November in Central Oregon can feel like an “in between” season. The leaves have almost all began to fall, but the snow fall is typically sporadic and sparse. However, with cooler weather and smaller crowds, November is the perfect time to enjoy all of the wonders that Central Oregon has to offer.
1. Shop Local at Small Business Saturday
With the holiday’s around the corner, finding the perfect gift can be top of mind. Here in Central Oregon, we celebrate our local businesses and embrace Small Business Saturday (November 30). Downtown Bend has something for the outdoor enthusiast, fashionista, and hobbyist in your family⏤and then some. Sisters also offers a shopping experience to locals and visitors alike, but with a more unique, western feel. As you peruse the shops, make sure to stop in for a treat at Sisters Bakery. Don’t just limit yourself to these two destinations though, learn more about shopping in Central Oregon from Visit Central Oregon.
2. Plan a Vacation (or Staycation)
Did we mention the crowds are smaller this time of year? Plan a vacation, or if you’re a local, a staycation. Head a little ways out of town and find yourself at Black Butte Ranch or Brasada Ranch for a relaxing fall retreat. With no shortage of resort getaways, fall is a great time to set a tee time, cozy up around a fire pit, 0r spend an afternoon in the spa at a Central Oregon resort.
3. Fish On
Like we said earlier, the crowds thin out after summer and as autumn sets in, making it easier to find an open bank to fish from. Central Oregon offers miles and miles of fishing for the fly fisherman, and has become a way of life for the people who live here. Each fall, the Metolius River draws attention for it’s well known bull trout run as they migrate from Lake Billy Chinook. For the amateur and experienced fly fisherman alike, the Fall River is a great spot to hook a trophy trout. Of course there are always ample opportunities on other rivers, like the famous Deschutes, and you can learn more about all of these locations from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
4. Experience Late Autumn Hiking
Hiking is at it’s best on a sunny fall day in the high desert, plus it’s a great way to get in shape for ski season. With cooler temperatures, conquering Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park is (almost) a breeze. For something a little more modest, set up on an afternoon hike along the Deschutes on the Deschutes River Trail. If you’re enjoying a staycation at Black Butte Ranch, hike the famed cinder cone, Black Butte, and take in views of Central Oregon from an elevation of about 6,400 feet. Central Oregon is a hikers paradise, and you can find more fall hiking adventures from Bend Trails.