Bend, Oregon Daycations on AM Northwest

Spring is coming – I promise! I’ll be on KATU’s AM Northwest this Wednesday, March 1, 9 a.m. to talk about incredible Oregon day trips to celebrate spring.

Each is from my newest book, “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families.”

See ya from the telly!


A Magic Gift in Horizon Air Magazine

dsc_0046-1My essay A Magic Gift is in Horizon Air Magazine this month.

This one was interesting for me. It’s very personal, but much of my work is. It involved writing about the rather delicate topic of Santa Claus for a mixed-age audience, but I managed that (hopefully). The real challenge with this one was that it raised questions for me about how I include my children and their lives in my work. This concept has changed for me significantly as they’ve grown, and will continue to, I am sure.

In other words, this is the first of my essays ever for which I sought approval from an 11-year-old before releasing it to publication. After all, it’s her story more than mine. She gave me a big thumb’s up. Thanks, Libby. You amaze me every single day.

By the way, the essay is about a little girl, Santa Claus, and a magic wand. But really it’s about love.

Happy Holidays to you all, and may you listen hard to what your heart is trying to tell you and spread every bit of magic that you can.

A Magic Gift


Central Oregon Daily

Bend Daycations_FINAL copy lo resHey Bend, I’ll be on Central Oregon Daily today talking about “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families.”
Channel 9, 3 p.m. LIVE
Wave at the TV and I’ll wave back!
I’ll post the link here, if they put it online after.

Float Fairies on Travel Oregon

sponsored_lincolncity_floats3Read my story about Lincoln City’s Float Fairies on Travel Oregon. 

I can’t wait to go to Lincoln City and try to find a float myself!


Book Launch Party Today!

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Join us today at the mid-town Bend Baskin Robbins for day trips and ice cream!

Buy a copy of “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families” and receive a coupon for a free cone.

1106 NE 3rd Street, mid-town Bend, 2 – 4:30 p.m.




Other upcoming events:

Friday October 7

First Friday, Bend

Patagonia store

5 – 8 p.m.


Saturday October 15

Here & There Travel Fest

Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Speaking 11 a.m. Saturday

Booth with books all day Saturday and Sunday

Now Available: Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families

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Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day trips for curious families

$12.95. ISBN-13: 978-1536853391


See the flashy new website, with photos too!

Buy books here via square

Buy books here on amazon


In stores:

Bluebird Coffee, downtown Bend

Visit Bend, downtown Bend

Baskin Robbins, Bend

Powell’s City of Books, Portland

… and through book distributors.


Here & There Travel Fest – Oct 15&16

Bend Daycations_FINAL copy lo resI’ll be in Portland October 15 and 16 for the Here & There Travel Fest, produced by the Oregonian. The event is at the Oregon Convention Center.

I’ll be speaking about “Oregon’s Hidden Gems: Ten terrific lesser-known Oregon destinations” at 11 a.m. on Saturday October 15.

I’ll be at the event all weekend at a booth with my books, including the fresh off the press “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families.” I’ll also have “Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” and “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir“.

Hope to see you there!


Coming Soon: Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day trips for curious families

CBend Daycations_FINAL copy lo resoming soon! Stay tuned for a release later this month.

Announcing Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day trips for curious families, by Oregon author Kim Cooper Findling.

Today is perfect for a daycation. Calling all Bend, Oregon visitors, new residents and anyone who is curious about the exciting destinations that surround this beautiful city. Bend, Oregon Daycations is your source for fun one-day travel narratives for families. Learn what to take, where to go, and what not to miss on 19 Oregon day trips within a two-hour radius of Bend.

Follow easy itineraries packed with information to explore these places and more:

The Painted Hills: Take a hike, learn about Oregon’s geologic history and eat homemade pie.

Newberry Crater: Explore an obsidian flow, dip your toes in the lake and see a waterfall.

The McKenzie River: Gaze at the famous Blue Pool, learn about the river’s unique hydrology and walk on a lava flow.

Crater Lake: Take a boat ride in a volcano, eat in a 100-year-old lodge and contemplate the United States’ deepest lake in Oregon’s only national park.

Camp Sherman: See a river spring from the ground, eat ice cream at a country store, and feed salmon their lunch.

What people are saying:

“Kim’s first-hand knowledge and love of the area combined with her knack for candid reflection and laugh-out-loud storytelling results in a delightfully fresh, engaging, witty and personal guide of wanderlust-inspiring travel destinations. For adventure seekers and families eager to explore the scenic beauty of Central Oregon (and where to get a beer along the way) this travel guide is a must-read.” ––Mariah Wilson, local writer and regional expert

Kim Cooper Findling is an award-winning Oregon travel writer and editor. She is the editor of Cascade Journal, the author of Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir and the Central Oregon ambassador for Travel Oregon. Kim grew up on the Oregon Coast and has lived in Bend, Oregon for over 20 years. See

Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day trips for curious families. $12.95. ISBN-13: 978-1536853391.

Available at,, at local bookstores and through book distributors.


Essay in Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition


I have an essay in this month’s Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition magazine. It’s all about my girls and their experiences falling in love with theater and acting. Check it out: sistersact

The Missing Canoes in Travel Oregon

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 3.31.16 PMSometimes I am privileged to write a story with all of my favorite elements – a powerful topic, a personal connection, an inspiring story, an amazing person. Oh yes, and Oregon.

I loved working on this story for Travel Oregon about Shirod Younker and his quest to discover the tribal canoes of his ancestors. Even better that we were high school classmates and the story begins in our hometown.

The Case of the Missing Canoes  in Travel Oregon.




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