Pono Farms
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Pono Farm
Thanks to local meat maven Olympic Provisions for tipping us off about this new north Bend spot. Tucked into a nondescript strip mall a couple miles from downtown, Pono Farm is part butcher shop, part casual counter service restaurant … and entirely delicious. You might have seen their locally raised, largely grass-fed cuts of Wagyu and Red Angus beef or “heritage breed” pork at the Portland Farmers Market, but you’ve got to hit up this Bend brick-and-mortar shop to tuck into Wagyu cheesesteak, meatloaf, or braised oxtail gnocchi.

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Deschutes
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Deschutes Brewery
Now we love Mirror Pond Pale Ale as much as the next Oregonian, but the hour-plus waits and elbow-to-elbow dining at Deschutes tested our patience, even for good beer. Fortunately, with the February 1st debut of Deschutes’ expanded bar and restaurant, we no longer have to choose between slaking our thirst and exhaling completely. With an additional 7,500 square feet, the expansion joins the old property to a new dining room built on a neighboring lot (photo top right), boosting Deschutes’ seating capacity from 141 to 306. Blown-up images of past Deschutes beer label art dot the walls of the two-story dining room, which is reminiscent of the Pearl District location: it stars massive timber beams, extensive brickwork, and large street-facing windows, perfect for letting Bend’s 300-plus days of sunshine stream in. See our recent blog post to learn (and see) more.

10 Barrel
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10 Barrel Brewing
It’s only been two years since 10 Barrel exploded onto Galveston Avenue with their popular brewpub, but the brewery is already eyeing expansion: in the last year, 10 Barrel has snagged some of the state’s most talented brewers (Tonya Cornett of Bend Brewing, Jimmy Seifrit of Deschutes, and most recently Shawn Kelso of Barley Brown’s in Baker City). They’ll need all those hop heads to help man their new 50,000-barrel Redmond brewery, which begins production this week, and to help staff their planned Boise brewpub, set to open in June. Our only question: Is Portland next?

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Brother Jon's
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Brother Jon’s
This other popular public house on Galveston Avenue recently debuted a second downtown location, right across the street from Deschutes Brewery, giving you the perfect time-killing plan in the event Deschutes expansion doesn’t entirely eliminate your wait.

Brasada Ranch
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Brasada Ranch
A casualty of the real estate market, the luxury gated golf community Brasada Ranch was sold to Northview Hotel Group last summer—a loss for founder Jeld-Wen, but a boon for you. The new owners invested more than $3 million in resort improvements at the Powell Butte property, like a renovated restaurant and guesthouse; a new spa, steam room, and outdoor pool; new bocce, tennis, and sand volleyball courts (run by a former AVP pro); new equestrian programs; and inside the 17,000-square-foot athletic center, the kid-friendly Hideout, complete with ping pong, air hockey, and a climbing wall. Some things haven’t changed, of course. The dramatic, canyon-rich golf course designed by Peter Jacobson, for example. Or the Ranch House’s unbelievable sunset panorama: an amber-hued swatch of juniper and sagebrush stretching up against the feet of snowcapped Bachelor, Broken Top, Black Butte, and the Three Sisters. Some things never get old.

Bachelor
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Mt. Bachelor
Three new groomers. A new fleet of demo and rental snowboards. And two new bars. Want to know more? Read our recent post.

Meissner
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Meissner Nordic
Nestled along the road to Bachelor, Meissner’s 40 plus kilometers of cross-country trails have long been beloved by locals, but the addition of a warming hut and a new groomer a couple of years ago upped the Sno-Park’s popularity immensely. More than 300 visitors descend on Meissner each weekend, making it tough to score one of the area’s 120 parking spots. Fortunately, the city plans to debut regular bus service this spring, and 60 new parking spots are expected before next year. And in 2013, the 1,500-square-foot Jane’s Lodge will welcome you, too.

Redmond
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Redmond
An ongoing $27-million urban renewal project has ushered in an outdoor ice rink and a more pedestrian-friendly downtown lined with antique shops, clothing boutiques, and sumptuous spots, like Diego’s Spirit Kitchen, where you can pause for a snack or sip.

SHARC
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Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic and Recreation Center
Once upon a time (read: the 1990s), Bend was just the place you drove through to get to Sunriver. The addition of Sunriver’s $19-million Sunriver Homeowner’s Aquatic and Recreation Center (SHARC) could go a long way toward restoring the pine-flecked resort south of Bend to its former glory. Spread across 22 acres, the 33,000-square-foot center features a state-of-the-art fitness room and indoor pool (with roll up doors) two connected outdoor pools, including a “vortex” water feature; two water slides; a tots pool; a water challenge course for kids; an outdoor hot tub that fits 15, with surrounding radiant heat tiles; a tubing hill that you don’t need snow to ride; and, well, more. Even better, it’s all open to the public.

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