Looking for that perfect place to enjoy your retirement? Many retirees these days are picking mountain towns over crowded beaches, and Bend, Oregon is one of the best. Combining modern luxury with rustic tradition, Bend has something for everyone.
Bend’s most impressive feature is its natural surroundings. The town straddles the beautiful Deschutes River and is backed up to the majestic Cascade mountain range. It is encompassed by the Deschutes National Forest, and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Summer in Bend is a sight to behold, the High Desert keeping the days warm and the nights cool. Winter brings fantastic snow, turning Bend into a winter wonderland. Throughout the year, Bend is home to some of the best weather in the Pacific Northwest.
All this great weather means that Bend boasts an incredible amount of recreational opportunities for retirees, at all times throughout the year. Is golf your game? Bend is home to eight courses, with more available in nearby communities. Some of them, such as the Nicklaus course at the Pronghorn Club and Resort, are top-rated on national lists. Retirees looking for the ultimate golf experience should definitely check out both Pronghorn and Tetherow; both offer sublime courses as well as fantastic home ownership opportunities.
Bend isn’t only for golfers. Fishers will find plenty to love about the Deschutes River, which offers an astounding 252 miles of fishable water, as well as the numerous smaller rivers such as the Metolious and the John Day. And if you ever get tired of the rivers, there’s always the multitude of pristine lakes and reservoirs. Central Oregon is an angler’s dream, with plenty of opportunities for both fly fishers as well as lure fishers. Trout and steelhead are the fish that Bend is known for, and Fly-Fishing Magazine named it one of the top ten fly fishing towns in the nation.
For the slightly more adventurous, Bend offers access to world-class rock climbing at nearby Smith Rock, as well as an incredible number of hiking and biking trails that wind throughout the mountainsides and forests. A few miles from Bend, Lake Billy Chinook is a boater’s paradise, and several companies offer white-water rafting tours of the Deschutes.
Winter brings some of the best skiing in the country to Mt. Bachelor, as well as plenty of space for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. The natural splendor of Bend becomes even more breathtaking as everything from the tall firs of the forest to the peaks on the horizon is covered in a coat of pure white snow. Bend in the winter truly projects a sense of serenity.
The town itself also offers a broad range of activities for retirees. Bend is home to some fantastic boutique shopping experiences, and has an active nightlife. For the food and beverage lover, there are a variety of top-class restaurants as well as ten local microbreweries. Bend also hosts the Summer Festival, as well as multiple big name concerts every year.
One of the best reasons to retire in Bend is the Real Estate market. The median home price is down since the recession, so now is the time to find a home at a fantastic deal. CNN Money has named it one of the top retirement towns in the nation. It’s your retirement; pick a place to call home that you won’t regret. Get in touch with the Deb Tebbs Group today for information on how to make Bend your retirement destination.