Retiring in Sunriver

Looking for a great place to retire? You’d be hard put to find a better place than Central Oregon. And Sunriver is the crown jewel of the area. It’s not just Central Oregon’s premier vacation destination, but also a wonderful place to live.

Come to play and end up staying

Like many residents, often Sunriver retirees choose the area after vacationing here and falling in love with it. People who live here share this love of the town, along with an appreciation for the stunning natural beauty and the Northwest lifestyle. A lot of retirees are actively involved in the community via a variety of local groups and organizations, many with a philanthropic focus.

Along with residential areas and recreational facilities, Sunriver has a commercial mall, the Village at Sunriver, which is a hubbub of community activity. The mall offers vacationers and residents a variety of businesses and services including restaurants, retail shops, galleries, recreation and events. The Sunriver community has a permanent population of about 1,700, though at any given time, it may have many times as many vacationers in attendance. Community-wide digital cable TV, fiber-based broadband Internet and local cell towers keep Sunriver well connected.

Homes for rent or sale are available in a variety of price ranges, from condos and cabins to mountain and golf course view mansions, homes on the airport with hangar garages, and river front homes. Village Properties at Sunriver can help you find just the home you’ve been dreaming of for your retirement. Give us a call or email us — we’d love to hear more about what you’re looking for, so that we can help you find it.

Fun for all ages

Sunriver proper is fun for retirees and for friends and family of all ages when they come to visit (and they will, because everyone loves vacationing here). There is a an aquatic center, a full library, two markets, great restaurants and interesting shopping. Village Properties at Sunriver won’t only help you find your perfect new home, but also fantastic vacation rentals for your out of town visitors. There is a small private airport, the Sunriver Marina offers canoe rentals, bikes rentals are found in the Village and the Sunriver Nature Center and its observatory. Stables are available for the horseback riding, too. There are also splendid trees, the river for floating or fishing, the Sunriver Music Festival and the beautiful golf courses (the Meadows, the Woodlands, Crosswater and Caldera Springs).

Close to everything

And if Sunriver doesn’t have the right organic produce or silk scarf, you can head to Bend, only 20 minutes to the north. Salem and Eugene are about a two to three hour drive and Portland is just four hours away. Flights from our regional airport in Redmond connect to the world via daily flights to Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

Come visit Sunriver to discover all it has to offer.

You may find retiring in Sunriver the ideal location, as so many do.

Village Properties at Sunriver would be happy to help you find a vacation rental for your visit, and later help you find a permanent home. We offer many benefits, from discounts at local merchants to our 4th Night Free special. Give us a call.

Sunriver Restaurant Guide

If you are visiting or new to Sunriver, you may not be familiar with all the wonderful eating establishments. While nearby Bend has great restaurants and brew pubs, we have more than our fair share right here. Here’s a quick Sunriver restaurant guide to show you around several great restaurants that run the gamut, from casual to fine dining.

BigBelly Burgers & Brews Big Belly has burgers, deli sandwiches, benedicts, cocktails, beer and growler fills. They also have a gaming lounge and in the summer, outdoor live music. 56815 Venture Ln, Sunriver.

Blondie’s Pizza of Sunriver Blondie’s offers pizza, sandwiches, salads, calzones and pasta. Individual pizzas are available, as are gluten free crusts. Carry out is also available, and free delivery in Sunriver after 5 p.m. Located in Two Country Mall in Sunriver.

Café Sintra Now you can enjoy the flavors of Portugal at Cafe Sinatra with sandwiches, soups, pastries and specialty coffees. Open breakfast and lunch only. When weather allows, there is outdoor dining. Catering and to go items are also available. At Ponderosa and Beaver Drive.

Cohen’s Stacked Bistro You’ll find food stacked with freshness and flavor at Cohen’s Stacked Bistro. The restaurant serves breakfast, small to large plates and desserts with 10-15 specials everyday. They serve fast, casual food that is natural and have a full bar. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Mon through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 56880 Venture Lane in Sunriver. Located at the Village at Sunriver.

Hot Lava Bakery Hot Lava Baking and Coffee Co. has been in Sunriver for over 30 years. They make delicious fresh pastries, donuts, breads, bagels and special order cakes and pies daily. In addition they serve breakfast and lunch and specialty coffee drinks. Located at the Village at Sunriver.

Marcello’s Cucina Italiana Marcello’s offers family friendly dining, contemporary and traditional Italian food, with a Northwest twist, including pastas and hand tossed pizzas, salmon and filet mignon. Marcello’s also offers an international wine selection, local micro-brews on tap and a full service bar. Located at the Village at Sunriver.

Panini’s Pizza Panini’s offers excellent food in a family friendly atmosphere. They serve delicious hand tossed pizzas on dough that is made daily. Panini’s uses only the freshest, high quality ingredients. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery available. 57100 Beaver Drive in Sunriver.

Rat Hole Brewing at Sunriver Rat Hole Brewing at Sunriver offers traditional pub food and a wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. There are also a number of small plates to go along with a wide selection of craft beers. Located in the Sunriver Business Park.

South Bend Bistro
Fresh contemporary American cuisine with French and Italian influences is on the menu at South Bend Bistro. Reservations are recommended. A full wine selection is available. Located at the Village at Sunriver.

Sunriver Brewing Company
Sunriver Brewing Company offers daily lunch specials and Northwest themed entrees along with a bevy of craft beers. Growler fills are available. There is also a children’s play area. Located at the Village at Sunriver

Village Bar & Grill
Full menu and daily specials are available at Village Bar & Grill. The dining room is family friendly and there is gaming lounge and a seasonal outdoor patio. Located at the Village at Sunriver.

There’s truly something for every palate in Sunriver, Oregon. As a guest or long-term resident of Village Properties, you’ll receive discounts at many eating establishments in town. Read this Sunriver restaurant guide and for more, here for a list of participating restaurants.

Kid friendly activities in Sunriver

Sunriver is the ideal family vacation destination. There is plenty to do for the whole family, especially kids. If you are worried about keeping active toddlers, restless pre-teens, or bored teenagers entertained, have we got a list of kid friendly activities in Sunriver for you.

Fun on the Slopes

In the winter time, there is nothing like skiing to keep kids busy and happy. Sunriver appeals to all ages. At Mt. Bachelor, you can find ski lessons and childcare at The Otter Mountain Childcare Center (at the West Village Lodge near the main parking lot) cares for children from ages six weeks to twelve years. Activities there include crafts and snow playtime. Signature Start introduces ages three and a half to five to snow activities for half the day and indoor activities for the other half.

Museum Exploration

The High Desert Museum is just a short drive from Sunriver and offers plenty to explore for kids of all ages. Indoor and outdoor exhibits feature birds of prey, porcupines, otters, bobcats and more, interpretive trails and occasional story times. The museum is set on 135 beautiful wooded acres and is ranked the number one thing to do in Bend by TripAdvisor.

The Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory

Sunriver is one of the few resort communities in the country that offer both a nature center and an Observatory.

The Sunriver Nature Center is a non-profit educational center. It offers hands on activities, programs and exhibits about the natural surrounding area. Kids have fun getting up close and personal with nature, and making discoveries about the area’s plants, animals, climate and history with the help of the friendly, knowledgeable staff. The center is close to the Sunriver marina and airport and has a nature trail that staff use to educate visitors.

Head for the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver to enjoy a fun, educational evening viewing the starry night skies. Sunriver’s elevation, pitch-dark backdrop and clear air make it ideal for stargazing. It is a breathtaking display that promises to be one of the highlights of your trip to Sunriver.

SHARC

Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center, or SHARC, offers 22-acres of entertainment. You’ll find a tot pool, sand box, picnic spot, playground, basketball and bocce ball courts, winter tubing, picnic pavilion, cafe and outdoor grass amphitheater. A 3-Day Pass for indoor aquatics and tubing can be purchased for $36. Or better yet, most houses with Village Properties provides free guest passes.

Alpine Express Train

The Alpine Express is Central Oregon’s only trackless train. Riders can enjoy scenic tours throughout the Village at Sunriver. The train is modeled after the American 4-40 Locomotive, with coal tenders, passenger cars and a caboose. All ages are welcome to take the seven to ten minute ride, although you should check beforehand to make sure the train is running in inclement weather.

Ice Skating Rink

The Village at Sunriver’s recently renovated ice arena has a sleek new look and modern upgrades to the sound system, skates and viewing area. Open from Mid-November until Mid-April, the ice skating rink is fun entertainment for the whole family.

Bumper Cars

Kids love to bump each other on The Village’s bumper cars! The Village Bumper Cars offers eight colorful cars that can be spun in circles or be used to bump into siblings to your kid’s delight. This activity is sure to be one of the highlights of their trip to Sunriver.

With so much to see and do in Sunriver, it is sure to become one of your family’s favorite vacation destinations. Winter, summer, spring and fall, there is always entertainment in Central Oregon and kid friendly activities in Sunriver for your kids of all ages. When booking your family vacation, Village Properties offers many benefits, from discounts at local merchants to our 4th Night Free special. Contact Village Properties today to book your Sunriver vacation.

Winter Sunriver Fun for Non-Skiers

Many people think fun in Sunriver is all about the swimming, and the golfing and the hiking. And it is. But there is a whole other side to Sunriver — the side that turns into a snowy winter wonderland come November or December. But what is there to do in Sunriver when the temperatures drop?

For the skiing crowd there is, of course, Mt. Bachelor, which has more than 71 trails and 3500 acres to accommodate them. If you’re not a skier, though, are you left to twiddle your thumbs in your vacation home? Below are some activities that just might be to your liking during your winter stay.

Shopping

If hitting the mall is more your style than hitting the slopes the boutique stores at The Village at Sunriver are just the ticket. You’ll find plenty of Sunriver branded souvenirs and apparel, as well as high performance sporting gear and equipment. You’ll also find fine art, great restaurants, and family entertainment and events, as well as ice skating.

Sledding

Sledding is great fun for the whole family, and Wanoga Sno-Park off Century Drive on the way to Mt. Bachelor is the place to do it. You can sled, toboggan or inner tube, and there’s even a snack trailer in the parking lot to grab a warm beverage. Just up the road at Mt. Bachelor’s Snowblast Tubing Park, you can get a day-pass for an afternoon of inner tubing. And if you’d rather just stay in Sunriver, there’s a snow-tubing hill at SHARC.

Snowshoeing

Mt. Bachelor offers free 90 minute snowshoeing interpretive tours conducted by US Forest Service naturalists from December 19, 2016 through March 31, 2017. You’ll learn about winter ecology at Mt Bachelor and the geology, plants and animals of Central Oregon. The tours are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekends, holidays (except Christmas and New Year’s Day) and school vacations. No reservations are necessary, but you should check-in 10-15 minutes prior to the tour at the USFS snowshoe hut just outside the Guest Services building in West Village.

You can also experience winter off the beaten track with a snowshoe tour from Wanderlust Tours. The tours are led by professional naturalist guides who deliver exciting interpretation and there’s snow play for all ages. Snowshoes are included, but you should wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry. Boot and pant rentals are available through Wanderlust. Daily tours as well as Moonlight and Starlight tours provide truly memorable experiences.

Snowmobiling

Only 20 minutes from Sunriver are the Wanoga and Dutchman Flat sno parks. These two parks feature some of the best snowmobiling in Central Oregon and are favorite destinations for locals.

Oregon Observatory

If you want a view of the stars without having to wear snowshoes, head to the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver. Plan on spending a fun, educational evening viewing the starry night skies. Sunriver’s elevation, pitch-dark backdrop and clear air make it ideal for stargazing. It just so happens to be the the largest public access viewing facility in the country, too, and a spectacle you won’t want to miss.

The Sunriver Nature Center

You won’t want to miss the Sunriver Nature Center during your stay. This non-profit educational center offers a variety of activities to choose from, including programs and exhibits about the natural surrounding area. The center is close to the Sunriver marina and airport and has a nature trail that staff use to educate visitors.
So there you have it. Turns out there’s plenty to do in Sunriver in the winter months, even if you don’t ski. Of course, if you truly are more of an observer than a participant when the snow arrives, there’s nothing quite so perfect as spending a cozy afternoon in your vacation home, gazing out at the wintery landscape with a cup of hot cocoa in hand.

Contact Village Properties at Sunriver today and we’ll help you find the ideal vacation home to do that cocoa sipping.