Lara House Bed and Breakfast
Lara House Lodge celebrated its centennial birthday in 2010, but this Northwest-style bed and breakfast is anything but old. Featured in Seattle magazine’s Great Escapes 2010: Bend, the historic six-bedroom home earns points for location and gets its fresh feel from all-natural décor, exemplified by the rock wall that surrounds the property, the cherry-colored wood underfoot and overhead, and a wealth of natural sunlight that pours through its many windows. Warm-hued down comforters and private bathrooms bolster the homey feel in each of the guest rooms, including three king rooms and three queen rooms that gift visitors the feeling of royalty without having to hire a court jester. Beyond plasma and LCD TVs equipped with extended cable, windows overlook Drake Park's lush swath of land that hugs the banks of the Deschutes River.
Lara House Lodge's sun room, filled with plush sofas and chairs, is a popular spot for guests to enjoy their morning breakfast, which is made from local and organic produce whenever possible. In-house chefs brew local organic coffee and set out homemade granola, organic yogurt, and pastries. As evening falls, guests gather to enjoy wine and appetizers on the candlelit porch before trekking five minutes into downtown for dinner, drinks, or live theater and music at the historic Tower Theatre. Bend is home to seven microbreweries⎯many within walking distance of the lodge⎯so guests can leave the car keys at home and avoid designated-driver disputes settled via cage wrestling.