5 Things to pack for an Amazing Sunriver Vacation

A Sunriver vacation can create wonderful memories for families from all over the country, and especially for those traveling from Washington, California, and other parts of Oregon. The first rule of thumb to packing for your Central Oregon getaway is to prepare for outdoor activities in a mountain town.

Many tourists visit Central Oregon to camp, mountain bike, fish, or float on the Deschutes River. If you are packing for any or all of these outdoor activities during your Sunriver vacation, here are five things you want at the top of your packing list.

1. Layers and Layers

Whether on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor or the nearby hiking trails, if you are going to be exploring our great outdoors, packing these basic layers will help you stay comfortable:

Winter: Fleece jackets, base layers, ski jacket or warm coat, gloves, wool or cashmere socks
Spring/Fall: Long-sleeve t-shirts, rain jackets, sweatshirts, jeans, shorts
Summer: Light jackets, sweaters, shorts, jeans, hiking pants, cotton socks2. Sun Protection! Sunglasses and Hats

Central Oregonians love to boast about the more than 300 days of sunshine a year the area receives and with the Cascade Range mountain range peaks reaching over 10,000 feet, bringing appropriate eye and skin protection from harmful UV rays is a must.

3. Comfy Footwear

When it comes to packing shoes, the second rule of thumb for an amazing Sunriver vacation is to choose comfort over fashion. We like to keep it casual in Central Oregon. So, whether you are browsing art galleries in Bend, shopping at The Village, hiking, or mountain biking, choose comfy shoes.

4. Swimsuits and Floatables

Thanks to Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC), visitors can splash around at this water playground even when it’s cold outside. There are indoor and outdoor pools for people of all ages, kiddie pools, and a hot tub. For the more adventurous, two water slides guarantee hours of fun. For those seeking relaxation, hop on an inner tube and let the current take you away—you might think you are at Disneyland.

5. Outdoor Gear

You won’t have much time to binge watch your favorite show while vacationing in Sunriver; unless, of course, that’s what you plan to do on vacation. Either way, you’ll want to bring a camera to capture Central Oregon’s scenic landscapes. Other gear to consider are binoculars for spotting Oregon wildlife and a GPS for hiking in the wilderness or geocaching in town.

Thanks to the proximity of Sunriver to Mt. Bachelor, you can enjoy spring skiing during the day and indulge in locally brewed Sunriver beer at the Sunriver Brewery.

From luxury vacation rentals and cozy Sunriver cabins to local merchant discounts and complimentary SHARC passes where available, an amazing Sunriver vacation awaits. Call Village Properties at 877-859-5346 for more information and to book your next stay in Central Oregon.

3 Reasons Moms Love Sunriver

People from all over the country choose Sunriver year-after-year as their vacation destination. Moms love Sunriver because it offers the perfect mix of family fun, outdoor activities, and solo pampering. All while taking in the natural beauty of the surrounding Cascade Mountain Range and breathtaking views of Mt Bachelor.  

Make sure that mom gets the perfect travel experience she wants alongside the relaxation she needs by booking your Spring Special—two nights free with a four-night rental—with Village Properties. This way, mom won’t feel guilty splurging on a spa treatment and a little retail therapy while she is on vacation.

Spend time on the slopes together with a private family ski lesson

Families vacationing in Sunriver can explore Mt. Bachelor together with a private group lesson guided by a qualified ski instructor. Hiring a ski instructor is a great idea, whether your family is new to skiing or if you simply want everyone to fine-tune their skills and safety techniques.

If you need ski and snowboard rentals, save time and money by renting with Village Bike & Ski in Sunriver. Here is where you can pick up everything the family needs for a day outdoors, including ski helmets, poles, snowshoes, and more.

Moms love Sunriver for its opportunities to relax and re-energize

It’s well known that traveling is a good method to reduce stress. Sunriver offers that and more. Dad will have fun taking the kids sledding at the mountain and swimming at the indoor SHARC recreation pools. This gives mom plenty of time to enjoy a manicure and pedicure at Obsidian Salon or a warm oil massage and springtime scrub at Sage Springs Spa.

Conveniently located at the Village in Sunriver, Obsidian Salon offers extra services, including reflexology that boosts circulation and increases energy—something every mom will surely appreciate.

Moms can get a little retail therapy during a Sunriver vacation

It’s easy to top off a relaxing spa treatment with some retail therapy. From downtown Bend to the Village at Sunriver, there are dozens of boutiques and galleries to browse and shop. Find the perfect outfit and accessories and souvenirs while strolling the newly renovated shops. Afterwards, finish the day with a glass of wine on the elevated terrace of The Village Bar & Grill.  

Moms love Sunriver for so many reasons. From luxury vacation rentals to cozy Sunriver cabins, we can help you find the perfect accommodations. Call 1-800-SUNRIVER to find out how easy it is to start planning your ideal vacation today.

Celebrate Easter at Sunrivier

As the days grow longer and Easter approaches, it’s time to start thinking about planning a trip for the whole family. Why not Celebrate Easter at Sunriver? Sunriver vacation rentals are still available, and the friendly vacation planners at Village Properties can help you find the ideal accommodations.

Sunriver prides itself on being a family-friendly vacation destination, and there are a million ways to keep the kids moving and happy or chilling out at your vacation home. When Easter coincides with your child’s spring break, families can plan a 3-for-1 vacation in Sunriver, Oregon!

1. Awesome springtime skiing on Central Oregon’s Mt Bachelor

Just in time for spring vacation, skiers and snowboarder alike will enjoy longer hours to explore more terrain on the sunny slopes of Mt. Bachelor. Lift tickets for Bachelor are reduced for spring skiing! Imagine all of the extra Easter candy you can purchase with the money you will save. Book your spring vacation rental with Village Properties and we help you with outdoor adventure planning, and more!

2. Free SHARC passes for daylong fun at Central Oregon’s premiere aquatic complex!

When planning a trip to Sunriver, don’t forget to pack swimsuits. Most Village Properties vacation rentals include SHARC (Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic Recreation Center) passes. This is a great deal for everyone, especially families with children and teens because each pass costs $25 per person ages 4 and older per day.

Springtime is when SHARC opens its 9-hole disc golf course for family-friendly fun throughout the summer and early fall. Your SHARC pass also gives you access to the new boat launch area where you can park your car and access the river with SUPs, kayaks, canoes, or river float tubes.

3. Celebrate Easter at Sunriver with an underwater egg hunt & rubber duck races

Rub-a-dub-dub fun on Saturday, April 15th at SHARC where families can enjoy diving for Easter eggs before competing in a rubber duck race. Pick up your rubber duck at the Sharpie Station then decorate your waterfowl before the Rubber Duck Races.

Duck decorating will be held at the Sharpie Station at the SHARC on Friday, April, 14th from 5:30 – 9:00 pm or Saturday, April 15th from 8:00 – 9:00 am

Duck races being Saturday at 9:00am and runs until 11:00am. Pre-registration and payment are required. $10 entry for duck race or egg dive or do both for $15.

Sunriver churches offering Easter Services on Sunday, April 16th

Easter week in Sunriver is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. This is a great time of year for families and friends to get together and enjoy spring in the Cascade Mountains. If you are here for Easter and don’t want to miss a church service, here is a list for services being held at nearby churches.

Community Bible Church at Sunriver

#1 Theater Drive
Sunriver, Oregon
Phone: (541) 593-8341

Sunriver Christian Fellowship
18143 Cottonwood Rd
Sunriver, Oregon
Phone: (541)593-1183

The Door at Three Rivers
56885 Enterprise Drive
Sunriver, Oregon

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
18143 Cottonwood Road
Sunriver, Oregon
Phone: (541) 593-5990

If you’re looking to celebrate Easter at Sunriver or plan ahead for summer vacation, browse our Sunriver vacation rentals online or call us at 1.800.SUNRIVER today. We can help you choose from a variety of privately owned vacation rental homes and cabins. From luxury to budget-friendly and traditional to contemporary, Village Properties has it all!