Oregon is known for its amazing natural scenery, unique culinary options, and lively bar scene that boasts craft beer and microbreweries. So naturally, Oregon is a fantastic place to celebrate your bachelor party. Whether you’re going big in Portland or opting for a small mountain town, there’s bound to be a great pub or bar with local brews on tap. Along with plenty of nature areas to explore and adrenaline-inducing activities to try such as whitewater rafting and skiing, this Pacific Northwestern state is perfect for a bachelor party. Stay at an Oregon vacation rental to enjoy easy and convenient access to the most exciting things to do and see. Check out the best bachelor party destinations in the state.
With its craft microbrews, happening nightlife, and access to nature, Portland offers bachelor party fun for any taste. Stop at one of the many breweries such as BridgePort Brew, a local institution that uses local ingredients – and muscles – to create some tasty beer. The Burnside Brewing Co. is both a pub and a brewery, making it a great spot for a little low-key fun. Feast on some typical (or atypical) pub food, including grilled octopus or a burger, as you enjoy some seasonal ale, listen to live music, and reminisce with the boys about the good old days. If you opt for Old Town Brewing, pick up a pizza, and chill with the lads. If you want a more traditional bachelor party, head to one of these strip clubs (Portland offers an unusual number) that offer some awesome menus: Lucky Devil Lounge, Casa Diablo, or Acropolis Steakhouse. If you’re not feeling too overwhelmed the next morning after your visit to the breweries and clubs, look at the earthier side of Portland, namely the Columbia River where you can go rafting with help from the folks over at Wet Planet Rafting and Kayaking, Northwest Rafting Company, or River Rider.
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Bend offers a more nature-centric bachelor party environment, with its access to the Cascade Mountains, Deschutes River, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, and Lava River Cave. It’s also one of the more underrated locations, so you’ll enjoy fewer crowds. Start with some skiing, one of the things for which Bend is known. Mount Bachelor (aptly named) and its accompanying 3,600-skiable acres is only a 30 minutes drive – through scenic, pine tree-lined roads – from your Bend vacation rental. Or, stop halfway at the Virginia Meissner Sno-Park for some cross-country skiing, possibly the most popular activity in town during the season. If it’s not winter, then hiking works just fine. There’s even a trail along Deschutes River for just such exploration. If boating is your thing, you’ll be glad to know there are a dozen lakes and reservoirs dotting the area. Pick up a rental at Central Oregon Rentals or Oregon Outdoor Sports, and head over to Elk Lake or Wickiup Reservoir. While Bend might be super-outdoorsy, it doesn’t lack in bachelor party amenities, such as microbreweries including Bend Brewing Co. Speaking of fresh brews, go on the Bend Ale Trail for some real fun that you may or may not remember, especially if you visit all 16 locations in one night. Plus, you’ll get a prize.
3. Gold Beach
Gold Beach offers in ocean and water what Bend offers with mountains and snow. A kayak tour of the coast through South Coast Tours can net you some stunning views of the marine life, especially if you’re there during March or December for the migrating gray whales. From Gold Beach, you can kayak up to Otter Point State Recreation Site, explore Roque River Reef and Pyramid Rock, and see Sisters Rock State Park. Afterwards, stop at Arch Rock Brewery, proudly carrying on the Oregon tradition of craft brews. In fact, this brewery names one of its light lagers after the town. It also brews an excellent Northwest style Pistol River pale ale, named after the river that runs north of the town, and an award-winning porter. Soak up some of that alcohol with Spinner’s Seafood or Barnacle Bistro.
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Eugene lies in the Willamette Valley between the ocean and the Willamette National Forest. This city is just big enough to have a bar and nightclub scene to almost rival that of Portland, but with a much smaller population. It has its own ale trail, a pub crawl that’s a huge draw among the bachelor (and bachelorette) party crowds. With 18 local breweries on the ale trail passport, you might want to spread out the fun over a few nights. If you only have time to visit a few breweries, however, opt for Hop Valley or McMenamins. Taylor’s Bar & Grille offers local brews on tap and surprisingly good pub food. After a little downtime, join your bros in some extreme fun dune buggy riding with Sand Dunes Frontier, Sandland Adventures, or Sand Master Park.
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About the same size as Eugene, Salem is located south of Portland along the Willamette River. Rent a kayak at Tofino Expeditions or the local REI, and explore down the river. It passes through the Keizer Rapids Park and Minto-Brown Island Park for some great views. Get some local ale at Epic of Gilgamesh or The Ram, or, if you want to go more low key, get dinner at Christo’s on Broadway. This Italian restaurant offers pizza, live jazz, and a homey atmosphere. If you really want to travel back to simpler times and embrace your inner child, go to the Coin Jam, an arcade and grill that lets boys be boys.
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6. Mount Hood Village
Mount Hood Village lies within the Mount Hood National Forest and close to Mount Hood, one of Oregon’s most beloved vacation destinations. Depending on the time of year, you can go rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. However, probably the most popular winter activity is snowmobiling. Try Mount Hood Adventures for a guided tour of the area via snowmobile (or via kayak during the summer). Get some food at Barlow Trail Roadhouse, a saloon and eatery housed in a historic log cabin. Or, head to Skyway Bar and Grill for great live music and barbecue.
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Joseph lies in the northeast corner of Oregon within the circle of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The residents of this 1,000-people town are all about nature and enjoy the area’s small-town feel. The town sits right by Wallowa Lake and Wallowa Lake State Parks, where you can try out jet skis or opt for paddleboarding. Take advantage of all the available hiking trails, or explore the area with Joseph Branch Railriders, a unique experience that’s like a go-cart on a railroad rail. Joseph isn’t just about nature, though. It also offers several dining options with Oregon craft brews on tap, including Embers Restaurant and Stubborn Mule.
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