Old Mill District
Old Mill District
4.5
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The Old Mill District along the Deschutes River is home to Bend's premiere shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Take in concert at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, go for a run along the Deschutes River Trail, or simply stroll from shop to shop with friends and family. The Old Mill District also boasts more than 12 riverfront restaurants that feature everything from exotic happy hours and fine dining to kid-friendly family-style meals. More than just a shopping and dining district, the Old Mill also includes a 16-screen IMAX movie theater, three art galleries, a bike rental station and a kayak/surf/stand-up paddle board shop that'll have you on the river in no time. Coming to Central Oregon during the holidays? Don't miss our one-of-a-kind Santaland and roving carolers throughout the Old Mill. We also provide free horse carriage rides to help visitors tap into their holiday cheer!
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iamhere555
united states125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
the old mill district is right on the Deschutes river and restaurants have seating along the river. The river trail runs from the district for a pleasant stroll. There is a bridge across the rive leading from the Hampton Inn to the Old Mill District.

The area is kept well, pleasant to walk around in, very inviting. REI is in the building with the three distinctive smokestacks.

Very pleasant retail/restaurant area.
Written September 29, 2020
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B A
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I’m from Canada and regularly visit Bend. One of my favourite places to stop by is the Old Mill District. Wonderful restaurants, views and a variety of stores for all ages. My favourite was White House Black Market which I was so disappointed to learn that their lease had not been renewed by Old Mill as there were plans to open another store for young girls. This really leaves nothing chic for women 30 and up. I really hope management rethinks this decision. White House Black Market is a very unique and upscale boutique meeting the needs of many women.
Written April 14, 2023
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Rachel W
Round Rock, TX136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Shopping District- Anywhere USA. Same chain stores you can find in a shopping district anywhere. It is Nothing special and certainly not worth going out of your way for. the only real positive - parking is easy
Written November 12, 2022
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JVallejo
Caribbean35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
good for shopping , eat and walk with family. amazing views , variety of shops but close it . all the restaurants were close, a few just with limited service, I cant wait to visit the next time with out Covid Restriction.
Written April 13, 2021
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Stephen S
Boise, ID141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
If you are interested in doing some shopping or eating at a variety of restaurants that are a bit more expensive than they should be simply because of the location than this is for you. I ate at 2 places in the area and they were fine but was not looking to do shopping so there isn't much more here. It's neat to see the old buildings so perhaps a drive through and a meal is enough.
Written February 23, 2023
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BBE2
NJ298 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The Old Mill District features mostly commonly found chain stores like REI and Gap. I didn't really find the shopping or dining options all that interesting but the walk along the Deschutes River to get to the old mill area from Drake Park was really lovely. There are descriptive plaques with information about the Old Mill 's history that are worth a read and the natural habitat landscaping was wonderful to admire. Also fun to watch the tubers and "surfers" out on the river as you bike or walk along. The bike path ends a little past the Old Mill District but where it ends a hiking trail along the Deschutes River begins. Only got to explore this a little bit but it was lovely.
Written September 17, 2022
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Nex-ina
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The riverside is nice. Parking area is a bit iffy. There is no security to speak of.so, be careful when you park here.
Written January 31, 2021
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ksrich
Linwood, KS388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Lots of nice shops and restaurants. Seemed to have plenty of parking. Great location right on the river. We had an excellent meal at Gregs grill.
Written September 11, 2020
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dmarun
Jacksonville, FL508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Old Mill District, comprising approximately 270 acres, lies on a historic site originally home to two lumber mills (Shevlin-Hixon Lumber and Brooks-Scanlon Lumber) which operated until central Oregon's forests were depleted leading to their eventual demise. Currently, the site, which lies on the Deschutes River, is home to shops, restaurants, an amphitheater and trails. While there is nothing special as a destination here, it is a charming part of Bend that should not be missed. One can raft, paddle board, river "surf", rent bikes, hear your favorite artist in the amphitheater, shop (ok, no unusual or outstanding shops here) or eat (again, nothing super great here). Walk along the river and one soon finds themselves in the surrounding neighborhoods....lovely! Walk far enough (about a mile) and you are in downtown Bend.
Written August 31, 2019
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Raysunlover
San Jose, CA126 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
From all the descriptions we had read, we expected a vibrant shopping area full of activity. The Old Mill is pretty much an outside mall. I was hoping for more locally owned stores and
art, fountains and such. Walking along the river and watching people and wildlife made the trip worthwhile. I would like to see the City or the property owners add more items of interest in the area.
Written July 27, 2019
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