Mt. Bachelor Village – Bend, OR
Mt. Bachelor was christened so because it is a lone volcanic mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range that stands apart, but is nevertheless close to a series of three other volcanic mountains called The Three Sisters.
It contains the largest ski resort in Oregon, and the sixth largest in the nation; the Mt. Bachelor ski area has been in operation since 1958. Known not only for its skiing resort, but its proximity to family-friendly hiking, climbing and camping facilities not only around the mountain, but in neighboring Three Sisters and the Deschutes National Forest as well, Mt. Bachelor has become a popular spot.
It is located next to Bend, a vast and scenic country community that simultaneously supports a strong urban downtown.
Mt. Bachelor Village
Mt. Bachelor Village is an award-winning resort residence area that offers vacation homes, hotel rooms, and separate condominiums for enjoying the river or mountain.
It was built in the style of old-fashioned country homes and log cabins in a spacious area to maximize the natural beauty of the countryside. It has a variety of accommodations to suit different budgets and also a 5,400 square feet conference center.
Schools and Transportation
Though Century Highway leads to Mt. Bachelor from Bend, 10 bus systems run through the city and its surrounding areas.
Bend has 37 primary and secondary schools. The most highly regarded schools are Kenwood Elementary School and Summit High, though High Lakes Elementary, Cascade Middle School and Mountain View Senior High are also highly rated.
Oregon State University – Cascades offers the OSU education in a smaller, more personal campus. One of the Central Oregon Community Colleges can be found in Bend as well.
Due to its rural location, Bend has a great deal of large parks for outdoor features ranging from hiking, off-leash areas for pets, and river leisure to areas dedicated to getting kids outside, and therapeutic and fitness events for seniors.
Bend is known for wide-open sporting events like the National Track & Field Cross Country Championships, or cycling and racing like the Cascade Lakes Relay in the Old Mill District, which also hosts the Deschutes Brewery Cup. The Paulina Plunge Waterfall Mountain Bike Tour is a popular family destination with natural water slides.
In contrast to the laid-back nature of many areas in Bend, Downtown Bend is a busy, city-like district. Downtown Bend holds frequent events and festivals, a great deal devoted toward art (such as art walks and exhibitions) and family (pet-geared events, or businesses participating in seasonal promotions for children and parades). The town’s history is often in the spotlight.
Examples include walks of supposedly haunted sites, ice cream factory tasting and tours, or the historic Heritage Walk. It has many health-conscious food options, such as gluten free and vegetarian restaurants, as well as varied foreign food establishments, and a collection of well-regarded breweries and fine wine dining places.