So now you’ve plodded (or stepped over) your way through the boring stuff of moving, you’re here! What next?
New Town Exploring…..
Bend is quite fascinating to figure out – everything is NE, NW, SE, SW, S or N on street signs, and once you know which direction you are facing, it’s a no-brainer, well except for me – it took a couple of days but ya know, I got it down!
One thing I noticed quickly – there’s very, very few streetlights – not traffic lights, street lighting! So if you’re venturing out after dark it’s a little difficult until you really get to know your way around, on the other hand, you can see the stars again! The reason for this is, there’s an observatory close by, near Sunriver to the south, and the city has agreed to limit it’s lighting at night – even encouraging local residents to turn off their porch light when not needed.
I went exploring by myself for the first week or so, visiting parks, walking downtown, driving up to Mt Bachelor to check out the road/drive/mountain even though it’s not open yet. Getting a feel for where I now live, helped. Mapping out where your favorite stores are – Trader Joe’s, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Kohls, TJ Maxx, etc., drug stores, consignment stores, even Costco, and if you’re stuck, believe me everyone here is incredibly friendly and helpful!
Meet-Up.com is an amazing place to start to meet new people. They have a group for everything – hiking, happy hours, book clubs, blogging (yep I’m going to that one to learn more!), every subject you can think of and if there’s not a group for your particular interest, it’s super easy to start one – check it out wherever you move to!
Here’s a handy map to give you an idea as to where everything is – hope it helps!
Cascade Village Mall:
Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, Trader Joes, PetSmart, Lane Bryant, Famous Footwear, Ross, World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond and more! (Lowes is just north of the Mall)
COSTCO, Barnes and Noble, Old Navy, Safeway, and other smaller stores
Bend Factory Stores:
Nike, Columbia, Pendleton, Eddie Bauer, Carters Kids and other smaller stores
The Old Mill District:
American Eagle, Bath and Body Works, Banana Republic, Chicos, Gap, J.Jill, R.E.I., Sunglass Hut, Victoria’s Secret, White House/Black Market
Bend River Promenade:
Kohls, TJ Maxx, Macy’s, Hobby Lobby and more smaller stores..
There’s also a Dollar Tree, Ace and Grocery Outlet on the south 97 in town. The Post Office is in the Downtown area which is full of small shops and restaurants, bars and plenty of parking and the DMV is on the NW side of the 97 on the way to the Cascade Village Mall.
If you’re short on tools/nails and things of that sort – there’s a great store called Restore, it run by Habitat for Humanity and they have a section which contains all sorts of workman things, hammers, plumbing supplies, light switches and so much more, all donated and for sale for a quick shop if you don’t want to hassle the larger stores – https://bendredmondhabitat.org/restore/