Old Mill District Blog 2018-02-07T19:25:26+00:00

old-mill-square-carrotMOST RECENT POSTS

Santa is Here!

No one knows how to make an entrance like Old St. Nick. After helicoptering into Bend last month, Santa Claus is setting up shop in the Old Mill District now through Dec. 23 at SantaLand [...]

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Sno-Park Guide

Get out and active in Central Oregon's sno-parks Central Oregon truly is a winter wonderland, especially for families. In addition to downhill skiing, the Bend area offers a multitude of tubing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, [...]

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Bend Holiday Events

Santa, carolers and carriage rides highlight the season It’s impossible to be in Bend during the holidays and not feel festive. From Celebrity Santas and roving carolers in the Old Mill District to the Jingle [...]

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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

Five Ways to Beat the Smoke

We're about done with this smoke and we're guessing you are, too. Here's a couple of suggestions on how to pass the next few days without breathing in that chimney-quality air. Grab a book, a [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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

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

Good Tree Hunting

Start a new holiday tradition by cutting down your own tree A great way to kick off the holiday season in Central Oregon is to hike into the Deschutes or Ochoco National Forest and cut [...]

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Carolers in the Old Mill

The shops are alive with the sound of music We love the winter months in the Old Mill District if for no other reason the abundance of live music. To help set the holiday scene, [...]

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Winter Wonderland

The spirit of the season is alive and well in Bend Nobody knows how to make an entrance like Old St. Nick. On Friday, Nov. 24 - the day after Thanksgiving - Santa Claus drops [...]

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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

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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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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old-mill-square-carrotHISTORY

February is Love Month, So Woo Your Sweetie with LOVE BUCKS.

And Enter to Win the "Keep the Love Alive" Contest Now!