Bend HotelsSki the snowy peaks of the Cascade Mountains in the morning, tee off a leisurely game of golf in the afternoon, and round off your day smashing through frothy rapids courtesy of the Deschutes River. Bend is a gateway to jagged mountains, roaring rivers, and still lakes that never fail to capture the imaginations of outdoor enthusiasts. With more than its fair share of restaurants - serving everything from all-American burgers to gourmet cuisine - and great beer running through the veins of its bars, Bend is an enchanting and varied place to spend some time. Things to seeWhile the natural wonders – perfect for mountain biking and hiking - that lie nearby are major draws to the area, don’t make the mistake of overlooking Bend itself. The redevelopment of the Old Mill District saw new life breathed into 2 formerly redundant lumber mill buildings, transforming them into a hip space, where art galleries mingle with restaurants and boutique shops. Beer fans will quickly detect a hint of yeast in the air from the town's many beer producers. Hop over to the Deschutes Brewery for a free tour - and don't worry, there are plenty of opportunities to sample the local produce. The brewery's connected pub has an especially unique flavor to it. Try grilled salmon, plucked from a nearby river, that's flavored with beer-infused BBQ sauce, before finishing your meal off with a so-wrong-it-works chocolate and beer cookie. As evening approaches, check the concert schedule at the charming, outdoor Les Schwab Amphitheater. Allowing the music to wash over you, as the sunset reveals stars over the mountains lingering in the background, is an otherworldly experience.Hotels in
BendWhether it's a rustic rural retreat, or a modern motel you're after, there's plenty of choice in this area. The majority of the city's cheap hotels offer free WiFi, cable television, and local calls, so don't worry about staying connected during your break. Or, you could pay extra for some extravagant accommodation, and explore the area while enjoying the satisfaction that comes with knowing a Queen size bed - with blissfully soft mattress – is waiting for you. Stir yourself awake in the morning with a relaxing dip in a heated indoor pool. Most of the hotels in Bend also have ski storage facilities available - very useful if you're using the city as a base. Where to stayStaying in Bend itself will cut down your traveling times, and give you chance to explore at your own leisure. Slow the pace by spotting fish in the rushing Bend River, or relishing the vibrant reflection of autumnal leaves in Drake Park's shimmering Mirror Lake. The sleepy community of Sunriver is another option, around 7 miles south of Bend. The chilled-out town moves to the sounds of swishing golf clubs and popping tennis rackets returning serve. How to get to BendBend is relatively easy to access, although most international visitors will need to take a connecting flight. The nearest viable airport is Redmond's Roberts Field, which handles planes from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among others, and is only 25 minutes away. Rail access is a little trickier, but offers an incredibly scenic journey. Visitors can roll into Chemult Station - on an AMTRAK train - before catching the connecting 6214 bus. This takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Bend.