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January 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Check out Bend’s Bonfire in the Snow (with a beer chaser)

We have an Associated Press story in the Times this week about novel ways to have fun in the snow and  ice, and I added a few tips about local options (such as the First Tracks Breakfast at Crystal Mountain ski area.)  Too often winter can leave otherwise-active folks inside drumming their fingers and eyeing the potato chips. So when you find an outdoors outfitter with an imagination, who isn’t afraid of the cold, in a place with probably the most brew pubs per capita of any town in the country  — count thyself blessed.

Taste some brews at Boneyard Beer, one of the craft breweries on the Bend Brew Bus itinerary. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

All that’s by way of suggesting you check out Bend, Ore.-based Wanderlust Tours.  For the upcoming MLK holiday weekend (Jan. 19-21), they’re offering “Bonfire on the Snow” snowshoe evenings — guided forest walks ending with baked desserts, hot drinks and stargazing around a bonfire in the woods.

Wanderlust also regularly offers full-moon snowshoe walks, beer-themed outings, and a sideline: the Bend Brew Bus, with guided tours of those craft breweries (they do a creditable job at that, I can vouch from personal experience).

And if the Ruffles woo — you need something salty to go with that IPA — well, you’ve already worked off the calories.

Comments | More in Northwest, Tips & deals | Topics: beer, beer tour, Bend


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