Kudos for Central Oregon: 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon

Kudos for Central Oregon: 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon

    Oregon Business recently published its 2013 list of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon. So, of course, I immediately scanned the list to see how Central Oregon fared. Hmmm, not as well as I would have imagined.      The sustainability movement has been growing by leaps and bounds in Central Oregon over the past decade. These days, you can find green companies — both large- and small-scale — in just about every sector. There’s PV Powered, which manufactures photovoltaic solar panels. The Cascade Culinary Institute, which teaches “Eat Local” principles and integrates sustainable operational practices that students can use in their future careers in the hospitality industry; its Jungers Culinary Center was constructed to Earth Advantage Commercial Gold certification standards. There’s Primal Cuts, which sells meat products from livestock that are locally and sustainably raised and fed. There’s Brilliant, which sells environmentally friendly building materials. The list goes on.     Heck, sustainable tourism is even thriving here. (Did you know that Bend’s Riverhouse Convention Center is LEED-Platinum-certified? Or that the Oxford Hotel has gained national recognition as an eco-chic boutique hotel?) We have green spas, green restaurants, green boutiques, and, of course, green real estate. In fact, we have a lot of recently constructed green homes and many more in the works. Entire neighborhoods are Earth Advantage-certified (Northwest Crossing, Shevlin Pines, Forest Meadow II and Woodhill Park, for example).     However, when you live in one of the greenest states in the country (Forbes puts Oregon at No. 2, behind Vermont), with perhaps the greenest city in the country (Portland), the...

Kudos for Central Oregon: Bend Included Among Best Beer Towns

  Time to raise a glass and celebrate the latest instance of the national media singing Central Oregon’s praises. The topic du jour: beer. The category: best towns in which to imbibe. The outfit: CNN Travel, which recently named the eight best beer towns in America (for the record, Bend was named #7). Portland took top honors — in large part, no doubt, because Portland boasts more breweries (52) than any city in the world, according to CNN Travel. The criteria? As CNN Travel explains, “Some cities have begun to take beer personally, innovating its craft and consumption and throwing festivals to honor the finest ales and lagers — creating a blueprint for the rest of the country to follow. Still others have been doing this all along. This is the story of those towns…” Here’s a rundown of CNN’s top eight beer towns, in order: Portland San Francisco  San Dieago  Boston Denver Philadelphia Bend  Asheville, N.C. Finally, it seems only fitting that the article appeared just in time for our latest local beer celebration, Central Oregon Beer Week (which runs May 22-May...
Kudos for Central Oregon: Bend Named a Top Restaurant Town

Kudos for Central Oregon: Bend Named a Top Restaurant Town

Who’s surprised to learn that Bend is one of the most restaurant-crazed cities in the country? Turns out we have the third highest number of restaurants per capita, according to a recent  Huffington Post survey (behind Salisbury, Maryland and Juneau, Alaska). Medford & Portland also made the list (at #9 & #15, respectively). Other foodie towns included in the list’s Top 15: Panama City, Fla. (#4); New York City (#5); Florence-Myrtle Beach, S.C. (#6); Anchorage, Alaska (#7); Portland-Auburn, Minn. (#8); Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, Calif. (#10); Honolulu, Hawaii (#11); San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif; (#12); Seattle-Tacoma (#13); and Charlottesville, Va. Cheers to...
Another ‘Best’ for Bend: Named AmongTop Ski Towns (Twice!)

Another ‘Best’ for Bend: Named AmongTop Ski Towns (Twice!)

Early this month, just in time for the opening of what is shaping up to be a stellar season for Central Oregon’s skiers, Bend made the list of top ski towns by two different outfits. Perhaps most impressively, the esteemed National Geographic has placed Bend among the top 25 ski towns in the world. In so doing, Bend joins the ranks of global hotspots like Zermott, Switzerland; Chaminix, France; Banff, Alberta; Whistler BC; Niseko, Japan; and Wanaka, New Zealand. Nat Geo’s criteria for inclusion focused not just on the skiing itself but also on ski heritage, amenities, and culture. Its praise for Bend included the following: “If you ever dream of skiing in the Pacific Northwest, Bachelor is the kind of mountain you dream about…. it’s a huge, diverse area which, being on the drier, east side of the Cascades, has lighter snow than the Pacific cement that coats most mountains in the region.” The writer also made note of Bend’s downtown microbrewery scene, dubbed “Beervana” (that one was news to me). Shortly after Bend made the Nat Geo list, the travel-planning website TripAdvisor named Bend one of the best ski-destination values in North America — second only to Durango, Colo. Trip Advisor compared costs for ski trips to 25 North America ski destinations that include a one-night hotel stay, a single-day lift ticket, a basic ski equipment rental package, and a meal at a local restaurant consisting of a burger, fries, and a beer (we definitely have that category locked in!). Bend’s daily tally came in at $215.25 per day — just a few bucks above Durango’s $209.65 and a fraction of the total for Vail, which weighed in at a hefty $801.51. Other popular regional...
Bend Tops New List of Retirement Property ‘Steals’

Bend Tops New List of Retirement Property ‘Steals’

A new U.S. News & World Report article has tapped Bend as one of the best places in America to retire. In the feature, “10 Cities for Retirement Property Steals,” Bend tops the list (others featured are Las Vegas;  Phoenix; Napa, Calif; Fayetteville, Ark.; Punta Gorda, Fla.; Burlington, Vt.; Fort Meyers, Fla.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Santa Cruz, Calif).  The reason for Bend’s inclusion: increased affordability resulting from the sharp median home price decline of the past few years (after nearly doubling between 1999 and 2006). While an accompanying profile of Bend in its Editor’s Picks for Best Places to Retire takes the typical media shortcut of lumping all of Central Oregon into Bend (touting both Mount Bachelor and Smith Rock in the same breath),  I did learn a thing or two I didn’t know, which is rare for these quick-hit overviews.  Apparently,  (1.) we have a basketball team (?!)  the Central Oregon Hotshots; (2.) some people consider Bend the “Palm Springs of the Pacific Northwest”; and (3.) 70.4 percent of the Bend population is under 50. Learn somethin’ new every day. About the Author: Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Redmond and...