Brew it Yourself at Bend’s Immersion Brewing

Central Oregon’s thriving craft beer scene is a hugely popular experience for visitors to the High Desert.

You can drink it.

You can take a brewery tour and learn about it.

And now, you can brew it yourself.

Bend’s Immersion Brewing is the state’s first “Brew-it-Yourself” brewery, offering visitors a chance to come up with their own sudsy creation from start to finish. You can even design your own label for the bottles.

There are more than 30 recipes to choose from, including Kolsch, Blonde Ales, American Pale Ales, Imperial Stouts, Holiday Ales, Wheat Ales and several IPAs. A recipe card will walk you through the step-by-step process, but an experienced brewer will also be by your side to talk you through it and offer some help if you need it. The two-hour brewing session nets you about five gallons of beer! Brew sessions range in price from $180 – $220 depending on beer recipe – and it includes the beer, bottles, caps, and labeling.

Once the beer is created, it takes about two weeks for it to ferment. You’ll come back to the pub to carbonate, bottle and label your two cases of 22 oz. beers before taking them home. (Oregon residents who aren’t able to come back to bottle can have the brewery ship them to you. Out of state guests can choose beer created by someone else to take home.)

It’s a great team-building exercise that involves some teamwork while allowing time to enjoy one of the numerous beers on tap at the pub and have a bite to eat from their full menu. The Visit Central Oregon team (that’s us in the video above) experienced it in late October and it was a ton of fun – and really informative. The Immersion brewer who helped us, Josh Cosci, was very patient and chock full of great info throughout the process.

The pub and brewery are located in The Box Factory, a lively collection of shops and restaurants adjacent to the Old Mill District and near Bend’s historic downtown.

For more information on Immersion’s Brew-it-Yourself opportunity, visit the Immersion Brewing website.

 

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.)

Whether you call it a “sammie,” “sando,” or “sammich,” there’s an amazing sandwich waiting for you at the end of the trail in Central Oregon. Heck, even if you’re one of those weirdos who consider a hot dog a sandwich, we have you covered. For the purposes of this story, we’re not including burgers in the “sandwich” category, but rest assured there are TONS of great burgers here. (Don’t see your favorite listed? Tell us where to find the best sandwich in Central Oregon in the comments!)

In the iconic downtown Bend breezeway, the Beach Hut Deli offers a great selection of hot and cold sandwiches in a “chill” setting perfect for catching a game on TV or just people watching on Mirror Pond Plaza. Try the Surfin’ Bird with turkey, avocado, bacon, cream cheese, mayo, mustard, pickles, tomato, red onions, lettuce, Greek peppers and cheese.

In beautiful Sunriver, Sunriver Brewing‘s menu is filled with post-adventure favorites, but one of my staples is the Turkey Dip with smoked turkey breast, pepper bacon, tomato, Tillamook white cheddar on a french roll with a side of natural turkey jus. Pair it with a Fuzztail Hefe and your afternoon is golden. (You can get the same sandwich at Sunriver Brewing’s Galveston Pub in Bend too.)

Sunriver Brewing Co. Galveston Pub

Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters is a perfect rest stop after hiking up Black Butte, fishing at Camp Sherman or mountain biking the Peterson Ridge trails. And for me, there’s not a better sandwich in all of Central Oregon (or anywhere for that matter) than the legendary Chicken Bacon Tater. NBD, just your basic sandwich with grilled chicken breast, thick sliced hickory smoked bacon, fries & chipotle ranch all rolled together in a toasted pita, “Taco Style.” Yes, that’s right: THERE’S FRENCH FRIES IN THE SANDWICH! Pairs nicely with a Knotty Blonde.

The Row at Bend’s Tetherow Resort has a great pub-style menu that includes all your favorites like burgers and wings and a rotating beer menu featuring several local breweries. And while it sounds simple: sourdough bread, smoked ham, and Tillamook cheddar cheese served with daily soup – the grilled cheese is top notch (especially served with the tomato soup that’s usually available.)

Crux Fermentation Project

Crux Fermentation Project is easily one of Bend’s favorite brewpubs. The pub features three hugely popular food carts outside on the lawn. And while the pub itself has a limited menu, the Banh Mi sandwich has long been a standout dish. It’s porter-hoisin roasted pork belly, cubed ham, fresh cucumber, cilantro, do Chua, and sweet chili aioli. My colleague Kristine implores you to get EXTRA CILANTRO!

Exterior view of people on the patio at 10 Barrel on Bend, Oregon's westside
The patio at 10 Barrel Brewing’s West Side Pub.

You can find a great steak sandwich on just about every menu here these days (most here are made with locally grown beef,) but you probably won’t find a better one than the one at 10 Barrel Brewing‘s West Side pub. Know how I know? Because my wife says so and, well, she’s kind of a steak sandwich expert (or so I’ve been told.)

For an out of this world dining experience, Worthy Brewing is your place thanks to the world’s first “Hopservatory.” Founder Roger Worthington will tell you the Salmon Sando is the best in the universe: grilled Atlantic salmon, Tillamook pepper jack cheese, fresh guacamole, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, chipotle aioli on ciabatta. (Pro tip from my colleague Kristi: Get it as a lettuce wrap.)

And finally, Brother Jons has two locations in Bend and both have great menus. You can’t go wrong though with the Cuban: Pulled pork, ham, melted swiss, sautéed onions, dill pickles & spicy brown mustard on a grilled hoagie roll. (While you’re waiting, the habanero cheese dip is worth noshing on – it’s a white wine & garlic habanero cheese sauce with house-fried yellow and blue corn tortilla chips.)

Sisters Weekend Getaway: Romance, Bike Rides & More

A visit to Sisters, Oregon is both a step back in time and a visit to the lap of luxury. Downtown, experience a bit of the old west through vintage storefronts welcoming visitors to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Venture down the road a bit and you’ll find an upscale, modern mini-resort in FivePine Lodge. And right outside the back door of your cozy cabin is a world of adventure waiting for you on the Peterson Ridge Trail System.

Rustic Elegance

FivePine Lodge features eight suites in a beautiful main lodge modeled after a historic forestry station and 36 craftsman-style cabins. The campus also offers a spa, Mexican restaurant, movie house, and Three Creeks Brewing Co. With the personal touch of a bed and breakfast, the privacy of romantic, cozy cabins and all the amenities of a resort, FivePine is the ultimate romantic getaway.

Shibui Spa is on site and offers a variety of packages, including a three-hour “Day of Indulgence” that features a massage, facial and pedicure.

Giddyup

Saddle up a two-wheeled horse during your stay with a mountain bike rental from Blazing Saddles. Sisters’ only bike shop is a full-service, one-stop shop for everything bike. And with demo and rentals from brands like BMC, Giant and Felt, you’re sure to get a great ride to experience our amazing trails.

According to our partners, Bend Trails, the Peterson Ridge Trails in Sisters were originally constructed in 1989 as a mountain bike trail network consisting of a combination of single-track and old forest service roads. In 2008, a major expansion of the network increased the amount of single track to over 20 miles and included signage and trail markers to aid riders in navigation.

The trails are fairly level and mostly free of technical obstacles (although some lines do have rocks and roots to negotiate).  The trail network is popular with Sisters’ residents and you can expect to encounter lots of walkers, runners, and dogs on the trails. There are also several Horse trails that interconnect into this system.

Dinner and a Show – Sisters Style

A visit to Sisters wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Three Creeks Brewing on the FivePine Lodge campus. Sisters’ only brewpub is a regional favorite that draws visitors and locals alike thanks to their delicious beers and hearty menu. Their Knotty Blonde and Hoodoo Voodoo IPA are always a good choice, as is the Chicken, Bacon, Tater sandwich featuring a chicken breast, thick cut bacon and fries smothered in a chipotle ranch and wrapped in a warm pita like a taco.

After dinner, walk about 10 steps to the lovely little Sisters Movie House where you can catch a first-run film, grab another beer and settle into the quaint theater for a couple of hours of entertainment.

Looking for some down-home comfort food? The Cottonwood Cafe is a relative newcomer to the Sisters dining scene after a complete transformation from Jen’s Garden – which served upscale French cuisine. The new restaurant has a new look, new menu and new vibe that’s been a hit.

Eat Like a Local: Our Favorite Spots to Dine in Central Oregon

When you roll into a new place for vacation, one of the first things you want to do is find a great, local place to grab a bite to eat. You didn’t drive up from the Bay Area to pop into an Applebees, right? Central Oregon is chock full of amazing local restaurants sure to fit into every culinary category.

Here are some of our favorite spots – we’d say “secret spots” but they’re pretty popular places and, well, nothing in Central Oregon is a secret anymore.

PizzaPizza Mondo in downtown Bend is hands-down the locals’ favorite place to get a slice or whole pie. In fact, the tiny little pizza joint has been named Bend’s Favorite Pizza by readers of the local Source Weekly newspaper every year since it opened in 1996. I mean, c’mon. A lot of pizza shops have come and gone since then – yet “Mondo” remains at the top. And for good reason. Local tip: There’s a basket of brownies at the counter where you pay. Buy one.

 

SeafoodThe Pine Tavern has been a staple of downtown Bend since 1936 for one simple reason: It’s just a great place to get classic American comfort food. And for many locals it’s the go-to spot for some delectable seafood entrees, including baked salmon stuffed with Dungeness crab, bay shrimp, brie and cream cheese. Local’s tip: Don’t fill up on the sourdough scones that come before dinner. Save them and take them home for a perfect late night snack.

Burgers – Nearly all of Central Oregon’s brewpubs have amazing burgers on the menu, but if you really want to dine like a local, go a little under the radar and check out Hardy’s Hot Wings, Hamburgers and Ice Cream. No frills or bells or whistles, just a wide variety of tasty hamburgers and the most Buffalo-esque wings in town. (Ask about the hot-wing challenge.)

Dessert900 Wall in downtown Bend is known for great food and an amazing Happy Hour, but it’s most popular dishes might just be found on the dessert menu. My wife and I sometimes will plan a date night just for the powdered sugar beignets. They come with a bittersweet chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce, and vanilla mouse for dipping.

Italian – Bend’s had its fair share of Italian restaurants open and close over the years, but one has stood the test of time: Marcello’s Cucina Italiana in Sunriver. A staple of classic Italian fare with a PNW twist, Marcello’s has been filling bellies since 1980. You’ll find all the classics like lasagna, chicken parm and spaghetti, but also a few surprises like salmon-n-chips, pork osso bucco, penne arrabiata. Local tip: Stop in on a Wednesday for $10 all you can eat spaghetti – including a side salad or cup of soup & homemade bread.

Brewpub – Now this one gets a bit tricky. Ask five locals their favorite brewpub and you’re more than likely going to get five different answers. Some love Crux Fermentation Project and their huge, grassy yard that feels more like a neighborhood party than a restaurant. Some are old school Deschutes Brewery fans who’ll tell you about the good ole days when the joint was way smaller (but the beer was just as good.) Bend Brewing Co. has staked its claim as being the locals favorite for years while newcomers Sunriver Brewing Co. now boasts popular hangouts in both Sunriver and Bend. My favorite? I’m always partial to Deschutes Brewery where I can belly up to the bar for a burger and a pint of the pub-only Bachelor Bitter. It doesn’t get any more local than that.

Sparrow Bakery’s famous “Ocean Roll.”

Breakfast – Everyone knows the best breakfasts come from the smallest, most quaint spots in town. That’s true to form in Central Oregon where Sparrow Bakery stands out. The original Scott Street location is a tiny little brick building in the Old Iron Works Art District while the newer Northwest Crossing spot is a bit larger, more modern pastry oasis. Ask anyone in town and they’ll say Sparrow’s “Ocean Roll” is among the best pastries anywhere. If you’re looking for something a little more “stick to your ribs,” check out McKay Cottage in Bend. The breakfast landmark has amazing pancakes, eggs benedict and much more in a quaint riverside location.

8 Pictures That Will Have You Rethinking Some Life Decisions (Central Oregon Food Edition)

Is this plate from 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar art or food? (It’s food. Definitely food.)

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This Deschutes Brewery burger from a cow that was fed the brewery’s spent grain. BEER FED BEEF, PEOPLE. BEER. FED. BEEF.

Here’s a fish sandwich from Suttle Lodge & Boathouse that makes other fish sandwiches embarrassed to call themselves fish sandwiches.

These powdered sugar beignets from 900 Wall will make you forget the names of your own children.

This hilarious plate of nachos from 10 Barrel Brewing that’s on the appetizer menu.

I’ll just be over here at Crux Fermentation Project with the best house-made pretzel I’ve ever put in my face hole.

Cobbler with ice cream Pronghorn Club and Resort Central Oregon

OMG, this tiny cast iron pot filled with cobbler topped with a teeny dollop of vanilla ice cream at Pronghorn is the stuff of my tiny dessert dreams.

Find someone that pours sauce on you like this chef at Carson’s American Kitchen at Sunriver Resort pours sauce on this dish.

Hungry? Check out some more amazing Central Oregon dining options here.

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.

Bend’s 7 Best (and maybe not-so-well-known) Family-Friendly Dining Options

Back in the day, finding a “family-friendly” restaurant meant looking for something involving animatronic characters or a dollar menu where “happiness” came in a box.

But in Bend and Central Oregon, you’ll find a huge selection of true family-friendly restaurants that are as appealing to mom and dad as they are to the kids. In fact, just about every spot welcomes your little ones and has a kids’ menu with food you won’t feel bad for feeding your children. And as the dad to a teenager and two kids under 4, it’s nice to walk into a restaurant without getting the stink eye from the host or other patrons.

Here are a few of my family’s favorite spots to eat.

Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, Oregon
Crux Fermentation Project

Crux Fermentation Project

Grab a beer from the patio bar, find a spot in the grass and let the kids run free. With its gigantic green space, lawn games and diverse selection of local food carts, Crux is arguably the best family-friendly dining option in the region. The brewpub is home to some of Central Oregon’s most popular beers and is known for its amazing Sundowner Hour (food/drink specials a half hour before and after the sun sets.) Added bonus: There’s often live music outside as well, giving the kids something to really wiggle to.

Paddle board group on Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon
Can’t beat the views from Red Robin in Bend.

Red Robin

Located along the Deschutes River in Bend’s Old Mill District, Red Robin is kind of the go-to spot for families looking for good food, a fun environment and a great view. Sure, it’s a chain but even on vacation, it’s sometimes nice to eat somewhere familiar. Bonus points for unlimited broccoli. Heck, tell them it’s someone’s birthday and you’ll get a free cupcake out of the deal.

La Rosa

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants, La Rosa’s Northwest Crossing location has a kids menu that features all the traditional favorites like tacos, enchiladas, etc. along with some “American” standards like chicken nuggets. And the refried beans that come with the complimentary chips and salsa is always a big hit for parents of wee babies. The location is also just a short walk down the street from Compass Park. The park features a playground, pavilion with picnic tables and green space that each summer hosts outdoor movies.

Sunriver Brewing Co. – Sunriver Pub

Sunriver Brewing Co. Sunriver Pub

Great food, great beer and A CHILDRENS’ PLAY AREA. That’s right. Just inside the door, there’s a small kids’ play area stocked with toys, books and a giant chalkboard. For parents on vacation, Sunriver Brewing Co. might just be the new Happiest Place on Earth. There’s also a nice, big patio for dining outside in the sun – perfect for people watching during the busy summer season in the Village at Sunriver.

Pizza Mondo in Bend
Pizza Mondo in Bend

Pizza Mondo

When my middle daughter was just starting to eat real food, Pizza Mondo was of the first places I took her when mom left us alone for the day. (Dad of the year, right?) It’s a tiny little pizza joint in Downtown Bend that also happens to make the city’s best pie. That’s according to the locals who have voted it “Bend’s Best Pizza” every year since it opened in 1996. Pro tip: There’s a basket of brownies next to the cash register. Don’t even think about leaving without one.

Deschutes Brewery

This one might be surprising to some, but Deschutes Brewery’s Public House in Downtown Bend is actually one of the most family-friendly spots in the area. The kids’ menu features some super tasty options beyond the traditional hamburger or chicken strips. For mom and dad, the dining here straddles the line between pub food and fine dining. And the beer, of course, is legendary at Bend’s first brewpub. The pub’s expansion a few years ago really opened up the restaurant and now there’s tons of seating so a table with a couple of high chairs won’t cramp the style of the tables next to you.

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Goddy’s Chocolates & Ice Cream

Goody’s 

Ok, so it’s not a “restaurant” in any way, shape or form. Nope, Goody’s is just home to Central Oregon’s best chocolates, candies and ice cream and it’s a must-visit for anyone vacationing here. Check out the original shop in Sunriver, the Downtown Bend location or take a tour of an actual chocolate factory. Your sweet tooth – and your kids – will thank you.

Ghost Tree Invitational is a Central Oregon Golf & Culinary Hole in One

The Ghost Tree Invitational at Pronghorn Resort

Central Oregon is known worldwide for our world-class golf. Our culinary scene is quickly gaining national attention as well, with amazing chefs running unique restaurants. But maybe no event combines the best of those two worlds like the Ghost Tree Invitational at Pronghorn Resort.

Pronghorn is one of Golf Magazine’s top 25 Golf Communities thanks to two amazing courses: The Nicklaus Signature Course and the Tom Fazio Signature Course. The Ghost Tree happens at the Nicklaus Course on Friday, August 4th and features 60 teams playing a shamble. (Everyone tees off, pick the best drive and then play your own ball into the hole.)

Some great prizes await the gross and net winners. There’s also some pretty great prizes for a hole-in-one.

The culinary experience happens on Saturday with Dinner on the Range. You’ll join 1,600 guests for a unique culinary experience featuring 14 of the finest local chefs preparing more than 20 dishes for you to sample. Wash it all down with locally hand-crafted beers, local spirit tastings and a variety of wines.

Additionally, the event is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon and the Assistance League. There’s a silent auction tent on site with some truly unique items. Two years ago the event raised more than $90,000!

For locals, the Ghost Tree is a chance to see some old friends and try some new dishes from your favorite restaurants. For visitors, it’s a superb opportunity – in just two days – to sample everything that makes Central Oregon such a great place to be: great golf, great food, great beer and great people giving back to great causes. With luxury lodging, delicious restaurants, a spa and more, Pronghorn Resort is perfect for a long weekend getaway.

Here’s a schedule of events for the 2017 Ghost Tree.

FRIDAY – AUGUST 4

Double shotgun golf tournament at 7:45am and 1:30pm. Please be warmed up and ready by your carts at least 20 minutes before each start time. Complimentary range balls will be provided.

  • 7:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
  • Shamble format with on-course prizes and contests (including team skins game).
  • 11:30pm to 2:00pm – BBQ LUNCH will be served in the dining room and patio within the clubhouse.

EVENT ATTIRE

Proper golf attire is required. No jeans or denim of any kind and no t-shirts. Tennis shoes or a pair of athletic shoes are just fine, you do not need to purchase golf shoes if you don’t own any. A majority of people will be wearing a collared shirt with a pair of casual shorts.

SATURDAY – AUGUST 5

Dinner On The Range

4pm to 11pm – Driving Range

The main attraction of the weekend, Dinner on the Range, featuring 16 of Central Oregon’s finest chefs, hand-crafted beer, a variety of wines and spirit tastings, specialty desserts and more. In addition, we will welcome a live band to the Ghost Tree Invitational stage.

  • 4pm Gates will open and the silent auction will begin as well
  • 5pm Dinner service will begin
  • 6:15pm GOLF AWARDS and Major Announcements
  • 6:45pm Band takes the stage

EVENT ATTIRE:

Party/Cocktail Dress. The women get dressed up for this evening. Women are wearing nice dresses and the level of attire is probably just below a fancy cocktail party. Men again wear slacks with a button up shirt or something comparable. Please see our photos of the dinner or the video below showing what people wear that evening. Though the event starts when its quite warm out, the temperature drops quite a bit in the evening and therefore sweaters and jackets are recommended.

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.

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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.

Where to Apres Ski in Central Oregon

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The early season snow conditions at Mt. Bachelor have been spectacular so far this year – and we think it’s going to continue well into winter. So the most important question to ask yourself this season is: where should you apres ski after a stellar day at the mountain?

That’s a great question, by the way, with a bunch of great answers.

One of the newest and best apres ski options in Bend also happens to be one of the closest options to Mt. Bachelor. The Row at Tetherow has a great vibe, cool views and a beer and food menu that’s second to none. I’ve written about this in previous blog posts, but if you’re a fan of buffalo wings – try the ghost pepper wings. They’re as hot as they sound, but oh-so-tasty!

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The Row at Tetherow

And just a little farther down the road, check out Bistro 28 inside the Athletic Club of Bend. Warm up in front of the historic Pilot Butte Inn fireplace, ACB membership not required. Enjoy 1/2 off any pizza with the purchase of an entree or a free dessert with a purchase of an entree. Open at 4:30 Monday thru Friday and 3:30 on Saturday and Sunday

A little farther down the road you’ll find The Lodge – one of the Cascade Lakes Brewery locations in Central Oregon. This is a hugely popular joint for post-ski beers and food. Founded in 1994 in Redmond, Cascade Lakes is one of the stalwarts of Central Oregon’s craft beer scene. Check out Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. for $3 off apps and reduced prices on the pub’s imperial pints. (That’s 20 oz. of beer!)

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Cascade Lakes Brewery Lodge

In downtown Bend, you’ll always find a fun apres ski crowd at Deschutes Brewery. The popularity of Bend’s oldest brewpub used to mean it was tough to get a table or seat at the bar, but the restaurant expanded a few years ago creating room for everyone even on the busiest of nights. The beer menu is filled with pub-exclusive creations and the food can lead more toward fine dining than bar food. That said, Deschutes’ fish & chips are among the best in Oregon.

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Deschutes Brewery

Other great options downtown include Pizza Mondo (named Bend’s best pizza every year since it opened in 1996,) the Bend Brewing Company, where you’ll be treated to live music, an award-winning selection of beers and hearty food that include some of the best wings in Central Oregon. For a more upscale vibe, check out  900 Wall, Zydeco or 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar – all are welcoming of folks in ski gear so don’t worry about having to change before grabbing a bite.

You’ll also find several options at one location at McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend. The campus features four pubs, a Turkish soaking pool and a fun patio area with a fire pit to relive some of the epic moments on the mountain earlier in the day.

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Other popular spots in Bend include Crux Fermentation Project, 10 Barrel Brewing and Worthy Brewing – all feature great craft beers, tasty menus (Crux is home to a couple of fun food carts as well) and large outdoor areas with fire pits to hang out around.

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For those of you staying in Sunriver, you’ll find a bunch of great apres ski options both at the resort itself and just down the road at The Village at Sunriver. Enjoy great food and drinks at Carson’s American Kitchen or The Living Room or Twisted River Tavern – all located at Sunriver Resort’s main lodge. The new restaurants have quickly become a popular place for locals and visitors alike with their diverse, Pacific Northwest-inspired menus.

Twisted River Tavern, Sunriver Resort
Twisted River Tavern, Sunriver Resort

At The Village at Sunriver, snowriders flock to Sunriver Brewing Co. for a huge selection of craft beers and a menu filled with hearty items perfect after a long day at Bachelor. (There’s also a cool Sunriver Brewing pub on Galveston Ave. in Bend.) And, of course, you can’t go wrong with the traditional pub favorites at Village Bar and Grill.

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Sunriver Brewery, Galveston Pub