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Best Vacation Spots In Oregon: Experience SunRiver Oregon Vacation Destination

Updated on December 23, 2012

Sunriver Oregon

Sunriver Oregon has much to offer for the vacationer at any time of the year.  Sunriver is a favorite spot for many for summer family vacations, ski get-away weekends, or whatever suits your fancy.  Experience Sunriver Oregon and all that it has to offer. 

If outdoor activities are up your alley, Sunriver Oregon offers many ammenities and unique experiences, no matter what the season.

If you are looking for a totally soothing place to spend vacation time or you need a place for a business trip venue, Sunriver Oregon fits the bill.

Sunriver Resort  Photo: Public Domain
Sunriver Resort Photo: Public Domain

Visit Sunriver Oregon

Sunriver Oregon is roughly 15 miles south of the city of Bend Oregon located in beautiful Central Oregon.

Sunriver and Central Oregon boast at least 300 clear and sunny days per year. Summertime temperatures can reach into the 100s but at night, everything cools back down and temperatures fall to 30-40 degrees. Even better - there is NO humidity.

Sunriver is located in the high mountain desert terrain of Oregon. It is at the base of the Cascade Mountain Range and close to many of the state's prime recreational areas.

Sunriver is a private resort community of roughly 3300 acres that was developed in the 1980s. The total resident population is approximately 1800 but at any given time, there are many more people in residence in the form of vacationing patrons.

There are countless vacation homes, condos, cabins and rooms to rent within the confines of Sunriver, from inexpensive to top-of-the-line executive style homes complete with all the luxuries. Most all of the Sunriver rentals come with passes to several community pools; some come with passes to the health club and spa, and some come with discounts to the 2 golf courses.

Sunriver Oregon boasts more then 35 miles of paved bike paths. These are well marked paths and traverse all around the community of Sunriver. Most places that you rent in Sunriver provide residents with bikes as well. If they don't, you can rent them in the village.

Sunriver has its own little mall and 2 small but well-stocked grocery stores, one of them also a small gas station. In the mall portion of Sunriver is an excellent bakery, several restaurants and some shops for browsing or picking up necessities.

The Sunriver Lodge provides excellent fine dining experiences or a pub-style atmosphere in the lounge. There is also a cafe and a gift shop that is always stocked with unique offerings. Most importantly, you can arrange through Sunriver Lodge to catch a ski bus, arrange for river rafting trips, horseback riding and many other activities.

There are so many things to do in Sunriver that it is usually preferable to stay at least a week. There is that much to do. Added to that is the fact that Bend is just 15 miles away where you can also find countless topnotch entertainment, recreational, dining and shopping venues.

Besides the 2 golf courses within Sunriver, there is another beautiful golf course minutes away at Crosswater. There are also several other golf courses as close as 10 minutes away, and as far as 1-1/2 hours away. Sunriver, Central Oregon in general, is a golfer's paradise and many people flock to Sunriver and Bend just for golfing.

Sunriver even has its own small airport; some of the residents in Sunriver on the outer perimeter own homes with hangars attached.

Most vacation rentals in Sunriver also offer their own outdoor hot tub. Rentals also come with all the ammenities such as cooking and dining equipment and usually offer a barbecue as well.

While Sunriver is a resort community, it has the feel of something more along the lines of a wonderful vacation spot all your own in the embrace of the forest. The added beauty of the nearby Deschutes River and Mt. Bachelor have made it one of the most popular vacation spots in all of Oregon.

Sunriver Oregon Summer Ideas

  • Hit the trails and bike on all kinds of beautiful trails - 35+ miles of paved paths
  • Video or photograph coyotes which are abundant in the area
  • Take a soak in your own vacation hot tub and watch the stars
  • Rent a canoe down at the marina and float the Deschutes River
  • Go to the observatory in Sunriver and watch the stars
  • Rent a raft at the marina and float the Deschutes River
  • Fish in the Deschutes River
  • Go to the High Desert Museum located back towards Bend about 10 miles
  • Sign up and go on the Palina Plunge - a bike-tour of 6 waterfalls
  • Sign up to go on an all-day ride into the mountains on horseback (or overnight)
  • Go on a trail ride for 2 hours
  • Sign up for a river rafting adventure - 3 hour, all-day, and overnight trips
  • Go shopping in the mall and pick up some fresh donuts at the Hot Lava Baking Company
  • Lay out on your deck and read
  • Go for a work-out at Mavericks Athletic Club
  • Have dinner at the Trout House for views of the Deschutes River and Mt. Bachelor
  • Take a fly fishing lesson - sign up in the mall
  • Try the climbing wall at Mavericks
  • Experience the wave maker pool at Mavericks
  • Stay home and play board games and cook a family dinner
  • Watch a video after a long day in the sun
  • Sign up for a massage and facial at Sage Springs
  • Check out the many golf courses in the area
  • Go to see the Lava Caves just south of Bend
  • Visit Lava Land just south of Bend
  • Play tennis on the many tennis courts in Sunriver
  • Take a picnic and go to hike at Smith Rock
  • Sign up for an urban mushing lesson at Tumnatki Siberian Huskies

Sunriver Oregon Winter Ideas

  • Have a warm fire in your cabin, vacation home or condo
  • Schedule a business seminar and enjoy the winter wonderland
  • Have dinner at the Sunriver Lodge with its beautiful views
  • Take the bus from Sunriver Lodge to Mt. Bachelor for nordic or alpine skiing
  • Cross-country ski on the paths in Sunriver
  • Go on a dog sledding outing
  • Build snowmen and enjoy the beauty of winter in the forest
  • Go ice-skating in the mall
  • Go sledding on the snowy hills
  • Stroll to Sunriver Lodge at night and see the beautiful light display
  • Sit in the lobby of Sunriver Lodge and admire the 2 huge Christmas trees
  • Go shopping in Bend
  • Go snow-shoeing
  • Take in a movie at the many theaters in Bend
  • Experience the many fine dining establishments in Bend
  • Take a starlit snow-shoeing tour in Sunriver
  • Sign up for a horse drawn carriage ride at the stables
  • Visit the Old Mill District in Bend
  • Go up to Mt. Bachelor for cross-country skiing
  • Drive north of Bend to Smith Rock for a winter hike
  • Experience the observatory in Sunriver in winter
  • Sign up for a sledding outing or a lesson with Tumnatki Siberian Huskies
  • Volunteer or go to a dog sled race

Summing Up Sunriver Oregon

Sunriver Oregon was designed to be a vacation paradise and that it is! It is a lovely way to spend vacation time or even participate in business seminars.  Sunriver Lodge offers a fantastic business facility.

You will always find plenty to do at Sunriver and will leave refreshed from your time in the high mountain desert, no doubt wanting to return again soon.

Sunriver is a magical place and once you're there, it's very hard to leave. Most all of the vacation homes are exquisite and the amenities are just unparalleled. For a unique experience, stay at the Sunriver Lodge or some of their cabins.

Whether it is for a vacation, a wedding, or a meeting, Sunriver has all you could ask for and more. Happy vacationing, happy traveling!


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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      I'd love to live there too - thanks so much for the read!

    • liquidgranite profile image


      10 years ago

      I like the place, is my dearest place to live.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Amber- I hear you and I think my sentiments exactly. You'd better hurry up though as the area is growing leaps and bounds! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      10 years ago

      My family and I vacation in Sunriver every single year, sometimes twice(so we get summer and winter experience). it is BY FAR our favorite place to vacation. We love it so much we hope to do the same and move in the area! We recomend it to any one who will listen!!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      It truly is - it is called a resort - the actual entire community but it has such a welcoming feel to it and is so natural. There is something for anyone and everyone to do. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • dashingclaire profile image


      11 years ago from United States

      The idea of the walking paths and fishing sound wonderful! I'm not an outdoor winter person, but this place sounds great for summer vacation.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Definitely - we live in Prineville now for the past 6 years and still go down just to walk the paths and have a look about. It is nice that not too much changes as it is a treasure for family vacations - and what a relaxing way to spend one! Thanks so much for commenting! Bend is a wonderful place to live, too and it seems we spend part of every weekend there.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      11 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Sunriver is classic Central Oregon. Its a lovely spot - even though we live only 20 minutes away in Bend, we often go down there to ride bicycles and enjoy the unique shopping. Horseback riding is a favorite of the cousins that come to visit.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Kendall - Ah - you know of what I speak! It is a magical place as you well know and so relaxing to be there. I'm so glad to have brought it back to you - you will love the changes to the little mall area and Mavericks if you go back. Other than that though, the place is pretty much as you left it - it was a wonderful spot to vacation. Thanks so much for reading.

      Nasus loops - I hear you on the air travel - I'm a 'freako flyer' myself and nowadays I can't even imagine how I ever flew the few times I did with my kids. Maybe someday yes, when he is older and if you get to the states, check it out. Actually the Northwest is so beautiful that you could spend literally months just seeing that part of the US...not to mention all the other beautiful parts of our country. Thanks so much for commenting!

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      nasus loops 

      11 years ago from Fenland

      Sunriver sounds like a great place for a family holiday. Out of reach for us at the moment as plane flight from UK would be to much for our young child (I can't cope with thought of it really) but looks like a great place when he is older. We love the outdoors so thanks for this really informative hub.

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      Kendall H. 

      11 years ago from Northern CA

      My family and I use to spend a week in Sunriver every summer but that was probably 15 years ago. It looks like we'll have to start going back. It brought back a lot of memories. Thanks for showing the fantastic vacation spot, Sunriver, Oregon!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Yes - that's what made us fall in love with high mountain desert. We loved Seattle/Tacoma area but the humidity killed our bones and breeds allergies. This thing of dry and cool really seems to be the ticket - and it is so relatively unpopulated you can take the bad with the good. Thanks so much for stopping by Dolores!

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      Dolores Monet 

      11 years ago from East Coast, United States

      The place sounds great. I love the idea of low humidity and the cool nights following hot days.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Well, we drove down for the day yesterday - left about noon-ish (it's about an hour drive) - sat outside and ate a sandwich at the bakery with my 2 canine counterparts, then walked for hours on all the trails, then went to the lodge and had dinner and a glass of wine - then home again, home again! It was so beautiful there yesterday - and the horses were back in the meadows - one of my favorite things to see.

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      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Cool - so this is where you and Bob went this weekend!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      I hate to argue with ya after all that checking, but Central Oregon is on the West Coast....but I'll keep the light on and the freezer full just in case! We are part of the famous great Northwest region of the US....lovely place but there are so many lovely places all over the country. Only hope I get to see many more!

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      De Greek 

      11 years ago from UK

      I have checked it on Google maps. You are on tehEast coast for God's sake! Too far to for us I am afraid, so you have escaped and you don't have to cook lunch for us:-)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      It is and that's how we ended up living here! Thanks so much for commenting, Sandyspider.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for commenting, Shellie - that's what happened to us though - we vacationed there for so many years and fell in love with it and the climate, so we bought a time share, then that wasn't enough - we finally bought a home. But we couldn't afford to live IN Sunriver, so we ended up out here in Prinetucky....but it's all good....we still got the weather if not the ambience, and it certainly is quiet here!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Exactly - I would be content to see so many more places in our country and other than Denmark, or maybe Germany, I can't imagine leaving! Thanks so much for comenting, Sage.

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      Sage Williams 

      11 years ago

      Love those snow capped mountains in the video. It always amazes how you may never think about certain places to travel too until you read someone's hub.

      This looks like a great place to vacation. Really enjoyed this hub. Thanks for taking me to Sunriver Oregon.

      America the beautiful, is right in our own backyards.


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      11 years ago from Holly, MI

      wow...this sounds like a place I would like to live...not visit. lol God I need a vacation! Great hub!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Charlie - there are so many places I've always wanted to see too and I just hope someday I will get somewhere but for now, remembering where I've been I guess has to suffice....thanks so much for commenting and take care.

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      11 years ago

      I wish I could travel again, this sounds like a really great place.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Katie - it is a paradise kinda place winter, summer, spring or fall!

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      Katie McMurray 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Sounds wonderful I like the skiing. Sunriver Oregon is now on my list of musts! I love love love biking this is packed with many of my favorite activities, plus all that beauty, you can't go wrong. Thanks and Peace :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      11 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Darlene - we actually vacationed there for about 9 or so years and had family reunions, etc. Sometimes 10 people but I loved it - that is why we moved here! We figured since we kept coming here from the Seattle area, we might as well just make it permanent.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      11 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      The bike riding alone sounds fantastic, but what a grand place to vacation. It sounds like there is something for everyone one in the family and for every age group. Love this hub and thanks for the share. Thumbs up


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