The Pacific Northwest sometimes has a reputation for dreary weather, but in central Oregon—situated just east of the Cascade Range—there are roughly 300 days of sunshine a year. Powell Butte is located just 15 minutes by car from Redmond and around 20 minutes from Bend. It's right near the Deschutes National Forest, where mountain bikers can zip along riverside biking trails as whitewater rafters paddle downstream. Rock climbing and fly-fishing are also popular in the area, particularly at Smith Rock State Park, a craggy river canyon located about 45 minutes from the ranch. More than 1,000 climbs make up the area, including the Monkey Face, a 350-foot-high pillar that juts out from a cliff in the shape of a simian.Oregon is known for its award-winning microbreweries; there are seven in the area that one can find by following the Bend Ale Trail. Or instead hop aboard Bend’s Cycle Pub, a bar on wheels powered by its pedalers. The mobile pub circles downtown Bend, giving sippers a chance to enjoy some brew as they scope out the downtown scene and pitch screenplay ideas to passersby.
Situated on the east side of the Oregon Cascades in the popular Metolius Recreation Area, the town of Sisters takes its name from the Three Sisters mountains looming over the skyline in the west. Each of the sisters is a volcanic, snow-capped peak that exceeds 10,000 feet in elevation and each maintains a sense of Chekhovian ennui and a longing for Moscow. The area around Sisters attracts outdoor sports lovers year-round. Winter is a quieter but no less abundant season to fish for steelhead trout in the area’s multitude of lakes, rivers, and streams. Minutes away, the Hoodoo Ski Area is a family-friendly resort that offers day and night Nordic and downhill skiing as well as snowboarding, sledding, and tubing. At nearby Three Creek Lake Nordic Trails, miles of well-marked trails allow for a full day’s worth of snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
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.