Kickoff to Summer: A Weekend in Central Oregon

Kickoff to Summer: A Weekend in Central Oregon

There's something about Central Oregon that I fall in love with every time I visit. Between the snow-capped cascade mountain ranges, the gorgeous alpine lakes or the outdoorsy city of bend, i can't help but have a smile on my face. 


Before my last week of school, one of my favorite travel partners (my Mom) and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Central Oregon as a belated Mother's Day trip/kickoff to summer weekend. My Mom and I have always been close and love doing the same things together. So we spent the next couple of days enjoying lots of delicious food, visiting cute shops and local markets in downtown Bend and spending some much needed quality time outdoors.


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Breakfast is served! Café Sintra is a casual cafe and bistro in Sunriver, Oregon that serves a variety meals from Sintra Potatoes and Oatmeal for breakfast to a Fresh Spinach Salad for lunch. 

Breakfast is served! Café Sintra is a casual cafe and bistro in Sunriver, Oregon that serves a variety meals from Sintra Potatoes and Oatmeal for breakfast to a Fresh Spinach Salad for lunch. 

As spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner, Whistle Stop Farm & Flowers is one of the perfect gardening destinations in Bend, Oregon to find colorful flowers, plants and decorative gifts. My Mom (Patricia Thies) loved wandering through the flower-filled aisles and felt inspired to start picking plants of her own. 

As spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner, Whistle Stop Farm & Flowers is one of the perfect gardening destinations in Bend, Oregon to find colorful flowers, plants and decorative gifts. My Mom (Patricia Thies) loved wandering through the flower-filled aisles and felt inspired to start picking plants of her own. 

Paradise Produce Market is a friendly farm stand in Bend, Oregon offering local, organic fruits, vegetables and herbs to all fresh-food lovers. 

Paradise Produce Market is a friendly farm stand in Bend, Oregon offering local, organic fruits, vegetables and herbs to all fresh-food lovers. 

After spending an afternoon in Bend visiting the local markets and cute shops, we wanted to spend the rest of the day driving the loop of the Cascade Scenic Byway. The byway is a 66-mile drive filed with numerous stops and recreation; after a quarter of the drive, we found out a section of the road is closed off from the winter season and won't be open until the following Monday, only two days later. The closed off section had some of our favorite favorite lakes we wanted to visit including Todd and Sparks Lake. Although we were bummed we couldn't make it to these destinations, we decided to make the most out of it by blasting some classic upbeat tunes and go around the byway to stop by Elk Lake Resort for some perfect summer nostalgia photo opportunitieis.  

During the summer months you can rent a variety of kayaks, boats and more. Pick the watercraft of your choice and cruise around Elk Lake to enjoy picturesque views of mountains, breathtaking landscapes and scenic views.

During the summer months you can rent a variety of kayaks, boats and more. Pick the watercraft of your choice and cruise around Elk Lake to enjoy picturesque views of mountains, breathtaking landscapes and scenic views.

Elk Lake Resort is filled with a variety of public and private cabins spread around the vicinity of the lake. This rustic shack was tucked in the forest behind one of the cabins people can rent for the summer. 

Elk Lake Resort is filled with a variety of public and private cabins spread around the vicinity of the lake. This rustic shack was tucked in the forest behind one of the cabins people can rent for the summer. 

Summer Nostalgia - Elk Lake Resort offers a variety of fun summertime activities from paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking or boating — you can pick your favorite combination of lifejackets and oars and spend the day on the lake until sundown. 

Summer Nostalgia - Elk Lake Resort offers a variety of fun summertime activities from paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking or boating — you can pick your favorite combination of lifejackets and oars and spend the day on the lake until sundown. 

Central Oregon is well-known for its Alpine Lakes and snowcapped Cascade range. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway 66-mile stretch is the perfect opportunity to drive to the array of destinations and experience the tremendous landscapes and beauty. 

Central Oregon is well-known for its Alpine Lakes and snowcapped Cascade range. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway 66-mile stretch is the perfect opportunity to drive to the array of destinations and experience the tremendous landscapes and beauty. 

There are so many gorgeous places filled with tremendous beauty around Oregon and Central Oregon is one of those places that holds a special place in my heart. Each time I visit I'm left with wonderful memories and a longing for when I can spend more time surrounded by the scenic views of mountains and lakes once again. The best part about the weekend was having my Mom by my side and being able to appreciate the beautiful moments along with me. 

I'm beyond thankful for this beautiful state I live in and I can't wait to continue exploring more of it.

Thank you so much for reading along, until the next adventure!