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Accommodation Advice

We are leaving for our US trip mid week and have a few days where we are undecided where to go in our itinerary. We think we may like to spend a couple of days in Bend. Can anyone advise on any hotels in the area, perhaps downtown so that we could park the car and get about by foot. Are there any must sees in Bend if we do go. Thanks.

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Bend is a great area, replete with fascinating sights. We always stayed at a rental house in Sunriver, just south of Bend, so others can advise re: lodging. Below is a comprehensive website re: things to see and to do in the area. I assume you'll want to take the drive to Crater Lake, either from Bend or en route elsewhere. I recall providing a Google Map in one of your earlier strings.

http://www.visitbend.com/

traveloregon.com/Explore-Oregon/Central-Oreg…

Crater Lake National Park http://www.nps.gov/crla/

Edited: 12:29 pm, August 03, 2014
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The Lava tube (lava river cave) - unique.

High Desert Museum - excellent

Outside Bend proper... Smith Rocks, shoe tree in Alfalfa, Peter Skene Ogden scenic viewpoint

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The visitor's center at www.visitbend.com is really a good place to see all the hotels in the area. You would have to contact the hotels directly to see whether they have any availability, though. I should warn you that during the summer, hotels book up fast, so don't delay. The hotels within walking distance of downtown include the Oxford Hotel, Wall Street Suites, Fairfield Inn, Doubletree, and the Hilton Garden. There are a few others. If you click on the "where to stay" and then "Bend Lodging Map" tabs, and sort by Lodging, you can see where various places are (you'll need to zoom in!). The Old Mill district is also a nice place to stay, as it is near a lot of activities (like the river), shopping, dining, etc. Have a great time in Bend. It is a fun city to visit.

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Agree that Oxford and Wall Street Suites are probably the most likely if you want a downtown base. The McMenamins Old St Francis School also has rooms, but it's a pretty small place. You should also consider hotels in the Old Mill District which is walking distance to downtown and close to the river. Hotels in that area include the Hilton Garden and Pine Ridge.

As for what to do - be sure to explore at least the "in town" section of river trail which extends from the south canyon bridge up to Awbrey Glen. There are good urban trail maps on the Bend Parks & Rec website. You might also enjoy Shevlin Park. Hike or drive to the top of Pilot Butte (an extinct volcano) for sunrise or sunset.

Most of Bend's attraction are outdoors and this area is full of natural wonders. Try hiking, biking, water activities (paddleboarding, kayaking, open-water swimming, tubing, rafting) and more. If you aren't sure, check in with one of the guide services in town (Wanderlust, Sun Country, Tumalo Creek).

Bend is also known for its great beer! Get an Ale Trail passport and sip your way across town.

Hope you have a great time. Let us know if you have any other specific questions. Sometimes general questions are tough to answer. This is just a few of my recommendations so please follow up if needed.

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Thanks for all your advice. We did not book in advance and booked in at Doubletree - although quite expensive is such a convenient location. We went to the lava caves and forest museum - both were terrific. Bend is one of the nicest places we have been - both downtown and at the Old Mill District. We visited the Old Mill District the day we were leaving as we were only there for 2 nights. The shops, restaurants and the riverbank area are just delightful. We were also given a free coffee in a coffee shop cos the girl liked our accents and said she could give us a free coffee!!! Very friendly people and my husband liked the breweries. We found a wallet at a street corner with a credit card but no money so handed it in to the bar/restaurant at the corner where they were going to deal with it - I'm sure they would and they were so appreciative of us handing it in. We were sorry to leave Bend as we could have stayed there longer. What a lovely place to stay.

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Thanks for your mini trip report, and glad you enjoyed Bend :-)

>>the girl liked our accents and said she could give us a free coffee!!!<<

What fun!

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