Because of our line of work we are able to take some mid week trips. Weekends are filled with prepping for the Fremont Market and selling our goods. Earlier this month we traveled to Bend, OR. Warren and I had stopped here in the summer of 2011 as part of our honeymoon roadtrip. We fell in love with the place and knew we needed to get back. We packed up our car, loaded in our almost 3 year old, my Mother in law and drove all day Monday to get there. We made a pit stop for brunch and for some plants of course! Little Prince of Oregon is one of the two nurseries we buy our plants from and it was just 20 minutes off of I-5 so we had to stop and visit. We showed up unannounced and while they are not actually open to the public, they greeted us with open arms, gave us a tour of the property and let us check out their amazing inventory of succulents. We shoved as many plants as we could in with our luggage and waved goodbye.
Bend has so many things to offer, we took a pretty mild and relaxed approach to our four days here. Owen's favorite part was the High Desert Museum. This place had live animals, kids play areas, snow, tunnels, old mills set up as well as the cutest cabin and chickens! If this place was near by it would turn into a regular stop for us.
A highlight for Warren and I was being able to eat at a handful of breweries with lots of good food! We timed it, AMAZINGLY, for Owen to be napping for most of lunch all three times! Our stops were Deschutes, 10 Barrel Co, and Bend Brewing Co. Bend Brewing Co. had the best kale salad I have ever ate and at 10 Barrel it was sunny and mid 60's so we sat outside and enjoyed the fireplace.
One thing that I am SO EXCITED about is a McMenamins that's opening up soon near us. I have a love of old buildings and it makes my heart happy when I see them repurposed instead of torn down. At the Bend location we went to see an all ages music and Owen danced all night long. The food was good, the beer was lovely and the atmosphere had a great vibe. No one seemed to mind the toddler running in circles, some even high fived him every time he came around and at one point he got a cheer. It was hysterical and made us feel at home.
A stop to my favorite tea shop, a small souvenir, a few new toys, lots of walks and laughter. If you haven't been to Bend I definitely recommend it. We can't wait to plan our next adventure...we are thinking San Juan Islands...any recommendations?