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Bachelor

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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)

Apres
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)

Eats
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)

Digs
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. (DeschutesBrewery.com)

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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