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Van Conversion & Custom Vans in Bend Oregon – The Van Guys

Van Conversion & Custom Vans in Bend Oregon – The Van Guys

It’s an understatement to say that “van life” is in its renaissance period. Everyone and their mothers is either funneling loads of $$$ into a van conversion, or buying one of the already (meticulously) built custom vans in Bend Oregon. Indeed, the van craze has been occurring in cities across the globe for some time now. Bend just happens to have Sprinter van conversions for sale all over the place and be a hotspot for DIY van customization. Given the city’s large population…

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Joan Didion & Magical Thinking – Nothing and Everything to do with Living in Bend Oregon

Joan Didion & Magical Thinking – Nothing and Everything to do with Living in Bend Oregon

No. This one’s not about anything in Bend in particular. Yes. There will be more posts like this over the course of the future. In the following paragraphs, maybe I’ll mention a bookshop or two in town where you can go and search for Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. Or maybe not. Either way, I’m going to write a few words about Joan Didion, and a few about how little time we have here. In Bend, but more…

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Ariana – The Best Restaurant in Bend Oregon

Ariana – The Best Restaurant in Bend Oregon

Considering the near-zero level of my checking account when I first rolled into Bend Oregon over seven years ago, it’s no wonder this past Wednesday evening was the first time I ever set foot into the best restaurant in Bend Oregon, Ariana. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a really good meal (pricey or not), or that I don’t like getting gussied up either. Because in fact I do enjoy and appreciate both of these things, even if there’s no particular…

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Spring in Bend Oregon – The Green Flash

Spring in Bend Oregon – The Green Flash

What’s Spring in Bend Oregon like? Well, it depends on who you ask and who’s asking. I know we’ve written and photographed quite a bit about snow and winter and more snow in Bend these past few months. There’s the mini spring skiing post we did. There’s the “what’s winter in Bend like” post or the Central Oregon spring mountain biking post. There’s also the fact that the majority of our Instagram feed features shots of folks enjoying winter. What can…

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The Vegans Are Alright: Thanks to A Broken Angel Food Cart in Bend, Oregon

The Vegans Are Alright: Thanks to A Broken Angel Food Cart in Bend, Oregon

A’ight. So here’s the deal. To all you eaters of seared flesh and animal byproducts: you’ll only be doing yourself a disfavor if you gloss over this post about a vegan food cart in Bend, Oregon. Or if you you don’t go eat at this vegan food cart at some point during its existence. Just because you eat meat doesn’t mean that you can’t not eat meat. At least once. Because dead animals or not, A Broken Angel food cart, the vegan…

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What About Winter in Bend Oregon?

What About Winter in Bend Oregon?

A few of you have asked about winter in Bend Oregon. What it’s really like, what to prepare for if you’re coming from Florida, how long it lasts, how cold it gets, how much snow or general precipitation falls in town, and so on. Needless to say, this post is about one of my most beloved things ever: WINTER. Bend Oregon Weather Stats It’s mid-May in Central Oregon and today’s snow report for Mt. Bachelor says moderate to heavy snowfall and…

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Vintage Couches And Fresh Coffee In Downtown Bend: Holing Up At Crow’s Feet Commons

Vintage Couches And Fresh Coffee In Downtown Bend: Holing Up At Crow’s Feet Commons

Want to disappear into one of those sink-y couches your grandmother used to cover in plastic (before they lost their spring)? How about about a steaming mug of Stumptown to go with your nostalgically upholstered furniture? If you want coffee in downtown Bend, there are a number of solid spots. But for a downtown Bend coffee spot with equal parts good espresso, sweet indoor/outdoor seating options, and vintage couchery, Crow’s Feet Commons is it. Crow’s Feet Commons – Coffee, Beer, Cider,…

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Scoutpost Is The Best Food Cart In Bend Oregon. Hands Down.

Scoutpost Is The Best Food Cart In Bend Oregon. Hands Down.

Consider this post the first of several about food carts in Bend Oregon. Why? Because there are a number of food carts in Bend that are slaying it right now. Scoutpost just happens to be slaying it the hardest. Like, this food cart next to Spoken Moto throws backside rodeos over the Bend food cart scene. (No offense other Bend food carts, I know you’re hustling and make good shit; I just gotta call it like I experience it.). Only instead of…

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Open for Business: Bend Mountain Bike Trails + Gravel Rides

Open for Business: Bend Mountain Bike Trails + Gravel Rides

While it’s (thankfully) still winter up at Mt. Bachelor, the snow level continues to crawl upward from down below in Bend. Winter up top and spring down low means two of many things: Bend mountain bike trails and gravel rides are open + opening up for business. Planning a trip to Bend Oregon that involves mountain bikes and/or cyclocross rigs? This quick post will hopefully get you headed in the right direction. Consider it a kind of shove off for your first…

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Why You Should Let Backporch Coffee Roasters Autograph Your Chest

Why You Should Let Backporch Coffee Roasters Autograph Your Chest

Since we already wrote about Palate, our favorite Bend coffee shop, we’re going to start shimmying through the list of Bend Oregon Coffee Shops that don’t blow. For today… how about a Bend coffee roaster that currently has 3 locations and is doing things right: Backporch Coffee Roasters. Backporch Coffee in Bend Does It Right With Direct Trade Right now, Bend Oregon coffee shops are thrumming. And rightly so. People visit Bend + everyone is moving to or has already moved here…

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