So...I LOVED our trip to Northern-most California and the Central Oregon. We explored the Bend area, as well as Shasta and Redding, California. Fell in love with the area...and I can tell you that this will NOT be our last trip there!!
Because it is fire season, we did little-to-no-planning for the trip ( hadn't even decided where we would go until 1-2 weeks prior) to ensure there were no fires or smoke in the area.
We decided upon Bend because we had never been. We had heard that the weather in October could range form 80's to 40's...and that was about right!! The beginning of our trip started with high 70's and 80's and by the end fo the trip there were snow in the forecast! Loved having the range of seasons, although made it challenging to pack.
It was an 8 hour drive from the bay area, so we decided to break up the driving and stopped/played at the half way point, Redding. Initially we just expected to stop for sleep, but then we quickly realized there were things to explore there.
Here are the the HIGHLIGHTS from REDDING/SHASTA:
In Bend we stayed at 2 different places - First we spent 4 days in Sunriver (20 miles south of Bend) and stayed at the @riverpines house - couldn’t have been more perfect! It was a log cabin that had tons of activities and amenities, including a fuse ball table, a ping pong table, a basketball hoop, kayak’s, fat tire bikes & cruiser bikes, a Pac Man video game, and a Hottub. All of this nestled in the woods. We had loads of fun here.
Then we also stayed at @riverhousebend, which was a great hotel right on the Deschutes River.
Some of the ACTIVITIES we explored in the the BEND area was:
PLACES TO EAT:
I highly recommend visiting Bend...and especially in October. I would bet visiting during summer and/or winter has it's own specialness, but I can tell you that during Fall there so much to do, the weather was perfect and the contrast of the changing of the leaves added so much beauty!
Vacations are so important for mental health...and after a hiatus from traveling, I couldn't have been more happy with this trip as well as rejuvenated.
What is your next trip???