We kicked off our Stay & Play series last week and we've started with a hometown institution. The Riverhouse on the Deschutes is located on the north end of Bend on Highway 97. However, you'd never know that the recently-renovated hotel sits along this main stretch in town. Arriving at the hotel, we're greeted at the front entrance. The lobby, which houses their restaurant and bar, offers a small area for snacks, kombucha, and necessities, along with a cozy resting place as you unload your bags and get checked-in.

Because we arrived before our room was ready, we decided to talk a walk around the property. Riverhouse is spread out across multiple properties. The main building sits at the base of the main entrance and includes the lobby, Currents Restaurant and Bar, and a game area with bar tops and pool tables. There are two main buildings which house all of the rooms and suites. We were able to secure a larger suite with a river view which is located on the property behind the main building. A sheltered bridge connects these two buildings, crossing over the rapidly-flowing Deschutes river.

After unloading our bags, we took a tour of our space to get familiar with our home for the next 36 hours. Our room had a balcony that looked out over the river, the bridge, and nothing but trees and fallen leaves below. In fact, all rooms have an outdoor balcony with half of all rooms overlooking the river. There's no sight of the city or adjoining rooms, only flowing water and the changing of the leaves.

We decided to venture Downtown for Happy Hour before making our way back for dinner. San Simón, located in Tin Pan Alley off of Minnesota ave., is a new cocktail lounge with a speakeasy vibe. The absence of televisions, screens, and neon lights creates a loungey vibe and welcoming energy. Cocktails are made with a respect and love for the craft without pomposity or pretension. We enjoyed a customizable charcuterie board with smoked meats, such as black garlic sausage, and soft cheeses, rosemary almonds, and fresh bread. As your eyes begin to adjust to the light emerging only from a side window and scattered tea lights, you'll begin to settle into an atmospherical calm, allowing your taste senses to heighten.

Find us sipping on:

The Shorewood Greyhound; Locally-distilled Gomper's gin, fresh grapefruit, and elderflower. We also loved The "What's Going Down" Episode of That's My Mama; cucumber-infused vodka, fresh ginger, rosemary, lime, and float of champagne.

Can't wait to try:

The Painkiller; Cruzan rum, pineapple and orange juices, coconut creme, and fresh nutmeg.

Or Visit:

Boneyard Brewing is a 15-minute walk from the Riverhouse and serves several home-brewed options, as well as an extensive food menu including fares such as pistachio-chipotle beet salad, jackfruit bowl, and fried pickles.

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