❤ Get your romance on in Bend, Oregon style ❤
Bend, Oregon is home to heart-pumping adventures and outdoor fun, and while it may not be romantic in the traditional sense, Bend offers a variety of experiences you will truly love. Things look a little different this year, with many COVID-19 restrictions still in place, but there are still plenty of ways to get your romance on around town this Valentine’s Day.
7 lovely ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day this year in Bend, Oregon
1. Go on tour – Romance On The Snow snowshoe tour
Celebrate Valentine’s Day around a cozy bonfire in the snowy forest! This is an unforgettable way to celebrate a day of love with the one you love! Wanderlust Tours invented this one of a kind snowshoe tour under the light of our solar system’s twinkling lights. Cruising on snowshoes, our destination is a hand-carved amphitheater in the snow where a crackling bonfire awaits. Join us for a magical meander through the powdery snow-filled forest at night in the Cascade Mountains west of Bend, Oregon.
2. Follow the Bend Ale Trail
It’s no secret that Bend, Oregon is known for its beer, so why not trek the largest ale trail in the west, support local breweries, and enjoy some tasty craft beverages! Grab your passport and start making your way along the Bend Ale Trail. You can even earn prizes for sipping your way around this scenic beer route. This year there’s a special edition version of the trail due to COVID-19.
3. Hit the slopes – Mt. Bachelor
The 2020-21 season is a little different with several mountain activities on-hold, however, there is plenty of snow, skiing, snowboarding, and sled dog riding, and more to enjoy this year at Mt. Bachelor:
While many aspects of your on-snow experience will look the same this season, we are focusing on a “Back to Basics” approach in resort and taking actions to prioritize the wellbeing of our guests, teams and community—for the duration of the season. This includes a new parking reservation system, touchless transactions across Mt. Bachelor, new lift loading and maze operations, requiring face coverings and other social distancing measures. See the actions we’re taking to ensure a safe employee and guest experience and how you can better prepare yourself for the season ahead so we can all shred it, not spread it.
4. Fly high with Big Mountain Heli Tours
Looking for fun things to do in Bend? Join us on Bend’s best helicopter tours and charters today. Discover wine tasting helicopter tours, scenic helicopter tours, outdoor tours, and activities year-round.
5. Trail it up
You’re never far away from a trail in Bend, Oregon. Hike, run, bike, or ride, we’ve got hundreds of miles to explore and unlimited adventures to experience! Physical distancing measures are in place on the trails, but during the pandemic, we can still remain healthy and enjoy our beautiful outdoors; exercise is not only good for the soul, but the vitamin D is helpful for immune systems. (Keep your distance and mask up!)
6. Be bold/Get cold – 2021 Polar Plunge
Each year, Oregon’s beloved event Polar Plunge inspires thousands across the state to brave icy February waters and fundraise for Special Olympics Oregon athletes. In 2021, Polar Plunge is going ‘BRRR-tual’ to support athletes during this time when we cannot host in-person events. Whether you hit the great outdoors or chill at home, the Plunge adventure you choose is all up to you! Plunge down the slopes on snowboard, skis, or sled, Make a snow angel/hug a snowman, Have a snowball fight, #PlungeAtHome with a bucket of cold water, hose, sprinkler, or in your shower/tub, Be Bold/Get Cold while keeping Oregon Plunging in 2021! Plungers will join the virtual festivities during the month of Freezin’ February while staying safe at home with family, friends, or teammates.
7. Show love to local shops and businesses
Bend, Oregon is a hub for creative thinkers, makers, artists, innovators, and those with a thrill-seeking passion and an entrepreneurial spirit. We’re home to an abundance of small businesses known locally and nationally, and they could really use our support right now. How to support local businesses right now in Bend, Oregon:
- Start your day with local coffee or tasty treats to fuel up for your shopping trip
- Order takeout or delivery for dinner after a long day of shopping — check out this handy guide from The Source Weekly and help our local restaurants, pubs, and eateries get through these tough times
- Enjoy happy hour at home or go virtual with friends — get beer and cocktails to go!
- Shop online or in-person for locally-made products
- Buy a gift card from your favorite restaurant, spa, or shop to use at a later date
- Buy a uniquely awesome piece of artwork from a local artist or maker
- Encourage friends and family to shop, eat, and drink locally
- Purchase an experience – think local tour companies, golf lessons, etc.
- Swag it up – grab a t-shirt or beanie from your favorite local brewery, coffee shop, store, etc.
❤ Continue reading: Shop And Support Local Businesses In Bend, Oregon
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Whether on the mountain, on the trails, or exploring the community, we’re sure you’ll love Bend, Oregon as much as we do. Bend, Oregon is our home and we can make it yours, too.
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