• Venue Flashback: B&B Retreat in Bend

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    The Lara House is now the Drake Historic District.

Named for its original homeowners, the Lara House was built in 1910 in downtown Bend, Oregon—the first residence in what is now the Drake Historic District. The Lara family lived there only five years before moving on. Following its sale, the home enjoyed numerous reimaginations, including as a Depression-era boarding home, a dorm for young women and housing for military families during World War II. In 1983, it opened its doors as a bed and breakfast. One thing has remained consistent for the beautiful Craftsman home: It’s served as a welcoming place for guests.

Today the Lara House is family-owned and -operated by Sandra Griffin. Offering six rooms with en suite baths, the home can be rented out in full for business retreats and private gatherings. Rentals range from $1,150 to $1,600. The home overlooks Deschutes River and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

One of the best things about the chill of winter is the warmth of a roaring fire. Northwest venues are particularly adept at creating spaces where guests can gather and collaborate around a stunning fireplace that is as much a work of art as it is a necessity. Here are some of our favorites.

 

Saddle Up to a New Events Venue

 

Brasada Ranch, located outside of Bend, Oregon, recently unveiled new meeting venues and group experiences, expanding upon one of the most idyllic venues in the Pacific Northwest.

At Brasada Ranch, guests are inspired by the wide-open setting, sustainable and contemporary design, limitless recreation opportunities and flexible event spaces that include indoor barn venues, outdoor areas, and new spaces including The Studio and Cascade Event Lawn.