Community gardens yield a bounty of benefits to local neighborhoods Organic produce is all the rage in Oregon, and there’s no better way to ensure your veggies are toxin-free than to grow them yourself. But building a home garden takes work and planning. You need to...

Innovative thermostat brings efficiency and savings to home heating When it comes to home energy efficiency, most homeowners might be surprised to learn that the thermostat controls half of their home’s energy. The founders of Nest, a smart thermostat that programs itself, developed their product to...

An insider's view of the outdoors I have a confession to make. Though I have lived in Bend for almost five years now, I’m more of an inside gal. I’m not what you would call “outdoorsy.” In my limited experience, outdoorsy types actually enjoy being in the...

 Oregon hikes for history buffs Oregon’s world-class hiking trails are one reason many of us hang our hats here. The state also lays claim to an abundance of intriguing and significant chapters in human and natural history. These events leave their mark on both the landscape...

Accessible trails and destinations offer a taste of Central Oregon for wheelchairs and strollers alike For our summer vacation last year, we drove the scenic 175 miles from Portland, passing picturesque Detroit Lake and crossing Santiam Pass to spend time in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Our mission:...

Cairn offers a monthly grab-bag of outdoor goodies In the fall of 2013, entrepreneur and Wharton School of Business graduate Rob Little moved to Bend, bringing with him the idea to motivate people into spending more time outside. By December, Little had launched Cairn, an innovative...

Great bikes and gear for the summer cycling season   Pocket Pannier Ride in style with Walnut Studiolo’s luxurious Pocket Pannier, featuring beautiful vegetable-tanned, weatherproofed leather and cedarwood siding. It is perfect for carrying those small, indispensable items like your cell phone, wallet, keys or bike lock, and...

 This Westside Bend home showcases high desert modern architecture Craftsman bungalow, Northwest lodge and traditional homes have long dominated the Central Oregon landscape. But an influx of individuals with more contemporary aesthetics in architecture is fueling a growing taste for what Mark Mastalir calls “high desert modern.” Instead of...