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Rain, Rain...Scram! - 05/29/08 07:38 PM
All you visitors who've been in Central Oregon for the past seven or eight days and have seen nothing but gray clouds and rain: don't fret. This is not typical. This is, in fact, quite unusual. We really do only get 12 or so inches of rain per year. I promise.
The reason I'm bringing this up today is that I basically need reminding myself. I'm rained out. I moved to the east side of the Cascade Mountains because it was the dry side. So what gives? I know I should be grateful -- water is always a welcome sight (4 comments)
Well, it wasn't exactly a grand opening -- the weather, after all, was lousy, especially for a holiday weekend (rainy and chilly off-and-on all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday) -- and the list of vendors was pretty small (not quite a dozen), but the Sisters Farmers' Market was a welcome sight last weekend. What's not to love about another area outlet for home-grown products? In its inaugural outing, the Sisters Farmers' Market offered visitors fresh fruits and vegetables (although, alas, no Oregon-grown berries); locally grown honey and bee pollen; fresh baked breads and cookies and (1 comments)
Mother Nature Forces Visitors to Pass on the McKenzie Pass - 05/23/08 07:03 PM
So here it is, Memorial Day weekend, and in a good year (i.e., one in which much of the snow has melted by May), many folks would be thinking about taking a day trip along the popular 82-mile-loop known as the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway. The McKenzie Pass, the western leg of the byway (which begins in Sisters), is one of my favorite quick escapes because it has so much to offer with so little thought required -- you've got a little driving combined with a bit of history, some gorgeous scenery (some consider it one the most beautiful drives (5 comments)
Type: Residential with acreageLot size: 70.62 acresLocation: Mt. Vernon, ORPrice: $850,000MLS No.: 2804311 If you're in the market for a picture-perfect Oregon getaway, look no further. This very special spot, which is completely self-sufficient (it's solar-powered with two developed springs) combines the best of both worlds: It's conveniently located about five miles outside Mount Vernon but is refreshingly private, bordered on two sides by thousands of miles of public land (the Aldrich Mountain range). The property itself, 70.62 timbered acres, provides ample opportunity to view the surrounding splendor of the Strawberry Mountains as well as the John Day Valley.
Festival Frenzy: Celebrating Summer in Sisters, Oregon - 05/14/08 01:22 PM
Summer is approaching, and in Sisters, Ore., folks are gearing up for the town's busiest season. That means that hardly a weekend goes by without some sort of cultural event coming to town -- often, more than one. Sure, because of Sisters' Western ambiance (downtown buildings all sport 1880s facades), you'll find plenty of pioneer-influenced events. But you'll also find a surprisingly diverse cross-section of cultural affairs (not to mention, attendees). It says a lot that a town of 2,000 is able to successfully host so many major events, and to regularly ntice hordes of followers to return again and again. (5 comments)
Woody Allen, Real Estate Guru? - 05/09/08 03:58 PM
Quote for the day, courtesy of Woody Allen by way of Danielle Kennedy (who hosted a three-hour seminar yesterday in Bend, sponsored by my local association): "Eighty percent of success is showing up." Kennedy's topic was "Gearing up in a Turnaround Market," so obviously she was speaking to her fellow Realtors®. And the well-known real estate coach had a bushelful of useful tips to share with the group. But the more I thought about Woody's simple little statement, the more relevant it seemed. It reminded me first of the agents I know who have stopped showing up at the office (4 comments)
More is Not Always Merrier - 05/05/08 05:31 PM
Uh-oh. It's happened again. As I was driving to work Friday, I noticed yet another For Sale sign on one of my favorite streets. It's the fourth new sign to grace this scenic quarter-mile stretch of rural properties in the past couple of weeks. And these four aren't alone -- they've joined another seller down the street and one around the corner, who've been on the market several months. This particular Tumalo neighborhood, populated by 5- to 10-acre ranchettes, is a popular spot for folks who want to live near Bend but want the peace and quiet of the country along with (0 comments)
Rethinking Destination Resorts in Central Oregon - 05/01/08 02:53 PM
Once upon a time, Central Oregon was defined by its destination resorts. In fact, some would say that Central Oregon's emergence as a destination location can be attributed in large part to the popularity of its destination resorts. These days, however, when the topic of conversation is destination resorts, more and more Central Oregonians are saying, "Enough is enough." It's been more than 30 years since Bend's Inn of the Seventh Mountain, Mount Bachelor Village and Sunriver (15 miles south of Bend) first began to draw visitors to the region. Back then, it was primarily vacationers who took advantage of (4 comments)
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