2012

Top 10 Romantic Cities

Top 10 Romantic Cities

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Bend, OR

Paddleboarding on the Deschutes River in Bend, OR

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo: Craig Zagurski/Visit Bend

The topography surrounding Bend, OR, transitions from high desert to pine forests and includes snowy mountain peaks and cascading rivers, creating a pristine playground for outdoor enthusiasts year round. Active couples looking for ways to get their blood pumping in a beautiful environment will find that here. Bend's outdoor activities range from fishing and hiking to swimming and biking. Warm sunny days motivate people to get outside, while cool, crisp nights give good reason to snuggle close. Bend's nine breweries welcome guests with cozy, friendly settings for sampling local beers and are located near enough to stroll easily between them. Vast as its landscape, Bend's culinary scene ranges from the intimate European bistro Ariana Restaurant to the creative Cajun flavors at Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails.

Where to Stay: Overlooking the Deschutes River in the heart of Bend, both the The Riverhouse Hotel and the Pine Ridge Inn feature romantic packages that include champagne service, breakfast in bed, roses and fireplaces.

Hot Spot: A behind-the-scenes tour at hometown sweet shop Goody's shows visitors the care that goes into its chocolates and ice creams. The $2 tour includes samples of ice cream, chocolate and candy.

See where Bend landed on the list of Places to Defy Death.

Bend is also a Top 10 City for Hiking Trails.

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