Cheers to celebrating Red, White and Blue with you, Central Oregon!
With traditions like the famed Pet Parade, Old Fashioned Festival in Drake Park and expansive Pilot Butte fireworks, it’s safe to say Central Oregonians know how to celebrate the Fourth. Wondering how to spend your afternoon? We’ve got you covered – here’s our July Four top Four:
1. Float the River. Grab your crew, some tunes, and rent tubes from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe to spend the next two hours relaxing in the refreshing Deschutes River. We should warn you – there is a short whitewater section through the Bend Whitewater Park under Colorado Ave. featuring a series of 12 drops which is a blast(!), but folks have an option to get out and walk around if they prefer a calmer ride.
2. Wheel Fun Bike Rentals. It’s their name for a reason – cruising along the river in one of their four-wheeled surreys with up to nine of your friends or rolling on your own in a Deuce Coup is wheely fun! Starting in the Old Mill District, riders have easy access to McKay Park, Drake Park, Mirror Pond, First St. Rapids Park, Sawyer Park, and even Archie Briggs Canyon, which offers stunning views of Mount Washington and Black Butte to the northwest and the Deschutes River far below.
3. Greg’s Grill Happy Hour. Situated along the Deschutes River trail, the patio at Greg’s Grill has prime happy hour real estate, and lucky for us, they offer an all-day “Happy Day” menu. Come for the sesame seared ahi and stay for the prime rib sliders and fish tacos. Select wines are $5 and draft beer and well drinks are $4.50.
4. Savory Spice. Fourth of July and backyard BBQs go hand-in-hand, so before you head home swing by Savory Spice next to Confluence Fly Shop and scoop up a few of their 400+ spices, blends and sauces. Their spices are ground fresh in small, weekly batches which guarantees your culinary creation will surely demand a second helping.
This is our July Four top Four, and though, the Old Mill District and Central Oregon offers so much more! Choose your own adventure – have fun – stay hydrated – be kind – and we look forward to celebrating Red, White and Blue with you.