Plan Your Outdoor Winter Activities in Sunriver

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to map out your snowy Sunriver vacation. Whether you’re skiing at Mt. Bachelor, snowshoeing through the forest, or zipping through the trees on a snowmobile there are plenty of winter activities in Sunriver.

Here Are Just a Few Outdoor Winter Activities in Sunriver

Skiing and Snowboarding

Mt. Bachelor is approximately a 20-minute drive from Sunriver. Once there, you’ll find an activity for every member of your family. Mom and dad can hit the slopes while the young ones hang out in the warmth with the Mt. Bachelor childcare program. If your kiddos are a bit older and feeling adventurous, Mt. Bachelor provides ski and snowboard lessons for ages starting at just four years old. If you didn’t bring your own gear, the mountain has you covered with their equipment rental program.

Another fun activity up at Mt. Bachelor is their Snowblast Tubing. Fun for the whole family, you hop on a tube, get towed up a hill near the bottom of Red Chair and then zip down the 800-foot hill full of rollers! Be sure to reserve your spot as busy weekends and holiday periods sell out quickly. If you need to rent gear, Village Bike & Ski offers guests of Village Properties all your winter equipment at a discounted rate.

Snowmobiling

With more than 500 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails in the area, you’ll never be short of fun and adventure. The nearest snowmobiling trails are Wanoga and Dutchman Flat Sno-Parks, approximately 20 minutes from the Village. Bring your own machines or link up with Good 2 Go Food and Fun, who offer snowmobile rentals in the Sunriver Village. As a guest of Village Properties at Sunriver, you will receive 10% off rentals or any item that this local business has to offer.

If you prefer to go on a tour with a guide, give Central Oregon Adventures a call. They offer tours with experienced guides that will surely show you a good time and some stunning views of our wintery Deschutes Forest. This is an experience not to be missed!

Dog Sledding

Enjoy a thrilling ride in a state-of-the-art Iditarod Sled as it’s pulled by twelve huskies. Trail of Dreams is operated and owned by Jerry Scdoris and his daughter Rachael. Riding with their athletic team of dogs is a unique and majestic experience. Imagine gliding over the snow and taking in the sights of Central Oregon from the comfort of an Iditarod Dog Sled.

There are a variety of trips available, from a 10-minute children’s trip to a marathon trip up to Elk Lake. This adventure is very popular in the area, so make your reservations early!

These are just a few of the many winter activities in Sunriver. Stay tuned for some fun information about sledding, ice-skating, snowshoeing, and more! Stay warm, be safe and have fun out there!

Find Everything You Need at The Sunriver Business Park

The Sunriver Business Park, located just outside of Sunriver proper, is an area with many businesses and services that are convenient for living and visiting Sunriver. With a school, library, post office, convenience store & gas station, and much more, you can familiarize yourself with the business park with this handy guide.

Below, we’ll name a few businesses at The Sunriver Business Park that you may find helpful during your stay here

As you turn off of South Century Drive into the Business Park (at the only stoplight in Sunriver), you will be entering The Sunriver Business Park. From here, you can turn left or right on Venture Lane to reach many businesses. From Venture Lane, you will find another loop road, Enterprise Drive, with some more of these convenient businesses.

View this map of The Sunriver Business Park to help follow along with what is where. Some businesses are not included on this map in number form, so we’ll explain what is where within this list:

The Mountain Jug (1): Sit and have a beer, play some good old arcade games, and get your growler filled for later. A cozy log cabin interior and a great outdoor seating area will keep you wanting to come back!

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe (same building as Mountain Jug): Visit this store to get all of your kayak, paddleboard and canoe gear – plus so much more. Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe offers a rental option as well as river tours for you to book. Tumalo Creek also provides shuttles for your float trips in the summer.

Sunriver Fly Shop (same building as Mountain Jug): Having maintained a strong reputation in the fly fishing business for over 20 years, this is a great place to set up a fly fishing class or a guided trip. If you’re experienced and in the market for some new and fresh supplies, swing through the Sunriver Fly Shop for some of the best gear around.

POP Worldwide (Between Mountain Jug and Big Belly): This store has you covered if you forgot something. With souvenirs, pharmacy items, clothing for all seasons, and even some gear, you should swing by to see if there is anything you need!

Big Belly Burger and Brew (2): For a tasty and filling meal at an affordable price, swing by Big Belly Burger Deli. Big Belly serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you’ll find a satisfying meal here any time of the day. Don’t miss out on trying a Bloody Mary Slider!

Sunriver Veterinary Clinic (3): If you have your pet with you and he needs some TLC, the Sunriver Veterinary Clinic will help you out. With an extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff, you shouldn’t hesitate to bring Fido their way.

Camp Abbot Trading Company (4): It’s like an ACE Hardware with lots more! Here, you’ll find pet supplies, fishing supplies, building, gardening, and plumbing supplies. You’ll also find a large gift and card section as well as clothing and cleaning supplies. This is a great store to swing through when you’re in need of something for your home, your pet, or your next adventure.

The Sunriver Post Office (9): Well, you know what to do here. Residents and visitors alike feel lucky to have a Post Office in our small community.

Village Properties at Sunriver (11): Here we are! Swing by and let us help you with directions or finding your next activity. We have lots of information on our brochure wall and a knowledgeable staff to help you with any Sunriver questions you may have. Looking at buying or selling a home? We’ve got you covered. Talk to use when you’re ready to find your next perfect vacation home! We even offer long-term rentals if you’re looking for a longer stay or to try out living here.

Sunriver Office Services (11): If you find yourself having to do some work while you’re here, this is a great resource. With mail and package services, fax and copy services, office supplies, laminating, and much more, Sunriver Office Services will enable you to complete any project.

Mike’s Tire and Auto Center (12): Having car trouble? Have you found yourself with a flat tire? Head over to Mike’s. They’ll have you taken care of in a jif.

Sunriver Library (13): Well, a library is a library. This one has a cozy sitting area with a gas powered log fireplace and a kids area with a puppet show area and computers. The Sunriver Library is a great place to spend an hour or two if you find yourself here on a rainy day or just want to cozy up with a book.

Sunriver Computer Services (14): Need some computer help? Call Remco at Sunriver Computer Services. He knows his stuff and will be able to offer some support.

The iPhone Doctor (14): You never know when you’re going to drop your phone in the river or have it fall out of your pocket on a bike ride. Never fear, the iPhone doc is right here in Sunriver.

EarthTouch Therapeutic Massage (14): Who doesn’t enjoy a good massage? The folks at EarthTouch will help you relax into your Sunriver stay.

Salon Sunriver (14): Get your hair and nails done, get a wax, or soak up some UV rays in their tanning beds.

Downward Dog Yoga (14): If you need to stretch out some of the stresses of daily life, visit Heidi and her crew at Downward Dog Yoga. Multiple class times and styles will provide you with just the workout you need.

Cohen’s Stacked Bistro & Camp Abbot Tap House (14): Cohen’s Stacked Bistro is partnered up with Camp Abbot Tap House so you can grab a delectable dish and a cold beer together. The dishes on this menu are unique and won’t disappoint. From Polenta Cheese fries to the Spicy Cream Cheese Burger, there is something for everyone at this casual and comfortable restaurant.

Circle K Convenience Store (16): Pick up a quick snack or cup of coffee among many other items. Your typical convenience store in a very convenient location.

Shell Gas Station (16): Partnered with Circle K, grab some gas on your way out of town or on your way up to your next mountain adventure!

Sunriver Virtual Reality & Arcade (16): Go anywhere in the world – virtually! Hunt dinosaurs, battle zombies, defend your castle, and more! Over 3,000 games and experiences to choose from!

Subway (16): Grab your favorite Subway sandwich from trained sandwich artists here. This team is fast and efficient and make darn good subs!

Between the Village at Sunriver and The Sunriver Business Park, you should be able to find anything you need during your stay in Sunriver. Don’t forget to come by and say hello to us as you explore the Business Park!

The Bend Ale Trail Beer Tour

October 27th is American Beer Day. October is also the month when folks start to consider activities that may keep them indoors a bit more. With that in mind, we want to tell you about the Bend Ale Trail Beer Tour.

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Bend Ale Trail

Explore Breweries in Central Oregon

This is a fantastic way for visitors and locals alike to get to know the breweries in Central Oregon, so grab a Bend Ale Trail Atlas and Passport and start your adventure! You can pick these items up at participating breweries, at the Bend Visitors Center downtown, at the ticket mill in the Old Mill District, or at any Central Oregon brochure rack. We carry them in our office in the Sunriver Business Park as well. For those that are more digitally inclined, you can print yours here or download the free app for your iPhone or Android to get your passport virtually stamped.

Bend Ale Trail Beer Tour Prizes

In Bend, November is considered Bend Ale Trail month! If you get all 16 stamps and bring your completed passport to the Bend Visitor Center within the month of November, you’ll even receive a trophy!

If you can make it through 10 breweries, stop by or send your completed passport to the Bend Visitor Center (please note their hours of operation) to receive your souvenir, a commemorative Bend Silipint! If you’re able to grab a stamp from all of our local breweries we’ll also give you a nifty Bend Ale Trail bottle opener.

Keep in mind that it is not required (nor wise) to complete the entire Bend Ale Trail in one day. Grab a growler or two of your favorite beers to take to your cozy Village Properties home each afternoon and plan your group of breweries for the next day.

Bend Brew Bus

Another fun and safe option to explore the Central Oregon breweries is to take advantage of the Bend Brew Bus, offering daily guided brewery tours. The Bend Brew Bus will take you to up to 4 breweries per day. The cost for pickup in Sunriver is $80 per person. This includes beer samples at each brewery you visit, an appetizer at one of those breweries, an expert guide with knowledge to share about the history of the brew culture in Central Oregon as well as a behind-the-scenes peek in at least 2 of the breweries you get to visit.

If you’d like to have dinner in Bend, the Brew Bus can arrange to drop you at a location of your choice and you can set up a ride back to your Sunriver home after your day. As a guest of Village Properties at Sunriver, you will receive a 10% discount to the Bend Brew Bus tours!

Enjoy our area, the brews and the fun that comes along with this activity.

Fun fact: To date, Central Oregon has 28 breweries! There are 22 in Bend, 3 in Redmond and 1 in Sisters, Prineville and Sunriver. Cheers!

Your Guide to October Events in Central Oregon

Our goal at Village Properties is to provide you with just the right home in Sunriver while giving you plenty of ideas of things to do in the area. Check out our list of October events in Central Oregon as you plan your trip to the area! We hope you enjoy your stay.

Here Are a Few of Our Favorite October Events in Central Oregon:

Bend Fall Festival | October 6 – 8

bend fall festivalOne of our favorite October events in Central Oregon is the Fall Festival. As the light slants and softens, bringing the harvest in its wake, our thoughts turn to the coziness of the fall season. Celebrate with the delights of The First Interstate Bank Bend Fall Festival 2017. All the traditions that you love about this event will be there – pumpkin carving, gourmet food and wine, a harvest market, and outstanding music. New this year is the Fall Into Fashion Area, highlighting a carefully selected group of creators, retailers, and reps for both clothing and accessories which will be featured in street fashion shows.

Prepare to have your appetite whetted by the crispness of the season and an outstanding collection of vendors and do a little holiday shopping in the most unique marketplace in Central Oregon.

Friday, October 6th (5pm – 11pm)
Saturday, October 7th (11am – 11pm)
Sunday, October 8th (11am – 5pm)

Sandhill Cranes | October 12

Join the Sunriver Nature Center for a fascinating introduction to the origins and travels of three Pacific Flyway Sandhill Crane subspecies that breed and migrate through Oregon. For over 20 years, Dr. Gary Ivey of the International Crane Foundation has been actively involved in ecological research, habitat management, and conservation efforts aimed at Sandhill Cranes. Dr. Ivey will provide an intimate look at the unique natural history of this bird and its status throughout Oregon.

The lecture will take place in the Pozzi Building at Sunriver Nature Center.

Project Ponderosa Fall Seedling Sale | October 13- October 22

Project Ponderosa was founded in 2005 by Sunriver resident Lee Stevenson to promote student environmental engagement and Ponderosa Pine restoration in Sunriver, Oregon and the upper-Deschutes River ecosystem. Since the project’s inception, over 8,000 seedlings have been potted and maintained by students at Three Rivers School and La Pine High School and more than $10,000 has been raised to support non-profit organizations both locally and internationally.

Ponderosa Pines are a hardy, majestic native conifer but have been historically heavily logged. However, they are significantly more resistant to disease, mountain pine beetles, drought, and wind damage than Lodgepole Pines. They are also fire resistant when mature, due to their thick cinnamon-colored bark. Planting Ponderosa Pines helps to restore forest diversity in the Sunriver ecosystem while preserving the Sunriver community’s “Tree City USA” catchphrase.

Sunriver Nature Center is proud to support Project Ponderosa through a biannual Ponderosa Pine seedling sale and educational opportunities throughout the year. The fall 2017 seedling sale is scheduled for Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 22 (closed Monday and Tuesday) at the Nature Center. Seedlings will be available in various sizes and prices will range from $8 to $30. Detailed planting instructions will be provided with all seedling purchases and can be viewed here.

Mushroom Foraging Field Trip | October 20

The Central Oregon Mushroom Club will lead a field trip in search of wild and edible mushrooms in the local area. On this field trip, participants will receive an introduction to fungi diversity and learn to identify different types of mushrooms in the forest. Instruction will also be provided on how to ‘hunt’ and collect mushrooms as well as how to identify mushrooms that are safe for eating.

The field trip is limited to 20 people (adults only, no pets please) and pre-registration is required. Please meet at the Nature Center parking lot by 9:30 am. Individuals are responsible for their own transportation to the National Forest. Individuals planning to collect mushrooms must first obtain a free Forest Products Free Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service office in Bend. Each participant should bring this permit to the field trip. In addition, each individual should bring a wide-bottomed container (bucket, basket) and a sturdy knife or small garden trowel for mushroom collection.

If you’re looking for fun October events in Central Oregon, this one can’t be beat.

FUNgi Day and Mushroom Show | October 21

Join Sunriver Nature Center and the Central Oregon Mushroom Club for a special day dedicated to appreciating and understanding fungi! Mushroom fun for the whole family includes:

  • Guided mushroom walks at 11 am and 1 pm (weather permitting)
  • Mushroom display showcasing a variety of local fungi
  • Meet a local mushroom expert – The Central Oregon Mushroom Club will be ready to answer all of your questions!
  • Identification Station – Bring your fungi specimen or photo for identification
  • Children’s activities and crafts
  • Education stations with information and resources for mushroom enthusiasts of all levels

Transplanting Forest Seedlings: Workshop and Field Trip | October 22

Lee Stevenson, founder of Project Ponderosa, will lead a hands-on workshop at the Sunriver Nature Center. Participants will learn how to identify and transplant a variety of native forest seedlings, including Grand Fir, White Fir, Mountain Hemlock, Snowbush, Manzanita, Mahala Mat, Kinnikinnick, Indian Paintbrush, and more. Information will also be shared about where to find these native species locally and how to successfully collect and transplant them into your own yard.

The first half of the program will be held at the Sunriver Nature Center and then the group will travel to one or more locations within 10 miles of Sunriver for plant collection. Please bring your own pots/containers and shovel if you have one. Participants should also obtain a free Forest Products Free Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service office on Deschutes Market Road in Bend so they can collect transplants during the field trip portion of the program.

This program is limited to 12 participants and early registration is recommended.

The Secret Garden by The Sunriver Stars | October 26 – October 29

Sunriver Stars is an all-volunteer Community Theater group with several October events in Central Oregon. All positions from the Artistic Director on down are non-paid positions and, as such, require a strong commitment to the work at hand.
For the start of the 2018 season Sunriver Stars will present a fun and upbeat adaptation of the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, produced with permission by Pioneer Drama.

There will be a dinner show on Saturday, October 28th. Ticket purchase includes a reserved seat and dinner before the show. Refreshments will be available for purchase at all shows. $10 for kids and $15 adults. You may purchase tickets here.

Show Dates and Times:
Thursday, October 26th – 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)
Friday, October 27th – 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)
Saturday, October 28th – 7:00 PM
Sunriver Stars is offering dinner show tickets (limit 50) for this performance – your ticket purchase includes a reserved seat and a sumptuous dinner (see menu) before the show.

  • For those with Dinner Show tickets, doors open at 5:30 PM
  • For all other ticket holders, doors open at 6:00 PM

Sunday, October 29th – 3:00 PM (doors open at 2:00 PM)

  • All performances are presented at:
    The Door at Three Rivers in the Sunriver Business Park
    56885 Enterprise Dr, Sunriver, OR 97707

Sunriver Resort’s Tasting Dinner Featuring Bendistillery | October 27

Finally, another of our favorite October events in Central Oregon this year, Sunriver Resort’s October Sunriver Tasting Dinner will feature Bendistillery! At this tasting dinner, you will have the unique opportunity to learn about the inspiration, history, and techniques that were used to craft these spirits and learn why they are a Northwest favorite. The dinner will feature a gourmet autumn-themed five-course meal, specially prepared by the Sunriver Resort’s award-winning culinary team and paired with cocktails featuring spirits from Bendistillery. The tasting dinner will take place at Carson’s American Kitchen, located in the Main Lodge at Sunriver Resort. Cost is $84.37 per person. You can check it out here!

These are just a few of the October events in Central Oregon this year. We hope you enjoy your stay!

Halloween in the Village | October 31

The Village at Sunriver is excited to present Spooktacular fun on Halloween!  Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy trick or treating with the village merchants ans how off their favorite costume during the costume contest where winners will receive frightfully fun prizes.  Join us for bounce house fun, a cupcake walk, ghoulish games at our spooky Halloween party. Event starts at 4pm and continues until 6pm, free of charge.