We actually stayed in the Bend area August 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th, 2016. This post is a bit belated due to no internet at the time.
In just four days, it’s impossible to experience everything that Bend and the surrounding area have to offer. But we did our level best. We rolled into town and are actually staying in Redmond, Oregon about 15 minutes north of Bend at the Deschutes County Expo and Fairgrounds, which includes a very nice RV Park. No sooner had we set up and unhitched the Jeep, and we were headed back to Bend.
In addition to the seemingly limitless restaurants, Bend has become known for its sheer number of micro breweries, the most famous of which is Crux. Officially named the Crux Fermentation Project, this place comes highly regarded by bloggers that include Nina and Paul over at Wheeling It, and is not to be missed. So, first stop…Crux.
The first thing we noticed is Crux’s most unlikely location. It is NOT on any main drag, or even adjacent to the other breweries in closer proximity to the Descutes riverfront, although it is not too far. It’s actually in more of an industrial area, with its own building and outdoor park. We had to ask someone how to get there, although we could have Googled it.
Crux has an extensive menu of beers. Way beyond any expertise we had in beer types and selection. So, it only made sense that we order their “taster tray”, which includes a selection of six “samples” of any beer on the menu for $10. Believe me, this is a sweet deal. Although you might expect shooter-size glasses of each sample, they were significantly larger. Our choices? Crux Pilz (German Pilsner), Tough Love (Barrel Aged Imperial Stout), Crux Farmhouse (Saison Ale), Unkonventional Kolsch (Kolsch), Vicky’s Got A Secret (India Pale Ale), and Freakcake (Barrel Aged Oud Bruin). We split the tray since we had no designated driver. In the end, Vicky’s Secret was our “winner”. But we drank them all. 🙂
Crux has self seating, high tables, high stools. We chose a long table that seats ten that was empty for the moment. But not for long. We sat on the end, and were soon joined by a family that included two couples, their teen-aged children, and “Pat” their grandmother. We soon were fully engaged in conversation with pretty much all of them. Little did we know that this would not be the last time we would meet. Stay tuned.
In addition to restaurants, breweries and shopping, Bend is probably best known for the multitude of outdoor activities and its scenery. And then, there is The River. The Deschutes River to be exact. It runs right through the center of town.