Settlers founded Bend (Central Oregon) in 1904 when irrigation turned the desert green and the land was divided into plots and sold off. Today, Californians are moving here because of “high prices there and the lack of water”.
Of all the places we have visited over the past six months, this is where we would live tomorrow. Situated on a bend in the River Deschutes, Bend is the American lifestyle at its best. A fantastic park on the riverbank, artsy shops and all the cafes you need. No wonder everyone here looked so happy. As the sign in the shop said Kiss your Life.