BEND, OR -- While Veterans Day signals a long holiday weekend for most, it hasn't typically been a very busy time for tourists in Central Oregon.
Kevney Dugan, CEO of Visit Bend, says this year was different. "Late August, early September, just the smoke and wildfires, I think it just put a damper on things for awhile and I think people just kind of changed travel plans and we felt that impact through the beginning of October, and so it's nice to feel that rebound happening. October performed pretty well and we're starting to feel that happen again. The hope is that people are getting excited about winter and skiing coming upon us and early snows and things feel good."
Dugan says, in addition to the activities enjoyed over Veteran's weekend, this November is Bend's Ale Trail Month, with several runs and events for residents and visitors to enjoy. "This time of year has always been a little bit of a weird one. What is the weather going to be like and what's going on? The whole month of November is Bend Ale Trail Month, which gave us a new campaign to kind of go out there with some sort of programming and we're starting to see growth in Veteran's Weekend and that's been good to see."
In addition to the runs and events taking place later this month for Bend Ale Trail, Dugan says the number of visitors to Central Oregon will continue to rise as the snow falls.