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Ted Taylor

About Ted Taylor

Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.

9 Adrenaline Pumping Adventures in Central Oregon

Sure, you could just sit around by the pool, ski, play some golf or take a leisurely hike along the river trail during a visit to Central Oregon. That right there is a fab vacation.

But why not do something that really gets the heart pumping? Something that will have you equally scared and excited. Something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Central Oregon has a bunch of high-octane adventures ready to help you take your vacation to the next level. Here’s our list of 9 Central Oregon adventures that will send your ticker into overdrive!

Fly Cascades Winter Wonderland Heli Tour

1. Helicopter Tours

Your heart starts beating more rapidly as soon as you step on the tarmac and make your way to the chopper. From there, your BPM likely will hover in the 110s as the helicopter gains altitude and starts flying over some of Central Oregon’s most iconic mountain peaks. See Smith Rock, the Deschutes River, Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top and South Sister like you’ve never seen before as the wind whips through the open doors of your aerial chariot. Big Mountain Heli Tours offers a variety of customizable tours.

2. Backcountry ATV Tours

Buckle up for the ultimate all-terrain adventure as you set out for a half-day tour of Central Oregon’s lava fields, forests, and high desert. Outriders NW offers you the opportunity to pilot the car or just ride along. With over 3,000 square miles of sparkling lakes, spectacular mountains, and wide-open deserts, safely access the rugged forest and high desert to explore and experience the unseen natural beauty, that most people never see in a lifetime.

3. Aerobatic Adventure Flights

For the person who wants to experience the thrills and joys of aerobatic flight without taking the controls. At Advanced Flight Dynamics, you come to their squadron, get your briefing, strap into the airplane, and set off for up to 20 minutes of extreme fun in their Xtreme Decathlon airplane while our pilot does all the flying. The pilots will fly as gentle or extreme as you like. When you return you can watch the video of your flight so all can watch and take it home with you.

4. Downhill Mountain Biking

As an extension to the 300+ miles of mountain bike singletrack offered here in Central Oregon, The Mt. Bachelor Bike Park offers lift-served access to an additional 13 miles of downhill oriented trails. The ski area’s beginner lift, Sunshine Accelerator serves as a great introduction to the bike park for all ability levels. From there, riders can progress to Pine Marten Express where a combination of machine built and single track trails provide a thrill for any adventurous spirit – from intermediate runs to advance double black diamond trails.

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5. Rock Climbing at Smith Rock

Smith Rock is the birthplace of American sport climbing and on any given day you’ll see expert climbers scaling the sandstone spires that rise to the sky from the banks of the Crooked River. But here’s the thing: Even expert climbers had to start somewhere. Chockstone Climbing Guides has a variety of guided adventures and courses to let you experience the white-knuckle thrills of rock climbing. No experience necessary – and they provide all the gear.

6. Whitewater Rafting

What good is having a wild and scenic river if you can’t experience the “wild” part every now and then? Central Oregon has a handful of whitewater guides who can help you get up close and personal to one of the region’s most exciting playgrounds. Sun Country Tours runs the hugely popular Big Eddy Thrill Ride daily during the summer – sometimes with a local beer tasting event thrown in for good measure! Other options include Ouzel Outfitters and Imperial River Co. 

7. Bungee Jumping

I’m not sure there’s anything that will get your heart beating more rapidly than literally jumping off of a bridge. Just typing that sentence sent my heart racing. Central Oregon Bungee Adventures gives you the ability to experience the closest thing to actually flying by letting you throw yourself off a bridge at Peter Skene Ogden State Park, into the Crooked River Canyon.

Hot air balloon floating near Bend, Oregon

8. Hot Air Balloon Rides

Experience “The Art of Flight” with Big Sky Balloon Company. Hour long scenic hot air balloon flights provide a one of a kind experience in Central Oregon. Big Sky flies once a day, early in the morning and the flights are very weather dependent. Typically they’re airborne within an hour of sunrise.

Not interested in flying in a balloon? You can just enjoy the scenery at the annual Balloons Over Bend event in late June.

9. Zip Lining

Crater Lake is just 90 minutes south of Bend, making it a perfect day trip for one of the true “must see” natural wonders of the world. Drive about a half hour further and you can experience Oregon’s largest zipline. You’ll experience Oregon at its finest on your 3-hour tour with Crater Lake ZipLine. With magnificent views of Upper Klamath Lake, Cascade Mountain peaks and surrounding National Forest, you’ll be thrilled by the beauty and the adventure.

Looking for some more exciting adventures?

Take your group into the woods for an hour of paintball action with Paintball Paradise. Test your investigative skills with the Bend Escape Room – a physical adventure game where participants are placed into a room and have to use teamwork along with elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Each room is themed and has a unique storyline that engages the players through their environment.

Fun with Foam: Sun Country Tours Kicks Off Raft n’ Brew Whitewater Event

Rafting the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon

While we don’t condone rafting AND drinking beer, we can surely get behind rafting THEN drinking beer – two of the best parts about living in beautiful Central Oregon. Throw in a good cause and you’ve got one hell of a way to spend the afternoon.

Sun Country Tours is joining forces with Central Oregon breweries this summer for its popular Raft n’ Brew whitewater trips. The special edition Big Eddy Thriller ride happens every Wednesday at 4:30 through August 24th. The event includes a complimentary beer tasting after the whitewater adventure.

The goal is to highlight the scenic and wild Deschutes River, Central Oregon’s craft brewery scene and to give back to local non-profits. Half of all the proceeds from each Raft n’ Brew go to local charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation and the Habitat for Humanity.

Tickets for Raft n’ Brew are $59 each, and guests must be 21 or older.

2016 Raft n’ Brew Schedule:

June 28…GoodLife Brewing benefiting the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation
July 5 Worthy Brewing benefiting Tour des Chutes
July 12 Sunriver Brewing Co. benefiting the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
July 19 Boneyard Beer
July 26 Three Creeks Brewing
August 2 Bend Brewing Co. benefiting Oregon Adaptive Sports
August 9 Cascade Lakes Brewing benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Bend
August 16 Crux Fermentation Project…benefiting Deschutes River Conservancy
August 23 Deschutes Brewery…benefiting Bend Area Habitat for Humanity
August 30 Cascade Lakes Brewing benefiting the KIDS Center

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Stars Over Newberry Event Set to Showcase the Night Sky

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The third annual, Stars Over Newberry fundraiser will take place on August 11th 2017 atop Lava Butte in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.  This year, festivities will be from 7:30 – 11:00 PM, giving visitors an unparalleled vista of the night sky and a chance to glimpse the early hours of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit Discover Your Forest, the non-profit partner of the Central Oregon national forests and grassland.  Live music will be provided by the Moon Mountain Ramblers.  Worthy Brewing Company will be pouring delicious brews and Volcano Vineyards will serve a selection of local wines and sangria. Local astronomers from Sisters Astronomy Club will lead guests on a journey through the skies at telescope stations throughout the event and a silent auction will feature local photographers’ depictions of scenes from the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest.

Stars Over Newberry largest annual fundraising event for Discover Your Forest, which supports stewardship, conservation education and volunteer programs in Central Oregon’s National Forests. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will cost you $50. You can learn more and sign up here: discoveryourforest.org

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Pronghorn Resort Racks up the Accolades in 2017

Trailhead at Pronghorn at sunset with Cascade Range in background - Bend Oregon

Pronghorn Resort in Bend has been lauded since it opened in 2006. With two world-class golf courses, luxurious lodging options, fantastic dining and an upscale, but accessible vibe – it’s no surprise it gets rave reviews. The high praise continued in 2017 with several big-time pats on the back. And with the new Huntington Lodge set to open on site this fall, even more props are expected.

(Info provided by Pronghorn Resort)

Jack Nicklaus Signature Course

Voted No. 39 on Golfweek’s list of “Best Resort Courses” for 2017.  See all rankings.

Voted No. 5 in Oregon on Golfweek’s list of “Best golf courses you can play in each state” for 2017. See all rankings.

Voted No. 36 on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” for 2017 See all rankings.

Voted No. 6 on Golf Digest’s list of the “Best Golf Courses in Oregon” for 2017-2018. See all rankings.

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The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course receives two prestigious rankings from Golfweek and one from Golf Digest for 2017.

Pronghorn Resort

Awarded Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award 2017 Best Golf Resorts in the Pacific Northwest

Tom Fazio Championship Course

Voted No. 11 on Golfweek’s list of “Best Residential Courses” for 2017. See all rankings.

Voted No. 54 on Golfweek’s list of the “Best Modern Courses” for 2017. See all rankings.

Voted No. 7 on Golf Digest’s list of the “Best Golf Courses in Oregon” for 2017-2018. See all rankings.

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The Tom Fazio Championship Golf Course receives two prestigious rankings from Golfweek for 2017.

Eclipse 2017 to Darken Central Oregon, Thousands to Visit for Best View

Courtesy Astronomy Magazine

Courtesy Astronomy Magazine

Known for our 300 days of sunshine, folks are flocking to Central Oregon this summer to spend two minutes in the dark.

The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in American since 1918 will pass directly through Central Oregon around 10 a.m. on August 21st. Most of the U.S. will be able to partially see the eclipse, but to experience total darkness, you must be within a 67-mile band of the shadow.

The Central Oregon towns of Sisters, Redmond and Prineville are within that band while Madras, dubbed “Solar City, Oregon” is located directly on the center line of totality. What’s more, Madras’s elevation (2,241 feet) and climate (warm, sunny skies) make it an ideal location for seeing the eclipse.

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“Madras has the distinction of having the least August cloudiness anywhere along the central line of the eclipse track,” said meteorologist Jay Anderson,  the world’s pre-eminent eclipse weather predictor.

Many of the region’s hotel rooms in have been booked for more than a year, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to experience “The Great American Eclipse.” Sunriver Resort still had some rooms left (as of January 16th) based on a 5-night minimum stay and Bend’s Central Oregon Community College was offering dorm rooms for groups.

Click Here for 25 Facts about the 2017 Eclipse

The Oregon SolarFest has several fun events planned August 17-22, including live music events, family-friendly camping options, plenty of local craft beer, local spirits and great food. NASA scientists also will be on hand to lead activities, discussions and more. Looking for a unique adventure? Big Mountain Heli Tours will be there to give visitors a birds-eye view of the massive Central Oregon landscape with up-close-and-personal views of Lake Billy Chinook and the Three Sisters. They’ll pick you up right there at SolarFest.

Fly Cascades Winter Wonderland Heli Tour

Fly Cascades Winter Wonderland Heli Tour/Photo by Ryan Cleary

Oregon SolarFest will happen at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Complex in Madras and costs just $45 for the week. Tent campsites (20×20) will cost $150. Solar City is located in a farmers field just east of the Madras airport and Hwy 26 at the intersection of Hwy 26 & NW Dogwood Lane. Camping is located near Highway 26 and cost just $75.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is planning ahead to keep Oregon moving, and they encourage you to do the same. Here’s a few tips from ODOT: 
  • Expect delays. Traffic backups are inevitable. Preparation ensures a good time for visitors and residents alike.
  • Expect traffic changes. Normal travel paths may be disrupted. Communities may close streets to through traffic or ban left or right turns to keep traffic moving, especially around venues with many visitors.
  • Be prepared. If traveling, plan for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you’re stuck in traffic. If friends or family are coming to visit, warn them to #DriveHealthy: Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse, and leave late afterward, in case everyone else jumps on our highways all at once. Remember, all travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.
  • Stock up early. Food, prescription medications, water, and gasoline may be hard to obtain if you don’t get them early. You’ll be ready and stores can restock for our visitors.
  • Do what you can to help. Can you work from home or flex your work schedule when your local roads are full? Avoid roads being used to get people in or out of a local event. Ride your bicycle when possible, to avoid congestion!
  • Look out for each other. This is a rare opportunity but it brings potential hazards. We all must do our part to be prepared. You may see travelers unfamiliar with the area. Be friendly, helpful and patient!

With the eclipse only lasting a couple of minutes, you’ll have plenty of time to explore Central Oregon’s amazing outdoor activities during your visit. The region is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with whitewater rafting, 30 golf courses, high alpine lakes, hiking, mountain biking and more. Check out one of our amazing restaurants or pop into one of our 30 breweries.

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Bend Area Beauty: Central Oregon’s 6 Spots To Feel All The Feels

No Name Lake at the base of Broken Top/Adam McKibben

Central Oregon is known for its unrelenting beauty – from the snow-capped peaks of our Cascade Mountains to the fields of sagebrush that dot the High Desert landscape. In every direction a view that can fill you with emotion, whether you’re ready for it or not. But there are a few spots that afford such a view it can put you in a special place. Here are our 6 favorite spots to feel all the feels.

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1. Tumalo Falls

The power of a massive waterfall never fails to impress. From a distance, the cascading water is silent and beautiful. As you get closer to the spot where the creek plummets, the energy of the water increases and the sound swells. Tumalo Falls is just minutes from downtown Bend, but as you’re standing there – either from the top looking down to the creek below or from the bottom reviling in the 100-foot-wall of water – you’re transfixed and seemingly a world away.

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2. Smith Rock State Park

Quite simply, this is one of the most awe-inspiring spots you’ll ever visit. Smith Rock is a spot painters come to paint. Photographers flock to photograph. Climbers clamor to climb. The rock walls can feel ominous on a dark, cloudy day or cathedral-like as the sun rises; illuminating them on a clear day. No matter the weather, the Smith Rock experience can be religious.

3. Sparks Lake

You’re sitting at work, it’s 4:59 and in just 60 seconds you’re free. Sure, it’s a Tuesday night in August, but in just 40 minutes you go from cubicle to canoe, paddling the placid waters of Sparks Lake. After the relaxing row, you drift back to shore, looking back at the sun setting behind the mountains setting off a kaleidoscope of changing colors. It’s a reality for locals and a dream come true for visitors.

4. Drake Park

Drake Park is the crown jewel of downtown Bend. Take a walk on the path along Mirror Pond. Toss a Frisbee in the grass amongst the trees. Take in a free summer concert with hundreds of your new closest friends. It’s a smile-inducing spot Central Oregon’s hold near and dear.

5. The Top of Pilot Butte

There’s a certain majesty in the sense of feeling tiny. A sense of feeling your true place in this world. A sense of being a small part of something much bigger and beautiful. That feeling rushes through your body when you’re standing at the top of Pilot Butte in Bend. Is it Central Oregon’s tallest peak? Not by a long shot. It’s an easy hike up the trail or on the road – something locals do after dinner on a Wednesday or on Sunday morning before a day of yard work. But the views from the top might just be Central Oregon’s prettiest.

Big Eddy Thriller

6. The Big Eddy

It starts as a peaceful float, where you can chat with new friends on the raft. You’re relaxed, if not a bit nervous about what’s to come in just a few minutes. As the water currents speed up, so too does your heartbeat. That huge smile on your face straightens a bit as your guide tells you to paddle. And before you know it, you’re in the churning whitewater of the Big Eddy – Central Oregon’s most famous and fun thrill ride. The smile is back, the ride ends as quickly as it begins and you’re left wondering when you’ll get to do it again.

Lava Lands Visitor Center a Central Oregon Geologic Gem

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In the late 1960s NASA looked for a place to send astronauts who were training for a mission that would change the world. But before the mission could happen, NASA needed a place to mimic what they believed those astronauts would find on the surface of the moon. Because, after all, nobody had been there before so nobody really knew what the surface of the moon was like.

Enter the barren landscape that is Lava Lands in Central Oregon.

Located on the north flank of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, what is now Lava Lands was created about 7,000 years ago after a volcanic explosion of Lava Butte. A miles-wide sea of jagged lava rock was left behind creating a unique geological landscape that served as that training ground for moon-bound astronauts.

Today, the Lava Lands Visitor Center is the interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which covers some 56,700 acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features near Bend and Sunriver.

Lava Lands

Lava Lands

The Visitor Center is a great place to learn more about the violent history of the area with the help of U.S. Forest Service Rangers. Inside there’s a book store, 3D topographical map to help orient you to the area as well as daily films and exhibits on the geological history of the area. (It’s closed during the winter, but you can still explore Lava Lands. Just hang a left at the gate and park in the adjacent parking lot.)

To get an up close and personal look at the lava, walk the Trail of Molten Land and the Trail of Whispering Pines. It’s a short little 1 mile walk through the lava field and includes a few viewpoint areas with interpretive plaques.  To get a bird’s eye look, you can walk or take one of the shuttles up to the top of Lava Butte where you can see just how far the lava field stretches – and where it abruptly turns back into a lush forest of Ponderosa pines.

Want a view of the lava field from above? Big Mountain Heli Tours offers a specific Lava Lands tour for you to see the area like never before.

There’s also a paved 5.5 mile bike path that connects Lava Lands with the resort community of Sunriver. 

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In 2015, Newberry will celebrate 25 years as a national monument with events planned all summer long. Here’s some more info on hikes and activities at the monument and a video of Paulina Falls, located within the park.

Floating the Deschutes River in Bend: Tips, Tricks and Tacos (Yes, Seriously)

Floating the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon

The wild and scenic Deschutes River is Central Oregon’s water playground for all. From the slow meandering stretches near Sunriver to the rapids of Big Eddy, the river is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and swimming.

But no place along the river is it more popular than the stretch in Bend between the Bill Healy Bridge and iconic Mirror Pond. Come summer, the waterway is filled with river floaters and stand up paddlers enjoying the slow currents and festive vibe. And about halfway through that stretch you’ll find surfers and kayakers doing tricks at the whitewater park.

But for visitors, just how to join in all the action can be kind of confusing.

To help you navigate all the fun, the Bend Parks and Rec District has created this cool virtual tool. It’ll take you from the put in at Riverbend Park to the whitewater park. Click on the orange icons there for more info.

Here’s some more useful information before you head out:

  • Choose a sturdy flotation device.
  • Floaters should park at Riverbend Park or in the public lots on Columbia St. (There should be some signage to follow.) Do not park in private business parking areas or you’ll get towed.
  • Utilize the shuttle! It’s available from June 22 – Sept. 4, 2017 (tentative dates), the shuttle will pick you up at Drake Park and drop you off at Riverbend Park. The cost is $3 per person per day. More info at www.cascadeseasttransit.com
  • Leave the beer at home. It’s illegal to have alcohol on the river and Bend Police are out in force.
  • Leave no trace. It’s cool if you want to carry a cooler of water or soda, but please be sure to take out all the plastic bottles or cans you are using during the float. Don’t toss an empty sunscreen bottle into the water. Don’t discard a broken flip flop on the beach.
  • State law requires that each boat or paddleboard carry one Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board, and children age 12 and under are required to wear life jackets. Boaters and paddleboarders are also required to carry a whistle.
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Crux Fermentation Project, Bend

After an amazing day on the river, the first thing you’re probably going to want to do is grab something to eat. If you’re wanting to hit up downtown, which is a short walk from the take out at Drake Park, there are tons of options. Hit up happy hour at 900 Wall, head out back to O’Kanes at McMenamins Old St. Francis School or make the pilgrimage to Deschutes Brewery – the spot that started Central Oregon’s craft beer revolution.

If you’re getting a ride back to the Old Mill District, you’ve got options there too. We’ve found, through extensive research, that a trip to Crux Fermentation Project for a Crux Pils and three El Sancho tacos (I opt for one chicken, one pork and one beef) is the perfect end to a perfect day on the river.

Balloons Over Bend Event Showcases Floating Beauty

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Photo by Christian Heeb

Before dawn, a team of handlers begin their work with a thin, nylon work of art.

After pulling the fabric, rope and wicker basket from a trailer, it’s all carefully spread out across the ground as a small crowd starts to gather.

The early morning silence is interrupted by the sound of a generator buzzing, powering a fan that blows cold air into the balloon to help it slowly take shape. A propane burner blasts some hot air into the shell. Soon, it starts to peel away from the ground and rise before your eyes. The big ones can reach some 100 feet tall; a skyscraper of colors in an open field.

Eventually, more hot air is released, sending the balloon into flight.

There’s just something about a hot air balloon – whether tethered on the ground or afloat in the sky – that captivates us. Majestic, vibrant, awe-inspiring.

You can experience the feeling firsthand in Bend and Sunriver this summer during two annual hot air balloon events that give you an up-close and personal look.

Balloons over Bend happens July 28-30 with sunrise launches, beautiful nightglow events and more. The Bend event features a Children’s Festival benefitting a local charity. There will be tons of games, hands-on learning opportunities and more at Riverbend Park.

SCHEDULE (weather permitting)

  • July 28th – R.E. Jewell Elementary in Bend – Rise with the sun and catch the balloons lift off at sunrise
  • July 28th – Riverbend Park in Bend – The balloons are filled with ignited propane to light up the sky during the Nightglow event.
  • July 29th – Sunrise Launch at R.E. Jewell
  • July 29th – Children’s Festival at Riverbend Park – Games, bouncy houses, a bike rodeo, crafts & more
  • July 29th – Sunriver Resort – Dusk – Experience the Nightglow event with Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters as a backdrop
  • July 30th – Sunrise Launch at R.E. Jewell

If you want a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, check out Big Sky Balloon Company. They offer hour-long scenic hot air balloon flight over some of Central Oregon’s most breathtaking scenery.

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Central Oregon Vacation Rentals Offer an Affordable Home Away from Home

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There’s something quick, easy and consistent when choosing a hotel or destination resort for your vacation lodging.

But there’s something quirky, fun, interesting, spacious, well-appointed, private and luxurious about choosing a vacation rental home instead.

Central Oregon has more than 3,000 amazing vacation rental options, from cozy cottages near downtown to townhomes in the woods to expansive homes along the banks of the Deschutes River. They all provide a lodging opportunity that really lets you feel like a local as soon as you pull into the driveway.

Why choose a vacation rental home?

  1. More Privacy
  2. Less expensive for small groups
  3. You can save money by cooking at home
  4. Most are pet-friendly
  5. There’s often laundry on site

Granted, staying in a vacation rental isn’t the best option for every trip, especially if you’re only going to be in one spot for a couple of days. But if you’re planning a longer trip, say 3 days or more, you’ll likely get a lot of  bang for your buck in a rental home.

For example, if two couples looking for a place to stay close to downtown, the river, shopping, and tons of dining, they could split the cost of a nice 2-bedroom rental home for five days in late June for about $70/person/night. Or, go a little more upscale and rent a house (with a hot tub) on one of Central Oregon’s 30 golf courses for $109/night.That’s considerably cheaper than some rates for hotels during peak season here.

Vacation rental home in Sunriver, Oregon

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Some rental homes amenities include hot tubs and BBQ grills in addition to cruiser or mountain bikes to check out the sights and sounds around Bend, Sunriver and beyond. Many of the homes are situated within well-established neighborhoods, lending themselves to a “local’s vibe.”

What else makes vacation rental homes so great? Here are a few highlights:

Bennington Properties in Sunriver might be the most dog-friendly vacation rental company on the planet! Not only do they offer an off-leash play area at the management offices, but there’s a complementary dog wash there too so you can clean up the pup after a day of adventuring. Stock up on provisions at Country Market in The Village at Sunriver or grab a bite and brew at Sunriver Brewery.

DiamondStone Guest Lodges in Central Oregon

At Diamondstone Guest Lodges in La Pine, you can stay way off the beaten path.

This rural resort has a wide variety of lodging including a bed & breakfast, a Log Cabin and more, including an upstairs “Treetop Lounge” that can host events. The bed & breakfast has a 3.5-acre meadow for small outdoor weddings. The resort is also home to a 3-day summer music and arts festival known as “The Newberry Event.”

DiamondStone also hosts MOTOFANTASY Motorcycle Rentals.  Experienced riders can choose from over a dozen unique bikes to ride for a day or a week.

Cold Springs Resort

Tucked beneath a canopy of Ponderosa and Tamarack and only steps from the spring-fed Metolius River in Camp Sherman the cabins at Cold Springs Resort offer the perfect family retreat. Hiking, biking, and world-class fly-fishing opportunities abound and all are within walking distance. Bring the kids, the dog and let yourself and your family unwind.

Cold Springs Resort was originally a dairy and the springs were used to keep the fresh milk cool before distribution.

Elk Lake sailboats in Central Oregon

Elk Lake Resort

Elk Lake Resort, on the Cascade Lake Scenic Byway, offers rustic or upscale cabins just steps away from one of the region’s most popular recreation spots. Grill on the deck or head on down to the lodge before renting a canoe for the afternoon. There’s often live music at the resort as well.

Vacation rental home at Tetherow in Central Oregon

Tetherow Vacation Home

Looking for destination resort amenities, but vacation rental lodging? Sunriver Resort, Tetherow, Black Butte Ranch and Pronghorn all offer vacation rental options. Tetherow has the region’s first vacation rental neighborhood called “Cairn,” which includes 4 and 5 bedroom homes along the award-winning golf course.

*These are just a couple of examples and rates will vary, but they are actual examples, from one of Central Oregon’s more popular vacation rental companies.