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.
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
In the heart of Bend, Pine Ridge Inn is close to Deschutes Brewery and Les Schwab Amphitheater. This hotel is within close proximity of Old Mill District and Bend Factory Stores.
Make yourself at home in one of the 20 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets and down comforters, and all rooms are furnished with double sofa beds. Rooms have private balconies or patios where you can take in city and river views. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and a concierge desk.
Mingle with other guests at a complimentary manager's reception, held daily at late afternoon. A complimentary full breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and a computer station. Planning an event in Bend? This hotel has facilities measuring 800 square feet (74 square meters), including a meeting/conference room. Free parking is available onsite.
After ten years in the 24-hour fitness, Sadie Lincoln was ready to make a change. She branched out to start her very own workout method, inspired in equal parts by the Lotte Berk Method of ballet exercise, yoga, and Pilates. She combined the flowing sequences of Vinyasa yoga with isometric exercises using the ballet barre or Pilates poses, and called her creation Barre3.
The classes quickly caught fire, and Sadie transformed her lone studio into a successful franchise. At any of the locations, instructors lead 60-minute sessions that build flexibility and toned cores. Her techniques have earned her and her studio numerous national press accolades. Sadie also put together an online course—available in 60 countries—to give folks a chance to workout in the comfort of their own home or local library.
Named for the year that the Beaver State achieved its statehood, 1859 Oregon’s Magazine highlights the best in local travel, cuisine, recreation, design, and art. Features might guide cyclists on craft-beer tour rides, bring fishing enthusiasts face to face with the nitty-gritty of crab catching, or help history buffs uncover hidden points of interest along supposedly dreary Highway 20. The publishers commit to sustainable practices while producing the quarterly: they recycle as much of their office waste as possible, highlight only local travel destinations to reduce readers’ fuel use, and print with inks harvested only from squids that enjoy being tickled.
Standard TV and Appliance has been equipping Oregonians with fridges, washing machines, televisions, and other home furnishings for nearly 70 years. Founded in 1947 by Clement and Hazel Gander, the appliance experts swiftly outgrew their original location and today boast four (soon to be five) locations in and around Portland. Besides selling new machines from top brands, they sling deals on quality used appliances, offer parts and repair services, and babysit lonely range-tops during long vacations.