Start Planning Your Family Reunion in Sunriver Today

Whether you are planning a family reunion for the first time or looking for an ideal location to reunite with long lost relatives, you’ve come to the right place. Sunriver is a mountain resort town in Central Oregon that offers families the opportunities to reconnect in a fun, outdoorsy setting.

There is no denying, family reunions take a lot of planning. Event planners suggest starting planning a full year in advance. It’s never too early to start researching the types of accommodations to meet everyone’s needs.

Consider a House Rental for Your Family Reunion

Depending on your group’s size, staying at a hotel or luxury resort could quickly become cost prohibitive. Village Properties at Sunriver offers an extensive range of short-term vacation rentals; from cozy cabins to large luxury homes, and everything in between, every family’s budget and style can be accommodated.

Village Properties at Sunriver homes offer many benefits for family reunions. Many homes are located on the same street or within close proximity to one another; this makes it convenient to walk or bike to see one another in between gatherings. You can expect to find some or all of these types of features:

  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Large great rooms
  • Amenities such as hot tubs and barbecues
  • Pet-friendly homes
  • Backyards, decks, and outdoor spaces

Picking a destination with activities is especially important to keep children and teenagers busy. The Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic Center (SHARC) is a 22-acre outdoor recreation facility that features a full-service cafe, a picnic area, outdoor amphitheater, tiny tot pool, basketball court, outdoor bocce ball court, and more.

If you are planning a reunion over the summer months, be sure to check out options for outdoor entertainment at the John Gray Amphitheater located at SHARC. Additionally, the full-featured recreation center offers meeting and event space big enough to hold large groups.

The Best Places to Buy Investment Property in Central Oregon

With housing prices on the rise and home sales booming, buying an investment property in Central Oregon looks as appealing as ever with the low-interest rates. A little over a year ago, NerdWallet predicted that the state would experience a strong housing recovery, which has come true.

Over a dozen Oregon towns, including Bend, La Pine, Sunriver, and Sisters, offer real estate investment opportunities for anyone wanting to buy a long-term rental or vacation rental property

Sunriver is a resort destination community that attracts visitors from all over the country but primarily from west coast states including California, Washington, and Idaho. One of many reasons people are drawn to the Sunriver area is because it’s located only 20-minutes from Bend, Oregon. Both towns are known for offering a healthy, attractive lifestyle that includes unlimited outdoor recreation as well as great restaurants, craft breweries, and family activities.

Investors deciding between Bend and Sunriver are often surprised to learn that the smaller of the two, Sunriver, is more expensive than Bend. “Median home values in Bend are currently $375,800 as compared to Sunriver, which are $421,750.” Says, Mark Halvorsen, Principal Broker with Village Properties at Sunriver. Buyers looking to invest in a vacation rental property will find Sunriver attracts a steady stream of vacationers throughout the year. 

People who sell their homes in states with higher real estate values like California are buying investment property in Central Oregon

In fact, buyers coming from cities and towns with much higher real estate values, often buy two homes when moving to Oregon. For example, Sunnyvale, located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley was once a charming town surrounded by orchards. Today, its median home value is $1,469,000. With numbers like these, the idea of buying more than one home is a real possibility. Remember, there is no sales tax in Oregon and that makes it a popular destination for long- and short-term renters.

While the tech boom and startup, entrepreneurial environment plays a significant role in enticing people to move to Portland and Bend, it is only part of the attraction.

In 2016, CNN reported Oregon as winning the number one spot for one of the top moving destinations in the nation for the third year running. Ask anyone who has moved to Oregon over the last decade and more likely than not; they will tell you they came to visit, fell in love, and then decided to move here for the lifestyle, the delightful people, and the great weather. Oh, and the fact that towns like Bend, Sisters, Sunriver, and Redmond are downright dog-friendly with several local businesses that allow dogs at the office.

For investment buyers looking to acquire a vacation home or a long-term home rental, now is the time to buy before the market completely tips toward sellers. Whether you plan to vacation in Sunriver or buy an investment property in Central Oregon, the real estate professionals at Village Properties are here to assist you.

Book Your Summer Vacation Rental for Less

Are you looking for an idyllic spot for your summer vacation this year? While the west coast offers more than one mountain town for an amazing vacation, one thing is for certain: you can book a vacation rental for less in Sunriver, Oregon. Third party sites like VRBO, AirBnB, and VacationRentals, charge additional fees that you won’t pay when you book directly with Village Properties. Moreover, our vacation rentals include a variety of perks including discounts on dining and recreation.

Ideally located at the base of the Cascade Mountain Range, Sunriver boasts hundreds of days of sunshine a year and an ideal summertime climate. Vacationing in a high-desert town has its advantages too—summer months are not too humid or too hot. Overnight temperatures drop and cool breezes act as Mother Nature’s air conditioning. Remember to pack a light jacket or sweater when planning your vacation to Central Oregon.

Summer is a big part of Sunriver’s allure. After the snow melts, vacationers enjoy a mix of lakes and rivers for peaceful fishing and kayaking. Moreover, there are endless opportunities to hike on forest trails in the midst of majestic Ponderosa Pines and Evergreens.

Save money on dining in Sunriver

Sunriver is home to some of the best restaurants in Central Oregon. When you book your summer vacation rental with Village Properties, you and your family can enjoy discounts at participating restaurants that presently include Cafe Sintra, Marcello’s, Hot Lava Bakery, The Village Bar and Grill and Cohen’s Stacked Bistro.

For the nights you aren’t planning to dine out, two local grocery stores provide everything you need to prepare family-style meals in a chef-inspired kitchen at one of Village Properties’ beautiful vacation home rentals.

Golf for less on Sunriver-area courses

Another great benefit of renting your vacation home, condo, or cabin with Village Properties is the golfing discounts to play at some of Central Oregon’s most celebrated golf courses. Even though it might be hard to keep your eye on the ball with such breathtaking vistas surrounding you.

Enjoy discounts on family-friendly outdoor activities

From toddlers to teens, nobody will get bored with the abundant kid-friendly activities in Sunriver.

  • Stop by Village Bike & Ski shop and pick up bikes for the whole family
  • Plan a Paulina Plunge adventure  
  • Spend the afternoon kayaking with a tour guide on Sparks Lake
  • Take an introductory fly fishing class
  • Spend your days swimming and suntanning at SHARC, a 22-acre aquatic and recreation center

One thing to remember when deciding where to book your summer vacation—there is no sales tax in Oregon!

Select Village Properties vacation rental homes also include free SHARC passes, which offer families a huge savings making it easy for families to book their summer vacation rental for less. Public summer admission rates run from May 27th through September 4th, and rates are $25 per person ages 4 & older per day and include indoor/outdoor swimming pools, waterslide, disc golf, and more.  

When you add up all the perks and discounts you get, you can certainly book a vacation rental for less in Sunriver. Village Property guests enjoy all types of recreation discounts. Our list of participating shopping, dining, and tour options is always growing, so be sure to check our vacation rentals discount page frequently.

Everything You Need to Know About the Pacific Crest Triathlon & Weekend Sports Festival in Sunriver


The Pacific Crest Triathlon & Weekend Sports Festival is considered one of the most scenic races in the country and is held in one of Central Oregon’s favorite vacation destinations, Sunriver. So naturally, many athletes and their families who attend this fun-filled sports festival plan for an extended stay to take full advantage of everything the area offers.

The sports festival attracts athletes of all capabilities and is jam packed with race oriented events including a kid’s dash, AquaBike race, both 5K and 10K races, and more. Event participants enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery that includes beautiful snowcapped mountains and a verdant backdrop of Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pines, making this a Central Oregon summer event you won’t want to miss.

Village Properties is proud to be one of the original founding sponsors of the Pacific Crest Triathlon & Weekend Sports Festival and continues its 21-year tradition of supporting the race. “I remember volunteering at the first race when there were only 300 participants,” Says Cindi Persons, Owner Liaison with Village Properties at Sunriver.

Today, the event attracts more than 5,000 people every year and some of the races are a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and the Ironman in Kona. “It’s rewarding to see the event become such a success and to see athletes and their families having a great time together,” says Persons.

There is something for every member of the family during the Pacific Crest Triathlon & Weekend Sports Festival

On Friday afternoon there is a race for kids ages 3 and up. Parents watch their children go down waterslides, bike along a designated monitored bike course, and then run across the finish line, where every child receives a medal. Overall, the sports festival includes 18 different events. Also included are a Sports & Fitness Expo, great food, the Deschutes Brewery Beer Garden, live entertainment with Hit Machine, and best of all, fun for all ages.

General Event Schedule

FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH
  1. 28K & 50K Trail Run – 7:00am Sharp at Wanoga Snow Park for the 50K and 7:30am for the 28K!
  2. Tour de Crest Bike Tours 26 and 55 miles – 7:30am Sharp at the SHARC!
  3. Kid’s Splash Pedal-n-Dash for kids ages 12 & under – 4:00pm at the SHARC
SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH
  1. Marathon & Half Marathon – 7:00am in Sunriver Village by the Registration Tent
  2. 72.3 BEASTMAN Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike – 8:00am at Wickiup

SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH

  1. Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike – 8am at Wickiup
  2. Ultra-Sprint Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike – 8am at Wickiup
  3. 5K & 10K Run/Walks – 8:30am/8:45am in Sunriver Village by the Registration Tent
  4. Kids Dashes (1-mile & 1/2-mile) – 8:00am start at the Finish Line in SR Village


Arrive early if you’re traveling from out of town to acclimate to Sunriver’s high elevation

The elevation in Sunriver is about 4,000 feet above sea level. Athletes arriving from cities and towns with lower elevations may want time to acclimate before running. The race is an almost entirely flat course, with two average hills. The Pacific Crest races start near the Sunriver Village at the corner of Abbott Drive and Beaver Drive and runners follow either paved roads or paved trails and bike paths that wind through this high desert resort community on the Deschutes River.

Athletes and families can register for these events and more, by heading on over to the RegToRace website for the Pacific Crest Triathlon & Weekend Sports Festival. This event is USA Triathlon sanctioned and as such, accurate chip timing will be used for the competitive races. If you are an athlete who plans to run the race competitively, be sure to check out the USA Triathlon’s Competitive Rules.


Race Weather & Climate

Nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains east of Mt Bachelor in Central Oregon, Sunriver typically experiences great weather this time of year. In late June the average low is 43ºF, and the average high is 76ºF. Note that evening temperatures drop considerably so be sure to bring sweatshirts and light jackets. 

Fun for the whole family, start your Pacific Crest Weekend on Friday, June 28th and continue the celebration through Sunday, June 30th.

Whether you are coming for the weekend event or planning to extend Your Stay, Let a member of our reservation team help you find the perfect vacation rental by calling 1-800-SUNRIVER, or book your accommodations online.

Register for PAC Crest Festival here: