Old Mill District Blog 2017-10-15T22:25:43+00:00

old-mill-square-carrotMOST RECENT POSTS

The story behind the cover

For the past three years, twin artists Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer, trailblazers in their chosen medium of fiber appliqué, have politely said no when asked about doing commissioned work. But there was one request they [...]

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Spend $100, get $100 at Savory Spice

Spice up your kitchen in 2018 We'll file this under the "Best Black Friday Deal Ever" department. On Black Friday Weekend, the first 50 shoppers at Savory Spice who spend $100 will get $100 in [...]

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The Winter Guide is Here!

We love all four seasons in Bend, but there’s something special about the winter months here in Central Oregon. From early-morning runs at the mountain to dark beers around the fire pit with friends, the [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotSHOPPING + SPECIALS

Spend $100, get $100 at Savory Spice

Spice up your kitchen in 2018 We'll file this under the "Best Black Friday Deal Ever" department. On Black Friday Weekend, the first 50 shoppers at Savory Spice who spend $100 will get $100 in gift certificates for 2018. The fine print is below, but it's pretty cut and dried. [...]

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Maybe the best gift idea ever

No, it's not too early to start thinking about the gift-giving season. We'd like to recommend a little something, something that can easily be converted into kayak rentals, puffy coats, cocktails, sunset dinners, handmade jewelry, rock concerts and everything in between. Old Mill District gift certificates become anything you or [...]

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8 Great Fall Date Ideas

As the summer winds down and we head into fall, there's no better time to plan the perfect date with your loved one. Here's some of our favorite date ideas for when the days start to shorten and the evenings are crisp and best enjoyed by a fire pit and [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotDINING + DRINKING

Maybe the best gift idea ever

No, it's not too early to start thinking about the gift-giving season. We'd like to recommend a little something, something that can easily be converted into kayak rentals, puffy coats, cocktails, sunset dinners, handmade jewelry, [...]

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Favorite Fall Recipes

As the temperature drops in Bend, it's time to warm things up in the kitchen. Good thing we know some folks that can whip up a hot meal or two. Here's some of our favorite [...]

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5 Things We Love about Va Piano

As the weather begins to cool down and the smoke clears out, there's no better place in Bend to relax and unwind than our own Va Piano Vineyards. Open for a little more than a [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotEVENTS

Art in the High Desert returns

Art in the High Desert, one of the premiere art shows in the entire Pacific Northwest, is set to take place Aug. 25-27 on the west bank of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. The brainchild of Central Oregon artists Dave and Carla Fox, Art in the High [...]

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Bend Brewfest Pre-Game Checklist

The Bend Brewfest, the tastiest time of the year, is soon upon us. To ensure you have THE best time possible Aug. 10-12, here's some tips before you head down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater in search of the perfect pilsner, the world's most outstanding stout and/or an out-of-the-body experience [...]

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Free Shuttle Bus Service in Bend!

It's never been easier to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bend and the Old Mill District. The Ride Bend shuttle bus is now running with stops in the Old Mill District, downtown Bend, Century Drive, Galveston Street and everywhere between. Operating from 2 to 10 p.m. daily through Labor Day, the [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotLIVE MUSIC

The Other Pink Martini

Yes, it's the greatest way to pre-funk one of our favorite, funkiest performers. We love Pink Martini the band. As for the drink - well we've had our doubts. Until now anyway. Here's a fantastic recipe [...]

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An Invitation to the Take Note Initiative

Join Bend Concerts in making the Les Schwab Amphitheater a more sustainable venue The 2016 Bend Concert Summer Season kickoff is almost here! On Friday, we’ll welcome Grammy-Award Winning Alabama Shakes on the Les Schwab [...]

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Get ready for the Bend A Cappella Festival

The inaugural Bend A Cappella Festival begins to hum, buzz, and belt, Friday February 19th at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. Tickets are still available for a number of the weekend's offerings.  Read on [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotACTIVITIES

Get ready for Tenth Month in Bend!

We're not going to lie - fall is our favorite month here in Bend. The air's crisp, the trails are in perfect shape and the beer is fresh hopped. Oh, and it means it's time [...]

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8 Great Fall Date Ideas

As the summer winds down and we head into fall, there's no better time to plan the perfect date with your loved one. Here's some of our favorite date ideas for when the days start [...]

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Free Shuttle Bus Service in Bend!

It's never been easier to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bend and the Old Mill District. The Ride Bend shuttle bus is now running with stops in the Old Mill District, downtown Bend, Century Drive, Galveston [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotCONTESTS + COMMUNITIES

Win a Bend Winter Adventure Getaway

You Could Win a Bend, Oregon Winter Getaway for Two - Enter Now! Whether you are a Bendite or traveling from afar, this will be a fun celebration of the joys of winter. Share [...]

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MUSE CONFERENCE 2017

A Four Day Feast of Inspiration, Activism, and Art Written by Amanda Stuermer, World Muse Founder Each year as I sit in the audience at MUSE Conference, I try to imagine the ripples that will [...]

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Make it a weekend of wintry fun at Oregon Winterfest

Now in it’s 18th year, the Oregon Winterfest returns February 17-19 to the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon and with it a whole weekend of festivities. More than a little quirky and a lot [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHOLIDAYS

The story behind the cover

For the past three years, twin artists Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer, trailblazers in their chosen medium of fiber appliqué, have politely said no when asked about doing commissioned work. But there was one request they [...]

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Here’s Looking at You, Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner and it’s got us thinking. Society’s dad stereotypes are pretty off base and we’re here to say we aren’t having it. We know you aren’t dinner burning, man [...]

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Old Mill District

We believe in moms. We’re big fans of moms who embrace titles like “soccer mom” and “yoga mom” and those who fit other categories you don’t hear as much about, like “mountain biking mom”, “’feels [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHISTORY

Where Did the Rock Chucks Go?

We love our wildlife here in Bend, Oregon. With a Facebook page and legions of fans, Old Mill District Rock Chucks are among our favorite and furriest local celebrities. Where did the Rock Chucks Go? [...]

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A Twenty Year Journey!

Encompassing close to 270 acres right in the heart of Bend, the Old Mill District lies along the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River. The land was purchased 20 years ago this year.  It took [...]

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Remembering with Memorial Plaques

You may have been jogging down one of the many trails by the river or playing around with your dog on the lawn at the Amphitheater when you noticed the shiny bronze squares populating the [...]

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