First of all, if you consider yourself a dog person, Bend is an extremely dog-friendly town that certainly puts pups first. With 7 off leash dog parks in the city limits, a pet parade every 4th of July , and several other dog-themed events throughout the year, Bend is the perfect place for you and your pooch to call home. You will often see dog watering stations outside of local shops and many local restaurants will let your furry friend hang out while you grab a microbrew on the patio.
Bend’s economy is based largely on tourism which is due to the great events and festivals throughout the year and the dynamic outdoor lifestyle that is hard to match. Mount Bachelor ski resort is one of the largest ski areas on the west coast and brings in vacationers from all over Oregon, Washington, and California. The nearby Cascade Lakes are also a perfect destination for cross country skiing, camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, golfing, rafting and sightseeing. The Bend Brewfest, The Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer Fest, BendFilm Festival and the list of great concerts at the Les Schwab amphitheater throughout the year always bring in people from far and wide to experience the beauty of Bend.
The microbreweries in Bend have also gained national attention, including Deschutes Brewery which is the 5th largest craft brewer in the nation and 10 Barrel Brewing Company which recently opened a new brewing facility and second pub on the north end of town. Bend is also known for being a hot bed for entrepreneurs and producing healthy start up companies like Hydroflask, Ruffwear, Drink Tanks and Straw Propeller. The weather is consistent with that of the surrounding high desert areas offering over 300 days of sunshine and a dry climate that is cool and crisp in the evenings and hot on summer days. All of this put together makes Bend Oregon one of the most desirable places to live in Oregon, and perhaps in the nation!