Why We Love Central Oregon

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Steins Pillar Trail Little Traveled Early April 2020

Steins Pillar TrailWe have focused most of our hikes in the Cascades during our time living in Central Oregon.  However, the Ochocos, east of Prinveille, offer wonderful, less traveled hikes with beautiful vistas and interesting geology.

We traveled an hour out of Bend to find the Steins Pillar trailhead, traveling at the end first on a gravel road for several miles and then a single lane dirt road the last two miles.  When we arrived at 10:00 am, there was no one else there and we enjoyed our two mile hike into the Steins Pillar without seeing any other people. The hike had a few icy sections and patches of snow were still evident on more shaded areas, but the end of the hike being able to see Steins Pillar was

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Peter Skene Ogden Trail Provides Waterfalls and Privacy

Paulina Creek WaterfallThree weeks into the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and one week into the shut down of Oregon's State Parks, we have been searching for options where we can enjoy a hike with plenty of space to keep six feet away from others which is now the norm. Yesterday we traveled 23 miles south of Bend and took the road toward Paulina National Monument, turning off on the dirt road to McKay Crossing.  The campground at the crossing was closed, but the Peter Skene Ogden Trail was open and we hiked roughly 3.5 miles up the trail until snow accumulation kept us from going further.

We have hiked this trail before, going all 7 miles up to Paulina Falls at Paulina Lake in the Newberry Crater. 

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Bessie Butte is a Little Known Bend Hike

Bessie ButteJust a short drive east on China Hat Road in SE Bend you can find Bessie Butte. A quick 1.5 mile round trip, the hike has 500 feet elevation gain and easy access. Although not as well known or used as Pilot Butte, Bessie Butte is a great hiking option and provides for wonderful views from the top.

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, after being at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, we drove the short distance to the Bessie Butte trail head and hiked to the top. During the walk, we did pass several parties coming down, but there were plenty of places to step aside and keep the distance needed to maintain safe separation. It was a beautiful day and although we wished the hike could have been longer, the views were

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Jefferson ParkWhitewater Creek Trail Open

Jefferson Park, located on the north side of Mt. Jefferson, Oregon's second tallest Cascade mountain, is a hidden gem with stunning views, pristine alpine lakes, and beautiful meadows full of wildflowers during the mid summer months. Two years after the lighting caused Whitewater fire closed the most popular access trail to Jefferson Park, the Whitewater Creek trail opened this month. Last Saturday we hiked the trail to this popular destination.  

The Whitewater Creek trail head is at the end of a 7.4 mile gravel road off Hwy 22 ten miles east of Detroit. The area was burned during the fire and while loggers have removed much of the dead trees around the parking lot, there are still slash piles which impact the number of

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Has Spring Arrived in Central Oregon?

Spring in Central OregonAfter the coldest March in 100 years, yesterday we noticed the first flower of spring. This lone crocus has emerged and its purple bloom is brightening the dead yard.  While the grass is still yellow, there are signs of spring with buds appearing on the flowering trees and a hint of green in the yards of some Bend homes.

What Does Spring Mean for Bend Oregon Real Estate?

Spring brings back longer days, more outdoor recreational opportunities, and buyers to our Central Oregon real estate market. If you were waiting to get through winter to list your property, now is the time. Bend Premier Real Estate Brokers are ready to help you with listing tips, staging advice, and top notch marketing to get your home sold

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Take the Path Off the Green Lakes Trail to Find this Hidden Gem

Moraine Lake Three Sisters Wilderness

We have hiked the Green Lakes trail into the Three Sisters Wilderness many times over the years we have lived in Central Oregon. Located off the Cascade Lakes Highway, the hike to Green Lakes is among the most popular in the Cascades and is well worth the experience; we have blogged about this hike in the past -  see our Green Lakes Blog. Today, however, we took the path to the left at roughly 2 miles into the Green Lakes hike and walked another 1.5 miles to find Moraine Lake.

The path from the Green Lakes trail took us through old growth forest with beautiful trees and absolute silence. It is the end of October and the normal summer crowds have disappeared so the quiet was well

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Bend Premier Real Estate Bend OktoberfestBend Oktoberfest September 21-22

One of Bend's most unique fall festivals is Bend Oktoberfest celebrated in the middle of September. Besides being the main fundraiser for Downtown Bend, Bend Oktoberfest offers "great beer, delicious food, silly games and feats of strength."  Starting Friday, September 21 at 3:00 pm, the festival will include the Stein Hold Competition, the Chicken Hat Hunt, the Bend Beer Choir, the Tricycle Races and the most popular event - the Weiner Dog Race. There will be something for every Central Oregonian to enjoy!

Bend Premier Real Estate is pleased to be the Title Sponsor for Bend Oktoberfest this year. Having our main office in Downtown Bend, it is a perfect fit for us as we support fully the fundraising efforts for the

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Bend Residents Float the Deschutes River

Bend Oregon Float the Deschutes RiverWhen the summer temperatures soar, Bend residents relax in the water. Whether it is driving up to the Cascade Lakes and enjoying windsurfing at Elk Lake, paddling in a kayak on Todd Lake or water skiing and house boating on Lake Billy Chinook, Central Oregonians enjoy the water during the summer months. One of the recent additions to the water recreational opportunities in Bend is floating the Deschutes River. Unheard of 10 years ago, during warm summer days thousands of people enjoy floating through Bend's Old Mill District from Farewell Bend Park, past the surfers at the Whitewater Park and ending up at Drake Park at Mirror Pond. 

Almost as fun as floating the river is sitting on the deck of one of the

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Balloons Over Bend is a Fabulous Bend Oregon Festival

Balloons Over Bend

There are few more stunning sights than watching beautiful hot air balloons floating into the sky with the backdrop of the Central Oregon Cascades at sunrise. Starting this Friday, the annual Balloons Over Bend festival will run through Sunday offering exciting sunrise launches of the balloons, the Night Glow event Friday evening many fun activities for the whole family on Saturday. The schedule includes the following:

Friday July 27, 2018

  • Balloon Launch at Sunrise at RE Jewell Elementary School
  • Night Glow begins at 5pm at Riverbend Park

Saturday July 28, 2018

  • Balloon Launch at Sunrise at RE Jewell Elementary School
  • Children’s Festival from 10am-4pm at the Deschutes
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High Desert Classics Start Today

Oregon HIgh Desert ClassicsThe Oregon High Desert Classics, the major fundraiser for J Bar J Boys Ranch, starts today and runs for the next two weeks. The event brings in over 600 horses and 3000 professionals and amateur competitors from all over North America. The show provides for premier hunter/jumper competitions and includes two $25,000 Grand Prix's, National and International US HJA Hunter Derbies and other fun events.

The Classics are held on the 40 acre J Bar J Ranch and offers vistas of the snow capped Cascades and six grass rings, four schooling rings, onsite barns, specials events and vendors. There is no cost for attendees to watch the events.

The Oregon High Desert Classics provides funds for J Bar J Youth Services, a

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