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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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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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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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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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Bend Oregon Coffee Shops That Don’t Blow

Bend Oregon Coffee Shops That Don’t Blow

If only my mother read some of the titles of these blog posts (actually, she does)… she’d giggle. Or ask me to clarify what they meant. To which I’d offer: we’re referring to the Bend Oregon coffee shops that make some of the best damn espresso you’ve ever had, that employ or are run by generally good people, and that don’t suck. Then she’d pronounce espresso expresso and go back to sipping her mug of hot water mixed with generic-brand…

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Oregon Spring Skiing, Snowboarding, and Sun

Oregon Spring Skiing, Snowboarding, and Sun

It would be an understatement to say we’ve had a great winter here in Bend Oregon. So I won’t say it. Instead I’ll say: I love snow and winter so goddamn much and this past winter in Bend has been like the best thing ever and, thankfully, it ain’t over yet. That’s because right now Oregon spring skiing is off the charts. Which charts I’m not sure, but it’s off them without a doubt. Whether you grab a spring pass at…

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Moving to Bend? Tell Us What You Want to Know About Central Oregon Living.

Moving to Bend? Tell Us What You Want to Know About Central Oregon Living.

Here at the Eternal Beginner’s Guide to Bend, we decided it was about time we gave you an update, or at least another opinion or two, about Central Oregon living. Because this can and does change on the regular, we’ve also decided to deliver it to you as it comes, in fits and spurts (multiple, smaller blog posts and pages), rather than just one static statement. Hm, we’ll start with that as a through-thread: living in Bend is not a statement….

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Bend Politics – Knute Buehler Town Hall

Bend Politics – Knute Buehler Town Hall

Oh hey. We just thought we’d let you know that, for your pleasure (or displeasure) and ours, we’re adding a new section to The (Eternal) Beginner’s Guide to Bend: Bend Politics. The first page in our Bend Politics section offers a *view* on the most recent Knute Buehler town hall. Enjoy. Bend Politics And Knute Buehler, Tally-Ho! Whether a result of angst, maturity, or both, Bend politics have found their way onto the (e)BGTB blog. Then again, I bet they’ve always been there,…

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Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon with Lucas Alberg

Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon with Lucas Alberg

So you like lacing into a pair of trail running shoes, strapping on a hydration vest, driving to a trailhead, and getting after it. Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press, 2016), the new trail running guidebook by Lucas Alberg, is probably something you’ll want to have stuffed in your center console or glove compartment at all times. Why? Because it’s the first of its kind, meaning there are no other comprehensive guides to trail running in Bend and…

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What’s In the Bag, With Jason Rhodes of Palate (An Exquisite Bend Coffee Bar)

What’s In the Bag, With Jason Rhodes of Palate (An Exquisite Bend Coffee Bar)

On a recent Friday afternoon, around 4:30, Jason Rhodes of Palate was deep in conversation with someone over the back fence at Palate. (Palate = only the most exquisite Bend coffee bar; lovingly owned and operated by Jason Rhodes and his rad partner, Jodi Groteboer.). I waited some breaths while Jason finished up his exchange. We were to have a casual chat and photo session for what would be the (eternal) Beginner’s Guide to Bend’s first installment of What’s In the Bag?, wherein…

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