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

old-mill-square-carrotMOST RECENT POSTS

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-carrotSHOPPING + SPECIALS

World Class Boot Maker Visits Bend

Special post shared by Rebecca Meade for Desperado Scott Emmerich has spent his adult life keeping alive the age-old tradition of custom handmade boot making. It’s almost a lost art and one only a handful of boot craftsmen continue worldwide today. “I have in-house, 6 of the best master boot [...]

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Central Oregon Sisters Launch New Shoe Line Debuts in Bend this Weekend

By Rebecca Meade Y Knot Branded shoes will unveil their new line of  footwear at Desperado in the Old Mill District. This special Trunk Show Event features Y Knot Branded shoes and Old Gringo Boots beginning Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11th.  Central Oregon sisters, Kelly Beall and Wendy Weems [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotDINING + DRINKING

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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Your last minute guide to holiday dining in Bend

Enjoy these holiday dining options A HUGE holiday weekend is upon us and with it the opportunity to take a breath, have a bite and enjoy the company of friends, family [...]

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6 Things We Love About Anthony’s Restaurant in Bend During the Summer

So many good reasons to return to Anthony's - A definite must-dine at Bend restaurant with sparkling riverfront views Share your favorite Anthony's restaurant dish, drink or appetizer with us BEFORE JULY 29th in the comments  [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotEVENTS

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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The Fermentation Celebration Returns: A Craft Beer Festival in Bend, Oregon

Guest blog by Jon Abernathy, Beer Connoisseur, author of Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon and founder of TheBrewSite.Com.   This Thursday the Old Mill District's annual Fermentation Celebration returns to herald the start of the summer craft beer season here in Central Oregon! This is a great “mini” [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotLIVE MUSIC

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

#HowWeOMD: Photo Contest!

Instagram has become one of our go-to sites for a quick inspiration fix. Where else can you find a steady stream of noticed moments, pure and simple? It's with this in mind that we have a new [...]

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October’s proud display of purple

Around Bend, Purple is the color of the month and symbolizes hope. You will see purple buttons, stickers, posters, banners and flags highlighting the message, "We are here for the ONE". This symbolizes not only Saving [...]

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The Art We Love: Lubbesmeyers Create Artwork for Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale Label

One of Bend, Oregon’s beloved traditions is welcoming a festive fall and winter season with Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale. For the past 20 years, Deschutes has commissioned a local artist to create unique piece of artwork [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHOLIDAYS

Fill your fourth of July with fun family festivities in Bend, Oregon

Independence Day conjures memories of fireworks, barbecues and basking in the sunshine. This year, the fourth of July falls very conveniently on the weekend and practically begs for a full on commitment to fun! Chances [...]

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4 Days and Many Ways to Make this Memorial Day Memorable

Memorial Day Weekend signals a new season of special offerings and things to do in Bend, Oregon. With so much to do, we're here to help you maximize the fun factor with daily itineraries for [...]

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9 Unique Gift Ideas for the Ones You Love

Have you ever felt stumped in the midst of the holiday shopping season?  We’re here to tell you a secret. Are you ready? The gift of experiences are always appreciated. To spark your imagination we’ve prepared this [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHISTORY

Stay in the loop on Old Mill District and Bend happenings, events and specials like new stores, restaurants, pop-up shops, contests & giveaways. We won't overwhelm you with emails -- we promise!