When it comes to destination locations, it’s become fairly common for Central Oregon to be mentioned favorably in the national media (I’ve lost count of the “Best Places to…” lists we’ve made). Typically, though, it’s Bend that gets the press. So it’s refreshing to see that a new list focuses not on Bend but on nearby Redmond.

This time it’s TripAdvisor’s “10 Affordable Hidden Winter Gem Getaways,” which highlights both winter-weather and summer-sunny locales that feature rental properties that don’t cost an arm and a leg and are surrounded by an abundance of outdoor activities to keep you entertained. Nearby Depoe Bay and Chelan, Wash., also made the list.

As for Redmond, the town’s easy access to the area’s two skiing options (Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo) were mentioned as draws, along with extensive opportunities for mountain biking, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing and golf. (Surprisingly, the article didn’t specifically mention Smith Rock, nor did it tout downtown Redmond’s thriving Antiques District or its growing craft brewery/brewpub scene. Hmmmm.)
In addition to seeking out scenic locales with diverse recreational activities, TripAdvisor ranked hot spots based on the average cost of a week’s stay combined with the average winter temperature.

Here’s the TripAdvisor short list:

  • Redmond, Ore: AVG Rental Review Score: 4.17/5.00;
    AVG Weekly Rate: $892; Winter Temperature: 42-50 degrees
  • Depoe Bay, Ore.: AVG Rental Review Score:61/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate: $1,108; 
Winter Temperature: 45-55 degrees)
  • Chelan, Wash.: AVG Rental Review Score:00/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate: $845; 
Winter Temperature: 35-45 degrees
  • Cody, Wyo: AVG Rental Review Score:50/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate: $1,016
; Winter Temperature: 35-45 degrees
  • Banner Elk, N.C.: AVG Rental Review Score:80/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate: $765
; Winter Temperature: 45-50 degrees
  • Garden City, S.C.: AVG Rental Review Score*:06/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate*: $709
; Winter Temperature*: 58-64 degrees
  • Carolina Beach, N.C.: AVG Rental Review Score:29/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate: $833; 
Winter Temperature: 55-65 degrees
  • Fort Pierce, Fla.: AVG Rental Review Score:75/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate: $849
; Winter Temperature: 75-78 degrees
  • Navarre, Fla.: AVG Rental Review Score:31/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate: $968; 
Winter Temperature: 60-70 degrees
  • Sandwich, Mass.: AVG Rental Review Score:37/5.00
    AVG Weekly Rate: $885
; Winter Temperature: 37-42 degrees

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, Bend and Redmond.