Given the current Willamette Valley pollen count situation, I am naturally dreaming of refuge from these crazy allergies in the higher grounds of Central Oregon. Get me outta here!
I feel like Bend is Eugene’s cool older brother. You know, the one who cuts math class to hit the slopes in his obnoxiously turquoise, over priced puffy coat that looks ridiculous on you, but he totally pulls off. Oh, and he still manages to ace the algebra test. (I tested this joke out on a Bend local and she gave a hearty and genuine laugh of approval).
Before checking in, I plopped down at a small bistro table on the front patio and ordered a french onion soup.
After checking in and checking out our awesome room, I headed back outdoors to the hidden little cigar bar for a beer by another one of the many fireplaces.
Since the hotel is right in the very walkable downtown area of Bend, we set off on foot looking for dinner. We decided to check out Silver Moon Brewing.
Silver Moon is a few blocks off the upscale downtown streets. A local’s spot, no doubt. I give it two thumbs way up. The fish tacos I ordered were nothing to write home about, but the beer was smooth, hoppy, strong, and refreshing; the chill vibe was equally refreshing. I’m obsessed with the mural.
We called it an early night after a dip in the open air soaking pool. Have you ever walked through a crowded pub in a fluffy white robe? Now I can say I have, and it was silly and wonderful.
We got our complimentary coffee the next morning from the secret bar hidden in the broom closet. I’m not kidding.
For brunch we stopped at the Craft Kitchen and Brewery in the Old Mill district. Great food, and great view of the park along the river.
Even just a quick, one night trip to Bend put me in a total and complete relaxed vacation mode. It rocked. I seriously need to get back there ASAP.