Redmond Country Rediscovered

by Wendy on April 18, 2017

story courtesy of Central Oregon Visitors Association
(Bend – Sunriver – Redmond – Sisters – La Pine – Madras – Prineville)

The beauty of visiting Central Oregon, especially in the summer or early autumn, is that you don’t need to spend your life’s savings to make a weekend of memories that last a lifetime. Here is 48 hours of some highlights, including some favorite food, drinks and scenery from around Redmond country.

So go get packed. Adventure awaits.

Steelhead Falls – along the west side of Crooked River Ranch – courtesy of Bureau of Land Management_flickr

4pm Arrive at Sunview Motel and Resort
This little no-frills gem consists of handful of stand-alone bungalow style cabins tucked into a quiet corner of the Crooked River Ranch. If the weather is cooperating take a dip in the nearby outdoor pool one of several amenities offered by the motel thanks to its partnership with the Crooked River Ranch homeowners association.

6pm Dinner at the Brand
This bustling steakhouse in downtown Redmond features Montana-sized servings of choice beef are the order of the day at this festive local steakhouse.

8pm R&R and the Ranch
Back to the Crooked River Ranch for a sunset and a cold beverage. Its time to kick up your heels and relax while enjoying a signature high desert sunset. Don’t burn the midnight oil too long; you’ll need a full night’s rest for tomorrow’s packed day.

7:30am Coffee in Redmond
If you’re tempted to stroll around the Ranch grounds at dawn, well go ahead and indulge that impulse. You’re likely to catch glimpses of red tail hawks, eagles, deer, quail and more. Afterward, head to the Green Plow for a great cup of Joe and handmade scone. This cozy downtown bakery and coffee shop roasts its beans on site. Locals know it’s the place to go if you need something more than gas station java to jump start your day. If you’re feeling indulgent, try the spicy Maple Mocha, or if coffee isn’t your cup, grab a fruit smoothie and go.

9am Cowboy Golf
Tee off at the nearby Crooked River Ranch golf course. This iconic course is perched dramatically on the edge of the Crooked River Canyon. Casual is the order of the day out here on this player-friendly course that offers some of the best rates and scenery among all Central Oregon golf courses.

2pm Pool Duty
No excuses. It’s time grab your suit and towel for a post-round swim at the Ranch’s outdoor pool facility. Trust us, the way to beat the afternoon heat is by staying close to the water.

Smith Rock State Park by Carley Luehrs_flickr

4pm Smith Rock Sightseeing
Now that you’ve had a chance to rest up a bit. Trade your flip flops for your hiking shoes and head out to nearby Smith Rock State Park. This popular rock climbing destination is a great spot to watch local and world class climbers scale some of the West’s most challenging routes, including the iconic Monkey Face. Of course, you don’t have to be a climber to appreciate Smith Rock. The massive rock features that sprout from the desert landscape are reason enough to visit.





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