Bend Named Top Ski Town

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.

Catie Curtis Provides a Stunning Musical Performance at North Rim

There are two things the audience attending Friday’s Catie Curtis concert seemed to learn: (1) Catie is an incredible storyteller whose powerful and uplifting lyrics can likely seduce a smile out of anyone; and (2) there was a little magic in the air that night.

Catie Curtis, an award-winning singer/songwriter, wife, mom, philanthropist and female “folk-rock goddess”, has an uncanny ability to radiate a positive and authentic glow felt by everyone in her presence. While she’s been to Bend a handful of times throughout the past decade, her credits include performing at the White House, and sharing the stage with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dar Williams, Patty Griffin and Melissa Ferrick, among others.

What a night to kick off our North Rim Lodge Concert Series of 2012. It started off a bit magical with a timely light snowfall that looked dazzling against the white twinkling lights outside the Lodge. Yes, we’ve been waiting for this white stuff for some time now and it seemed to make us all a bit giddy as we prepared for Catie’s performance.

And then, a treat for us local Bendites! Catie brought guest, Jenna Lindbo, a Bend High graduate whose blossoming career led her to touring with Catie last fall. While the audience included much of Jenna’s friends and family, by the evening’s end, we all became fans of Jenna’s darling personality, moving lyrics and beautiful, clear voice (and boy, can she play a mean banjo!). One of the most moving moments of the night is when Jenna sang a song she wrote about the piano teacher that inspired her love of music, and her teacher’s late mother who had greatly influenced three generations of musicians. That teacher was in the audience and there were many damp eyes as we witnessed the love and appreciation between the two families.

And just when we thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, we experienced another treat during Catie and Jenna’s final performance of “Let There Be Life”. “Is there possibly someone in the audience who knows sign language?” Catie inquired. One hand in the second row shot up “I’m a sign language interpreter,” was the response. In this intimate crowd of 80 or so people, we learned that this interpreter, CM, had met her future wife on a cruise in which Catie had performed years earlier. This couple has been emotionally connected to Catie and her music ever since, which had landed them in Bend on this winter night. CM spontaneously but beautifully interpreted the lyrics of a moving song that was performed with a power and emotion that was not lost on anyone in the audience. See a clip of it here:

We look forward to many more nights like this at the lodge, bringing people and music together. Please save the date for our next concert featuring Glen Phillips on April 11th. Tickets will be available on our website’s Lodge Concert Series page.

North Rim Lodge Concert: Catie Curtis

Join us for the next Lodge Concert Friday, January 6th welcoming the talented Catie Curtis to North Rim!

Catie has been a fan favorite on the acoustic music scene for a number of years now. With her tenth and newest project, Hello Stranger, released in August 2009, she gifts her loyal fan base and entices new listeners with a recording that captures some of the magic of her live performances.  With the help of her Nashville-based record label, Compass Records, she selected a few of Nashville’s best musicians to make an album featuring fiddle, mandolin and banjo as well as acoustic guitar.

Curtis has created a dedicated following that has grown steadily over the course of her 15-year career.  With her live shows, film and tv placements, the 2006 International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize, and now the Hello Stranger string-band project, Curtis has proven that she’s the real deal: a musician with the kind of raw talent and artistic maturity that makes her a force to be reckoned with, albeit a sweet force.

North Rim Lodge Concert: Catie Curtis
Friday, January 6, 2012 | Doors open at 7pm
Pre-concert reception featuring wine + desserts
Concert starts at 7:30pm
Tickets $35/person (includes 2 wine tickets)

Due to the intimate venue and limited seating, please reserve your tickets in advance by clicking on the Buy Now link below, or contacting Linda Sealock Schmitz at 541-788-7769, Tickets will not be sold at the door.

A big thank you to our Lodge Concert Series Sponsors:

Bob Reininger, Wealth Manager at UBS





Holiday Greetings

‘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.

Change of Season

The fall colors in Bend this year have been undeniably gorgeous. The splendor of bright red maple leaves and golden aspen trees against a deep blue sky is a wonder to behold. The beauty of it all surprises me every time. There are more subtle changes with the end of October, too.  The two small fawns who frequented North Rim over the summer have suddenly lost all their spots. They are nearly the size of their mother now. There is a crispness to the air, signaling that the first snow of the season can’t be far behind. It’s just about time to bring out the skiis and showshoes and get ready for winter fun!

‘Sonos’ to perform at North Rim

The North Rim Lodge will be filled with beautiful music this weekend as we host the final house concert of the season, featuring the exciting L.A. based a cappella quintet ‘Sonos.’ Emerging in 2009, Sonos turned the a cappella genre on its head with their sublime vocal+electronic interpretations of popular indie material. The vocal talent of this quintet is so unique, they were selected to appear on NBC’s “The Sing Off ” in September, reaching millions of people with their music.

Brewfest this Weekend

Bend is celebrating its well-deserved reputation for microbreweries with the Bend Brewfest this weekend.  The annual festival focuses on tasting and enjoying ales and lagers, with over 80 distinct fine craft beers available for public tasting.  The festival is being held at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, an easy 10 minute drive from North Rim, on Friday from 3:00 to 11:00 pm, and Saturday from noon to 11:00 pm.  Family members of all ages are permitted on the grounds until 7:00 pm each night.  With places to stroll along the Deschutes River and today’s beautiful clear skies and warm weather, I’m guessing it will be a very popular place to spend the evening.  Hope to see you there!



Everything under the sun

It’s one of those beautiful, sun-drenched Bend summer days. The Cascades are on full display, majestic with their blanket of snow. It might feel lazy but for all the activity in town.  People and their happy dogs are out walking, kayaks and canoes sit atop cars headed for a favorite lake or stretch of river, and restaurant patios are filled with patrons enjoying a leisurely lunch with friends.  Events are in full swing, too.  The elite stage Cascade Cycling Classic is underway, as is the Oregon High Desert Classics, regarded as the most prestigious Hunter-Jumper competition in the Northwest.  Pink Martini — not the cocktail but a fine group of musicians — performs Saturday night at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.  And Balloons Over Bend, a wonderful family-friendly event, launches into the air this weekend.  Now, how to fit it all in…

North Rim Wedding

The beautiful North Rim Lodge is increasingly a place where families gather for their most cherished events.  Over the holiday weekend, one of our owners hosted a wedding and reception here for family and friends.  How lovely that the evening was absolutely perfect for such a special occasion, and for dancing under the stars.