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posted: 03/03/2003

Oregon's Mount Bachelor may be a dormant volcano, but to call the area sedate would be to ignore the town of Bend. Get past all the hemp clothing and ratty fleece and you'll find a place where the best breakfast joint routinely serves Jack and Coke with its biscuits and gravy.

The Joe
Grab an oversized Americano at the sugar- and patchouli-infused A Cup of Magic Coffee and Tea House, where you can java-up on the deck as strains of Phish fill the air. (Galveston Ave., 541-330-5539)

Take a Face Plant (Bacardi 151, 100-proof peppermint schnapps, and hot chocolate) at The Castle Keep Lounge, a split-level bar done up in an earthy sawmill motif. (The Main Lodge at Mount Bachelor, 541-382-2442)

Just the calories: Pull into Longboard Louie's, where two Baja-style fish tacos and a large Coke will cost you five bucks, and you can kick back on the patio under awnings made of old skis. (Galveston Ave., 541-383-2449)
Put Some Sauce on That: Slide into the Astro Lounge for an Astro Glide martini and bachelor-pad comfort food-mac and cheese, chicken and dumplings, or meatloaf-amid lava lamps and space ship-shaped halogens. (Minnesota St., 541-388-0116)
Bust Out the Plastic: Journey to The Marz (a swank bistro with velvet curtains) and fill your belly with a bowl of soba noodles or an Australian flank steak. (Minnesota St., 541-389-2025)[250AD LEFT]

Up All Night
Suds: Try a Broken Top Bock lager-a beer so strong (eight percent) it has to be labeled barley wine-at Deschutes Brewery. (Bond St., 541-382-9242)
The Must Stop: Though the locals call the D&D Club everything from "The Down and Dirty" to "Hangover Heaven," no one argues that this dimly lit, one-room combination bar and breakfast restaurant is a Bend institution. Where else can you play Keno with your morning toast and get a shot with your eggs? (Bond St., 541-382-4592)
Live Music & Dance: With four bars and a huge dance floor, the sprawling split-level nightclub known as Club 97 regularly plays host to the best hip-hop and bluegrass in the Northwest-usually not on the same night. (3rd St., 541-617-9797)

Hitchhiker: Featuring a communal kitchen, washers and dryers, coin-op Internet service, and nightly chin-up competitions on the finger board over the stairway, the Bend Hostel is on the road to the mountain and offers private rooms (showers down the hall) or bunks for $15 per person a night. (Century Drive, 541-389-3813)
Workin' Stiff: The Phoenix Inn and Suites has a swimming pool and hot tub, and it's within easy walking distance of downtown bars and restaurants. Rates start at $74. (Franklin Ave., 888-291-4764)
Bank Robber: Dark water gurgles through the lacy ice of the Deschutes River providing the perfect background music for your cozy stay at the 220-room Riverhouse Resort and Hotel. Lux rooms with private spas go for $135. (Highway 97, 800-547-3928)

For the Boys Back Home
A $35 Black Butte Porter Dickies Shirt with blue-collar, Joe's-garage styling, and an embroidered reminder of the town's best brew. (

Shaken, Not Stirred
Local Jim Bendis took advantage of living in the world's largest juniper forest to create an all-natural handcrafted gin using wild juniper berries and Cascade Mountain water. Sample the fruits of his labor in the Bendistillery Sampling Room and Martini Bar. (Brooks St., 541-388-6868)

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