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EMBRACE THE CHANGE OF THE SEASONS THIS FALL IN THE OLD MILL DISTRICT

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It’s hard to play favorites with the seasons around here but autumn in Central Oregon is mighty tough to beat. 

Fewer crowds in town and on the trails, crisp evenings around the fire pit, the best dark beers in the world – life’s pretty darn good in Bend come fall. And that warm and fuzzy feeling we get when the world starts to slow down a bit in the cooler months, we need that now more than ever in 2020. 

Fall will be different this year, no doubt. Our kids are gearing up for online school, we’re all still trying to figure out proper mask etiquette, and for the first time since 1944 the Ducks and Beavs won’t meet on the gridiron. 

Thankfully we’re all learning to cope with this new world in a place that embraces innovation, that values kindness, and that fully appreciates community. That’s what we’re celebrating in our current guide. How Latino Outdoors is making the outside experience more welcoming for people of color. Looking at the excitement and energy that Somewhere That’s Green plant shop is bringing to Bend. Examining the planning and thoughtfulness that goes into the beautiful autumn landscaping in the Old Mill District.

Central Oregon is bursting with fabulous stories as we say goodbye to summer and welcome to fall. We hope you enjoy the handful we’ve been able to highlight!

DINE

DINE

CENTRAL OREGON RESTAURANTS SHINE DURING COOLER MONTHS

You can’t go wrong with the dining options in Bend during the fall.

Prime rib at Greg’s Grill, beef bourguignon at Boxwood Kitchen, a caramelized onion and fennel sausage pizza from Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria. There’s nothing better than a delicious warm meal with friends and family just as the chill of an autumn evening is about to set in.

Central Oregon also boasts some amazing kitchen stores and spice shops that are invaluable for anyone looking to take their home cooking to the next level. Ginger’s Kitchenware and Savory Spice will not only help you get creative in the kitchen, they also are a tremendous resource for new and innovative recipes.

So get eating, get cooking and enjoy the best Bend has to offer during the fabulous fall season!

SUSHI FOR THE SMALL ONES

Tips for introducing kids to the wonderful world of sushi from Mio Sushi. Read More.

CHOCOLATE OLD-FASHIONED RECIPE

A chocolate twist on the most classic of cocktails. Get the recipe now.

BLACK GARLIC BUTTERNUT GRATIN RECIPE

Sweet butternut squash softened in a creamy sauce makes for a delicious fall treat. Get the recipe now.

FRENCH ONION SOUP RECIPE

Golden, cheesy deliciousness awaits with this classic fall soup. Get the recipe now.

ANTHONY’S WELCOMES NEW HEAD CHEF

Ian Jensen’s background includes restaurant stints in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Read More.

SUSHI FOR THE SMALL ONES

Tips for introducing kids to the wonderful world of sushi from Mio Sushi. Read More.

CHOCOLATE OLD-FASHIONED RECIPE

A chocolate twist on the most classic of cocktails. Get the recipe now.

BLACK GARLIC BUTTERNUT GRATIN RECIPE

Sweet butternut squash softened in a creamy sauce makes for a delicious fall treat. Get the recipe now.

FRENCH ONION SOUP RECIPE

Golden, cheesy deliciousness awaits with this classic fall soup. Get the recipe now.

SHOP

SHOP

SHOPPING IN BEND MEANS ADDING LAYERS, TECH UPGRADES & WINTER SPORTS PREP

We love prepping for the fall months here in Bend.

That means gear runs at REI, headphone upgrades at Simply Mac, and crop top hoodie hunting at Vanilla Urban Threads. It’s the time of the year we get to indulge our dark chocolate sweet tooth at Sweet Tooth Candy Shoppe, search out for something sparkly at Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, and joyfully experiment with the bounty of Central Oregon’s fall harvest with the help of Ginger’s Kitchenware.

Autumn’s also the perfect time to check out some of the new shops in Bend’s Old Mill District. Somewhere That’s Green plant shop, Lush, and Sephora all recently opened their doors along the Deschutes River. 

However you ready yourself for shorter days and cooler nights, the Old Mill District is here to help! 

FRESH BEAUTY IN THE OLD MILL DISTRICT

Lush’s first months of keeping Bend… Lush. Read More.

AMONGST PLANTS: RELAXATION, VISITING FROGS AND PLENTY OF SURPRISES

The first month of business for Somewhere That’s Green. Read More.

BOHO BALI FURNITURE & DECOR FOR THE WANDERING SOUL

Sutiki Emporium pop-up shop open in the Old Mill District. Read More.

WELCOME SEPHORA

Worldwide leader in the beauty industry opens Old Mill District store. Read More.

FRESH BEAUTY IN THE OLD MILL DISTRICT

Lush’s first months of keeping Bend… Lush. Read More.

AMONGST PLANTS: RELAXATION, VISITING FROGS AND PLENTY OF SURPRISES

The first month of business for Somewhere That’s Green. Read More.

BOHO BALI FURNITURE & DECOR FOR THE WANDERING SOUL

Sutiki Emporium pop-up shop open in the Old Mill District. Read More.

WELCOME SEPHORA

Worldwide leader in the beauty industry opens Old Mill District store. Read More.

FITNESS + BEAUTY + HEALTH

FITNESS + BEAUTY + HEALTH

BEND FITNESS INSTRUCTORS OFFER FALL FITNESS TIPS

FEELING GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

In a year as topsy-turvy as 2020, it’s more important than ever to nurture your own well-being.

Fortunately, Bend is home to a number of fitness studios, day spas and retailers dedicated to helping Central Oregonians stay strong in body and mind. Consider a massage or facial from Radiant Day Spa, try an outdoor yoga class at Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, or prep for the fall trail running season with new layers from lululemon and Athleta

As you transition your workout routine from summer to fall, here are some tips and recommendations from various instructors from our Old Mill District fitness community.

TRANSITION YOUR ENERGY FROM SUMMER TO FALL

Tips from Free Spirit on staying settled and grounded during the change of the seasons. Read More.

WHY ORANGETHEORY?

The benefits of cardio + strength training in one workout. Read More.

THINK LATERALLY

Improving your lateral strength helps protect your hips, knee and ankles. Read More.

TRANSITION YOUR ENERGY FROM SUMMER TO FALL

Tips from Free Spirit on staying settled and grounded during the change of the seasons. Read More.

WHY ORANGETHEORY?

The benefits of cardio + strength training in one workout. Read More.

THINK LATERALLY

Improving your lateral strength helps protect your hips, knee and ankles. Read More.

THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY

THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY

THE HEART & SOUL OF OUR AREA IS REPRESENTED BY MANY OF OUR NON-PROFITS

CENTRAL OREGON NON-PROFITS LEAD THE WAY DURING TIME OF UNCERTAINTY

We Central Oregonians are a lucky bunch.

We’ve got incredible access to the outdoors, an abundance of world-class craft breweries, some of the best schools in the state, top-notch parks, and the coolest amphitheater in the Pacific Northwest.

But the heart and soul of our area is represented by Central Oregon’s multiple non-profits. It’s pretty amazing to look at the time, energy and money that volunteers across our region have donated for various causes. We’re fortunate here in the Old Mill District to have worked with an all-star lineup of organizations. Saving Grace, NeighborImpact, KIDS Center, the Deschutes County Historical Society, the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, and Stroke Awareness Oregon, to name a few. 

This fall we’re excited to highlight the work of an old friend, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, and a new group doing some outstanding, Latino Outdoors’ Central Oregon chapter

 Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to make Central Oregon a safer, more welcoming, more inclusive and kinder place.

BEND DESIGN WEEK 2020

Join a diverse cast of creators, designers and thinkers online for this year’s conference. Learn More.

OUTSIDE EXPERIENCES FOR ALL

Latino Outdoors aims to connect families and kids with nature. Learn More.

READY TO ROCK IN 2021

Multiple concerts already booked at the Les Schwab Amphitheater for next summer. Learn More.

TWINS WORKING TOGETHER WITH DISTANCE

 Fiber artwork becomes the fabric of their connection at Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery. Learn More.

TICKET MILL: SUNDRIES, SOUVENIRS & SNACKS

New retail shop in the Old Mill District sells concert tickets, gift cards, Bend gear and more! Learn More.

PROTECTING CENTRAL OREGON’S RIVERS

The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council restores and protects the 2 million-acre upper Deschutes River watershed. Learn More.

PEDAL POWER

Experience Bend by bike with help from Wheel Fun Rentals. Learn More.

AUTUMN EXCITEMENT

Pumpkin scarring, comfy trends, skin care, and helping our youngest prepare for school. Learn More.

OUTDOOR COLOR & TEXTURE FOR EVERY SEASON

Nearly 13,000 daffodil and allium bulbs are planted every fall in the Old Mill District. Learn More.

THIS WAS ORIGINALLY AN ARTICLE ABOUT TAILGATING

Now it’s about showing your spirit and enjoying backyard games. Learn More.

A NEW NORMAL AT THE MOVIES

Regal Cinemas up and running under new health guidelines. Learn More.

OLD MILL DISTRICT CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

Bend’s cultural center sprang from the ashes of the Brooks-Scanlon and Shevlin-Hixon sawmills. Learn More.

BEND DESIGN WEEK 2020

Join a diverse cast of creators, designers and thinkers online for this year’s conference. Learn More.

OUTSIDE EXPERIENCES FOR ALL

Latino Outdoors aims to connect families and kids with nature. Learn More.

READY TO ROCK IN 2021

Multiple concerts already booked at the Les Schwab Amphitheater for next summer. Learn More.

TWINS WORKING TOGETHER WITH DISTANCE

 Fiber artwork becomes the fabric of their connection at Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery. Learn More.

TICKET MILL: SUNDRIES, SOUVENIRS & SNACKS

New retail shop in the Old Mill District sells concert tickets, gift cards, Bend gear and more! Learn More.

PROTECTING CENTRAL OREGON’S RIVERS

The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council restores and protects the 2 million-acre upper Deschutes River watershed. Learn More.

PEDAL POWER

Experience Bend by bike with help from Wheel Fun Rentals. Learn More.

AUTUMN EXCITEMENT

Pumpkin scarring, comfy trends, skin care, and helping our youngest prepare for school. Learn More.

OUTDOOR COLOR & TEXTURE FOR EVERY SEASON

Nearly 13,000 daffodil and allium bulbs are planted every fall in the Old Mill District. Learn More.

THIS WAS ORIGINALLY AN ARTICLE ABOUT TAILGATING

Now it’s about showing your spirit and enjoying backyard games. Learn More.

A NEW NORMAL AT THE MOVIES

Regal Cinemas up and running under new health guidelines. Learn More.

OLD MILL DISTRICT CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

Bend’s cultural center sprang from the ashes of the Brooks-Scanlon and Shevlin-Hixon sawmills. Learn More.

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