The Best of Bend

Six favorites after six months in Bend, Oregon

Samantha Weald
The Wealderness
Published in
8 min readJul 1, 2019


The view toward Bend and the mountains from Pilot Butte. by Samantha Weald, own work. Shot on FUJIFILM X100F f5.6 ISO 200 1/1000

“How long have you lived here?” someone asks me about once a week. “Oh we just moved here about two months ago” I keep saying, except that’s a lie. I only feel like we’ve lived here for two months, but time flies when you’re having fun. As of June 27th we have been in Bend full time for 6 full months.


To celebrate, I thought I’d jot down a few of our favorite things about living in Bend… and mention a few surprises as well.

1. no DD necessary, just walk

Part of the reason that we moved to this specific house in this specific neighborhood was because Ryan hates to drive. I honestly believe he would never drive another day in his life if he could walk or run or teleport instead. And we are so lucky… from our house in Bend, we can walk to almost everything, including our favorite coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries, as well as a bookstore, a yoga studio, a summer farmers market, a gym, multiple home stores, and a store just for people who love plants and rugs!

But being this close to such great amenities isn’t cheap — or even necessarily the norm for Bend. Our Northwest Crossing neighborhood (NWX) was built to create community, and includes new schools, parks, sidewalks, businesses, and streets. The older areas of Bend aren’t nearly as walkable, and many neighborhoods don’t have great access to bike lanes. We are extremely lucky and privileged that we can afford to live in a neighborhood that includes these amazing amenities (which include but aren’t limited to):