It’s fall, y’all.
Fall in Central Oregon brings crisp mornings, beautiful sunny days, and cooler evenings. The changing of the season brings vibrant fall colors almost everywhere you look and people around town are now wearing puffy coats and beanies out of necessity (and not just as part of the Bend ‘uniform’). And while the 2020 season may feel a little different with the large annual community fall events canceled, such as Oktoberfest and Fall Festival, it’s still a great time of year to get outside and explore our beautiful community (at a safe distance, and don’t forget your mask)!
5 Ways To Fall Into Fall In Central Oregon – 2020
1. Fall Fun: Support Local
Head to downtown Sisters for the annual Sisters Harvest Faire (October 10-11 | 10:00 – 4:00) featuring handmade artisan goods, hands-on activities, educational opportunities, great food, and good old fashioned fun, including free live music. Over 150+ juried artisan vendors will be present selling quality handcrafted items including pottery, metal art, photography, painting, jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor, specialty foods, and much more. Start your holiday shopping early, and buy a handmade item that is as unique as Sisters!
Get your home ready for fall and enjoy an afternoon at the charming Schilling’s Garden Market. Check out the view of the Cascades while you pick out seasonal decor and gifts, carving and specialty pumpkins, and find seasonal favorites such as mums, ornamental cabbage and kale, asters, pansies; everything you need to create a beautiful front porch for fall!
2. Fall Fun: Pumpkin Picking With A View
For a great day out, take a trip to Terrebonne to visit the Central Oregon pumpkin patches at DD Ranch or Smith Rock Ranch. Both pumpkin patches are about a 45-minute drive from Bend, and trust us, the gorgeous Smith Rock views and hiking and horse trails make that drive well worth it.
3. Fall Fun: Colorful Nature Tours
Experience the best thing about fall, the colors from the water with the Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe: Fall Foliage Deschutes River Tour. Explore the Upper Deschutes River and enjoy this pristine and tranquil section of the river during the peaceful autumn season. Observe the changing colors, listen for bird songs, and look for signs of beaver.
Photograph stunning autumn landscapes, waterfalls, and river scenes in the heart of Central Oregon’s Cascades. Autumn in Central Oregon is one of the most rewarding times to photograph! Book a photo tour – self-guided or alongside an expert photographer – with Bend Photo Tours or sign up for the Cascade Center of Photography: Autumn In Central Oregon photo outing, workshop, or both (October 9, 10, & 11) and capture the vibrant colors along the Deschutes River, Sparks Lake, and more.
Paddle Central Oregon’s most iconic river on a Deschutes River Brews and Views Tour hosted by Wanderlust Tours. Experience the pristine Deschutes River with a naturalist guide, taste various beers from Cascade Lakes Brewing Company and other local breweries, and hear the story of their crafting.
Beer not your thing? Wanderlust Tours has several tour options around Central Oregon; view the fall tour line-up here.
4. Fall Fun: Play In The Leaves
To really fall into fall in Bend, when the leaves start to fall from the trees, head downtown to Drake Park where we guarantee you’ll feel like a kid again when you dive into the piles of leaves. A famed spot for seasonal family photos this time of year, the park is perfect to stroll through with a nice warm drink in hand as you admire the fall colors.
5. Fall Fun: Countdown To Snow
Beautiful fall colors and pumpkin spice lattes can only mean one thing in Bend; the best part of fall (according to many Bendites) is the anticipation of mountain snow and the official countdown to opening day at Mt. Bachelor! It’s not too early to plan ahead for your winter mountain experience with opening day slated for December 7th and several restrictions in place for safety. Learn more about this season’s ‘back to basics’ approach at Mt. Bachelor here.
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