Redmond is the starting point for the Prineville scenic drive - a 50-mile route that takes drivers through starkly stunning high-desert landscape. The drive encompasses towering rock formations, serene mountain brooks, and arid desert landscapes. Waypoints include Smith Rock State Park, Crooked River National Grasslands, and two placid reservoirs, the Ochoco and Prineville.
Surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest, Mt. Bachelor offers skiing in pristine wilderness. Enjoy the spaciousness and solitude without the distractions of other big ski resorts. Mt. Bachelor has no slopeside lodging, fancy base village, or condo developments in sight. Going up? There are seven high-speed lifts. Going down? There's 3365' vertical, and huge snowfall.
With over 25 courses located in the Central Oregon region, it only makes sense that some refer to the area as the "Palm Springs of the North." If you prefer to watch the professionals play, don't miss the Jeld-Wen Tradition, held every August at the Crosswater golf club in Sunriver Resort.
Popular with rock climbers, Redmond's Smith Rock State Park offers thousands of climbs on its many miles of canyon faces. If you're new to the sport, more than 1,000 of these climbs are bolted routes, making it easier to find your way to the top. Those who don't climb but like to see climbers challenge themselves in a beautiful surrounding will enjoy the park as well. Keep a keen eye for eagles, deer, and beaver.
Deschutes Brewery, one of the nation's most revered microbreweries, is located in Bend's Old Mill District. With such favorites as Black Butte Porter-named for a nearby mountain-and Obsidian Stout, Deschutes beer has found a devoted following. Tours of the brewery are offered Monday through Friday and include free beer tasting.
This local favorite offers the freshest seafood in central Oregon, prepared simply so that each flavor gets to shine. Try sumptuous dishes like oyster bisque, sesame-crusted ahi tuna and halibut in green curry.
Said to be drawn to the scent of alcohol, the jackalope often appears only to those who have been enjoying fine wine, beer and spirits. The jackalope's uncanny ability to mimic human singing is also known to lull many a traveler on the moonlit trail. Like this elusive - some say extinct - western creature resembling a jack rabbit with deer antlers, The Jackalope Grill offers the equally hard-to-find combination of imaginative Northwest haute cuisine in an unpretentious Central Oregon environment.
900 Wall's contemporary-rustic ambiance, coupled with its upbeat, laid back atmosphere makes this downtown restaurant a staple among locals and visitors alike. The menu changes seasonally and executive chef Cliff Eslinger's appreciation for the use of local purveyors and sustainable products are only a side note to the wonderful flavors and presentation.
Tender, juicy prime rib, piping-hot sourdough scones drizzled with honey butter, and warm marionberry cobbler with ice cream; these are just three of the signature items you'll find on the Pine Tavern menu. With over 70 years of practice, they've mastered not only the traditional skills of broiling steaks to perfection but also of preparing delicious soups, flavorful sauces, and innovative pasta dishes using fresh, regional ingredients.