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Imagine the perfect vacation — a place where snow-capped mountains gleam in the distance, a meandering river cuts through picturesque fields of sagebrush and wild grass, days start with a bike ride to fresh coffee and pastries from a local shop and end with a cocktail or locally brewed beer, and every outdoor adventure is within reach. That perfect vacation exists — it’s all available in Sunriver, Oregon.
Sunriver Resort has a long record as a vacation destination for generations of Oregonians, and draws visitors from all over the world. No matter the season, a visit to Sunriver wows with its stunning backdrop and its endless activities, from golf to bike-riding to water slides.
The resort also is one of the original Central Oregon destination resorts, and it has a rich history. The land was part of Camp Abbot, a World War II-era military training post. If history is of interest to you, you’ll want to check out the Great Hall, a beautiful original Camp Abbot building which served as the officers’ mess hall and now plays host to weddings and other events. Check out the gigantic fireplaces built from tons of local lava rock, as well as the staircase hewn from a single pine tree.
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Starlight and Moonlight Canoe Tours
ABOUT THE TOURAdventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for canoe tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this astounding paddle on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range. Naturalist Guided Experience: Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. During our 2 hours on the water, along with the fun and intrigue, we may impart an understanding of the heaven’s starlight illuminating the darkness. Age-old stories and myths mixed with astronomy will enlighten just as the stars do. The silence of the evening hours provides a chance to hear companions of the forest going about their evening activities. Your crew will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour.Location: On this tour, you’ll take in the sights and sounds nighttime has to offer while paddling one of the beautiful, high-elevation Cascade Lakes. There is nothing more peaceful, or spectacular than being out on these pristine waters at night.
Basic Skills Stand Up Paddleboarding
A great launching point for the aspiring paddleboarder, our basic skills standup paddleboard class will prepare participants to confidently explore our area lakes and rivers.A great launching point for the aspiring paddleboarder, Tumalo Creek’s basic skills standup paddleboard class will prepare participants to confidently explore our region’s flat and moving waterways.In the Basic Skills Standup Class you will learn basic paddle strokes, maneuvers, balance, and safety, all while enjoying the support of expert Tumalo Creek instructors.The basic skills paddleboarding class is suggested for beginner paddlers or for the seasonal paddler in need of a quick refresher.This class is intended for paddlers 15 years of age or older. Please call for additional details or any needed accommodations 541-317-9407.
Local Pour Craft Beverage Tour
About The Local Pour Craft Beverage TourAdventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier provider of craft beverage tours in the Bend, Oregon area! Tasting, enjoying friends, comfort and safety are what you can expect on this trail of sipping adventure. Naturalist Guided Experience: Bend’s locally owned pour houses provide tantalizing tastes for the curious tongue! Did you know Bend is home to artisan distilleries, cideries, wineries and kombucha breweries? Join us on a Local Pour adventure to try delectable samples and see behind-the-scenes at a local production facility— get the best of all taste-bud-arousing-worlds in this immersive craft beverage tour!Libation Stops: Your professional guide will provide insights into the processes of distillation, fermentation, and the craft of libation production. Each Local Pour Tour is unique, visiting our partners at their availability. Your expert guides will provide personally tailored information about fermentation science.Three pour houses, with a behind-the-scenes look and light appetizers at one stop.
Bonfire on the Snow Snowshoe Tours
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours invented this one of a kind snowshoe tour under the light of our solar system’s twinkling lights. Cruising on snowshoes, our destination is a hand-carved amphitheater in the snow where a crackling bonfire awaits. Join us for a magical meander through the powdery snow-filled forest at night in the Cascade Mountains west of Bend, Oregon. Naturalist Guided Experience: Kicking through the snow-laden forest after the fall of darkness, our nose will, in part, lead us to a Michaelangelo-esque creation- an amazing snow built amphitheater. When the whiff of pine hits our nostrils anticipation will grow for a taste of delectable desserts and hazelnut espresso vodka-laced hot cocoa. Our naturalist guides will point out planets, stars and constellations as we relax in the glow of the fire. The hushed ambience of the forest will stir your soul. The magic of this wholly unique experience will remain instilled within you forever!Location: Snowshoeing tours take place in the areas around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. New to off-trail snowshoeing? Let Wanderlust Tours do the driving and teach you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks. All tours include instruction. Wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry while snowshoeing.
Bachelor to Bend Full Day Guided Ride
Mt Bachelor to Bend is one of the most epic mountain bikes rides our area has to offer. Imagine this: crisp mountain air mixed with warm sunshine beaming on you as your guide unloads your bikes at the base of Mt. Bachelor, at the crest of the Cascade Mountains. You grab your hydration pack, strap on your helmet, and prepare to spend the rest of the day on up to 35 miles of sweet singletrack bliss as you make your way back to Bend.This is the most distinctive Central Oregon ride, but know that there are many options. However we get back to Bend, you will sure to experience miles of fast-flowing sections, rocky or rooty sections (if desired), scenic alpine views, forest cruising, and some of the most fun you can have in the area. As we descend in elevation, you’ll experience a change in ecosystems from wide-open Hemlocks to mixed conifer to classic Ponderosa stands. Plus, we’ll eat a tasty lunch on the trail at one of many scenic viewpoints.Can’t get enough of this ride? We highly recommend doing this tour more than once. We will give you a unique route each day with new trails and new scenery.
$100 - $220
Bend Rock Gym
1 LOCATION – 3 GYMS – INFINITE POSSIBILITIES!
$15 - $20
Full Day Trip: Cascade Lakes
Nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range just west of Bend are over 10 quality stillwater fisheries. Couple these unique fly fishing lakes with the nearby streams, creeks, and rivers, and you get a fly fishers dream. Located a short drive from downtown Bend, these lakes range from modest to grand in size. One aspect they all share is beauty. When you visit one of these fly fishing treasures, youll agree.A fly fishing trip to one of the Cascade Lakes is best suited for anglers looking for relatively low impact and highly productive outings. If you are interested in a positive first fishing experience with your son, daughter, or non-angling spouse, consider a trip to East Lake or Lava Lake. During the peak of the season on either lake, we can practically guarantee they catch some fish. Your guide will meet you at the designated location at a predetermined time. Packed with everything you'll need for a successful day of fishing, you will travel with your guide to the lake of choice. A full day trip will span 8 hours for fishing, and includes a lake-side BBQ lunch.
Shoes, Brews & Views Snowshoe Tours
About Shoes, Brews & Views Snowshoe ToursAdventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for snowshoe tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us to go splashing through the powdery snow in the Cascade Mountains west of Bend, Oregon. Bend? You mean where incredible beer is brewed for sipping splendor? YES!Naturalist Guided Experience: Shoes, Brews and Views says it all- snowshoe to a serene spot, sip suds in true Bend fashion and wonder at inspiring views while at it! This is the Bend lifestyle in which our tour will fill your spirit and mind. Following animal tracks, eating some lichens and running downhill in playful powder demands tasty libations as a reward- whether a locally crafted hopped beverage or root beer for the kids it all goes down well in the forest surrounded by visually splendid peaks. And get this connection, the no-impact-nature of our snowshoe tour produces no adverse affect on what becomes the water for the beer you drink on this experience. Baby, that’s goodness!Location: Snowshoeing tours take place in the areas around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. New to off-trail snowshoeing? Let Wanderlust Tours do the driving and teach you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks. All tours include instruction. Wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry while snowshoeing
$75 - $110
Cascade Lakes Canoeing
Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.
$75 - $100
Where to Stay in Sunriver, Oregon
Though primarily a resort community, Sunriver Resort does have some year-round residents and the accompanying amenities. The resort has a variety of options that will fit everyone, from a couple celebrating a milestone anniversary to an extended family reunion.
One of the resort’s most iconic buildings is the three-story Lodge, with 245 well-appointed guest rooms with fireplaces, decks and all the amenities of a hotel but better. Bonus: by staying in one of the lodge condos or guest rooms, you’ll be right in the thick of the action, with restaurants and shopping at hand. Those staying at the resort have access to the newly opened Cove Aquatic Center nearby, with an indoor and outdoor waterslide, as well as outdoor private cabanas and a lazy river on more than 12,000 square feet.
The resort also has vacation rental homes ranging from small condos to luxury rentals that sleep up to 16 people. These fall in three separate communities — the original area that comprises Sunriver, as well as two adjacent golf communities, Caldera Springs and Crosswater. No matter where you settle in for your time at Sunriver, you’ll be able to access 40 miles of bike trails, the marina and stables, pools and golf courses that make this area so special.
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Things to Do in Sunriver, Oregon
There is no shortage of things to do in Sunriver, and many of Central Oregon’s activities are easily found here. Rent a bike from Village Bike and Ski or another shop in the Village at Sunriver, then use it as your primary mode of transportation on nearly 40 miles of paved trails around the resort. Ride out to the Sunriver Stables for a guided horseback ride, or up to the Sunriver Marina, where in the summer you’ll want to rent a paddleboard, canoe, raft or other float and hit the Deschutes River. Start at the marina and enjoy a meandering float in the cold mountain runoff, with Ponderosa pines shading you from the high desert sun.
The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory offers family-friendly ways to learn more about the region’s diverse flora and fauna, or to check out the night sky through state-of-the-art telescopes. It’s one of several observatories in the region, all well worth your time.
When high desert temperatures rise, cool down at the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic and Recreation Center (SHARC), which boasts a lazy river, water slides and an obstacle course.
In the winter, Central Oregon’s mountains are a big draw for visitors. Sunriver serves as an excellent home base for a ski or snowboard trip to Mt. Bachelor, which offers 4,300 acres of skiable terrain. You can rent skis and snowboards in Sunriver — the mountain is just 30 minutes away. Mt. Bachelor increasingly offers summertime activities as well, including a zip line and lift-accessed mountain bike trails.
The Village at Sunriver always has interesting events taking place. In summer you’ll find family-friendly activities, including a climbing wall, mini golf and a tiny train for the little ones. In the winter, the pavilion transforms into an ice-skating rink ready for the magic that comes with a snow-covered Central Oregon day. If you’re seeking a guided adventure, Sun Country Tours has a storefront in the Village at Sunriver and can help you access whitewater rafting and other outdoor fun.
Or strike out on your own and visit one of the nearby trails — just a few minutes from Sunriver is the Lava Lands portion of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, where you can access family-friendly hikes through the Lava Cast Forest and the Big Obsidian Flow or head underground into the Lava River Cave.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, the Village at Sunriver has a variety of dining options, including Sunriver Brewing Company, a mainstay for locals and visitors alike to grab a beer and pub fare. Or grab picnic makings at Sunriver Country Store and take them with you on your next adventure. Finish your perfect meal with a shave ice from Good 2 Go or an ice cream cone from Goody’s, which has been delighting visitors of all ages for decades. Outside of the Village, check out the Lodge’s centerpiece, Lodge Kitchen, or swing by Cafe Sintra for some Portuguese flavors.
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More inspiring stories, adventures, and tips & tricks for planning and experiencing the best Central Oregon has to offer.
Adventures Abound Starting at Sunriver Resort
Sunriver is the type of place that takes your breath away no matter what season it is. During the summer you can hop on a horse for your very own wild wild west experience. The team at Sunriver Stables will make you feel comfortable on your ride, even if you’ve never saddled up before. Whether you’re in a tube or a kayak, floating down the Deschutes River is a relaxing activity that’s fun for the whole family.
Casual Family Weekend in Sunriver
Imagine this: you’re riding your bike through a rolling meadow, the Cascade mountain range in the background, and the only sound is from the whir of a prop plane taking off against a crisp blue sky. Up ahead, your children pull carrots from their pockets and present them to a gathering of friendly horses in an adjacent pasture.
Central Oregon Winter Adventures
When the snow flies, Central Oregon shines. All you have to do is choose your adventure. Mt. Bachelor - The model of a complete snowsports resort, Mt. Bachelor offers 360-degree lift-served groomed skiing and riding from its volcanic summit.
Lava Lands Visitor Center a Central Oregon Geologic Gem
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.
Winter Isn’t Only About Snow in Central Oregon
It’s true that when winter rolls around in Central Oregon, most people’s minds veer toward things to do in the snow. With Mt. Bachelor, Hoodoo, sno-parks and more, there’s plenty of options for folks to get out and play.
Get Your “Ah-Ha” Beer Moment at Sunriver Brewing Company
Central Oregon can claim more breweries than quite a few states. We’re not exaggerating. Our region has 30+ breweries. That shows how much we care about craft beer but, it can make it tough to choose where to taste local brews, we get it!
Sammies and Sandos: Central Oregon’s Best Sandwiches
Sometimes after a day full of adventure, all that you crave is a simple, yet delicious, stick-to-your-ribs sandwich. (And a beer, obviously.)
Central Oregon Hiking Trails
Head east on Highway 20 (Greenwood Avenue) to the Pilot Butte State Park. The parking area and trailhead are just east of the butte. Walk on either the nature trail or the paved road. The road is also for vehicle traffic, weather permitting. It is a wonderful viewpoint for the entire Bend area. This hiking trail is one of the most popular in Central Oregon.
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway: Pull Off For a Central Oregon Adventure
The Cascade Lakes Scenic byway is one of the prettiest drives in the U.S. But it might be the most recreationally rich road you’ll ever drive too. From Bend southwest to the Highway 58 junction, the Oregon Route 372 cuts through 66 miles unique volcanic formations and geological beauty that offers everything that makes Central Oregon an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Camp Abbot’s Important Role During World War II
Sunriver is one of the region’s oldest and most beloved destination resorts. Since the late 1960s, Oregon families have made memories here, riding bikes to the general store, learning to golf on the courses and swimming in the river and the resort’s pools.