There is never a shortage of things to do in Central Oregon — especially in summer. The annual Bend Summer Fest, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, and Tour des Chutes run and bike race were all happening simultaneously this past weekend, and it’s only mid-July. Craving the serenity of a river and the solitude of the mountains? This is here, too, and in abundance. That’s the beauty of Central Oregon.
The beauty of Bend during the month of October has been nothing short of spectacular this year. Crisp temperatures at night brought out the brilliance of the changing leaves. Warm, clear days provided an irresistible invitation to play and dine outdoors and take a last paddle of the season on Hosmer Lake.
The frost, as they say, is now on the pumpkin. A change of season is in the air as we ready logs for the fire, put on a sweater and a pot of soup, and head toward the holidays.
I just happened to be awake early this morning and drove down to the Old Mill District to watch the Balloons Over Bend launch. It’s quite a sight — these giant orbs lifting off to float in crystal clear skies. The two balloons pictured here briefly touched down on the Deschutes River, much to the delight of sightseers on the bridge and paddleboarders out on the water.
North Rim residents were recently treated to views of a soaring bald eagle that came to rest on the pergola in the community. While it is not unusual to see red-tailed hawks riding the air currents here, a visit from a bald eagle is a rare occurence and an impressive sight. Thank you to Gary and Jan for the photo seen here, taken right out the window of their North Rim home.
North Rim is a busy place these days, with three homes under construction and another 11 in the process of ALRC review. And the houses being built right now aren’t the only ones we will likely see in the coming months. We are also experiencing a flurry of activity in homesite sales in the community. Since January, six homesites have sold in North Rim and five additional properties are pending. This level of interest, especially during what has typically been a slower season, provides further evidence that the market is gaining strength and momentum.
When the temperature drops and the first real snow arrives, I look forward to the first phone call or email from a North Rim resident that reports, “the elk are back!” It’s exciting every time. They are beautiful, majestic animals; impressive in their size and stature. They keep to themselves and like to rest here, often hidden in the trees. And when a herd of 60 arrives it’s an occasion. Really? Here? Where we live?
I tell you, it’s a privilege.
We are excited to announce our first pending sale of the North Rim Summer 2012 Sales Promotion. One-acre homesites previously listed from $195,000 to $270,000 are now priced $145,000 to $199,000. The promotion expires Labor Day, September 3rd.
For a price list and further information please call 541-788-7769, email email@example.com, or stop by the North Rim Lodge weekdays between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. We are also happy to assist you by appointment.
A new exhibit featuring the work of Bend-based photographer Eva Gill is now on display at the North Rim Lodge. Eva, along with her husband and daughters, dropped out of ordinary life for a mid-life gap year (and a half) trip around the world. Travelling slowly, they skied the Alps, rode ostriches in South Africa, walked with hunting hawks in Wales, learned survival skills from San Bushmen, and were visited by lions while camping alone in the Kalahari. Together, they traced the footsteps of Catherine de Medici, Nelson Mandela, Ho Chi Minh, and Ninjas. At the end of their wandering, Eva arrived home to Bend with her well-used camera and has selected a few of her most inspiring images to share. The exhibit runs through July 31st.
What do Chamonix, Telluride, and Bend have in common? They recently made National Geographic Adventure magazine’s list of the World’s 25 Best Ski Towns. Surprised?
Described as an “adventure paradise” for multisport enthusiasts, Bend’s location on the east side of the Cascade Mountains means light, dry snow and some of the best skiing in the Pacific Northwest. Bend also has the distinction of being the largest of the 25 ski towns on the list. With a population of 80,000, Bend is not only a great place to recreate, it is a thriving community for year-round living. For those of us who call Bend home, it’s the best of both worlds.
‘Tis the Season and holiday lights are aglow in North Rim, adding a festive and magical touch to the Lodge. The first party of the season was held at the Lodge last Sunday — a Holiday Art and Champagne Reception featuring the exquisite work of Annie Ferder. Ms. Ferder, known for her extraordinary attention to detail and luminous colors, has been published twice in International Artist Magazine in conjunction with awards she earned through the publication’s competitions. Her award-winning paintings are represented in numerous private and corporate collections. The exhibit will be on display through January.
The North Rim Lodge is available to owners for meetings, parties and special occasions. It’s a beautiful place to celebrate.