While Pendleton may not be the first place you think of in Oregon, it is certainly worth a visit! Home to the famous “Pendleton Round-Up” every September, the town is also known for the Pendleton Woolen Mill and fine leather goods. It is also a place where the true west can be rediscovered. But don’t be surprised when you also find fine wine, excellent food, galleries, and the rich heritage of the Native American nation around every corner. So if you are travelling east or west on the very busy Highway 84, be sure to make a stopover in Pendleton Oregon.
Pendleton lies 212 miles due east of Portland close to the border with Washington State. The landscape is hilly high desert with cattle ranches, farms, and some light industry. Summer temperatures often reach over 100 degrees and the winters can have snow for several days in a row. This is the wide open land of Eastern Oregon. You can drive or bike for miles and miles with little sign of civilization.
But in town? Pendleton has a great Farmer’s Market every Friday, several musical events and venues, wine and beer tasting events, live theatre, movies in the park, museums, and fairs.
On a recent visit to Pendleton, we stayed at the Wildhorse Resort RV Park (and 18 hole championship golf course) and got to know the area a little better. Here’s what we found.
Pendleton has just over 16,000 people living here and 12.8% are over the age of 65. The median household income is $47,000. The violent crime rate is slightly below the national average but the property crime rate is well above the national average. Hmmm? The median home value is $153,000 and the median rentals go for $680. We found this home on Redfin for $249k right in the center of town.
While in Pendleton, be sure to stop at the Rainbow Café for lunch or dinner. Serving down-home good food for more than 130 years, this is a favorite with the locals.
Zoom in and out on the map below to see Pendleton and local attractions!