If I had to make a list of my all time favorite small cities, Bend would certainly make the top ten. It is full of personality, great views, and fun outdoor activities at your doorstep. When we asked about life in Bend, the locals said you can pretty much do “ing” activities- hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking and in our case- floating!
I heard that floating the Deschutes River is a summer must-do, so we made it a priority during our brief stopover in Bend. We grabbed some tubes at Dick’s and went to one of the gorgeous river front parks to start our float. You can also rent tubes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards from several outfitters on the river. We floated for a couple of hours before hopping out and grabbing a cab back to our car. This was a perfect way to spend a hot afternoon. What’s cooler than relaxing in that chilly water with views of the snow capped mountains in the distance!
We had brunch at the famed McKay Cottage. It lived up to all the breakfast hype! Clint ordered the biscuits with sausage gravy and I opted for the croissant french toast. Both were perfection! I can’t wait to stop in Bend on our next western adventure. One more post on Oregon coming, and it features a famous film locale of the 1980s 😉