old-mill-square-carrotMOST RECENT POSTS

Make it a weekend of wintry fun at Oregon Winterfest

Now in it’s 18th year, the Oregon Winterfest returns February 17-19 to the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon and with it a whole weekend of festivities. More than a little quirky and a lot ...

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6 Ways to Spend Your Snow Day Weekend

When snow days turn into snow weeks, feeling stir crazy is only normal. What to do when the novelty of PJs all day, science experiments and ad hoc art assignments have worn off? Here are a ...

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Your last minute guide to holiday dining in Bend

Enjoy these holiday dining options A HUGE holiday weekend is upon us and with it the opportunity to take a breath, have a bite and enjoy the company of friends, family ...

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old-mill-square-carrotSHOPPING + SPECIALS

World Class Boot Maker Visits Bend

Special post shared by Rebecca Meade for Desperado Scott Emmerich has spent his adult life keeping alive the age-old tradition of custom handmade boot making. It’s almost a lost art and one only a handful of boot craftsmen continue worldwide today. “I have in-house, 6 of the best master boot ...

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Central Oregon Sisters Launch New Shoe Line Debuts in Bend this Weekend

By Rebecca Meade Y Knot Branded shoes will unveil their new line of  footwear at Desperado in the Old Mill District. This special Trunk Show Event features Y Knot Branded shoes and Old Gringo Boots beginning Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11th.  Central Oregon sisters, Kelly Beall and Wendy Weems ...

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old-mill-square-carrotDINING + DRINKING

Make Merry with these Happy Hours in Bend

Lest we forget, the holidays are all about having fun! With this in mind we’ve got a few ideas for festive happy hours and seasonal treats that are bound to increase your joy factor.   ...

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Gluten Free Dining Options in the Old Mill District

I’ve been gluten free for a little over seven months. I knew one week in to the “two week GF test” that this was the culprit for the stomach issues and bloating that I’d struggled ...

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9 Fermentation Celebration Recommendations from Chuggnutt

Get ready for your first taste of summer beer festivals at the Fermentation Celebration, returning to the Old Mill District on Thursday, June 19th from 4 - 10p. Delicious locally-crafted beers will be poured for ...

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old-mill-square-carrotEVENTS

The Fermentation Celebration Returns: A Craft Beer Festival in Bend, Oregon

Guest blog by Jon Abernathy, Beer Connoisseur, author of Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon and founder of TheBrewSite.Com.   This Thursday the Old Mill District's annual Fermentation Celebration returns to herald the start of the summer craft beer season here in Central Oregon! This is a great “mini” ...

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Fiber Arts Explored & Celebrated

High Fiber Arts Symposium debuts in Bend, May 13 + 14 Guest blog by Pat Clark, High Fiber Arts Symposium Organizer, ScaleHouse Founding Board Member, Arts educator, and founder of Atelier 6000.  Over the past 10 years as a member of the arts community in Bend, I have witnessed a predominance of ...

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Dream Forward: TEDxBend 2016!

Guest blog by Moe Carrick, TEDxBend Lead Organizer and Founder/Principal Moementum, Inc. TEDx gets under your skin. I remember that happening the first time I attended TEDxBend 5 years ago and thought “Whoa, how exciting to have such powerful talks and performers right here in little ole’ Bend!” I had watched ...

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old-mill-square-carrotLIVE MUSIC

Summer Sundays

How do you know that summer is here? Because it's time for Summer Sundays in Bend, OR Spending your summer Sundays sitting on the verdant green grass of the Les Schwab Amphitheater is one of ...

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old-mill-square-carrotACTIVITIES

Celebrating Four Signs of Spring

Spring break is well underway, the sun is shining and, look around you– the grins are big. We are relishing all of the signals that a new season has truly arrived. Yes, there will be ...

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How To Bend: Natural History

Living in Bend, Oregon we are constantly in awe of our neighbors. This of course includes the Olympic athletes, brilliant entrepreneurs and ever-inspiring kids next door. It also includes the Marmots, Birds, Beavers and other ...

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6 fun ideas for you and your kids!

Living in Bend we enjoy year-round access to outings that remind us that adventure is a state of mind. As parents, we can instill a love for exploration by challenging ourselves to plan a variety of activities ...

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old-mill-square-carrotCONTESTS + COMMUNITIES

Catching up on the Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project

Every day a small crowd gathers, drawn away from their to-dos to stand and watch mesmerized. Perhaps you too have found yourself migrating towards the construction now underway on the Colorado Dam or found yourself clicking on the "Live Dam ...

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Desperado Boutique Supports New Life for Abused Horses

Desperado is one of more than a dozen Central Oregon businesses and community members stepping up to help neglected horses. You only have to look for a moment into Buddy’s eyes to see how far ...

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#HowWeOMD: Photo Contest!

Instagram has become one of our go-to sites for a quick inspiration fix. Where else can you find a steady stream of noticed moments, pure and simple? It's with this in mind that we have a new ...

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old-mill-square-carrotHOLIDAYS

How To Bend: Halloween Celebrations

Although we revel in special Bend events every month of the year, October may be our favorite for enjoying seasonal treats. With Halloween on the horizon, we put together a list of recommended festivities to increase ...

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Fill your fourth of July with fun family festivities in Bend, Oregon

Independence Day conjures memories of fireworks, barbecues and basking in the sunshine. This year, the fourth of July falls very conveniently on the weekend and practically begs for a full on commitment to fun! Chances ...

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4 Days and Many Ways to Make this Memorial Day Memorable

Memorial Day Weekend signals a new season of special offerings and things to do in Bend, Oregon. With so much to do, we're here to help you maximize the fun factor with daily itineraries for ...

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old-mill-square-carrotHISTORY

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