Welcome TU members to Bend, Oregon, tucked neatly between the snow covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the inspiring high-desert plateaus of Central Oregon, Bend has evolved from a sleepy lumber town to an international mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and people in search of active and healthy vacation experiences.
Dubbed the "outdoor playground of the West" for a thousand good reasons, Bend is world famous for both its outdoor pursuits and pristine beauty. The historic downtown mixes cosmo cool with homegrown friendliness. A high desert climate just below snow-laden peaks, the city of Bend has towering Ponderosa pines, twisting junipers and the Deschutes River running through it. Turn around and you'll find sparkling waterfalls, alpine lakes, fragrant sagebrush, and hillsides glistening with ancient black obsidian lava.
If you're intoxicated by more urban surroundings, let your palate lead you to one of Bend's eight award-winning craft breweries where you can sample locally crafted artisan smooth lagers, well balanced pale ales, malty stouts and chocolaty porters. And when you're ready to refuel for the next days adventure, Bend has drawn some of America's most innovative and accomplished chefs, whose restaurants have garnered international accolades. Whether its contemporary versions of country French and Italian classics, upscale American ranch, Japenese, or wood-fired pizza, you will find the very best of culinary culture in Bend. And scattered among all these great restaurants, you'll find nourishment for the soul - professional live theater, music, galleries, museums, and festivals of art, film and literature.
Bend is the Mountain Town that has it all and we are excited you will have the opportunity to experience it with us at the 2011 Trout Unlimited Annual Meeting.