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

old-mill-square-carrotMOST RECENT POSTS

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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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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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

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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Jubilation for the Fermentation Celebration

Fermentation Celebration Let’s get beer geeky. The Old Mill District hosts its sixth annual Fermentation Celebration on Thursday, June 8. Thirty Central Oregon breweries and cideries will be on hand pouring a combination of select [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotEVENTS

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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Bend Brewfest is HERE!

Tips to make this Bend Brewfest the best one yet! The Bend Brewfest returns August 18 - 20th just in time to put an exclamation point on your summer fun. Now in its 14th year, the Brewfest is a three day celebration of crafted bliss with representation of over 70 [...]

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July cycling events promise fun for fans and participants

While bicycling is a popular activity all year round, July is a peak month with two signature events for cyclists, spectators and supporters. Here’s a quick look at the whys and whereabouts of the Tour des Chutes and Cascade Cycling Classic.   Tour des Chutes The Tour des Chutes mission [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotLIVE MUSIC

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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Summer Sundays

How do you know that summer is here? Because it's time for Summer Sundays in Bend, OR Spending your summer Sundays sitting on the verdant green grass of the Les Schwab Amphitheater is one of [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotACTIVITIES

Raptor Programs of Central Oregon

Meet a few of our feathered friends at High Desert Museum and Sunriver Nature Center Many cultures around the world revere raptors as symbols of strength, wisdom and nobility. At the High Desert Museum and [...]

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Bend Day Spa in Bend, Oregon Pampers Chelsea

If you haven't yet heard, there is a new spa in town and Chelsea is ready to relax. Watch as Chelsea gets treated to a delightful day of spa treatments at the Bend Day Spa [...]

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

It seems every year when the irrigation system is activated, questions, comments and opinions circulate about how the Old Mill District irrigates the landscaping of this area.   This year more than most, water is [...]

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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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