Attention beer lovers! Have you been searching for the ultimate weekend getaway, where you can sip on some craft beer AND get in a few outdoor adventures along the way? Well, in honor of Central Oregon Beer Week, we have outlined the ultimate beer-cation: three days, 10 breweries, and outdoor adventures galore.
To start, make sure to download the Bend Ale Trail app ahead of time or pick up the Bend Ale Trail Map & Passport at your first brewery stop. Once you’ve collected at least 10 of the 15 stamps (one stamp per brewery), you earn a commemorative Bend Silipint that can be picked up at the Bend’s Visitor Center. If you collect all 15 you can also get a Bend Ale Trail bottle opener (#justsaying).
Ready? Then, let’s get started!
Morning: Begin your “beer-cation” by hiking Smith Rock State Park, a locals favorite, about 25 minutes from Bend. If you are up for a challenge, hike the Misery Ridge trail. Although it is not for the faint of heart (4 mile loop with 700ft net elevation gain), it’ll give you amazing views! If Misery Ridge sounds too, well, miserable, then we suggest Rim Rock, Canyon or River trails. All allow you to walk along the water. After you are done with your hike, on your way back to Bend, treat yourself to one of the many brews offered at Wild Ride Brewing! One hike and your first stamp on the Bend Ale Trail passport down! Local tip: Make sure to take cash or card to pay the $5.00 parking fee at the park.
Afternoon: Head back into Bend and make your way towards Riverbend Brewing for another stamp and a taste of some of their seasonal small batch brews.
Evening: Top off your first day of trekking the Bend Ale Trail at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Here you can bask in some warm soaking tubs, play some shuffleboard, enjoy a cigar by the fire pit, and even find a secret bar (Local tip: Doors to building with secret bar lock at 10:00pm so make sure you get there before then.)
Morning: Start your day with a drive on Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway and a stop at Sparks Lake. Walk the Spark Lake Trailhead for views of the Cascade Mountain Range. After you’ve worn yourself out (the trail is 19.5 miles long so just make sure you keep track of time AND distance), make your way to Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, the first brewery you’ll see once you’ve made it back into town. Take a seat on the patio to continue enjoying the outdoors, while you enjoy a beer from one of the oldest craft breweries in Bend.
Afternoon: From Cascade Lakes Brewing Company make your way down the street to Goodlife Brewery. Make sure to find your way to their patio for some outdoor lawn games while you collect yet another stamp on your Bend Ale trail passport. To keep the beer-cation going steady, once you are done at Goodlife, head over to 10 Barrel Brewery. Their beer sampler is a must!
Evening: Whatever you do, make sure you make it to Crux Fermentation Project before the sun sets. You’ll want to secure a spot to catch the sunset! Depending on what time the sun sets, they have “sundown” hour beer specials. As an example, if the sun sets at 8:30pm, then their sundown hour is from 8:00-9:00pm (Local tip: Don’t let the “Private Road” and “No outlet” signs fool ya’. We don’t know why those are still up, but we do know to keep going down the road)
Morning: The last day on your beer-cation and three more stamps to go! The adventure part of your day takes place in Sisters, Oregon to explore the McKenzie Scenic Byway. We recommend making a stop at the Dee Wright Observatory, “an observation structure at the summit of McKenzie Pass” for views of the Cascade Mountain Range. While in Sisters, head on over to Three Creeks Brewery for your first beer stop of the day.
Afternoon: Once you make it back into town, head on over to the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room! Here you can tour the facility, taste up to four (4) beers for free, and add a stamp to your passport! (Local tip: Don’t wait until the last minute to book your tour as it tends to get fully booked. As soon as you know you’ll be coming into town, book your tour!)
Evening: For the beer-cation grand finale, and tenth Bend Ale Trail stamp, head over to Worthy Brewing on the east side of town! We’ve sent you here on a Sunday so you can also do some star gazing at their Hopservatory!
And, since we appreciate beer as much as we appreciate safe driving, make sure you have a designated driver for your beer-cation adventures. If you find yourself needing someone to pick you up, make sure to call a cab, a friend or use a rideshare company.
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