Bend, Oregon Community information and events

Bend Located in beautiful Central Oregon is Bend. Bend Oregon is a mid sized city that is home to about 73,000 residents according to the 2010 census. This is a very unique city in that there are many top employers throughout the town but it is also well known throughout the Northwest as a popular tourist destination. Bend offers nature and ecosystem education and tours as well as world-class skiing, hiking and shopping. Additionally, in the summer, residents enjoy various activities on and around the Deschutes River. If a beautiful new hometown is what you have been craving, then you do not need to look any further. The beauty of the town is only magnified when you find all of the various festivals happening around town throughout the year. Contact your local Bend, Oregon real estate agent today to start your new life where you will enjoy the finer things in life while enjoying all that nature has to offer.


Bend Oregon was originally founded as a logging town in the early 1900s and was incorporated in 1905. Through the logging years, the town was home to two logging mills where many residents in and around town where employed, in fact, these two mills supported most of the town until they closed in the 1990s. When the mills closed, it opened up an opportunity for a developer to come in and purchase the land and the rights to the riverbanks that were depleted by years of mismanagement. Today, this area is called the Old Mill District where everybody enjoys the various shops, restaurants and pubs as well as the beautiful riverbanks that have been named as an eco system, meaning that nobody is allowed to do anything that would disrupt the native species. People of all ages enjoy the fish ladder where you can view the fish, otters and mink as well as various types of birds.

Activities/ Things to Do

The beauty of Bend is that it does not matter what time of year it is, there is always something to do that lets you enjoy nature. In the winter, Mt. Bachelor is a hot spot for skiers and from Washington, Oregon and California. The ski resort is known as one of the premier destination ski resort in the region and provides access to over 3600 acres of world-class skiing. The summer is also a hot spot for the mountain where hikers enjoy the chair lift that remains open for those who want to hike or bike on the mountain. Mt. Bachelor has been open since the 1950s.

Skiing Bend is located on the Eastern Side of the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. With this location comes extreme natural beauty. One of the best places that people go to enjoy this beauty is the Cascade Lakes Highway, otherwise known as Forest Route 46 which runs through both Deschutes and Klamath Counties where it provides some of the most beautiful scenes in the country. The highway goes through various mountainous areas with pristine views of Mount Bachelor. Various mountain lakes are located along the highway providing more scenery and nature.


Throughout the year, residents and visitors of Bend enjoy various activities and events. Santa land typically starts around the first part of December and runs until Christmas Eve in the Old Mill District and always proves to be a favorite. Here, kids and adults enjoy pictures with Santa and holiday decorations and festivities. Additionally, winter fest is another popular yearly festival where everybody enjoys everything that this Winter Wonderland has to offer. For a complete listing of Bend Oregon Community Information and events, you can check out the events calendar.


Bend offers a unique experience for everybody who goes through the city. While the majority of the town relies on tourism, there are also many high-end employers who have their main headquarters in and around town. Western Communications, Breedlove Guitars and Epic aircraft are just a few of the top Bend based companies that provide employment to residents in and around Bend.

Other top employers in and around town include St Charles Medical Center, Les Schwab, Deschutes Brewery and Central Oregon Trucking.

Bend Oregon is truly a unique town. It is rare to find a place where you can enjoy outdoor activities year-round while also maintaining excellent employment that may or may not be associated with the tourism industry. This is one town that many people want to relocate to but may not know how to get started. Contact your Bend Realtor today so they can help you get started on finding the right property with the right home that will offer you everything you need.
Cat Zwicker
Cat Zwicker
Principal Broker/Owner
1655 SW Highland Ave. Ste. 1 Redmond OR 97756