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The Bend-Redmond area is pleased to host the Feast of Tabernacles again in 2007. Nestled in the pines of Central Oregon, Bend is the hub of the resort area in the Cascade Mountains. The beautiful scenery of snowcapped mountains, towering ponderosa pines, sparkling lakes and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls provides a millennial setting. Warm, sunny days and crisp, cool nights are typical autumn weather during the Fall Festival season.
All types of housing are available from lowcost motel rooms (some with kitchenettes) to resort homes and condominiums with full kitchens, fireplaces and hot tubs near the meeting facility in Redmond. Other scenic resort housing accommodations are available in Bend and Sunriver.
Central Oregon offers a wide range of family-oriented activities—far more than could possibly be crammed into eight days. The nationally acclaimed High Desert Museum features impressive indoor natural history exhibits and live animal programs in an outdoor setting. Newberry National Volcanic Monument offers views of interesting features of the area’s volcanic past, including a large lava cave that is open to explore on foot. Crater Lake is another well-known scenic attraction within driving distance.
Outdoor activities include hiking or biking on your choice of many miles of trails, horseback riding, hayrides, rock climbing, caves to explore, rock hounding, fishing, canoeing, boating and white-water rafting on the world-famous Deschutes River. Golfers will enjoy some of the nation’s best courses with reasonable green fees. Central Oregon also has art galleries, observatories and a nature center.
Bend has three shopping malls, including a factory outlet mall as well as the new award-winning Old Mill District on the banks of the Deschutes River. The small tourist town of Sisters is a must for window-shopping and souvenirs. Sunriver Resort offers a full range of activities, shopping, dining and housing. Several new businesses and restaurants have opened in the area, some within a mile of the site.
Central Oregon offers a wide variety of restaurants. Special dining experiences include a dinner train and a unique dining facility that offers a steak the size of a small roast (or a whole chicken) with all the trimmings for a price you won’t believe in the rustic atmosphere of a former cowboy shack.