There’s something about being around people that care to ring in the New Year. This year, I was glad to be welcoming in 2018 in Bend, Oregon with my boyfriends family.
For three days, we were able to spend some time in the hidden gem of Oregon, and one of my personal favorites. From hiking in the snow, to ice skating in the Pavilion, we spent three days enjoying quality time to reflect on 2017 and look forward to what the New Year has to bring.
Head a few minutes outside of bend to Paulina lake for a beautiful, easy 7 mile hike that leads to a frozen lake, and passing a canal and snowy sound. We layered up and head to the snow for a beautiful afternoon with some delicious packed sandwiches. When the sun is shining, this is definitely a place that you don’t want to miss. If you’re not interested in hiking, don’t worry. On Paulina lake trail, there were also snowmobilers. Maybe that’s more your speed?
On day two, we hit the slops for a half-day. Unfortunately, it was icy on Mt. Bachelor, so we hit a few softer runs at the top on “Cloud Chaser” then went in for the day. If you’re in Bend and you like to ski or snowboard, don’t skip out on Mt. Bachelor. Yes, the lift tickets are expensive, but on a great day, man is the mountain incredible.
Eventhough the ice was unfortunate, the sunny day was spectacular, see below.
After two nights in the family house they rented, Carson and I moved to an AirBnb in Old Mill Town. The Bnb was a European-rustic style apartment with floral touches and a turquoise accent. P.S. the bed felt like a cloud, I highly recommend staying in this quant location if you can! Click here for the Airbnb details.
On New Years Eve, we headed to a bar for dinner and drinks. The first drink was light and tasteful, and when I ordered another, the bar tender pretty much forgot the flavor, and the drink was all vodka. Hey, not complaining, more for my money right? Then we went to a family party in Bend. Now, because the family and family friends we were spending time with were all adults, I assumed the party would be too. When we walked in, there were babies, and I knew our family was way too drunk for that crowd. We made the most of it, and I got to ring in the New Year and kiss my best friend at midnight. Lucky girl.
If you don’t have family in the Bend area, definitely don’t miss out on going to some of the best bars. Check out 10 Barrel Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Good Life, and Oblivion. Oh, and don’t forget to hit up Parilla, a hole in the wall Mexican food restaurant with $20 pitchers of Margaritas!
I hope everyone was able to ring in the New Year with people they love and care about!