FAQ’s

Answers to many of the most frequently asked questions we get are below. But if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Where are the rentals located?

Bend Vacation Rentals specializes in vacation homes on Bend’s desirable Westside. All of our homes are convenient to Downtown Bend, the Old Mill District and outdoor recreation including the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort and trails for hiking and biking.

What is the “Westside?”

Bend’s Westside is a sought-after area close to the outdoor recreation that Bend is famous for. The Westside includes historical neighborhoods near Drake Park and downtown as well as newer neighborhoods convenient to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, parks, trails and golf courses. Additionally, you’ll find many of Bend’s famous craft breweries on the Westside.

How far is Bend from the airport in Redmond?

It’s a little over 17 miles from Roberts Field Municipal Airport in Redmond, Oregon, to downtown Bend, and the drive takes approximately 25 minutes. It’s another five to ten minutes in the car to most of our Westside rentals.

How far is Bend from Portland?

The drive from Portland International Airport to downtown Bend is approximately 160 miles and takes a little over three hours.

What is the Old Mill District and where is it?

Once the site of a large timber mill, Bend’s Old Mill District is now a historic site that is home to upscale shopping and dining, art galleries, coffee shops, a movie theater and outdoor activities. There are many walking and biking paths on both sides of the Deschutes River that connect the beautiful parks of the Old Mill District with its amenities. The Old Mill District is on Bend’s Westside just south of downtown, and is easily accessible from all of our vacation rentals, including a few within walking distance, like Peak View, River Rim 415 and River 504.

Is there lodging at Mt. Bachelor?

There is no lodging at Mt. Bachelor, which is not a town, but a ski area located in the Deschutes National Forest. The only services available at Mt. Bachelor are those provided by the resort itself. Visitors to Mt. Bachelor are greeted with amazing views of pristine wilderness, including Broken Top and the Three Sisters mountains, instead of busy highways and urban development. Visiting Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Sno-Parks, alpine lakes and trails is an inspiring, natural experience that people find refreshing.

How far is the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort from your homes?

Mt. Bachelor is approximately 18 miles on average from many of our Westside properties, with some of them even closer. If you’d like to stay in a vacation rental very convenient to Mt. Bachelor, check out Adventure Lodge, Big Eddy, Wild Rapids and blank. If you’re not interested in driving to the mountain, Mt. Bachelor operates a convenient shuttle service from the Westside at the corner of Simpson Avenue and SW Columbia Street.

What is Downtown Bend like?

Many of our visitors are surprised that, despite its size, Bend is a cosmopolitan mountain town with a laid-back, yet sophisticated attitude. Downtown Bend is a thriving hub of excellent restaurants, locally owned boutiques and cultural interests, including art galleries, live music and theater.

Are there good restaurants in Bend?

Although Bend is a relatively small town compared to urban areas like Portland and Seattle, the dining scene is dynamic and progressive. From quietly elegant fine dining restaurants to eclectic food carts, and everything in between, Bend is a foodie haven. And sometimes some of the best-kept secrets for amazing food are found in unlikely places, and we’ll be happy to share some of our favorites with you.

Where are services located?

Bend’s Westside is relatively small and easy to navigate, with three groceries including locally owned, gourmet Newport Market, as well as a Ray’s Food Place and a Safeway. Additionally, from late spring to early autumn, there are many fresh produce stands and farmer’s markets close by.

Do your homes have Internet access and cable television?

Many of our homes have high-speed Internet access, some with Wi-Fi, as well as cable television.

Do they have decks and hot tubs?

Most of our vacation rentals have furnished decks for you to relax and dine on, and many include gas barbeque grills. Some, like River Rim 415, Shevlin Trail, Cascade Aerie, Villa #5 and #6 have private hot tubs.

What supplies and basic amenities are included with the vacation rental?

All Bend Vacation Rentals are fully stocked with bed linens, towels and sundries including laundry soap, as well as fully equipped kitchens and televisions. A few personal care items are included as well, including personal-sized shampoos and soaps.

Are we expected to clean? And is there a cleaning fee?

We hope you’ll be impressed with our immaculately kept vacation homes, and appreciate the care both previous guests and we have shown. In the spirit of paying it forward, we hope you’ll take pride in leaving your vacation rental in the same condition you found it, minus making the beds and cleaning the bathrooms. After all, you are on vacation! Our cleaning fee is relative to the number of guests and the length of stay. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for a specific fee based on your rental.

Do you offer long-term rentals for relocation or corporate stays?

We do. Just call us at 877.385.9492 to let us know the particulars of your extended stay and we’ll match you with a comfortable long-term rental.

Can you help with outdoor activities?

Absolutely! We are outdoor sports aficionados with first-hand experience of almost every activity there is to do in Bend. We can book everything from a thrilling whitewater rafting trip on the crystal-clear rapids of the Deschutes River to a private tour of Mt. Bachelor’s 3,700 acres of lift-accessible terrain on a powder day! Check out our consistently updated online information on summer and winter activities, or call us at 541.385.9492 and we’ll be happy to offer you suggestions and connect you with respected outfitters.

Do you have vacation rentals near hiking and biking trails?

Many of our homes have amazing trail access, including those convenient to the Deschutes River Trail, Shevlin Park and the world-famous Phil’s Trail Complex of fun, fast single track for mountain biking. Both the Deschutes River Trail and the trails in Shevlin Park are incredibly scenic, and perfect for hiking, bird watching and mountain biking. Most trails are beginner and intermediate in difficulty and well marked.

Can I bring my pet?

Some of our vacation rentals are pet friendly, and Bend is a great place for hanging out with man’s best friend. Call us for details about the homes we have available for you and your four-legged friend.

Can I bring my bike?

Yes! Both the road cycling and mountain biking are excellent in Bend and the surrounding area. In town, there are many paved paths and bike lanes, and there are many rural and scenic rides just outside of Bend. If dirt is your thing, you will be amazed by the seemingly endless miles of incredible single track very close to town. Most of our homes have garages for storing your bikes securely during your visit.