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I had heard of Bend – and done the obligatory chuckling at its name, which was originally Farewell Bend – from a friend in Portland who had suggested there was more to Oregon than the artisan hubbub of her city and the foodie haven that is Eugene, further west. Noodles and company havana If you’re looking for a perfect small city – compact in scale, big on adventure, but with enough culture and coffee shops to ensure things don’t feel too much like a Thoreau wilderness – Bend, she said, deserved a visit. Noodles and company chapel hill Her tip was a great one.

Bend is on the eastern edge of the Cascades mountain range, under the volcanic peaks of the Three Sisters and Mount Bachelor, with the Deschutes river running through it. Noodles and company high street It enjoys an oft-quoted 300 days of sunshine a year, and offers access to more than 300 miles of mountain-biking trails, 71 parks, a thousand climbing routes and 3,600 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain on Mount Bachelor. Noodles and company vancouver wa Other activities include kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, wild swimming, fishing and horse riding.

A drive along the 66 miles of the nearby Cascade Lakes national scenic byway may sound more relaxing than all of that adrenaline-fuelled action, but the views from it are so frequently breathtaking that they quicken the pulse anyway. Noodles pho u menu WHAT TO DO AND SEE Mountain biking made easy

Prior to the financial crisis, Bend blossomed; hard times followed, but the past three years have seen a rejuvenated downtown – not that improvement has come without concern over the pace of change, and that civic debate continues. Noodles and company jacksonville fl Gems include Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Ranch Records, amusement arcade nostalgia at Vector Volcano and local arts and crafts at Just a Little Charm. Noodles and company tempe And on the fringe of downtown is lovely Drake Park and Mirror Pond. Noodles and company annapolis Music and movies, indoors and out

From the 1950s styling of the Tower theatre, with its concerts and movies, to outdoor gigs and events at Drake Park and the Les Schwab Amphitheater, there is plenty to do in Bend apart from adventuring. Noodles & company menu prices The Capitol is a recent addition to the city’s music scene, but the Volcanic Theatre Pub, McMenamins Old St Francis School and the Astro Lounge remain essential places to check out for new and established acts.

Open daily 7am-2pm, this slightly out-of-town spot is a hot ticket. Noodles and company fair lakes It gets busy, but there’s complimentary coffee on the porch for those waiting. Noodles and company interview Once inside, the berry ola oatmeal ($9.25) and the country biscuits and gravy ($8.95) are outstanding. Noodles of the world menu The menu also offers eggs, crepes, pancakes and sandwiches, plus specialities including white bean chicken chilli and savoury scone ($10.25).

Bend is still close enough to Portland for the flame of artisan coffee roasting to burn brightly. Noodles and company northville It’s easy to find a great caffeine hit, but you may have to queue at Thump Coffee Roasters, despite its two city outposts. Noodles and company 95th A lovely buzz is also provided at Looney Bean and Bellatazza, both near the river, and at Bluebird Coffee Company, with cool art and a serene setting. Noodles restaurant recipes WHERE TO DRINK Deschutes Brewery

There is an experimental air to Crux. Noodles & company locations Former Deschutes brewmaster Larry Sidor uses wild yeast strains, experimental hops and open fermentation to craft its pilsners, stouts and IPAs. Noodles and company jordan creek Crux opened in 2012 and gets rave reviews from locals: its Freakcake is, according to, one of “the best Belgian-style American ales ever made”.

Alternatives to all that ale can be found at Atlas Cider (sweet) and Far Afield Cider (dry), but for a convivial wine bar experience, visit Sip. Noodles and company chanhassen There’s a selection of white, red and sparkling wines – also available in three-wine flights (from $9) – plus tasty small plates, salads and sandwiches. Noodles and company share price Regular live music (indoors and on the patio) adds to the ambience.

McMenamims hotels are famed for their conversions, so it’s no surprise to find this former Catholic schoolhouse, dating from 1936, is now an affordable hotel, restaurant, brewery, music venue and cinema. Noodles & noodles It’s a bit like a school you’d be happy not to leave. Noodles and company riverdale The classrooms are now 19 guest rooms, each named after former teachers, while the design palette mixes dark wood, vibrant artwork and municipal-style fixtures and fittings.

Bend has several chain hotels, motels and self-catering suites, in town and near to route US-97, but it doesn’t have many B&Bs, which makes Mill Inn a delightful discovery. Noodles and company nanuet The 10-room, wooden property is a 10-minute walk from downtown, has an outdoor hot tub, and serves healthy and hearty breakfasts of freshly made frittatas, granola, fruit, yoghurt, and fry-ups of local bacon and sausages.

Accommodation and outdoor activities were provided by Travel Oregon and Visit Central Oregon . Noodles and copany Car hire was provided by Budget Car Rental . Noodles and company jordan landing For more information on holidays in the US go to Visit the USA