BEND, OR -- Spring vacation for Oregon and California schools makes for a crowded Central Oregon. Two major local attractions are seeing big business this week.
’s Stirling Cobb tells KBND News, “Snow conditions have been good and we’re sitting on a solid base of 125" here at West Village. So we’ve more than doubled our total snowfall from last year already this year.” And, that big snowpack is attracting visitors. “We’ve seen steady business all through the week and kind of comparable to a normal mid-season weekend, just all through the week.”
Meanwhile, at the High Desert Museum
south of Bend, Sandy Cummings says it’s been a constant stream of visitors. “I think the weather is helping. We’re at about a thousand people a day during Spring Break.” She adds, “Admissions are actually up close to tenfold over last week. So it’s a tremendous week down here.” Cummings believes about 60% of their guests are from out of town and 40% are locals.
More out-of-towners are likely headed to Central Oregon next week, when Washington schools are on spring break.