What a whirl wind month this has been! I finished my Master’s degree – had the thesis presentation, hooding ceremony and the party! My oldest grandson graduated from the Oregon Youth Challenge Program and walked for the High School Graduation (he just has two more classes to complete). We remodeled our bedroom, re-did our deck, cleared out the wild and crazy bamboo and ivy in the backyard to get our little paradise back – and BAM – it’s already the end of June! Well let me tell you about our last trip to Bend!
We went out there for my grandson’s graduation and decided to make a mini vacation of it. The graduation was in Redmond, so first stop after the ceremony? Wild Ride Brewery in Redmond!
They have some fabulous brews there! Being an IPA lady, I had the Copperhead IPA – and we bought a bottle to take back to our room (as well as an amazing Belgian Ale, Solidarity).
From there we headed out to Bend and to check into our room. We stayed at the Riverside Inn & Suites, right on the Deshutes River. The sliding door opened up to a patio that overlooked the river. This will be our go-to stop for all our trips to this area!
We watched chipmunks and groundhogs forage in the evening.
The park next to the hotel had a flock of geese and I loved the fact the Bend has made feeding them illegal. So many people feed wild birds bread and it’s very bad for them. Kudos Bend for protecting the wild life!
After breakfast, we went into downtown Bend. The first place we stopped was this amazing furniture store, Natural Edge Furniture.
My husband is a woodworker and they generously gave him some beautiful scrap pieces.
All the furniture is made from salvaged wood. Not one tree is cut, they have all come down by natural causes!
First brewery of the day – Craft Kitchen and Brewery (the link is to their facebook page.
They don’t have a web page yet). They took over the Old Mill Brewerks. We didn’t eat there, but we will next time! The smell of the smoker made your mouth water! The beer was great and the service was beyond excellent!!
Next stop, Crux Fermentation Project. We sat right in front of the brew equipment, with a tub of spent grain next too us – wonderful aroma!
But now we’re a little hungry, so in addition to the taster, we ordered a black and tan pretzel – locally made from pilsner boiled spent grain served with smokey pilsner sauce – so darned good!!! My favorite beers were the Dark Strong Cherry Bomb (a dark Belgian ale), and Freakcake (Barrel aged oud bruin – a strong brown beer).
The last brewery caught my eye because of the name – The Rat Hole.
It was great!
We did stop at a couple of other breweries, but we weren’t impressed, so there is nothing to write about them.
Our final stop of the day was the Oregon Spirits Distillery. This small batch distillery produces some amazing spirits! We tried whiskeys, gin, vodka, spiced rum and absinthe. We liked them all – but our favorite was the Ottis Webber Oregon Wheat Whiskey – and you guessed it, we bought some to take back to the room!
This place is going to be opening a restaurant in the near future and we will be visiting next time we’re in the area!!
So, back to our rooms (after the grocery store stop) to prepare a dinner of seared scallops in garlic butter and a caesar salad. After dinner we sipped on our whiskey and watched the fat groundhogs outside our door forage for food.
Ah….the simple times.