Central Oregon – offers a variety of places to stay. At it’s center is Bend. If you’re looking for lots of urban action – this is the place to be. Thirty minutes to the west is Sisters, Oregon – my home, so yes I am biased, this is the place to stay. Easy access to all the best Central Oregon has to offer and you are off the beaten path. Lastly 30 minutes to the south is Sun River, where I would go if your focus was to reach the Cascades Lakes.
Bend, the largest city ( 82,000). As the center of Central Oregon, Bend has the most variety of restaurants and hotels to choose from. You could easily visit a new microbrewery each day of your vacation. The Middle Deschutes runs through the heart of Bend, providing many opportunities for fishing, hiking, and kayaking. My opinion – the if you want to kayak a day your best choice is to contact Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe and either take a tour with them or rent gear to kayak the Middle Deschutes above Bend . The Old Mill District and Downtown Bend each has their own personality to hang out it. However be warned – lots of people like to flock here.
About 30 minutes west of Bend is the small town of Sisters (2200). My home town. I chose to live here because of its access to many fishing locations in Central Oregon and its small town feel but plenty of restaurants, shopping and other outdoor activities. Sisters can be busy with vacationers but nothing like Bend. When you get outside the city limits you find yourself in great beauty of the Cascades and off the beaten path.
I guide for the Fly Fishers Place out of Sisters Oregon. On their website – they list links to a wide variety of lodging. My suggestions – if you want to be off the beaten path then Brasada or Black Butte is your choice. In both places you can choose to dine at the resort or rent a home that gives you full access to cooking on your own. If you’re looking to be pampered and want to be off the beaten path and not in the center of activity then the House on the Metolius would be my choice.
There are many places to camp from fully equipped State Parks to rustic camping along the Crooked, Metolius, or Deschutes River.