No area guide would be complete for Central Oregon without paying homage to its mountain communities.

While most have never heard of Terrebonne, the tiny town at the crossroads to Smith Rock State Park, every outdoor and lifestyle magazine has Bend on its radar. Just 25 minutes south of Terrebonne, Bend has many of the amenities of cities triple its size, especially in the area of great food.

spring skiing outdoor cafe at Mt Bachelor 

spring skiing outdoor cafe at Mt Bachelor 

Bend Summerfest daytime in downtown Bend 

Bend Summerfest daytime in downtown Bend 

Much of Bend's explosion in growth over the last decade to its proximity to a world-class ski hill, Mt. Bachelor, as well as the surrounding Cascade Mountains.

With tourism as its main focus, it has year-round activities and festivals that attract visitors from around the world.

Another reason  for Bend's fame is its micro brew industry. Bend loves beer.

For a town of just over 80,000 people, there are more breweries per capita in Bend than anywhere else in the country.Twenty-two and counting. There's even a website dedicated to it.


In between Terrebonne and Bend lies the rapidly growing city of Redmond, with population of just over 26,000 people as of the 2010 census. Home to the area's main commercial airport, service includes nonstop regional airline flights to several hubs in the western U.S.

downtown Redmond 

downtown Redmond 

Redmond Airport terminal

Redmond Airport terminal

Redmond is also home to the 320 acre Expo Center and fairgrounds.

The Expo Center hosts the largest events this side of the mountains, from the Deschutes County Fair to rodeos, expositions and conferences.


Looking for a more low key experience except at festival time? The quaint town of Sisters, just 20 minutes west of Redmond, has the feel of the old west. With spectacular views of the Three Sisters mountains, it also houses a big artisan community.

downtown Sisters

downtown Sisters

Sisters Rodeo stands 

Sisters Rodeo stands 

And Sisters is home as well to three big events that attract national crowds. The Sisters Rodeo, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and the Sisters Folk Festival.

That's a whole lot going on for this tiny town of around 2000 people.