Friday, May 15, 2015

Visiting Bend Oregon: Consider a guided specialty tour

Chef Bette Fraser
leads Culinary Tours
as well as provides catering for special events.
When you are visiting Bend, Oregon there is so much to do that you can use up all your vacation time doing the planning and consulting your GPS to get around to the various attractions. Why not consider a guided tour and leave the planning to the professionals.

Farm to Table Culinary Tours

Chef Bette Fraser of The Well Traveled Fork leads culinary tours that will take you to the source of good food in the Bend area. She’ll help you learn how local farmers and ranchers are growing healthy food these days. Join The Well Traveled Fork for a tour of Central Oregon farms and ranches that produce food the old fashioned way—the way we used to before big agribusiness became the source of most of our food.

We toured with Chef Bette and visited Maragas Winery where tales of the Maragas family history kept us entranced. Later, out in the vineyard, we learned about the adaptations needed to grow grapes in Central Oregon. 
Doug Maragas explains his use of
old-world farming techniques with a little
pioneer innovation added in to grow grapes in a
difficult region.

We also visited Red Tail Farm and learned about sustainable farming in a beautiful setting with mountain views.

The tour was capped off with a visit to the Crescent Moon Alpaca Ranch where we fed the alpacas and learned about how they are raised. The on-site boutique provides a beautiful array of high end goods made with soft alpaca yarns.

Chef Bette customizes each tour. At each stop we spent time with the farm owner and toured the farm, saw the produce and the animals.

Art Safari Tour

Did you know that Bend is famous for it’s roundabout art? It’s a little tough to enjoy the art while you are driving yourself in circles. So let the folks from The Bend Tour Company take you. We enjoyed stories of the roundabout art, learned about Bend’s galleries and First Friday openings and found public art we never knew existed in Bend.

John Flannery of The Bend Tour Company
hams it up for the camera. He was a great tour
guide on our art tour of Bend. 
The Bend Tour Company offers knowledgeable guides and fun ways of touring. They offer a variety of touring options. You can glide in and around Bend on a SEGWAY, pedal your way along Bend’s famous Ale Trail on a Cycle Pub, take in Bend’s happening art scene looking cool in their new Electric Cruisers, or relax and enjoy all that Bend has to offer from the comfort of a 12 passenger MiniBus.

Brewery Tours

Bend is known for their Ale Trail. You can certainly follow the tour, map in hand, and enjoy imbibing at any of the 14 stops on the trail. But wait.  Drinking and driving don’t mix. So here’s why a guided tour makes sense.

The Bend Brew Bus is a good way to see the breweries of Bend! The Bend Brew Bus and LocalPour Tours pick you up and drop you off wherever you are staying in Bend.
This is just one tasting. Yep, better leave the driving
to someone else!

And don’t forget that The Bend Tour Company offers a Cycle Pub so you can work your way from beer to beer. Not up for cycling? Their Brew Taps Experience explores a rotating list of internationally recognized & award winning Central Oregon breweries that form The Bend Ale Trail. Your outing begins with a behind the scenes tour featuring insights into the art of crafting beautiful Bend beers from scratch. You’ll be chauffeured in one of their MiniBusses.

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