Bend Area Information
Downtown Bend, just 15 miles north of Sunriver Resort, awaits your every whim, whether you plan to gather with family and friends for a delightful day of browsing, or prefer to pamper your senses. Discover the eclectic mix of unique shops, fine eateries, art galleries, and services catering to the diverse tastes of those visiting or residing in Central Oregon.
Downtown is home to a wide variety of shops specializing in the following: antiques, bath and body, toys, books (new and used), clothing for the entire family, electronics, furniture, home decor, jewelry, music regional and international art work, imported goods, kitchenware, sporting goods, shoes, sunglasses, etc.
Bend's art community is the pulse of Central Oregon's growing reputation as a premier Northwest cultural destination. Downtown Bend features many of the finest local, regional, and nationally renowned artists. The fifteen galleries display a wide array of artwork including fine art originals, limited editions, prints, custom framing, handcrafted jewelry, photography, glass, metalwork, pottery, etc. Mirror Pond gallery, the regions arts and cultural headquarters, is housed in the historic Allen Rademacher home on Riverfront Plaza.
Bend has an incredibly diverse selection of restaurants for a town its size. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating enticing diners to indulge in Central Oregon's relaxing sunny weather. A couple of these restaurants invite you to dine on the banks of beautiful Mirror Pond.
Bend has seven breweries, four of which are downtown. They offer a variety of dishes complimenting homemade micro-brews. Similarly, a unique distillery and tasting room serves tempting fare coupled with locally produced gin and vodka. Start your day, or take a break, at one of Downtown Bend's gourmet coffee houses featuring sumptuous brews of coffee and accompanying treats. Sit outdoors and watch the passers-by, read the local newspapers, or enjoy the view of Mirror Pond and the North Sister.
Drake Park is a historical and popular destination for tourists and residents alike. This park is one of Bend's finest, and includes waterfront trails, walk bridge, stage, near-by Harmon Park playground, and a variety of seating areas for picnicking or relaxing. Visitors to Drake Park enjoy Farmers Market, community music festivals, live theatre, duck races, charity events, informational fairs, as well as the majestic view of Mt. Bachelor seen at the end of Mirror Pond.