Posted March 16, 2010 by Jamie Moore
Nestled in a mountain valley, Bend, Oregon, has wintertime fun with a fiery twist: bonfire snowshoeing. Before embarking on this hottest new snow adventure, cozy up at an eclectic inn and put some fire in your belly with a one-of-a-kind midwinter brew.
The Mill Inn: Cozy up at The Mill Inn, a refurbished boarding house located just minutes away from downtown Bend. The 10 rooms are each decorated with unique themes guaranteed to make you feel right at home, and the complimentary breakfast will fill you up for a long day of exploring. Rooms start at $70 per night.
Deschutes Brewery: A must-do Bend activity is sipping a one-of-a-kind Bend brew. Indulge at Deschutes Brewery where almost every beer has won an award. The seasonal Jubelale is a perfect pre-snowshoe-trek pint, warming your insides with its rich, malt flavor. Or go for something always on tap like Black Butte Porter, crafted from chocolate and crystal malts. Gluten-free brews, pale ales, organic beer, and stouts are just a few of the other on-tap choices. Feel good trying more than one—this community-minded brewery has donated millions to local causes. (Beers cost $4.75 per pint).
Wanderlust Bonfire Snowshoe Tour: Feed your thirst for adventure and knowledge on a magical evening snowshoe trek ($75). Follow snowy, moonlit paths as an expert guide illuminates the backcountry's history, botany, geology, and wildlife. Your final destination? A roaring bonfire, tucked into a natural amphitheater. Stargaze, sip hot chocolate, indulge in delectable desserts, and swap fireside stories as you soak in the beauty of the crisp winter night. There's even a New Year's Eve trek ($85) for those wishing to celebrate with natural bells and whistles.
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