If you’re looking to get out of Dodge, there’s lots of places besides Bend, and they’re way easier on the bankroll. Plus they’re distinctive.
Think Estacada with its writer/artist bent. The superb Liberty Theater in Camas. The Gorge. Mt Hood. And of course all the farmie/aggie towns up north of Vancouver in Washington.
You’ll still be within an hour of Portland plus you’ll have some elbow room.
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