Bend is a cultural and recreational hotspot—a coveted destination for vacationers and hopeful residents alike, who come from all over the Pacific Northwest, California and far beyond to enjoy the charms and beauty of this special town. With a population of about 75,000, Bend retains a small-town feel while still offering amenities and culture of a small city.
Mt. Bachelor, located 25 miles west of Bend, offers some of the finest skiing opportunities in the West. In the summer, recreational opportunities are unlimited. Loads of sunshine is perfect for golfing, horseback riding, fishing and just about anything else you can think of to do outdoors. Central Oregon offers incredible golfing experiences, as well as more courses per capita than anywhere in Oregon. Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, fishing, trail running, hiking and much more are outdoor recreation options here.
When it's time to unwind, Bend excels, as well. Arts, culture and great food abound. The two primary shopping districts—downtown and the Old Mill District—are both destinations for those seeking arts, fine dining, boutique shopping, and a huge number of fun annual events and festivals each year. The Les Schwab Amphitheatre draws big-name concerts during the summer season. Several Farmer's Markets offer fresh, local vegetables, fruits and products seasonally, as well as live music and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Bend is home to dozens of fine schools, and is a great place to raise a family. With an excellent hospital and a wide array of services and shopping, it's a great place to retire, too. Bend is a classy, happening destination—which still offers a lion's share of best recreational options in the state. It's no wonder so many people seek out real estate in Bend, Oregon, each year.