Midweek Memories – Give yourself a midweek break!

Ever had a week when you wake up on Tuesday and wish it was Friday already? Sometimes it’s just necessary to take a bit of a midweek break. If you have the benefit of being able to plan a midweek getaway, we think you should. Here’s why:

  1. Better rates: It won’t matter what kind of accommodations you choose or where you visit, you’re going to find the best rates during the week.
  2. Smaller crowds: Weekends are busy. It seems that most of the population works Monday through Friday making travel destinations quite crowded on weekends. Especially through the spring and summer months, businesses are open and offering the same services all week long that they offer on weekends. Less people = less wait time and more room to stretch out and enjoy the scenery! Enjoy a less-crowded golf course, open roads and some peace and quiet!
  3. Easier traveling: Whether you are driving or flying to your destination, you will find your travel time to be easier. With less people on the roads and in airports during these midweek times, you may find that it’s what you always prefer.
  4. There’s still tons to do: Check out our events calendar in the upcoming months! If you’re looking for this kind of a stress-relieving getaway, why not have some fun on the way?

If you’re thinking about Sunriver as your midweek getaway, take a look at our vacation rentals for your visit.


Sunriver Family Reunion

Has your crew decided on a Sunriver family reunion this year? We think that’s a wonderful choice! The Village at Sunriver, the Deschutes River and mountain lakes, the SHARC and endless miles of paved paths provide entertainment for all ages.

Depending on your group’s size, staying at a hotel or luxury resort can become costly fast. Here, at Village Properties at Sunriver we offer an extensive range of vacation rentals for you to choose from. We employ a staff of knowledgeable Sunriver experts to help you find the perfect home or homes for your large group.

Often, family reunions include groups of 15 or more. While many homes can accommodate large groups, it may be beneficial to consider two homes that are near each other so that everyone has some space. Because we know that planning a reunion can be extremely time-consuming, we recommend letting us do the work. Call our experts today to let them handle finding the perfect spot for your Sunriver family reunion.

  • Simply have the following information in mind and we’ll get to work for you:
    • How many in your party? (i.e. how many beds/bedrooms/bathrooms do you require for optimum comfort?)
    • What activities would you like to be near? (Does your group enjoy dining and shopping at the Village? Or do they prefer to be near Fort Rock Park? Perhaps the crew prefers to be outside of the business of Sunriver proper?)
    • Do you require a pet-friendly home?
    • Do you plan on spending time outdoors, making a large deck area desirable?
    • Does your group enjoy having a hot tub? A Barbecue, etc?

Remember that when you stay with Village Properties at Sunriver you will also enjoy discounts and perks to local businesses. We have partnered with lots of fun recreational activities as well as restaurants to offer you, our valued guest, extras while you’re here.

To further ease your planning, we’ve recently teamed up with a local adventure planning company that allows you to map out, book and pay for all of your vacation activities in one spot. No more cruising the web for hours trying to decide what the best activities for your visit or for your weekend will be. We’ve got the best of the best of local activities and adventures right here, in one place! Map out your itinerary AND pay for all of your activities in on spot.

Choose your adventure today!

If you do have swimmers traveling with you, most of our homes come with complimentary SHARC passes. Be sure to let your Sunriver expert know that you’d like a home with this added value when booking.

Central Oregon Concerts

Are you coming to Central Oregon this summer? Do you love live music? Everyone knows that while in Sunriver you’ve got to  go hiking, biking, floating and do all things outdoors. But, did you know that there are lots of Central Oregon concerts throughout the Spring and Summer months?

Check out our list of Central Oregon concerts here.

Les Schwab Amphitheater: Probably the most popular venue for shows in the area, the Les Schwab Amphitheater hosts some top name artists in a beautiful, riverfront setting. Here’s a list of who to see this year:

Wednesday, May 30th: Ray Lamontagne with special guest Neko Case
Friday, June 8th: Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour
Saturday, June 9th: Slightly Stoopid with special guests Stick Figure and Pepper
Tuesday, Jun 19th: Michael Franti and Spearhead with special guests Victoria Canal and Dustin Thomas
Saturday, June 23rd: Primus and Mastodon with special guests JJuuJJuu
Friday, July 6th: Steve Martin and Martin Short featuring The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko
Tuesday, July 24th: Jackson Browne
Wednesday, July 25th: Sheryl Crow
Thursday, July 26th: The Decemberists with Whitney
Saturday, August 4th: Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss with special guests
Sunday, August 5th: Pixies with Sleigh Bells
Thursday, August 9th: Amos Lee
Tuesday, August 21st: Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton
Saturday, August 25th: Brandi Carlile
Tuesday, August 28th: Dave Matthews Band
Friday, August 31st: Portugal. The Man with special guests Shabazz Palaces
Clear Summer Nights: Another outdoor venue, located at the Athletic Club of Bend, the Clear Summer Nights series is a laid back and perfect setting for some live music. Clear Summer NightsBelow are some top name bands that you’ll have the chance to see this year: Thursday, June 21st: Chris Isaak
Sunday, August 12th: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Wednesday, August 15th: Rebelution

Sunriver Summer Concert Series by the Sunriver Resort: The Backyard at the Sunriver Resort hosts a different live band on the following dates:
May 25-27
June 29-30
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 4 – September 2
Enjoy delicious food options, local beer and wine on a beautiful lawn with an amazing view of the Cascade mountain range. Band Lineup coming soon!

Deschutes County Fairgrounds: The annual Deschutes County Fair in Redmond will host some great bands this year:

Wednesday, August 1st: America
Thursday, August 2nd: Big and Rich Featuring Cowboy Troy
Friday, August 3rd: Grand Funk Railroad
Saturday, August 4th: Gary Allan

Grab your dancing shoes and your concert buddy and head out to one of these great shows this summer!

Are you heading to Central Oregon for a concert? Why not stay in Sunriver, just a short trip from Bend and where miles of forest and nature awaits just outside your vacation rental back door. Contact us today to learn more.

Memorial Day in Sunriver

Will you be spending Memorial Day in Sunriver? Great! We’ve got a list of local happenings for you. Whether you want to hang out up at the mountain, walk through nature or spend some time down in the Village at Sunriver, you’ll find something that fits.

Saturday, May 26th:

Saturday Bird Walks at the Sunriver Nature Center: Head out to the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory on Saturday with Tom Lawler, expert local birder and nature photographer to discover the habitats of local birds. On this walk, you will be introduced to a variety of species that are found in the wetlands, meadows and forests that surround the Nature Center. Bring your binoculars and a bottle of water and wear some comfortable walking shoes. Expect to see lots and to walk approximately three to four miles along different trails. Do not bring a stroller or dog please. This walk is from 8:30am – 10:30am. Early registration is encouraged and will cost $5.

Kids Day in May at the Village at Sunriver: After you finish your nature walk, get the kiddos ready for some fun and games in the village. From 11am – 4pm the Village at Sunriver will be hosting a variety of activities for all ages. Visit the petting zoo or jump until you can’t jump any longer in the inflatable bounce houses. Test your hands and feet at climbing the rock wall and fuel the adventure with some cotton candy. The event is free for all, activities cost $1 each. To top the day off, portions of the proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations in South Deschutes County.

Stargazing at the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver: Why not end the day with a full circle. Head back over to the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory for some stargazing once the sun drops. From 8pm – 10pm, the observatory will open their doors to the public and offer guided constellation tours and expert assistance. There’s no better place to view the night sky than the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver. They will open for night viewing on Saturday nights only in April & May so mark your calendars. And of course, it is weather dependent. Admission for Evening Program is $10 for adults, and $8 for children under 12.

Snow Beach at Mt. Bachelor: If you’re more interested in heading up to the mountains than staying around the village, Mt. Bachelor has got just the thing for you. 10 Barrel Snow Beach is a fun-filled couple of hours with all of the games you love to play at the beach, but the games are bigger, better…. and, in the snow! Play some GIANT cornhole or croquet. Participate in the dunk tank and so much more! There will be games, beer and live music. Just head up to the West Village Base Area and you won’t  be able to miss this fun filled event.

Sunday, May 27th:

Dog Day in May at the Village at Sunriver: Did you bring your doggie with you? Great, here’s an adventure that you and your bud will definitely want to experience together. The Village at Sunriver is hosting Dog Day in May on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Enter the Bark of Life 5k Poke Dog Walk/Run in the morning, followed by dog focused events in the village all day. Does your dog have some unique tricks or great talents? Enter him into the amateur dog talent contest! There will also be lots of dog related vendors offering canine products and services.

Memorial Day in Sunriver is special for lots of reasons. Take advantage of the events in the area, plan your own adventures your way, or enjoy the awesome deck and BBQ at your Village Properties vacation rental. Stock up on some traditional BBQ food, soak up some relaxation and make some memories!

Still planning your Memorial Day adventures? Let us help. Call our team of Sunriver experts today.

What to do on a rainy day in Sunriver

So, you traveled to Sunriver for vacation and it’s raining? While it’s a rare occurrence around here, it does sometimes rain. So, what to do with a rainy day in Sunriver? Head inside for a couple of hours while those drops pass by and keep the play going.

Below, we share our 5 favorite things to do in Central Oregon when the weather insists on sending you inside.

Read on for your rainy day in Sunriver activities:

1. Live Laugh Love Art – From painting a wood sign, a canvas or pottery to glass fusing, this shop offers lots of indoor fun, perfect for a rainy day in Sunriver. Located in building 23 at the Village at Sunriver, Live Laugh Love Art offers creative fun for all ages. No appointments necessary, just drop in and choose your activity. Guests of Village Properties at Sunriver receive a free fountain drink with any activity. Grab some candy and a drink and let the creative juices flow until that rain passes.

2. Sunriver Brewing Company – While the rain pours, why not let a beverage and some super yummy food put your mind at ease. With a well-stocked play area for the little ones, an extensive drink and food menu, you won’t find this stop disappointing at all. Very close to Live Laugh Art Love, this brewery is located in building 4 at the Village at Sunriver. If you enjoy craft beer and good food, make sure to stop here. We recommend a Vicious Mosquito IPA and some General Tso’s Cauliflower!

3. SunriverVR Virtual Reality Arcade – Many folks I know have always wanted to try it but haven’t taken the time. A rainy day in Sunriver is the perfect time to try out virtual reality. Walk on the bottom of the ocean, stand in the cosmos, Virtually go anywhere in the world, meet a whale, hunt dinosaurs, battle zombies, defend your castle gate, play fetch with “Mono” your robotic dog, be a noble knight, use a light saber, fight with your favorite music, create 3D art, be the Bridge Crew of a Starship, use a jet pack and fly thru the city putting out fires, walk the plank 40 stories up, race cars, fly spaceships, shoot down drones, save the world… there are over 1,200 mind blowing games and experiences to choose from, with 5-10 new added every day.You’re on Vacation – Try Something New.

4. The High Desert Museum – Learn about the history of Central Oregon as you take a journey through time in the museum’s immersive exhibits. Experience whichever exhibit is on during your stay with the ever-changing exhibit. The museum has 12 new exhibits each year. Learn about some local animals at the Birds of Prey or the Otter exhibits. Swing through the museum cafe and gift shop for snacks and souvenirs. By the time your day is done, you’ll have forgotten that rain tried to dampen your vacation and feel thankful for the new plan!

5. SHARC – If your days plans included SHARC, don’t let the rain push you away. The pools typically stay open in the rain, and the water is quite warm. If you’re swimmers are feeling brave and still want to take that plunge, we say do it! If the weather has forced the outdoor pools closed, you’ll still have the option to visit the indoor pools. Remember that many of the Village Properties vacation rental homes include complimentary SHARC passes adding a huge value to your vacation home rental!

Remember that our friendly Sunriver experts are on hand from 8-5, 7 days per week to help you plan your stay. We can help you find the perfect vacation rental, plan out your activities and so much more. If you’d like to map out your adventures before arriving, there is no need to spend hours online researching the best activities for your vacation. We’ve got the best local activities and adventures right here, in one place! Be sure to check it out!