dishing on our little mountain town over the last three-plus years, however infrequently, but I fell in love and got married and everything changed, in the best possible way (except for the leaving Bend part). Yep, I’m leaving Bend, Oregon. I thought I’d be here forever, but then life threw me a curve ball. Where am I moving to? Some big fab city? New York? Seattle? San Francisco? Some hipster haven? Austin, Asheville,…

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Bend Eats: Drake

Bend Eats: Drake

It’s been awhile since I posted, and a ton has happened (more on the latest personal life developments later), but for the moment, I feel I’m doing y’all a disservice by keeping my favorite watering hole / grub spot all to myself. Seriously, I think I’ve sidled up to the bar at the Drake for dinner at least five times in the last seven days. Calling it my “Cheers” would be an understatement. Thank god the owner, chef, manager, bartender…

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Things to do in Bend this Summer: Live Music, S’mores & Cornhole Thursday Nights at Brasada Ranch

Things to do in Bend this Summer: Live Music, S’mores & Cornhole Thursday Nights at Brasada Ranch

Curious about things to do in Bend Oregon on Thursday nights this summer? Let’s pretend you did all your kayaking, biking, SUPing and hiking the other six nights of the week. So Thursday rolls around and you want to kick back, have a drink, nosh on some great food, listen to some live music and maybe roast some s’mores over an open fire – all with a million-dollar view. Great. I’ve got just the thing for you, but you might have to…

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Bars in Bend: The Stihl Whiskey Bar

Bars in Bend: The Stihl Whiskey Bar

The Stihl Whiskey is one of my most favorite bars in Bend. It’s no secret that I love a well-made cocktail, and the newly opened Stihl delivers. I’m partial to the Kerouac on the cocktail menu: Cazadores tequila, agave syrup and fresh-squeezed lime juice. I know it’s a ‘whiskey’ bar – and yes they have a damn impressive list of whiskeys, bourbons, scotches and ryes – but sometimes I just don’t feel that macho. Luckily, they’re not whiskey snobs, so they have a…

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Beyond Bend: Hood River

Beyond Bend: Hood River

I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Why would I choose to spend a week in an even smaller town in Oregon? Well, read on to find out… I can work anywhere as long as I have WiFi access. So I figured why not Hood River? I’ve heard lots of good things about it. I think reading about Wildcraft Studio School’s sandal making workshop tipped the scales for me. I figured any area that has a…

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“Should I Move to Bend Oregon?”

“Should I Move to Bend Oregon?”

I left my urban existence behind and moved to Bend a year and a half ago. I love this place and I imagine I’ll love it for a very long time. When folks ask, “Should I move to Bend, Oregon?” I used to respond with an enthusiastic, “Do it!!! It’s amazing!!” But, the truth is, Bend isn’t for everyone. You kinda have to be ready to ease into the pace and vibe of Central Oregon. If you’re currently living in…

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4 Reasons I Love Living in Bend Oregon — The Update

4 Reasons I Love Living in Bend Oregon — The Update

Before I moved to Bend, Oregon a little over a year ago, I wrote a list of the 15 reasons I thought I’d love Bend.  Here’s my updated list of the reasons I actually love living in Bend Oregon. Bonus: I’ll cover four things that also surprised me about this lovely little mountain town.   For the record, the old list holds up pretty well… Bend is definitely NOT Los Angeles. It’s a charming, vibrant small town, and while there are dog haters…

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Things To Do in Bend Oregon This Summer (to avoid feeling like a slug)

Things To Do in Bend Oregon This Summer (to avoid feeling like a slug)

I recently wrote a feature for The Source Weekly, our rad local weekly paper, about my first summer in Bend (read it here if you want), including my list of things to do in Bend Oregon over the summer months. Well, I’m feeling like a bit of a hypocrite. I wrote the piece seven weeks ago when summertime was a glorious fantasy… and now that temps are in the 90s and the days seem to last forever, I feel like a…

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Bend Farmers Markets 2013

Bend Farmers Markets 2013

NW Bend Saturdays 10 – 2 p.m. Northwest Crossing Farmer’s Market June 29th – September 21st Northwest Crossing Drive, Bend, Oregon   Downtown Wednesdays 3 – 7 p.m. Bend Farmers Market June 5th – October 9th Brooks Street, Bend, Oregon 97701   SW Bend Tuesdays 3 – 7 p.m. Brookswood Plaza Farmers Market June 25th – August 27th 2013 19530 Amber Meadow Drive, Bend, OR  97702   SE Bend Saturdays 11 – 4 p.m. Backyard Farmers Market May 25th – October 26th…

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TEDxBend 2013: The 10-Minute Review

TEDxBend 2013: The 10-Minute Review

So, TEDxBend 2013 happened today and it was awesome. No social media-ing allowed unless you were sitting in the last 2 rows (seriously), so I put down my phone (mostly) and took it all in. If you missed it, you can watch the live stream of the event on livestream.com. Before I head out to the after party, here’s my turbo review of TEDxBend 2013… Portland Cello Project made me want to learn more about “the devil’s tone,” and they…

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