The Bend Experiment: Bend, Oregon Craft Beer and Alpenglow Lodging


The next morning Cog Wild picked us up and we were off to the Ochoco National Forest on our first of four days of amazing riding. Being the unofficial, official photographer of the trip, I packed my bag full of heavy camera gear including a DSLR, two large lenses, two flashes and two tripods along with other accessories. I am new to mountain bike photography and I really didn’t know just how hard it would be to carry all of the gear that I thought that I needed. I soon found out that all of the extra weight didn’t help me keep up with the rest of the crew. Luckily, our friendly Cog Wild tour guides, Lev and Russ, took turns circling back to check on me. Their enthusiasm and encouragement sure helped me make it up the 8 mile climb to the top of Lookout Mountain. Wow! What an amazing view it was from up there. It was so worth the effort. We descended the nearly perfect, seemingly endless, single track down the mountain to the road. Followed by a short road ride back to the van where we shared a variety of delicious Deschutes beers. We headed back to the house looking forward to getting cleaned up and filling our stomachs.

After being out in the wilderness all day, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a nice hot shower followed up by a delicious dinner. The house seemed to have an endless supply of hot water allowing all seven of us to take showers when we returned. Andy and Drew prepared a delicious halibut enchilada dinner in the gourmet kitchen while Francis invited several of our friendly Cog Wild tour guides, along with their families, over for dinner that night. Before we knew it, we had a party going on! The house was filled with 25+ people. Since the house has such a nice spacious open floor plan, it easily accommodated all of us and made the spontaneous event a memorable evening.

Our amazing trip continued like this for the following 3 days. Cog Wild picked us up early every morning and showed us some of the most amazing trails Bend has to offer: The McKenzie River Trail, Whoops, Tiddlywinks, Larsen’s Trail and the new Tyler’s Traverse Trail, which is still under construction by the Central Oregon Trail Alliance. We explored restaurants and breweries that we probably wouldn’t have found on our own if it weren’t for the suggestions from our friends at Cog Wild – such as the Broken Top Bottle Shop, Crux Fermentation Project and the Riverside Market. All the while enjoying the comforts of home while staying at Alpenglow’s NW Elgin Ave amazing vacation rental in West side Bend.

Alpenglow Vacation Rentals caters to the outdoor enthusiasts with their wide selection of beautiful homes in and around the Bend OR area. Whether you’re in Bend to mountain bike, hike or snowboard, Alpenglow has a property that will fit your needs. With more than 20 rental homes available ranging in price from $135 – $300 a night, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your Bend adventure.

Alpenglow Contact Info:

Victoria Smith at: 541.385.7100 or toll free 1-877-437-5957


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