A Weekend in Bend

September 17, 2013

I am so thankful that this past weekend Nate and I were able to get out of Portland and go explore somewhere new.  We totally wish we could travel the world but, since we can’t, we settled on driving to Bend, Oregon and exploring there.  One of Nate’s coworkers who often reads my blog (hi Scott!) had told us that he’d come along to photo stalk us for the blog but, unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make it so you’re going to have to put up with my pictures.  😉 Bend 1 It was so wonderful to spend time with just Nate before this semester picks up and I become a seminary widow again.  Bend is well known for the fact that they have the most breweries per capita in Oregon (and I’ve heard also in the US).  Since Nate’s recently picked up home brewing, it was fun to spend some time in a few breweries learning all sorts of things!  We even got to tour the Deschutes Brewery and, even though I’m definitely not one who enjoys very many varieties of beer, I loved learning all about the science and thought behind brewing.  (Yeah, I may be a little bit of a nerd) Bend 2 Saturday afternoon, Nate and I were sweating up a storm so we decided we wanted to do something water related.  We headed down to the rental shop and decided on some paddle boards.  Now you guys, I’m pretty much a major klutz with some huge balance problems and I didn’t fall off at all!!!  I was totally proud of myself.  It was quite a workout to try to stay balanced while paddling but we did it – and enjoyed it too!  😉 Bend 3 It was so fun to stay in an awesome bed and breakfast (with AMAZING breakfast food!) with a hot tub to enjoy.  On Sunday morning, after the fabulous breakfast our bed and breakfast supplied, Nate and I decided we just wanted to spend some time relaxing.  The day before I had seen a cute little coffee shop so we decided to go there to relax and read.  Low and behold, the coffee shop had a HUGE backyard with lounge furniture overlooking the waterfront.  We spent a few hours there, marveling in creation, enjoying one another, reading our books, and definitely not people watching/eaves dropping. Bend 4 Since we had to head back Sunday afternoon, we spent the rest of the day hiking through the hills outside of Bend.  It was hot, dusty, and definitely worth it! Bend 6 Such an amazing weekend and it was more than a bummer to have to come back to rainy, windy Portland.  We need to more to the other side of the mountains! Check out my blogging “Little Sister”:


  • Erica

    September 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    It looks so beautiful there, and like a great get-away! A great idea before the semester gets busy!

  • Stephanie

    September 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    This looks like a fun time!

  • Angela

    September 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Bend is so beautiful!! And that coffee shop looks amazing! I would love to take a weekend, or even day trip there soon!

  • Johanna

    September 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Looks so relaxing!

  • Kaeley @ My Mind’s Lens

    September 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    How much fun!! And your pictures are wonderful 🙂 I love living in the Portland area, but it is always nice to get away, too, and Bend is always fun!

  • Jenna

    September 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Looks like you two had a great time. I have so wanted to try paddle boarding. That hike looks so beautiful.

  • Shannon @Imperfectly Perfect Grace

    September 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Ahh, that looks like a really FUN and RELAXING weekend! Yay!

  • Jayda

    September 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Looks like an amazing weekend! And actually, it looks like somewhere that Steve and I would love going to…he's all about breweries, and I'm all about cute coffee shops. Plus paddle boards look super fun. Good for you for not falling off! I would not be that graceful haha.

  • Angi

    September 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I LOVE Bend! My grandparents lived there for a really long time so we were there a LOT when I was a kid. So many good memories!!

  • Katie

    September 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I've been hiking around bend, but never paddleboarding or exploring the breweries… now I know what to do if I got back! central Oregon is so pretty..

  • Jen

    September 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    What a beautiful place and I love your swimsuit! Super cute!

  • Amy

    September 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    looks like so much fun!
    & the paddle boarding = get it girl! i can't wait to try that out next summer!

  • Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly

    September 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    You seemed to have such a great weekend, Susannah! I just read an article on paddle boards in my magazine the other day. They are offering yoga classes on those boards.. For me, it'd be more like a swim class 😉

  • mj rdn

    September 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    beautiful place! and good joob!(for the balance)you both look so happy, glad you have a great time.

  • Bailey | Becoming Bailey

    September 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! Oregon is definitely on my list of places to visit.

  • MyLushBoxBarbz

    September 17, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I have just stumbled across your blog and have been having a browse. I know this sounds a bit weird and creepy but you have a really amazing smile. It's so warm and welcoming and even though I know nothing really about you I just get this immense feeling of positivity.


  • Rachel

    September 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Wow–I'm not sure if I could stand up on a paddle board at all! I would be so nervous. (especially if the water were a little chilly!)
    We love staying in b-n-b's–they always have the best food!

  • Becky Dougherty

    September 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    You're pictures are beautiful! Looks like you had a great time! 🙂 I've never stayed in a B&B; I'd like to do that sometime!

  • Midnight Cowgirl

    September 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Looks like a fun time!

  • Kelsea

    September 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

    It looks like you guys had a great time! Paddle boarding looks like so much fun! It's always nice to get away before starting up another semester of hard work…even if you're not the one doing the schoolwork! 🙂

  • another jennifer

    September 18, 2013 at 2:15 am

    What a great weekend! I love learning about how microbrews are made, so I don't think you're a nerd. 🙂 Maine has a ton of microbrews. It's great!

  • Elle Alice

    September 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

    How fun! I grew up visiting Sunriver (near Bend) either in the summer or winter of many years growing up. Oregon is beautiful and I enjoy getting out and enjoying it!

  • Carla Bruns

    September 18, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Wow! What a beautiful place. It seems so nice and quite. Perfect for me! I would really love to try SUPping but I'm not sure I could stay on like you did.

  • Ashley

    September 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Looks like you guys had a nice relaxing weekend. I have to give you major props for paddle boarding. I'm not sure I could do it. Were your legs on fire the next day? Also, this part of Oregon is Beautiful(so is Portland though), how far is Bend from Portland?

  • Katrin

    September 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Looks like such an amazing place! Glad you had a great time! Love that there are so many breweries! And I would love to read more about Nate's home brewing, that sounds so interesting!

  • kristyn

    September 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    This looks like a wonderful trip! I love that there is so much variety right around you. I've always wanted to try paddle boarding! 🙂

  • Laura Darling

    September 19, 2013 at 2:28 am

    What a fun little trip! Bend looks like a really pretty place! I love that the coffee shop had a backyard – they don't have that in Philadelphia and I wish they did! 🙂

  • Sam M

    September 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    My sister always heads down to bend to visit her brother in law's family. This makes me want to go with her sometime. it looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

  • Betty

    September 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Bend. Your post is convincing me I need to make that happen soon! Glad you had a great time!

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