Bend, Oregon, offers visitors a blend of activities to experience. Explore Bend’s cultural, culinary and outdoor attractions for less than $100 a day.
Start your day with breakfast at McKay Cottage Restaurant. The restaurant frequently places on “best of” lists. Entrées start at $9.95. Breakfast is served all day. Go for a hike at Deschutes National Forest to see the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The region boasts stunning geologic features. Day passes cost $5.
Have lunch at Bangers & Brews. The restaurant serves up — you guessed it — sausage and beer. Sausage sandwiches start at $7.95 and sides start at $2. If you haven’t gotten your fill of beer at lunch, head to one of Bend’s many breweries. Try Deschutes Brewery, Bend Brewing Company or GoodLife Brewing Company to start. Spend some time exploring downtown Bend. Here you’ll find a variety of galleries, museums, boutiques, cafés and other points of interest.
Enjoy dinner at Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails. The restaurant focuses on American dishes with a Cajun flair. There are numerous gluten-free options as well. Entrées range $13–38. Don’t forget to order one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.
Bend hosts numerous annual events and festivals. Check the calendar before your visit.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Streets lined with festive holiday lights and decorations is a tell-tale sign the holidays are right around the corner. My favorite holiday tradition is going to Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and driving through the Holiday Light Show. My family and I have gone pretty much every year since I was a little girl.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship is here! Anyone who follows the cruise industry can tell you the timeline between when a ship is announced to when it is open for passengers is a lengthy one, taking years and spanning different milestones. Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Encore, recently passed another major milestone when it departed Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to sail toward its next destination, through to its recent christening and subsequent sailings.