Dufur is a small town with big appeal and even bigger mountain views. At one point Dufur also boasted the world’s largest apple orchard and it’s only an hour-and-a-half east of Portland and two hours from Bend. The weather is a lot like The Dalles (probably because it’s only 13 miles away), which means a lot less rain and a whole lot more sunshine than Portland, making Dufur another awesome destination for early season bike rides for those of us living in the soggy metropolis to the west.
History buffs are in luck. Dufur has a great historical society, complete with a small but excellent museum. The Dufur Historical Society is dedicated to preserving information about life in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century, and the museum has a lot of great period artifacts. Speaking of the turn of the 20th century, the Balch Hotel is also worth a look. Current and previous owners have put a lot if time into restoring this wonderful piece of history, which was built in 1907. It’s a great place to stay – particularly if you like the no TV/no Internet/no elevator type of historic hotel (and I know a lot of you do).
Looking for nightlife and a place for an oat soda to replenish your soul after a long day in the saddle? The Pastime Saloon has you covered. I’m also told they serve a mighty tasty burger. Kramer’s Market and Deli is known for its sausage, which many visitors buy in bulk and ship home – it’s that good. A quick scan of the deli’s Facebook page indicates that they’ve also got some good vegetarian options for those who prefer to forego flesh. And that nice sunset photo above – it was shot from the back deck at Kramer’s. Finally there’s WE3 Coffee and Deli, which offers coffee, smoothies, wraps and many other treats. Let’s see: beer, burgers, sausage and coffee? Looks like the majority of the major food groups are covered. Dufur, here we come!