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

old-mill-square-carrotMOST RECENT POSTS

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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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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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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old-mill-square-carrotSHOPPING + SPECIALS

Make the Most of Black Friday Sales in Bend

Ready to tackle that holiday shopping list? If it’s deals that you’re after, we offer a cascade of store specials beginning at 6p this Thursday. Below is a play by play of where you’ll find the best deals at any given time in Bend, Oregon. You can also give [...]

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas and Guide: straight up + simple

Father's Day is fast approaching and with it, an opportunity to show the love for our favorite dads. Here at the Old Mill District, it coincides with the second concert in our BMC Free Summer Sunday Concert Series at Les Schwab Amphitheater, one of the family friendliest events throughout this [...]

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Find Your Way to Shoe Shopping Bliss in Bend

How many steps do you take in a day? For the average person, 7,000 is estimated to be the norm. With all of the natural beauty, hiking, and recreational attractions beckoning Bend Oregon residents and visitors alike, you better believe that we exceed this average. For all of the footwork [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotDINING + DRINKING

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 [...]

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Hola!’s New Custom Tequila

The best margaritas in town just got a little better. Hola! is now serving its own private label of Patrón Añejo tequila. “There’s lot of vanilla and roasted pear in there with a beautiful caramel [...]

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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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old-mill-square-carrotEVENTS

TEDxBend: bold ideas, new format

 Guest blog by Moe Carrick   What do a rock musician, a fire researcher, a white guy, an ex-con, a Hollywood writer, and a food waste CEO all have in common?   They all, with 16 other speakers and 4 performers, will grace our TEDxBend stage at Bend Senior High [...]

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October Goes Full Tilt Awesome

Maybe it’s the leaves changing colors and inspiring us with a sense of reinvention. Or maybe there’s something about pulling sweaters from the back of the closet that fills us with a sense of profound joy and giddiness. And then there’s the smell of pumpkin everything floating in the Autumn [...]

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Here’s why art lovers are flocking to Bend this weekend

Art In The High Desert returns with new artists from across North America.  Art lovers are flocking to Bend this weekend as Central Oregon’s Premier juried Art & Craft Show, Art in the High Desert returns August 26th - 28th bringing more than 110 nationally acclaimed, hand-picked, visual artists to [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotLIVE MUSIC

Phishing in Bend

To say we are excited to bring one of our all-time favorite jam bands to Bend to kick off their 2015 Summer Tour is a massive  understatement. Tickets sold out in record time, further proof [...]

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Bend Oregon Events: Frequently Asked Questions About the Les Schwab Amphitheater Concerts and the Free Bend Summer Sunday Concerts

Can I bring an Adirondack chair into the Les Schwab Amphitheater? Can I save my spot with a Pendleton blanket and then leave the venue to run to one of Bend’s breweries for a pint? [...]

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Soulshine Tour and Michael Franti

Michael Franti returns to Bend Tomorrow with The Soulshine Tour         What is it we Bendites love so much about Michael Franti? He makes an appearance at our summer concert series nearly [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotACTIVITIES

6 Ways to Spend Your Snow Day Weekend

When snow days turn into snow weeks, feeling stir crazy is only normal. What to do when the novelty of PJs all day, science experiments and ad hoc art assignments have worn off? Here are a [...]

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5 fun things to do with your kids before they go back to school

Be sure to fit these family friendly ideas into your summer calendar.   With August’s arrival, summer has hit its stride with getaways, camps, concerts and play dates filling the calendar. Are you feeling the [...]

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8 Date Ideas for THE Great Date in Bend, Oregon

You Can Win a Great Date for You and Your Plus One - Enter Now! The Great Date. It begins with the two of you, progresses with a series of activities and results in [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotCONTESTS + COMMUNITIES

Community Giving in Bend

As 2015 comes to completion we are reflecting on the tremendous generosity that abounds in Bend.   Giving back is a focal point of our community, one that enriches the lives of our neighbors and [...]

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Catching up on the Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project

Every day a small crowd gathers, drawn away from their to-dos to stand and watch mesmerized. Perhaps you too have found yourself migrating towards the construction now underway on the Colorado Dam or found yourself clicking on the "Live Dam [...]

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Desperado Boutique Supports New Life for Abused Horses

Desperado is one of more than a dozen Central Oregon businesses and community members stepping up to help neglected horses. You only have to look for a moment into Buddy’s eyes to see how far [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHOLIDAYS

10 Holiday Favorites in Bend

Tell Us Yours For a Chance to Win a $25 Old Mill District Gift Certificate! It’s that time again. The time when fond memories mix and mingle with our inclination to create seasonal magic. [...]

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Giving Thanks in Bend

A Thanksgiving Primer in Two Parts A season of gratitude is already underway here in Bend. With plans being made to gather with family and friends, we’ve put together a Thanksgiving primer in two parts [...]

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How To Bend: Halloween Celebrations

Although we revel in special Bend events every month of the year, October may be our favorite for enjoying seasonal treats. With Halloween on the horizon, we put together a list of recommended festivities to increase [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHISTORY

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