Oregon // Summer Weekend in Bend

Happy Thursday everyone! This week seems to be flying, I swear the summer always seems to go by so quickly after 4th of July! I was at Target the other day and they had all the school supplies out, so sad! As much as I love fall (and I freaking love school supplies…ha!) I’m just not ready for that yet. 
This past weekend was quite summer-y for us though because we spent it in Central Oregon! (And checked another item off my summer list, woo!) My husband’s brother and his family live in Bend, OR and it’s such a great place to go for a little getaway, especially in the summer. It’s only about 3 hours from Portland, but the climate/environment is very different as it’s much more dry and desert-like and surrounded by mountains, more similar to Colorado than what people usually think of when they picture Oregon.  Cam’s brother’s family was moving houses in Bend so helping with the move was the purpose for our trip…although, admittedly, I didn’t actually move anything and just stuck to watching Henry 🙂 I didn’t even bother bringing our “real” camera either because I knew we’d be spending time by the water and I’d most likely just end up using the good ol’ iPhone instead. I posted quite a few photos from the weekend on Instagram already, but I thought I’d still do a post and share some of them here too (as well as a few that I didn’t end up sharing on Insta) because it was a really nice weekend!

Driving east over Mt. Hood, it’s such a pretty drive!

 Quick nursing/diaper change stop and someone wanted to take the wheel…

On Friday night, we hit up Crux Fermentation Project which, in my opinion, is the best of the many breweries in Bend! (I didn’t take many pictures this time, but you can read more about it in the post I did last year about some of my favorite spots in Bend.) The nice thing is that breweries in Oregon tend to be super kid-friendly and Henry even had on his little Crux onesie for the occassion 🙂

On Saturday morning, we had breakfast with Cam’s family at The Original Pancake House. We have OPH in MIchigan and for a long time I totally thought those were the only ones, however, it’s a franchise and it actually started in Portland! (And they have them a bunch of other places now too, including Asia!) It’s good for a big group and their chocolate chip pancakes are the best!

We stayed at a hotel in the Old Mill District this time and it worked out really well. It was nice to be close to the river as that’s the popular place to be on a hot day in Bend and it’s great for walking!

 One of the things I love about my blogger friends is that they always have the best recommendations for places to eat when we travel! My friend Erin suggested the adorable Foxtail Bakeshop to me via Instagram and it was super cute. I loved the branding/vibe of this place, however, they seem to be more of a wedding cake bakery and they didn’t have a ton of stuff ready to just walk in and buy. I was a little bummed because they were out of macarons when I went on Saturday and that’s what I was looking forward to trying…but somehow I managed to eat this piece of vanilla bean cheesecake in consolation.

After the moving was done on Saturday, we headed up to Elk Lake and it was perfect weather!

I love stand-up paddleboarding, and I hadn’t done it since our trip to Bend last summer (where I was pregnant!) so it was nice to get out there again. From the middle of the lake there was an awesome view of South Sister that I was not expecting and when I saw it, I literally almost fell off the board…ha! Stand-up paddleboarding is so relaxing, if we lived on a lake I would totally want to have one!

Taking selfies with Henry is my favorite, he’s just the funniest little guy 🙂

The water in the lake was so clear!

Saturday night, we tried out a place near the Old Mill District that just opened up called Craft Kitchen and Brewery. This place has kind of a unique mix of counter service and traditional table service, but I liked the concept. It’s definitely geared towards families with kids, but I really liked the food and beer!

Sunday morning, we hit up Sparrow Bakery (where I got this delicious vanilla bean latte!) and it was just as good as I remembered! I talk more about Sparrow here, but it’s a must if you come to Bend!

Sunday afternoon on our way home, we stopped to swim at Suttle Lake. This is a great little spot and I’m so glad we decided to check it out as I’m sure we’ll be going here on future Bend trips.

 It was fairly hot on Sunday and the water in the lake was pretty warm…Henry was loving it!

 Now that he can sit up really well, it was so much fun to have him in the water splashing around. I thought he might get cold or get kind of tired of it, but he seemed to really enjoy it!

Nothing like a weekend in Central Oregon to relax you, I’m already looking forward to our next visit!