Traveling to Bend in the winter has happened a little less than I would like over the years. It's too cold to sleep in the car and too expensive to rent a house that the dogs can stay at with us. I am so stoked that Loge Camps has opened a location in Bend! Great location, affordable, and dog friendly. The Loge Bend has everything I need to rest my head in between time in the mountains and the city: hot tub, gear closets, and comfortable beds. Loge Camps is conveniently located 20 minutes from Mt. Bachelor and 5 minutes from downtown Bend.
Loge Bend is located on a trail system right outside your room, which was great for walking the dogs after being in the car for a couple hours. After Patsy and Gouda got their wiggles out we went straight to the hot tub with our beers.
When our friends arrived, we took a Lyft over to Worthy Brewing for brews and a bonfire before dinner. I had heard that Worthy also had an observatory, which I had to see for myself. Luckily the clouds cleared and we had a beautiful view of the moon through the telescope.
Two Loge employees recommended we head to Wild Rose for dinner, suggesting its the best Thai food in the PNW! It was some of the best Thai I have eaten-I highly suggest you plan to eat here when you visit Bend.
Saturday at Mt. Bachelor was whiteout conditions and lots of fresh powder. Luckily for us it had snowed nearly 60 inches the week before our visit.
Pro tip: We purchased our lift tickets ahead of time from Mt. Bachelor to cut down on time spent in the line. You can also pick up your pass in town, which I highly suggest doing, the lines are always long, especially if you aren't there super early. Once you have a One Pass you can easily reload it to purchase lift tickets in the future.
After an amazing day of snowboarding, we got back on the road to the Loge, straight into the hot tub with a beer in hand. Our friends kicked back in the room and took a nap (one in the hammock of course).
We were in the mood for a cocktail, so we checked out The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin; where hipster meets cabin vibes. Drinks were amazing! I would love to return again for the food as well. Dinner reservations that night were for Joolz, mediterranean food. Reservations are suggested if your going to visit Joolz, and I highly recommend it!
After two days of lots of alcohol, breakfast was an order before leaving town. We ate at The Breakfast Club, a classic diner that wasn't too busy; affordable and delicious. I had eggs benedict as usual.
The weather cleared up on Sunday, so we made sure to check out the winter wonderland on our way home. HWY 126 is full of places to stop and hike, or quickly get out of the car and walk around. With the fresh snowfall, I had to see Clear Lake in the wintertime. I have been here numerous times at different seasons and I always enjoy my time here. Be sure to walk out onto the dock and check out the color of the water. I couldn't turn the saturation down if I tried!
Until next time, Bend!