By day, Central Oregon teems with breweries and cider makers, all manner of outdoor activities, and fun for the whole family. So after a busy day venturing into the mountains of Central Oregon, getting to know the region’s cities and communities, and exploring the sweeping high desert, you want an overnight stay that allows you to rest up and recharge. Or maybe you need a day or weekend to relax—and want an engaging home base where you can do just that.
Either way, Central Oregon is home to a wide range of lodging options—from rustic campsites to lavish resorts. In the mix are vacation rental homes geared toward families and groups, as well as a wide range of cabins that invite you to get away from it all. So here’s a breakdown of the best vacation rentals and cabins in Central Oregon
Vacation Rentals and Cabins in Bend, Oregon
You don’t have to go far from Bend for fully furnished vacation rental homes and cushy cabins; in some cases, you don’t even have to leave Bend at all. So whether you’re spending the day outdoors or are exploring the outstanding craft breweries in Bend, Oregon, here’s a sampling of vacation rentals and cabins available nearby.
The scenic Tetherow Resort sits between the edge of Bend and the sprawling Deschutes National Forest, offering the best of both worlds. In addition to its many offerings—from a creative golf course to outstanding eateries—Tetherow hosts a variety of vacation rental homes, with 10 floor plans to choose from. Homes all come with fully stocked kitchens, hot tubs, fire pits, modern furnishings, free shuttles into Bend, and more.
And when summer begins, head out along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway for a fun night at Elk Lake Resort, which sits on the shore of—you guessed it—Elk Lake. The rustic resort hosts a handful of cabins (some of which date back to the 1940s) with lofts, seasonal campfire rings, full kitchens, and other comfortable amenities. More budget-conscious campers, meanwhile, can spend the night in the resort’s trio of camping cabins—each of which come with propane heat, tables and chairs, small decks, and basic beds (bring your own linens).
Vacation Rentals and Cabins in Sunriver, Oregon
For decades, Sunriver has been a popular resort community in the heart of Central Oregon—and a variety of vacation rental companies help families, friend groups, and more find just the right home.
Sunriver Resort, for instance, hosts three rental communities—with overnight options that range from couples-friendly condos to luxurious homes that sleep up to 16. There, groups of all sizes can explore more than 30 miles of (protected) paved bike paths, hit the links on two epic golf courses, and enjoy the boutiques and restaurants around Sunriver. And that’s to say nothing of resort-wide perks that include discounted boat and bike rentals, free transportation around the resort, access to numerous tennis courts, and more.
Sunset Lodging in Sunriver, meanwhile, boasts a selection of Western-inspired homes that inspire coziness with fireplaces, high ceilings, large couches, hot tubs, and other opulent amenities; some rooms are even pet-friendly, so you can bring the entire family. Guests can also rent jet skis or pontoon boats for exciting adventures on the water.
Village Properties at Sunriver specializes in fully furnished, tastefully decorated vacation rentals, some of which come with a variety of amenities to ensure a fun, comfortable stay—such as private hot tubs and free passes to the SHARC water park and recreation center in the heart of Sunriver.
Cascara Vacation Rentals boasts the endorsement of The One-Hundred Collection, an independent evaluation program, and offers a wide range of homes and condos throughout Sunriver and Caldera Springs. Every home comes with the Xplorie advantage which includes over $500 in free activities and rentals everyday, including access to the High Desert Museum.
Finally, Bennington Properties manages more than 200 properties throughout the Sunriver area, offering homes for everyone from solo travelers to large groups. The Oregon-based rental company works to ensure an enjoyable stay for everyone in your crew—and backs that up with free bike rentals for adults and discounted rentals for children, fully furnished homes, and more.
Vacation Rentals and Cabins in Sisters, Oregon
You could spend just an afternoon in Sisters, strolling its Wild West-inspired downtown, or whole weekends exploring the natural wonder at its doorstep. However long you spend enjoying the community’s many charms, you’ll find plenty of elaborate vacation homes and inviting cabins for making the most of your stay.
When Black Butte Ranch opened in 1970, planners wanted guests to “listen to the quiet.” More than 50 years later, couples, families, friend groups, and more continue that tradition in the resort’s four rental communities—where each home is decorated and outfitted with unique amenities. Overnight options range from cozy condos (perfect for couples) to spacious country homes that boast massive decks and plenty of natural light.
For a different vibe, consider a weekend in a cabin at The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, a short drive from Sisters on the shore of Suttle Lake. In addition to swanky lodge rooms, visitors can choose from a variety of accommodations—including rustic cabins (which can sleep a small family and come with a private porch), deluxe cabins (some of which offer views of Suttle Lake—and all of which include private decks), and a premium cabin that features a Jacuzzi tub, in-room fireplace, and large kitchen.
Vacation Rentals and Cabins in Madras, Oregon
The Cove Palisades State Park, which sits where the Deschutes, Crooked, and Metolius rivers meet to form Lake Billy Chinook in the Central Oregon high desert, is a popular destination in spring, summer, and fall—with water sports serving as a top draw just outside Madras.
Several cabins, all near the northern edge of the park and mere steps from the Crooked River, offer a comfortable night’s stay at the Cove Palisades Resort & Marina. Each cabin comes with electricity, running water, bathrooms with showers, barbecues, kitchenettes, bunk beds, and other amenities for groups of up to five. One of the cabins is pet-friendly.
Vacation Rentals and Cabins in Redmond, Oregon
After you’ve spent a day enjoying the best restaurants in Redmond and sipping your way through Redmond’s craft breweries and cider makers, you’ll want a comfortable bed. And around Redmond, “comfortable” is just the start; manicured resorts just outside the city offer vacation rental homes for groups of all sizes, each rich with welcome amenities, and stylish cabin experiences. Here’s a look at what Redmond has to offer.
Roughly halfway between Bend and Redmond, Pronghorn Resort sits on a grassy oasis in the midst of Central Oregon’s high desert. In addition to nationally acclaimed golf courses, an on-site spa, and other attractions, the resort offers a variety of vacation rental homes—with a variety of sizes to suit your stay. Choices include one-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom rentals with high-tech home technology, fire pits, home theater systems, gas fireplaces, and more.
And southeast of Redmond, surrounded by rolling hillsides covered in juniper and sagebrush, Brasada Ranch offers an elegant cabin experience—with two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes available. In all, 65 cabins cover 65 acres, giving guests plenty of peace and quiet, and offer open floor plans, well-appointed kitchens, hot tubs, barbecue grills, and other thoughtful amenities.
Vacation Rentals and Cabins in Prineville, Oregon
Get away from the hustle and bustle at Prineville Reservoir State Park, which hosts five deluxe log cabins (one of which is pet-friendly) near the shore of its namesake lake.
The well-appointed cabins feature bedding (bring your own linens), tables and chairs, heat, electricity, private bathrooms with showers, kitchenettes, and barbecue grills. Away from cabins, the campground also offers restrooms, hot showers, firewood and ice for sale, easy access to Prineville Reservoir, and more. Most recently, the park—noted for its vibrant night skies and almost total lack of light pollution—was named an International Dark Sky Park; as you can imagine, stargazing is a popular pastime.
Vacation Rentals and Cabins in Maupin, Oregon
The cozy community of Maupin sits in the heart of the Deschutes River Canyon and offers easy access to some of the best white water rafting in Central Oregon—and the aptly named Oasis Cabin Resort offers a fine place to rest your head after a day on the water
The resort traces its roots to 1915, when it opened to house workers building the first railroads into Central Oregon. These days, its cabins pay tribute to that history through vintage photographs and retro decor—but offer a variety of modern amenities that include memory foam beds, Wi-Fi, kitchenettes in certain cabins, heating, and air conditioning. The resort is a fun place to stay all year long, but it really comes alive in summer—when regional musicians grace its stage every weekend and a seasonal diner dishes classic breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare (from chicken and waffles to hearty burgers).
And even if you’re not into white water rafting, Maupin is renowned for excellent angling—especially for Deschutes redside trout, steelhead, and chinook salmon. Learn more about the best fishing in Central Oregon.
Vacation Rentals and Cabins in La Pine, Oregon
The park’s rustic cabins come with two beds (bring your own linens), a desk, and a small seating area—while its deluxe cabins up the ante with private bathrooms (that include showers), kitchenettes, and barbecue grills. All cabins, whether rustic or deluxe, are well-maintained and feature cozy patios, campfire grills, picnic tables, electricity, heating, paved parking, and access to the campground’s myriad amenities—including on-site restrooms, showers, and firewood for sale. The setting, in the midst of a ponderosa pine forest, is picturesque.
As an added bonus, two of the park’s rustic cabins, and three of its deluxe cabins, are pet-friendly.
Explore Nature’s Beauty
From the sagebrush-covered plains of the high desert to the towering pines and majestic mountain peaks, discover the diverse landscape Central Oregon has to offer.