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Three Valentine's Appropriate Adventures



While Bend's finest eateries may be all booked up for Valentine's Day, there are plenty of no-reservations-required options for those who'd prefer to combine their fondness for a special someone with their love of nature.

Tumalo Mountain Sunrise

All those iconic images of Mt. Bachelor at sunset? Those are taken from the vantage atop Tumalo Mountain, just across the road from old Bachy. Rotate the clock ahead 12 hours and your noggin 180 degrees and this same vantage makes for an unobstructed view of the sun rising and shining to greet all of Central Oregon. The summit of this cinder cone is an easily navigable, four miles out-and-back with a 1,400 foot elevation gain, which takes around four and a half hours to tackle via snowshoe.

St. Francis Soaking Pool

Perfect as an après mountain treat or as a standalone date, this indoor, open-roofed soaking pool is equally lovely day or night, rain or shine. Be warned though, the front desk staff has closed-circuit cameras trained on the pool at all times so any funny business could make you the next overnight internet sensation. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. $5.

Pilot Butte

Bend's own Blueberry Hill is so-dubbed with good reason. What says romance better than 500 feet of once molten hot cinders and 360 degree views of scarlet sunset skies? The road to the top is closed to vehicles for winter but it's clear of snow and a pretty easy 20-minute climb on foot. Come for the sunset, stay for the stars.

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