The perfect autumn trek: exploring a mountain town in the sunny high desert that also happens to be the craft beer capital of America. Get outta beer! Bend, Oregon’s legendary Ale Trail is the largest beer trail in the West. And November is its best month. Sure, you can plan a Bend “beerventure” anytime, but November is officially Bend Ale Trail Month, so it’s overflowing with giveaways, prizes, even a trophy for completing the trail (perfect for your holiday mantel!).
Bring sunscreen—Bend sees 300+ days of sunshine per year. Sample everything from hoppy IPAs to rich porters and crisp Kölsch. Pair your beverage with award-winning restaurants found in Bend’s historic walkable downtown … locally sourced cuisine includes Asian fusion and Pacific Northwest specialties, made by chefs honored by the James Beard Foundation.
And when you need a break from all that great beer, you’re in luck. Bend is a mecca for outdoor adventures: Go hiking, mountain biking, or head to famous Mount Bachelor, just 20 minutes from town. Beer bliss is now, in Bend.
STAY: Find an accommodation like vacation homes with hot tubs and bike use, B&Bs, budget-friendly, or boutique—take your pick in historic Downtown Bend.