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Sunriver Resort is Your Central Oregon Hot Spot for Winter Family Fun

Sunriver Resort Lodge with snow on the ground in Central Oregon

If you are like most people, when you think about Sunriver Resort you think of all the wonderful summer activities that take place here; rafting, biking, golfing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, tennis… you get the picture. What most people don’t usually think of is everything that the area has to offer when that cold white stuff is all over the ground. Whether you are the outdoorsy, adventurous type or the sentimental, family type (or perhaps a little bit of both) you are in for a treat. While the possibilities and combinations are endless, we have taken the liberty of putting together our recommendations for a five day stay.

Day 1

AFTERNOON Welcome to Sunriver! With so many amazing experiences waiting for you, it’s hard to know where to begin. Start by winding down and warming up with the family in your room beside your private stone fireplace and prepare for an unforgettable five days in Central Oregon!

EVENING For an unforgettable dining experience, visit The Village at Sunriver. With its exceptional central location, the Village features a wide array of unique dining options. After dinner take advantage of quaint boutique shopping at its finest. You will find everything you need to complement your trip, from Sunriver branded souvenirs and apparel to high performance sporting gear and equipment.

View of courtyard and log structure in Sunriver, Oregon

Day 2

MORNING You’ll want to wake up early for a day of outdoor adventure! Start off with breakfast at the new Carson’s American Kitchen at the resort. You will be ready to take on whatever the great outdoors throws your way.

AFTERNOON It’s time to hit the slopes! Gear up and head to the main lodge to catch the ski shuttle up to beautiful Mt. Bachelor. Named one of 2015’s Top Ranked Western Ski Resorts and just 18 miles away, Mt. Bachelor not only offers a beautiful backdrop for Sunriver Resort, but also endless recreation opportunities. With 88 runs, 3,683 skiable acres, and 462” of snowfall a year, Mt. Bachelor is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, there is something for everyone!

Tumalo State Park in Central Oregon

EVENING After dinner, take a family outing that is out of this world! Plan a private star party for the entire family at the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver. Staff and volunteers provide a relaxed, fun, and educational atmosphere for viewing the starry night skies. Sunriver’s elevation, pitch-dark surroundings, and crystal clear air make it perfect for star gazing. With the largest public access viewing facility in the country, there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the amazing spectacle.

sunriver-stables-winter

Day 3

MORNING After breakfast, treat your family to a time-honored holiday tradition: a one horse open sleigh ride! You’ll be laughing all the way as bells on bobtails ring through Sunriver and along the scenic Deschutes River. These beautiful Victorian-style sleighs are sure to create lasting memories for the whole family.

Start your day off right with a morning of harmonious relaxation at Sage Springs Spa. From massages and facials to body scrubs and nail treatments there is something for everyone.

Arrive early for your appointment to relax in the eucalyptus steam room, hydrotherapy spa or relaxation lounge.

AFTERNOON Experience winter in Central Oregon the way the locals do, with a snowshoe tour from Wanderlust Tours. These naturalist-led trips will create terrific memories for guests of all ages. Daily tours are held as well as Moonlight & Starlight tours to make your trip absolutely unforgettable.

EVENING Drive just 20 minutes down the road to Bend for a wonderful culinary immersion. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the diverse selection of restaurants and dining options in Bend. Enjoy the epitome of fine dining with meals prepared by some of the world’s finest chefs, or visit one of Bend’s many microbreweries.

Day 4

DAY TRIP! Get ready to experience one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world: Oregon’s only National Park, Crater Lake. Located about two and a half hours from Sunriver, even seasoned travelers gasp at the 20-mile radius of cliffs, tinted in subtle shades and fringed with hemlock, fir, and pine surrounding the lake of indescribable blue. At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the ten deepest in the world. Crater Lake National Park is host to a diverse array of activities. While enjoying the natural scenic wonders, you can hike in old growth forests, participate in a variety of interpretive activities, or even cross- country ski during the snow season. (During the summer, when Crater Lake’s north entrance is open, it’s only 90 minutes from Sunriver to the park’s gate.)

EVENING Upon returning to Sunriver, take a trip to the Lodge and stop by the Merchant Trader Gift Shop to pick up a s’mores kit and head out to one of the many fire pits around the resort. Bundle up and enjoy these tasty treats. Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate; now that’s a recipe for great memories!

Day 5

MORNING After a relaxing breakfast at one of our fantastic area restaurants, take some time to visit the High Desert Museum on your way north. Indoor, outdoor and rotating exhibits bring history, science, nature and art to life. Their staff will keep your kids curiously engaged and provide an exciting new perspective on the High Desert of Central Oregon.

Offering outdoor activities and adventure year round, Sunriver Resort truly provides something for everyone; families, group events, a perfect retreat for couples, sports enthusiasts and more. Whether you stay for a day, a week, or a lifetime, you are destined to find adventure, discovery, relaxation and inspiration.

Zac Hearron
Zac Hearron