Ideas for Every Mom in the Old Mill District

When it comes to celebrating mom, it’s not one size fits all. Every mom has different interests and passions, so it’s time to get creative to make sure she has the best Mother’s Day ever. Luckily, if you live in Bend, you don’t have to look far to find a great fit.

Here are some ideas to put a smile on mom’s face:

  • Take a walk or a ride: We are often blessed with wonderful weather in Bend, so an outdoor activity or two is definitely an option. Head on down to the trails at the Old Mill District and walk and talk or ride a bike with mom around some of the most beautiful scenery in town. There are miles and miles of well-planned trails and colorful flowers blooming on both sides of the river.
  • Dine in style: Brunch is a staple of Mother’s Day celebrations, and luckily the Old Mill District restaurants boast some of the best views in Central Oregon with the river running right in their backyards. Like Anthony’s, for example, check out their scrumptious menu HERE!
  • Buy a gift: As summer approaches, new accessories and clothing for the season are a great choice. Unique local and national retail shops abound at the Old Mill District, including Vanilla Urban Threads, Anthropologie, and Kara’s Kitchenware, plus jewelry shops featuring both fine and custom-made pieces.

Mom and daughter holding hands outside Vanilla Urban Threads in the Old Mill District in Bend, OR

  • Hit the water: Our main waterway in Bend, the Deschutes River, runs right through the Old Mill and you can rent equipment right on site at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe: kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and more! If mom is really feeling adventurous, suit up and hit the Bend Whitewater Park for some in-river surfing.
  • Spa for Ma: Treat mom to the ultimate spa day at Radiant Day Spa, a desert oasis intermingled with some of Bend’s most breathtaking views on the second level in the heart of the Old Mill District.
  • Let her pick: Still not quite sure? Give an Old Mill District gift card sold in any denomination ($10 minimum), and she can go find her own idea of perfection at any one of the area’s retail stores, restaurants, galleries and the cinema. She can even use them for entertainment and adventure– such as concert tickets for Hayden Homes Amphitheater events and more!

Mom reading book to kids in Hello Sunshine in the Old Mill District

There’s no excuse! You can pamper mom this Mother’s Day with just the right activity, meal or gift, all in the heart of Central Oregon.