Stay Cool In A Pool Near Bend And Sunriver, Oregon

A group of friends swimming in a pool in Bend, Oregon.

Heading into summer, you are probably looking for ways to keep cool while on your summer vacation adventures. The Central Oregon (Sunriver and Bend, Oregon) area has plenty of options if you need to briefly cool down during a long summer hike. Or enjoy a family day at the swimming pool near Sunriver or Bend, Oregon! Sunriver and Bend, Oregon both have a large collection of natural water features, like rivers and lakes, and a variety of constructed aquatic centers. Village Properties at Sunriver is perfectly equipped to handle your needs this summer. Here are some ways you can stay cool this summer with Village Properties at Sunriver.

Free SHARC Passes

SHARC is the Sunriver Homeowners Association Recreation Center and is the featured water park in Sunriver. SHARC is an all-season center that offers heated indoor aquatics year-round. During the summer season, SHARC has an outdoor pool. It also has 9-hole disc golf, a full basketball court, a water slide, a lazy river, a small park, a picnic pavilion, and a winter tubing hill. Not all vacation rental companies in Sunriver give their guests FREE SHARC passes, which is a premium feature you’ll receive when booking your vacation home with Village Properties at Sunriver. You can find all of the properties that have free SHARC passes here

Whitewater Rafting

Have you ever tried whitewater rafting?  It’s easily one of the most exciting ways to stay cool in the summer. If you’ve never tried it before, you are in for a treat, and if you are a seasoned rafter, you’ll find plenty of challenges and unique scenery to enjoy. With Sun Country Tours, you can take on the Big Eddy Thriller, an exciting section of the Deschutes River. You can also take part in a full-day adventure along a lower section of the Deschutes.

Fishing

If you like to take it easy and enjoy some quiet time on your vacation, Sunriver has some great rivers and lakes for fishing. Suppose you want to try your hand at fly fishing, Fall River is considered world-class. For your information, you will need a fishing license if you are older than 12-years-old. There are plenty of rivers to choose from for fishing:

Canoe, Kayak, Paddle Board

The lakes and rivers mentioned above also make for canoe, kayak, and paddleboard fun areas. Find a spot to launch off and enjoy the beautiful Oregon scenery. But, if you are without your gear, there are many places to rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Sunriver ToyHouse Toys offers a lot of outdoor gear like canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, floating tubes, floating islands, and more. You’ll need to seek out Paulina Lake, East Lake, Three Creeks, Todd Lake, and Devils Lake for lake fishing.

Cool Off And Get Wet This Summer In Oregon

As you can see, there are many ways to play in the pool and cool off this summer near Sunriver or Bend, Oregon, and you’ll have fun doing it!. If you plan to stay inside, we have many vacation homes that include air conditioning. Whatever you plan to do this summer, Village Properties at Sunriver can help you stay cool and experience something new. To hear more about our accommodations or have us walk you through your summer Oregon getaway, reach out to us at 888-236-9690. Or book with us online.

Don’t Miss These Summer Events Near Bend, Oregon

A group of three women enjoying Bend, Oregon events.

Summertime in Oregon is a time that shouldn’t be looked over. Suppose you are in the process of hunting for a summer getaway. In that case, you should know that there are plenty of attractions and events near the Bend, Oregon, area. But on top of the beautiful attractions like hiking, and mountain biking, there are some fantastic summer events too. Any one of these events should be enough to pull you to Oregon. When you visit, you should be staying with Village Properties at Sunriver. Most importantly, we are near all of these events. So you can maximize your time at these events. Here are some of the best summer events in and near Bend, Oregon.

Pacific Crest Endurance Festival 

Pacific Crest Endurance Festival is advertised as the “jewel of multisport events in the Northwest,” and for a good reason. If you are interested in marathons, long-distance running, or just getting outside and enjoying the scenery; then this is the event for you. There is something for everyone here. Even if you don’t fancy yourself as a runner or triathlete, you’ll be treated to some of the best views in Bend, Oregon. Village Properties at Sunriver will be providing a 10 percent discount on vacation rentals to racers and their families. Use promo code PAC2022 while booking your reservation online at Village Properties.

Balloons Over Bend

Balloons Over Bend is a great summer event to see even more spectacular views. Over one weekend, you can see hundreds of hot air balloons take to the sky. Wake up early and watch the balloons launch into the air. On Saturday, make sure to find time in the evening for the night glow event as the hot air balloons light up and shine high in the sky.

Sunriver Art Fair 

You won’t find a better event this summer in Oregon than the Sunriver Art Fair for art lovers. It’s all local art, so you’ll have ample opportunity to appreciate the creative, local art scene in Sunriver, Oregon. The Children’s “Make & Take Craft Bags” is always a popular attraction for the kids, and gives them something to bring back home after a family vacation in Sunriver.  From observing the art, to strolling the beautiful grounds of The Village at Sunriver, there is truly something for everyone at the Sunriver Art Fair.

Cider & Whiskey Festival

For those who want to sample some of the best cider and whiskey in Central Oregon, pull up a seat at the Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Festival. You’ll have the pleasure of indulging in the iconic craft beer that Bend, Oregon, is known for, but also treat yourself to cider, and whiskey at the Deschutes Historical Museum. In addition to the drinks, there will also be food vendors and live music to keep the party going.

No Matter The Month, Something Is Happening This Summer

This is only a sampling of what you can expect when booking a stay with Village Properties at Sunriver. There are also the summer concerts at Hayden Homes Amphitheater, High Desert Food Trail, and more. As you can see, there is a standout event happening every month throughout the summer. After a day filled with entertainment and events, find respite in your perfect vacation rental home at Village Properties at Sunriver, there is always a place for you here. To hear more about our accommodations or have us walk you through your Oregon getaway, reach out to us at 888-236-9690. Or book with us online.

Why You Should Book Directly For The Best Sunriver Lodging

A woman and a man booking directly for their Sunriver lodging.

Everyone knows vacations are a great way to relax and create cherished memories with those who matter most.  Searching for the ideal vacation rental home can be overbearing.  Since the explosion of online travel websites, you can easily spend hours sifting through hundreds of homes on many different sites.  Unfortunately, few people know that you’ll get the best deal by booking your vacation rental directly with the property management company. Village Properties at Sunriver will walk you through why booking directly will save you the most money, giving you the best value and lodging.

  • Pro-tip, you’ll save a bunch of money upfront by booking directly. We are talking about potentially hundreds of dollars. Third-party websites like VRBO, Airbnb, and Homeaway add additional fees to your reservation.
  • If you have special needs, let us know. It’s harder for people with special needs to get the support they require to enjoy their vacation respite when booking through a third party. We can directly communicate with you to make quick and essential changes. Please reach out to us.
  • If you book directly with us, you can depend on a reliable line of communication. Instead of connecting you to an unknown general support client, we will personally email you all the information. A 24/7 phone number will connect you directly to our property management team. Just in case of an emergency or unexpected issue.
  • Booking directly allows us to offer you some of the best vacation rentals. The fair pricing we offer won’t be found on big third-party websites.
  • We live and breathe Oregon’s sites and sounds. We’re trying to say that we know the area the best. As local experts who live here, we can give you suggestions for where to eat, hike, and where to find a great local band. With a third-party website for your lodging, you will not find that type of intimacy and knowledge about Sunriver or Bend, Oregon.

Save Yourself Time And Money And Book Directly

Vacations are meant to be relaxing and enjoyable. Don’t let the booking process get in the way of your lodging in Sunriver, Oregon lodging. If you book directly with Village Properties at Sunriver, we can help you at any stage of your journey toward the best vacation in the Pacific Northwest. To hear more about our accommodations or have us walk you through your Oregon getaway, reach out to us at 888-236-9690. Or book with us online.

Sunriver is the Perfect Place For Your Workcation



Have you spent the last few months (or even years) working from home and find yourself craving a change of scenery, a change in your routine or just feel cramped in your home? If so, then it may be time for you to take a workcation. What is a workcation? It’s an opportunity to travel somewhere while keeping up with your work projects.

You may have already experienced something like a workcation in the past. Have you ever brought along your laptop when visiting family over the holidays or wrapped up a project while on the road? These situations are like a workcation but with one huge difference, you’ll be working.  In the past when you’ve brought along your laptop or work phone you were not certain whether you’d have to work while you are away. Simply having your work devices with you creates anxiety that can loom over your vacation and essentially negate the positive benefit of taking time off.

When you take a workcation, you already know that you’ll be working during your normal work hours and anything that ‘comes up’ can be addressed in the same manner you normally would while working from home. However, the big difference is that your downtime or off work hours is spent exploring a destination of your choice with the convenience of already being in that location at the end of the workday.

Riverfront patio of 16795 Pony Express Way

 

It’s no secret that a change of scenery is likely to increase your productivity, creativity, and motivation.  In a recent Nature Neuroscience paper (mentioned in this NYU article) subjects reported that “on days when people had more variability in their physical location—visiting more locations in a day and spending proportionately equitable time across these locations—they reported feeling more positive: ‘happy,’ ‘excited,’ ‘strong,’ ‘relaxed,’ and/or ‘attentive.’”

Benefits of taking a workcation

Increased productivity, creativity, and motivation.

Return home feeling refreshed and full of energy.

See places you’ve dreamed of going to.

Easily take advantage of downtime to relax or explore.

 

Imagine having a Zoom meeting from your vacation rental’s deck that overlooks the mighty Deschutes River. Have a conference call while wildlife frolic in the woods in your peripheral vision. Simply taking a walk or bike ride on your break could be what you need to inspire your next great idea. After work, you’ll be able to switch from work to play with ease because you are already physically located in the destination of your choice!  Whether you’re craving an evening of mountain biking, stargazing, hot tubing, tubing, hiking or simply letting the day take you, your workcation destination doesn’t get any better than Sunriver, Oregon.

Riverfront deck of vacation rental 56079 Snow Goose Ct.
View from deck of 56079 Snow Goose Ct.

 

Reasons why Sunriver, Oregon is the perfect destination for your workcation!

 

It’s easy to get here. For many major cities in the Pacific Northwest such as: Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Boise you can drive to Sunriver within 7 hours, making it the perfect drive-to workcation destination.

No plane ticket necessary. You don’t need to buy a plane ticket to get here! Conveniently located in Central Oregon, Sunriver is easily reached by car all over the pacific northwest. However, if you do want to fly in the Redmond Airport (RDM) is just a short drive away!

There’s so much to do! Central Oregon and Sunriver is widely considered “Oregon’s Outdoor Playground” and offers many family-friendly and pet-friendly outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, spelunking,  skiing/boarding, and a local waterpark with lazy river!

The Lazy River at SHARC (Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center)

 

Sunriver is perfect for families and pets! Bring the whole family along (including your furry family members) and enjoy the most kid/pet friendly town you’ve experienced! Many of our vacation rental homes are pet-friendly so no one has to be left behind!

Fort Rock Park – Sunriver, OR

 

Don’t sweat it if you forgot to bring something.  We have a local grocery store. If you forget to pack an essential ingredient for your meal or you’d rather not eat out for every meal, we’ve got two grocery stores in town to grab what you need.

Sunriver is the only Dark Sky Friendly city in Oregon. Visit the Nature Center and Observatory. Sunriver was recently named Oregon’s only Dark Sky Place in Oregon (see the report). Our observatory also has the most outdoor telescopes accessible to the public and a retractable ceiling for an experience you’re sure to remember for a lifetime.

Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center

 

Shop & Dine! Go shopping or dine at The Village Mall in the heart of Sunriver.

The Village Mall located in the heart of Sunriver

 

Love golf? We’ve got 3 golf courses right in Sunriver and many more in the surrounding area for you to enjoy!

 

Once you’ve decided on the dates for your Sunriver workcation, you’ll need to consider homes that have workspaces in them to seamlessly allow you to work and play. We’ve curated a list of all our workcation ready homes here. You’ll also need to ensure that the home you choose to stay in during your workcation includes excellent Wi-Fi which is offered for FREE at all of our homes.  Below are the workcation essentials you can expect when you book a vacation rental home with Village Properties at Sunriver:

Benefits of booking your workcation with
Village Properties at Sunriver

 

Custom 12 person hot tub at Sable Rock Manor vacation home

ALL our vacation homes come with FREE Wi-Fi. We’re not going to nickel and dime you while you’re on your workcation like most hotels will. Any home you book with us will give you access to FREE WIFI, so you don’t have to worry about your video freezing or losing your work due to sketchy internet service.

Choose your view. Are you interested in a mountain, golf course, or river view? Click on the links to the view you prefer, and you’ll get a curated list of homes that speak to you.

Room to roam. When you rent a vacation home the entire home is at your disposal to work from. Start your morning on the deck while you answer your emails. Mid-morning switch to the livingroom where the cozy fireplace eases you into the busiest part of your day. At lunch, grab a bike and ride to one of our local restaurants. Mid-afternoon, finish your workday strong while seated at the desk in your rental and get excited for what the evening holds in store for you.

You get FREE SHARC passes when you book any of our homes. SHARC is the Sunriver Homes Owner’s Aquatic and Recreation Center which boasts, a lazy river, outdoor waterslide, indoor pools, kiddie pools, music on the lawn (summer only), and a winter tubing hill!

Need a list of homes that have built in workspaces just for workcations? You’ll find it here!

Now that you’re ready to take your workcation, be sure to use this handy list of items you’ll need to bring with you to have a productive and fun time!

Your laptop
Charging cables for your phone and laptop
Headphones
Foldable laptop table if you have one
External hard drive if you don’t use cloud storage
Power bank
Documents or other papers that are essential for your current projects (and maybe even upcoming projects).
Your phone
Credit cards/cash
Masks and hand sanitizer
Your toys! Bikes, skis, boards, paddle boards, kayak, tennis racquets, etc.
Sunscreen to protect you from those 300 days of sunshine!
Sunglasses because your future is bright and sunny!

Our Favorite Swimming Spots In Central Oregon



Swimming is an all-time favorite summer pastime as is exploring the beautiful outdoor areas of different locations that you visit. With this, we wanted to let you in on some local swimming holes that are fun to visit for the whole family.

Floating The Deschutes River in Sunriver

The Deschutes River in Sunriver is a popular choice for locals and vacationers alike to float, kayak, or paddle!

With 95 miles of river, the Deschutes has something for everyone. Floating the river is an extremely popular activity during the summer months. Check out this blog for our favorite Deschutes River floats!

Twin Lakes Resort

Located on the shores of south Twin Lake this favorite swimming spot offers so many water activities that’s sure to please your entire group! If you didn’t haul your own kayak or paddleboard up, you can find one to rent at this resort. After a paddle around the lake, hop into the resort’s restaurant for some lakeside dining (currently open for take out only. There are several picnic areas nearby for your take out orders to be enjoyed). South Twin Lake has a surface area of 99 acres and an average depth of 33 feet. Another perk of this smaller lake is that motorized watercraft are not permitted, making it a more peaceful mountain lake experience.

Directions: Head West on S Century Drive towards the Cascade Lakes Highway. Drive several miles until you see the brown signs for Twin Lakes Resort (on the right-hand side of the road) and take a left. This will take you to Rd 4260. Head down that road until you see the sign for the resort on the left.

Cultus Lake

This large and breathtaking mountain lake is an experience you won’t want to miss. The resort here also rents out several kinds of boat options for you to experience. Or, you can head to the day use area and play in the shallow water at the beach there. The depths of the lake can be cooler and feel wonderful on a hot day. But the day use area provides a safer and warmer area if you have younger children to entertain. Cultus Lake Resort provides another opportunity for some lakeside dining. They are currently offering take out as well as outdoor seating options. The surface area of this large mountain lake is 1,145.7 acres with a maximum depth of 211 feet.

Directions: To get to Cultus Lake, head up S Century Drive, but stay straight on Spring River Rd until you get to Upper Deschutes Rd (NF-40), leading you up to the Cascade Lakes Highway. Turn left on the Highway at the stop sign and you’ll see the signs to Cultus Lake on your right.

Elk Lake

This is a beautiful, bright blue and green lake and so worth the views. You may visit the resort for another chance to rent a kayak, paddleboard a day dock (pictured. P.S. the day docks are mobile and do float the lake) or more! Also at the resort, you will find a store and restaurant/bar. Or, check out one of their day use beaches for some great swimming and family beach time. Elk Lake has a surface area of 405 acres and a maximum depth of 192 feet.

Pro Tip: Don’t miss the Music On The Water series this summer featuring live bands playing at Elk Lake every Saturday evening! It’s the perfect way to cap off your day on the lake!

Directions: From Sunriver, follow the same route you would to get to Cultus Lake, but at the stop sign at the Cascade Lakes Highway, take a right. Elk Lake will be a ways down the highway (towards Bend), on the right-hand side.

Paulina Plunge

For an entirely different kind of water adventure, check out the Paulina Plunge. This tour offers a family-friendly mountain biking adventure the whole family will enjoy. Broken up into four 1.5 mile bike rides—and interspersed with swimming adventures—this beginner bike ride is perfect for nearly all ages.

Accessible via fat tire mountain bikes, visitors will descend more than 2,000 feet as part of a guided mountain bike tour to the Paulina Plunge. Guests ages 7 to 70 can then spend the afternoon hiking, swimming, and exploring the many waterfalls and waterslides unique to the area for an exhilarating expedition. Tandem additions can be added to your bicycle to accommodate ages 4 through 7.

Open May through September, the plunge has been named the third most popular attraction in Sunriver by TripAdvisor and is one of our favorite summer activities. For $70 – $75 per ticket, guests receive a bike, helmet, and daypack, as well as a fully-guided six-mile tour that includes a fifteen-minute shuttle to and from the plunge. The tour features a mythical retelling of the namesake that only adds to the magic and allure of the Paulina Plunge.

Once there, families can have fun plunging into the water, jumping from waterfalls, and sliding down natural rockslides while taking pictures and spending the day exploring all that Central Oregon’s great outdoors has to offer. Eat lunch by the water and wade in the waterfalls as you partake in an adventure the whole family can enjoy.

Book your reservation now to secure a spot during the busy summer months in Sunriver, Oregon.

July 4th In Sunriver During COVID-19



Planning on heading to Sunriver over the 4th of July weekend? You may have noticed that many of the local and beloved annual events in Central Oregon have been cancelled, due to COVID-19. While we’ll miss these treasured activities this year, we are pleased to announce some activity ideas for your family while here. 

Sunriver’s close to 40 miles of paved trails are open for walking and biking. Feel free to explore the area on foot or by two wheels. Click here to view a map of the pathways. Plan your route ahead of time, or head out and plan your next stop at one of the many maps located throughout the area.

There are also many areas that are available for hiking during this time. Enjoy the paved Sun-Lava Path from near circle 7 in Sunriver and head to Benham Falls. Find a map of this area here.

Eating out is always a fun vacation thing to plan on. There are lots of local restaurants open and ready to welcome you. Whether you feel more comfortable eating in the comfort of your vacation rental, or enjoy the good old feeling of going out and being around others, many local businesses are offering both options. For a list of open restaurants, click here.

The Sunriver Stables are open for trail rides. This is a great way to enjoy an afternoon viewing the area and breathing in our fresh mountain air. You’ll want to be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. Call 541-593-6995.

Live Laugh Love Art, located in the Village at Sunriver, is offering Paint at Home options. If you’re looking for a fun and creative family activity, visit their store between 12pm and 4pm to pickup an art project to go. They are also offering in studio classes with limited seating. For reservations or questions, call 541-797-8410.

Fireworks are a must on the 4th of July. While they are not permitted within Sunriver you won’t be sorry that you visited Central Oregon this year. Head 20 miles north to Bend and enjoy the Fireworks show that is launched from Pilot  Butte State Park. The show can be viewed from almost anywhere in Bend as long as Pilot Butte is in sight. Head to one of Bend’s many parks (not currently open for playing) or even to Les Schwab Amphitheater, lay out a blanket and enjoy the show.

Businesses That Are Open Right Now In Sunriver



Welcome back to Sunriver! We’ve been so excited to reopen and welcome our valued visitors from around the area back to our beautiful area. As we welcome each and every one of you to your vacation home, we wanted to be sure you know where, when and how you can get the best food in Sunriver today. We took some time to compile the below list and did our best to update the information based on the Phase 1 guidelines. Our local restaurants and businesses will be doing all they can to serve you while following these new restrictions. For any questions about a particular location, please call the phone number listed for further questions or to check on reservations for dining. Bon Appétit!

Big Belly Burger Deli – Currently offering Take-Out and Curbside delivery options. Grab a burger and fries or many other belly-filling meals here. Call 541-639-8929 to order.

Brewed Awakenings – The lobby is open for take out and the drive-thru is open from 6am – 5pm until further notice. Grab a pastry and a coffee and much more at Brewed Awakenings. For questions call 541-678-5288.

Café Sintra Sunriver – This restaurant offers dishes that pay tribute to Portuguese Cuisine and offers breakfast and lunch. Currently open from 8am – 2pm, they reopened their doors on May 15th.. They are offering take out as well. To order, call 541-593-1222. Check their Facebook page for questions and updates.

Carson’s American Kitchen – Carson’s American Kitchen is located at the Sunriver Resort main lodge. They are open for Curbside Pickup and beginning March 16th will be reopening their dining room. Grab some splendid food and a cold beer or cocktail.  For curbside pickup call 541-593-3740. If you’d like to dine in the restaurant, you will want to make reservations (at the same phone number as above). The word is that they’re filling up quickly, so call today!

El Caporal Sunriver – Grab some traditional Mexican Food to go. Call 12pm and 6pm to place your order or to check on any updates about dining in 541-593-3335.

Hola! Sunriver – Hola! Opened their doors on May 15th to the public. They will still be offering delivery and take-out options if that’s you’d prefer. Call 541-593-8880 for more information.

Marcello’s Cucina Italiana – The best Italian food around is offering as of a delivery option (subject to a $5 delivery charge) as well as curbside pickup. Order online from the link above) Allow 30 minutes for curbside pickup and 45 – 60 minutes for delivery from the time you place your order. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for any updates on opening the dining room. Call 541-593-8300 for questions.


McDivot’s Café – Located at the Woodlands Golf course, this café offers up breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiched, burgers and fries and more. This restaurant opened their doors on May 15th. For questions call 541-593-3469.

Merchant Trader Café – From 7am – 5pm Grab-n-go food to take out into the beautiful grounds of the Sunriver Resort is available today. Head on into the lower part of the main Sunriver lodge to visit this restaurant today. For questions call 541-593-3790.

South Bend Bistro – Offering delivery and take out options ($5 for SROA and $10 for Three Rivers and OWW neighborhoods). Place your order online from the link above between 4pm and 7:30 pm. The restaurant also opened their doors on May 15th at 4pm. Space is limited due to the new guidelines, so please call ahead for availability, 541-593-3881.

Starbucks Coffee – Grab your morning coffee, a breakfast sandwich or pastry from 7am – 3pm. Located on Beaver Drive near the Village at Sunriver. Call 541-593-4999 for more information.

Sunriver Brewing Co. – Located in the Village at Sunriver, this popular brewpub is offering curbside pickup and just announced that they will be opening their doors on the 20th of May. Order online or call 541-593-3007.

Village Bar and Grill – This restaurant has taken the opportunity to do some updates to the restaurant in the past few weeks and are ready to open their doors on Monday, May 18th for dining. Call 541-593-1100 for questions.

The Wallow Bar & Grill – Beginning May 25th this popular restaurant will be offering take out orders with curbside pick up. Call 541-639-3178 to place your order today. Check their website for an updated menu and family specials.

Why Sunriver Is Still The Perfect Location For Vacation During The COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Village Properties at Sunriver Preparedness

It seems that everywhere you look, the news, social media, in-person conversation and the media, the topic on everyone’s mind is the COVID-19 (aka the Corona Virus). Village Properties at Sunriver has always held ourselves to the highest standard with regards of service, cleanliness, and safety of our guests, owners, and employees. As of this morning we have received our shipment of QT-TB, a cleaning solution approved by the EPA and states if “for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.” All of our vacation rental homes will be sanitized with the product and we have added it to our regular rental home and office cleaning routine. All of our guests can rest assure that your home has been cleaned and sanitized with EPA/CDC approved products and is ready for you to enjoy.


Use Promo Code: SPRING20

Sunriver is still your perfect Spring Break destination!

Located in the high desert, in a sparsely populated town, Sunriver is still the perfect destination for you and your family to explore nature and enjoy outdoor activities while continuing to follow the CDC guidelines of not gathering in large groups. Plus, you don’t need to board a plane to reach this vacation hot spot, just load up the car with your essentials and less than 3 hours later you’re here!

Now is the best time to save on your vacation!

As of this morning, Governor Brown has announced that all Oregon schools will be closed after today’s classes and returning on April 1st.  This means you have an extra week to make memories with your family and we want to help you make them. So we are extending our spring special beginning today through March 31st! When you use the promo code: SPRING20 at checkout you’ll get your 4th night free for stays between March 13th through March 31st!

Fun things to do with your extended Spring Break!

They don’t call Central Oregon an outdoor playground for nothing! Check out some of our suggestions to fill your days with adventure!

 

Go Mountain Biking!

Go Hiking!

winter activities in sunriver
Go Spring Skiing!

Important information about SHARC

SHARC will be closed this weekend March13-15. The SHARC center will be closed to the public the weekend of March 14th-15th. The board members will gather on Monday to discuss next steps and possible later closures of the facility.
Earlier this morning we received a press release from SHARC stating the following:

The safety of our owners, and the public, is our primary focus and we are taking the governor’s recommendations very seriously,” said Hugh Palcic, SROA General Manager. Keith Mobley, president of SROA Board of Directors. “Facilities where large numbers of people gather deserve attention. SHARC is at the top of the list. For that, and other reasons, I am exercising my authority as president of the Sunriver Owners Association to order the temporary closure of that facility, until such time as the full board of directors may determine to be appropriate. Updates on SHARC and SROA operations will be posted, as available, on the SROA website at www.sunriverowners.org and Facebook.

In closing, have fun and be safe!

While there are varying opinions on what started the Corona Virus, most professionals agree that precautionary measures are a person’s best defense. Follow the CDC for daily updates on COVID-19 and take some common-sense approaches to wellness to help stay healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Discontinue the practice of shaking hands and perhaps opt to wave or elbow bump for a greeting.
  • Keep tissues on hand to cover coughs and/or sneezes, discarding following use.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and nose.
  • Routinely disinfect items touched regularly (countertops, bathroom surfaces, personal cell phone, etc.).

Also, remember these important facts that have been stressed by the CDC.

  • With regard to COVID-19, reported illnesses vary greatly between mild and severe. Some people have had little to no reported symptoms while others have been severe. Currently, information gathered suggests that MOST COVID-19 illness is mild (only 16% of cases have serious illness).
  • Older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, to name a few, seem to be at a higher risk for serious illness.
  • The immediate risk of being exposed to the virus currently is thought to be low for the majority of folks.
  • The United States has not seen widespread circulation of COVID-19 in most communities at this time.

With no domestic travel restrictions at this time, plan that vacation and enjoy some time in your happy place, putting into practice these CDC-recommended tips for better health and wellness.

Again, this is an evolving situation. As you travel, take additional daily medications and over-the-counter meds you might need in case of a travel delay, and rely on CDC updates to stay well and safe.   Maybe it’s time for a relaxing getaway from all of the hustle and bustle!  We hope to see you soon!

Have fun out there and see you soon!

Don’t Do A Wanderlust Tour Unless You’re Ready To Move To Central Oregon



I lived in Vancouver, WA and worked in Portland, OR for 14 years and had never experienced central Oregon. I was too busy exploring the Willamette Valley when one day my husband said to me “We should move to Bend!” After the shock had worn off and I had processed what he said, I was intrigued that my Vancouver born and bred husband wanted to move 200 miles away. I was a military brat as a child so moving wasn’t a scary idea to me. However, the only memory I had of Bend was 7 years earlier when my husband was miserably sick and I tried out snowboarding for the first time which meant I spent most of the day falling on my bottom and was very sore the next day. Thus, I had a very hard time being on board with the idea of moving.

Then, in January, my husband surprised me with a snow shoeing adventure from Wanderlust Tours. Snow shoeing

had been on my list of adventures I really wanted to do so I was extremely excited to go! Upon closer examination of my gift I noticed that Wanderlust Tours is in Bend, OR. Not only was I getting an adventure but we were going to

get the opportunity to explore Bend again! A few weeks went by and we hopped in the car and began our journey over Mt. Hood to Bend. There’s a moment of stark delineation between rain forest and high desert as you exit the Mt. Hood National Forest that’s jarring in an awe-inspiring way. We traveled from a mountainous, vibrant green, and dense forest under cloud cover into a sunny, cloudless, flat desert with actual tumbleweeds crossing the interstate. At this point, I was not convinced that moving was a good idea. However, as we got closer and closer to Bend the scenery began to change again. Buttes appeared in the distance, Smith Rock with its infamous Monkey Face ridge in the east and ponderosa pine trees peppered the view.

Monkey Face at Smith Rock
Monkey Face at Smith Rock

A sense of wonder and rugged adventure filled me as we pulled into the parking lot of Wanderlust Tours. We were greeted by friendly staff who helped us get fitted for snow shoes and had the opportunity to meander around the premises as we waited for the rest of our tour mates. When I asked if there was a water fountain to top off my water bottle, I was told that “Bend’s tap water is safe to drink.” I was skeptical of this statement but chose to fill my water bottle anyway and save a trip to the store (side note: I later found out that the statement is true and is actually one of the many things Bend takes pride in. It could also be the reason why the beer is so good). Once all our tour mates arrived, we piled into a van and made our way to Mt. Bachelor. Along the way the tour guide gave us lots of information about Bend, Mt. Bachelor, the local wildlife, etc. but I was distracted by the natural beauty of the route between Bend and Mt. Bachelor. The snow-covered hills and trees were so serene and unlike Mt. Hood, which you can see for miles as you approach, Mt. Bachelor is tucked behind a corner that makes the first vision of it spectacular. As you’re driving along you sense the rise in elevation but you don’t actually see Mt. Bachelor until you turn a corner and there he is in all his splendor. I remember saying to my husband “It looks like a post card!” It was at this point that I began to question if we could really live here. Could we make this our reality?

 

First glimpse of Mt. Bachelor from Century Drive

Our tour guide pulled into the parking lot and gave us safety instructions then our tour began. At first we moved like a search and rescue team, all spread out in a wide line but soon formed a single file as we realized that walking through the snow is much easier if you follow in someone else’s footsteps, namely our guide’s. He seemed unaffected by the elevation and snow pack and simply walk through the woods. If you’ve never done it, snowshoeing feels very similar to walking in the sand with the added bonus of never knowing how far deep in the snow your steps will plunge you. One minute your upright, next minute you’re trying not to do the splits. Soon we came to a clearing where the “brews and views” part of our “Shoes, Brews and Views” tour began. We got to know our tour mates a little better and enjoyed some local brews together in the middle of the Deschutes National Forest. On the way back from snowshoeing we talked with the tour guide about what it’s like to live in Bend and Central Oregon. From that conversation we could see the pure love he had for Bend and were a bit envious but also excited that we were actually considering moving.

 

The next day, we woke up to another beautiful sunny day with crisp mountain air that felt so cleansing to inhale.  This was a real treat since it was February and we were used to clouds and rain in the valley. On this day we decide to explore Bend a bit and went on a walk-about in the Old Mill district, Drake Park, Mirror Pond and traveled east to Brasada Ranch. This was the day I fell in love with Bend and Central Oregon.

For those of you that are wondering why we’d travel 20 miles east of Bend to Brasada Ranch, I’d like to say: “Excellent Question!” which I’ll answer for you now. On the second day of our trip my husband let me know that we were not only exploring Bend but also Brasada Ranch that day. Being the go-with-the-flow kind of gal I am, I said “Sounds good to me! But why?” to which he responded with “I have a job interview.” He got the job, I got one a month later and within two months, we became Bendites. It’s been 5 years since that day and we’ve never looked back. So, if you live elsewhere and you take a Wanderlust Tour while in Central Oregon be prepared to put your house on the market and move here. If you do move here call me and we’ll share a brew, views, and snow shoes. P.S. All Village Properties guests get a 10% discount on tours with Wanderlust Tours!

Shoe, Views, & Brews Tour from Wanderlust Tours
Taking a break during the Shoes, View, & Brews Tour from Wanderlust Tours Bend, OR

Christmas In Sunriver Is The Best!

Imagine a place nestled in the pine tree covered foothills of the Cascade mountains and where the days seem to meander in tranquil bliss like The Deschutes River. A place where stars sparkle like diamonds in the evening sky and dazzle your entire field of vision. That place is Sunriver, Oregon and it’s the best place to spend the holidays. In Sunriver we don’t dream of a white Christmas. We (almost) ALWAYS have a white Christmas and spreading Christmas cheer is the norm here. This is the place where you can actually go dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh.

Where a Christmas tree lighting ceremony isn’t complete until the fireworks are set off. We host a contest to see which local business, elementary school class, and individual can make the best themed gingerbread and confection “lot” in their category called Gingerbread Junction.

From November to January, Sunriver transforms into a Winter Wonderland with more inches of snow in town than most of Central Oregon. This 2-month long celebration is called ‘Traditions’ because that’s what it is. It’s the tradition of creating memories to last a lifetime and it’s exactly what the holiday are all about: being with your loved ones, stopping to appreciate each other and being thankful for your many blessings. Being here is evokes the feeling of not wanting time to move on, to relish in the quiet, slow pace of life and to fill your lungs with the crisp mountain air.

Sunriver is where you come to unplug, to remove yourself from the chaos of the everyday and to play. Here, we embrace play whole heartedly and have even placed our ice skating and tubing areas are right in the center of town. Plus we have over 30 miles of trails to walk or fat tire bike through. For traditional holiday fun there’s Santa’s Wokshop at The Great Hall, Brunch with Santa, kids ornament and gift making, cookie decorating, and so much more. If a little more adventure is on the play-list then Mt. Bachelor is only a 25-minute drive away. At the mountain you’ll find endless activities to excite you such as dog sled rides, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, tubing, and of course ski or snowboarding.

If you’ve decided to join us for Christmas here are some ideas of how to spend your time.

 

Christmas Eve/Day Activities

Meet, greet, and pet real reindeer at Camp Abbot Trading Post

Get in the holiday spirit, Central Oregon style by grabbing the family and hitting the slopes at Mt. Bachelor’s Santa On The Slopes celebration! 

Go for a ride in a one-horse open sleigh

 

 

 

Head outside and build a snowman together, make snow angels or challenge each other to a friendly snowball fight.

 

 

Snuggle up next to the fire and play board games, sip cocoa, and enjoy a moment of family fun.

 

Go to the movies! Treat your family to some reimagine nostalgia and check out the Mary Poppins Returns. Check out the trailer here.