Try the Cycle Pub!

Are you traveling with a large group and looking for an activity? We’ve got an idea right here for you. Biking and beer; what more could encompass the Central Oregon lifestyle? For one experience that provides both activities, try the Bend Cyclepub through The Bend Tour Company.

This is a great way to see Bend, stop at different breweries throughout the city or perhaps just get out in the fresh mountain air with friends. The Big Bike will accommodate up to 14 riders. This includes 10 pedaling seats, 2 passive bike seats and a bench for two more riders in the back. Your whole group, including riders as young as 12 years old, can hop on this bike to explore Bend. Do you have more than 14 people that would like to go? No problem, the company offers a Small Bike tour that can launch at the same time as the Big Bike tour. The Small Bikes require a minimum of 4 riders and can carry up to 6.

All tours are 2 hours long and make a lap around Bend, stopping at Silver Moon Brewing (a sponsor for the bikes). Take some time just before you head out on your tour to talk with your guide and map your outing. There are different stop options that you can choose from, or just keep pedaling for your tour to see as much as you can. Perhaps (if all cyclists are over 21) use this as a chance to hit some stops on the Bend Ale Trail.

The Bend Tour Company requests that your entire group arrives 10-15 minutes early to ensure plenty of time to get everyone checked in and on the bike for launch time.

Be sure to plan ahead, make your reservations online and enjoy the ride. You will have a professional Bike Pilot, enjoy great music and sights of the area. We hope that you are able to get out there and experience this one-of-a-kind activity while here in Central Oregon.

Have a great time!

 

Fall Adventures at Mt. Bachelor

If you will be spending a weekend in Central Oregon this fall, don’t think that Mt. Bachelor is off limits as a destination. There are many fall adventures at Mt. Bachelor to be had. Before the snow flies and the snowboards and skis get waxed, enjoy some spectacular views, play some disc golf or race down the hill on a bike at Mt. Bachelor this fall.

Scenic Chair Lift Rides and Hiking:

These are available from 11am to 5pm Friday through Sunday. Begin at the West Village base area, your ride will take you up to the Pine Marten Lodge at 7,775 feet. You will be able to soak up views of the Three Sisters peaks, Broken Top and many of the Cascade Lakes. From the top you can hike trails on the mountain and even grab lunch, snacks and beverages inside the Pine Marten Lodge. Prices vary from $14 – $20 based on age. Mt. Bachelor’s operating schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors. Be sure to check their conditions report before you go. If you choose to hike, be sure you’ve got all the necessary equipment and maps. You can find more information about Mt. Bachelor hiking here.

Disc Golf:

To play this course, you’ll have to suffer through the breathtaking views to be seen from the Pine Marten chair lift. From the top of the lift, you will find hole #1 and from there, you work your way down the mountain to hole #18. Experience your favorite ski runs in the summer time as you play your favorite game on Mt. Bachelor! A lift ticket pass is required to ride the lift and play disc golf. Prices are above, or can be found here.

Mountain Biking:

13 miles of downhill trails are at your fingertips from the Mt. Bachelor lifts. The Sunshine Accelerator lift is great for beginners and up. The Pine Marten Express will lead you to a combination of machine built and single track trails for intermediate to advanced riders. You may choose to buy a ticket for the Sunshine Bike Park alone ($19) or a ticket for the whole mountain ($29 for 12 and under or $42 for 13+). In the fall (September 4th – October 7th) the lifts and parks are open from 11am to 5pm Friday – Sunday, so plan accordingly. As mentioned above, be sure to double check the Mt. Bachelor conditions to ensure that everything is up and running for your planned day of adventure.

Happy Hours in Sunriver

Family vacations are the best. But even on vacation, we could all use a little break.

If you can find an hour or two to break away for a money-saving afternoon treat, we’ve got the list for you of the best happy hours in Sunriver!

El Caporal

Located at: 57100 Beaver Drive

For traditional and quality Mexican dishes and a great selection of tasty margaritas right in the Village at Sunriver, visit El Caporal. For a happy hour treat, grab any appetizer for $1 off from 3pm – 6pm any day of the week. After a long day of floating the river and riding the trails, nothing beats a cold margarita and a plate of nachos!

Hola! Sunriver

Located at: 57235 Deschutes Rd.

Margaritas and salsa on the river! Right next to the Sunriver Resort Marina, you’ll find Hola!, a Mexican-Peruvian restaurant, offering happy hour deals from 3pm-6pm, Monday – Friday. Grab one of their tasty margaritas or mojitos and get $2 off, or receive $1 off beer and $3 off all appetizers. I recommend the Ceviche for a cool and appetizing snack. Or, the Guacamole Fresco for a show right at your table followed by some darn good guacamole.  Saving money while sipping on a cold beverage with a breathtaking view = Heaven on Earth!

Marcello’s Cucina Italiana

Located at: 57031 Ponderosa Rd.

This cozy and authentic Italian restaurant offers a full bar, wine and beer, plus mouth-watering appetizers of all kinds. Visit between 4pm and 6pm on any day of the week and you’ll receive $5 well drinks, $5 local beers and house wines or $3 for a bottled beer. Also, receive $2 off any appetizer. The Cheesy Garlic Bread is never lacking in cheese and the Gnocchi is tasty and so appetizing! In addition to these great deals, and, as a guest of Village Properties at Sunriver, Marcello’s will offer a 10% discount on regular menu items when you show your Village Properties key tag.

Twisted River Tavern

Located at: 17600 Center Drive

Hop over to the Sunriver Resort’s lodge to enjoy a view of the mountains and the Meadows Golf Course while sipping a cool cocktail and noshing some tasty treats. Visit the newly remodeled and rebranded tavern between 3:30pm and 5pm any day of the week and receive a signature appetizer for only $3 – $6! Order a cool beverage for anywhere between $3.50 and $5. The flavors, and the views, will not disappoint.

Village Bar & Grill

Located at: 57100 Beaver Drive, Building #7

In the heart of The Village, you will not have to travel far to receive some traditional American cuisine. Offering a full bar and a wide selection of micro and domestic beers, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone. Visit any day of the week from 3pm – 6pm and receive $1 off cocktails, $5 house wines, $4 micro brews or $2.50 domestic brews. If you’d like some great food to go with your refreshing beverage, you’ll receive $2 off any appetizer. Grab a basket of fries, some sliders and a couple of beers and you’ll fulfill that afternoon hankering! And, as a guest of Village Properties at Sunriver, the Village Bar and Grill will offer a 15% discount on regular menu items when you show your Village Properties key tag.

The Wallow Bar & Grill

Located at: 17363 Spring River Road

Head out of the Sunriver common area, across the Deschutes River and you’ll find the Spring River Plaza where the Wallow Bar & Grill sits, off the beaten path. Visit the restaurant and enjoy their beautiful patio between 4pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday to receive some great deals on some of their delicious appetizers and beverages. Domestic beers for only $2.75 or micro brews for $3.75, or enjoy a well drink for only $3.75. Pair your drink choice with an afternoon snack of the Wallow Signature Wings, some Spinach Artichoke and Roasted Poblano Dip, or my favorite, the Locked and Loaded Fries. These are just a few of the options that are offered at a discount for Happy Hour at this laid-back and easy-to-get-to location.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of our best happy hours in Sunriver. Do you have a favorite dish or drink at one of these happy hours in Sunriver – or another – venue that we haven’t listed? We’re all ears.

Kid-friendly Activities in Sunriver That Won’t Break the Bank

Vacations can be spendy. With travel costs, housing, food, souveniers and activities, things add up. Here are some great ideas to do to keep the kids busy without spending too much on your visit

Fort Rock Park – Located on East Cascade Road, between circles 4 and 11 in Sunriver, Fort Rock Park has a couple really fun play structures, swings and tether ball. There is a large kickball/soccer field with lots of extra grass and trees for sitting and enjoying warm summer days. There is a pickle/tennis ball court and basketball courts. This park has it all. You may find yourself able to spend a large portion of a day here, for no cost. Pack a lunch, lots of drinks and head to Fort Rock Park. The kids will thank you (and fall asleep early)!

Paulina park (the park outside of SHARC) – The Paulina park is another great area to spend some time while you’re in Sunriver. Bring your little climbers over here so they can scale the rock walls, enjoy the park slide or run around the beautiful green grass. Be sure to bring some snacks and enjoy the picnic area while you watch the kiddos play. Play disc golf? Then bring those discs and plan on hitting up the 9-hole, par 29 course. 

Walk or bike the trails – Did you know that Sunriver has over 30 miles of paved pathways that weave throughout the property? As you bike or walk these trails, you’re sure to see some wildlife and find some treasures from the forest. Want a fun idea for the kdis while you stroll and enjoy nature? How about a scavenger hunt? Tell the kids to find 5 items as you go. Perhaps a pinecone, a deer, a bunny, a smooth rock and a stick. Or an insect, a bluebird, a brown leaf, some animal tracks and a log? The options are endless. This is a fun way to get into nature with the kids and be able to enjoy yourself without worrying about how much you’re spending.

We hope this helps. Have FUN!

What is the SHARC?

Have you rented your vacation home with us and were told that you get some SHARC passes? Are you wondering what is the SHARC anyway? We’ve got your answer.

How did the SHARC get its name? Why is it spelled wrong?
We promise, there’s a reason that the name isn’t spelled shark, like the animal. SHARC is the: Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC). Make sense?

What will we find at the SHARC? What do my passes get me?
SWIMMING! There is an indoor pool that offers a shallow play area for little ones, lap lanes and even a whirlpool and a basketball hoop. The indoor pool and the outdoor adult hot tub are available year round. There is a large outdoor aquatic park as well. This is THE place to be in the hot summer months. With waterslides, a lazy river, spots for sunbathing as well as a tot pool and sand area, your summer days will already be planned for your Sunriver visit. Each SHARC pass in your vacation rental will provide admission for one person. So you can ride your bikes on over, show your pass and swim to your hearts content. Just be sure to BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) and to read up on other safety and access requirements.

EAT! There is even a cafe; SHARC Bite Cafe where you will find breakfast options, salads, and a variety of cool beverages.

While SHARC is known for the swimming, you’ll find a variety of other things as well. There is a 9-hole disc golf course that weaves through the beautiful surrounding landscape. This is Sunriver’s only disc golf course. Nearby, find Paulina Park and practice your rock climbing skills on the rock walls, bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the many tables or in the green grass or take advantage of the bocce ball court. Around the building from the park you will find an onsite basketball court so you can shoot some hoops before heading back to your vacation rental for dinner.

In the winter months, you’ll find the Winter Tubing Hill. If your crew isn’t interested in journeying up to the mountains for sledding, you’ll be able to enjoy a day of sledding right here in Sunriver. The hill includes three runs with varying steepness for everyone to enjoy.

MORE! Yes, there is more… in the summer, SHARC hosts the Twilight Cinema as well as Teen Night. The facility hosts concerts at the John Gray Amphitheater periodically. August 31st, be sure to catch Jonny Lang!

If you are having an event of any kind, be sure to check in here to see if the SHARC is the right venue for you. There are event spaces for weddings or a pavilion for a smaller gathering.

Why was the SHARC built in Sunriver?
This premier facility was funded by Sunriver property owners and the Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) operates the space. Before SHARC, Sunriver had a great pool on the south end of the resort community. The South Pool was always full and eventually needed some major updates. At this time, the SROA board received lots of input from the community via surveys and meetings and found that a facility such as this seemed to be the desired outcome. In August of 2010 the community voted in favor and construction began. SHARC opened its doors in May of 2012 and has welcomed millions of visitors since.

Okay, how do I get there?
You’ll find the SHARC right off of Circle 2, on Overlook Road in Sunriver. You won’t be able to miss it. Follow the cheerful screams and the giddy laughter and you’ll find the SHARC.

Bad Boys Barbecue – Let them do the work!

Are you coming to Sunriver for a family reunion or any type of large family gathering? Are you planning on coordinating a feast for a large group? Why stress when you have Bad Boys Barbecue as an option?

Bad Boys Barbecue is located in Central Oregon and here to cater to your event. Their friendly and professional team will bring mouth-watering food to your event. Not only will food arrive, but they will also bring tables and table set up for the food with chafing dishes and all supplies necessary to ensure food temperatures and clean up afterward.

Here at Village Properties we enjoyed glorious food with some house-made Barbecue Sauces and side dishes for our pre-summer gathering. Our staff was quite impressed by Bad Boys Barbecue and we all left full and happy. With coleslaw and broccoli salad to accompany some select meats, there was something for everyone.

Want more? Take a look at their website here. There are lots of meat options and side items. Oh, and did we mention the appetizers and desserts? Here are just a few items you’ll have to choose from:
• Ruben Bites
• Cucumber Chips w/Salmon & Dill
• Jalapeno/Cheddar Corn Bread
• Sweet Chili Chicken
• Top it all off with almost any kind of pie you crave.

Seriously, once you realize how much time is saved in the menu planning, grocery shopping, prepping, chopping, cooking, serving, etc, you will find this more than worth it for your family gathering. Let Bad Boys Barbecue do the work for you this year and kick up your feet, visit with the family and enjoy the flavors. 

Dining in Sunriver – an update!

We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to a new location and share some exciting ways to save on your dining in Sunriver.

Imagine that you’re all settled into your vacation home. There is a beautiful, well-stocked kitchen, but you just don’t want to cook. Have no fear, grab the family and head out to one of these many local restaurants to grab a bite! Whether you need breakfast before your big adventure or want to grab lunch as you explore the area, here are our favorite options for dining in Sunriver. Enjoy your stay!

Below are some options for dining in Sunriver

Elkibou’s Sunriver – Food Cart Park – Lunch, and Dinner

We are so excited about this addition to our community. A food cart park with a large grassy area, a variety of tasty food and some cool beverages is just what the doctor ordered on a warm summer afternoon (or any time of the year!) Elkibou’s opened up in late June and the reviews are wonderful. From Korean dishes to tacos and Philly Cheesesteaks to some unique snacks, you’ll find something for everyone here. Grab your food, a local brew and a picnic table and we’ll see you over there! Read a guest blog post by the owner of Elkibou’s here!

The Basecamp Grill – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The Basecamp Grill is a small, casual restaurant with some big flavors. We highly recommended trying a breakfast burrito on your way up the mountain to keep you going strong all day. Homemade flavors and a wide selection are sure to fill everyone’s bellies. This restaurant is conveniently located on Spring River road, right on your way up to the high country.

Big Belly Burger’s and Brew – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Big Belly’s has darn good burgers and sandwiches at a reasonable price. Be sure to order a Bloody Mary Slider if you enjoy a good and full Bloody Mary! If you do go that route, you might want to share your meal or plan on grabbing a to-go box – servings are generous. Big Belly offers plenty of traditional breakfasts as well. Head over to the Sunriver Business Park to enjoy this restaurant option!  UPDATE: As a Village Properties guest, you will receive 10% off when you visit Big Belly!

Blondie’s Pizza – Lunch and Dinner

Pizza is in the name, but you will find so much more at Blondie’s. From sandwiches and wraps to calzones and salads, you’ll be sure to find something that everyone in the crew desires. If you’re tired from the adventure of the day, Blondie’s delivers after 5pm in Sunriver. For an easy and tasty way to enjoy dining in Sunriver, give these guys a call!

Café Sintra – Breakfast and Lunch

For Portuguese inspired cuisine and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, head over to Café Sintra for breakfast or lunch. This restaurant is a local favorite and serves some scrumptious meals. Favorites include their unique selection of eggs benedict and pizzas with a Portuguese twist. Grab a mimosa and soak up the flavors.

Carson’s American Kitchen – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The views, the food and the atmosphere are all reasons to make your way to the Sunriver Resort Lodge for a meal at Carson’s. Chef Travis Taylor has created a seasonally-driven menu that will always surprise and delight diners. Dishes include only the freshest ingredients and pair perfectly with locally inspired cocktails. Dine on mouth-watering dishes while soaking up the view of the Meadows Golf Course with the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop.

El Caporal – Lunch and Dinner

Serving traditional Mexican cuisine and great margaritas, El Caporal is conveniently located for dining in Sunriver Village! Their prices are quite reasonable.

Hola – Lunch and Dinner

Serving Mexican-Peruvian dishes, Hola offers a unique menu and one-of-a-kind margaritas. Don’t miss out on their Guacamole Fresco, made right at your table. Located off of circle 3 on the river in Sunriver the atmosphere is bright and funky with some amazing scenery. This restaurant is seasonal, so be sure to give them a call to ensure when they are open. They are typically closed during winter months.

Good to Go – Lunch

Good-to-Go Food and Fun specializes in packing you some great food to take with you on any adventure. Give them a call before heading out on your relaxing float, invigorating hike, or any day trip from Sunriver and you won’t be sorry. You can also swing by as you wander through the Sunriver Village and they’ll whip up your lunch right there.  UPDATE: As a Village Properties guest, you will receive 10% off when you visit G2G!

Marcello’s – Dinner

Since 1980, Marcello’s has been serving authentic Italian cuisine to the Sunriver community and its visitors. Although this is a fine dining experience, the restaurant is family-friendly and offers amazing specials each night of the week. Cozy up on a cold evening with some delectable pasta near the restaurant’s fire or hit the lounge for a more casual feel. Visit the lounge between 4-6pm and take advantage of some amazing Happy Hour specials.

South Bend Bistro – Lunch and Dinner

South Bend Bistro has offered Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine served in a friendly and relaxed environment for over 10 years. With a beautiful outdoor deck for dining in Sunriver, the South Bend Bistro is a wonderful spot for a romantic night out. With a large selection of wines and Italian-trained chef Jeremy Buck, you will not be disappointed. You will want to call ahead to make reservations for this night out. UPDATE: South Bend Bistro is now open for breakfast and lunch!!!

Subway – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Subway is located in the Sunriver Business Park right next to the gas station. Grab a trusty Subway sandwich before heading out on your next adventure.

Sunriver Brewing Co. – Lunch and Dinner

With locally-brewed beer and unique menu, you won’t want to miss visiting the Sunriver Brewing Company. For a tasty appetizer, check out the IPA-battered portobello mushrooms or fried avocado followed by a delicious burger or specialty sandwich. Bring the kids and still hold a conversation with your dining companions as the kiddos head over to the kid zone right in the restaurant. With toys galore in a large space of the restaurant, your kids will be entertained without your help until the food is served.

Twisted River Tavern – Lunch and Dinner

With incredible views, delicious drinks, and a delectable menu, the Twisted River Tavern is worth visiting. Located at the Sunriver Resort Lodge, all are welcome and reservations are not required. Start out with some bacon fried brussel sprouts and a cocktail followed by a mouthwatering entrée and go home with a happy belly.

Village Bar & Grill – Lunch and Dinner

For some good old pub fare and a casual, family friendly atmosphere, head on over to building 7 for a tasty meal. In the warmer months, the Village Bar and Grill offers lovely patio seating where you can sip on a cool cocktail and munch on a snack in between your Sunriver activities.  UPDATE: As a Village Properties guest, you will receive 10% off when you visit the Village Bar and Grill!

The Wallow Bar & Grill – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

This is one of our local favorites for dining in Sunriver. This casual and laid-back environment is truly a hidden gem. Head out of Sunriver and across Harper Bridge to find The Wallow and soak up the quality food at a reasonable price. You will know your trip was worth it when you walk into big smiles and a warm atmosphere. UPDATE: As a Village Properties guest, you will receive 10% off when you visit the Wallow!

Why Book Through Village Properties

Top 3 reasons to book through Village Properties vs. VRBO or AirBnB

Have you been put in charge of finding accommodations for your next family gathering? This is a big job, as there are lots of things to consider and probably lots of folks to keep happy. You may have a checklist of items to keep in mind; number of bedrooms and bathrooms, proximity to certain attractions, whether the home allows pets, etc. A few other items may be related to cost, cleanliness and ensuring that your rental is in good working order so your vacation can be enjoyed. Book through Village Properties and make everyone happy.

If you’re looking at renting through a popular owner-managed site such as VRBO or AirBnB, you’ll want to read further before making your final decision. What are the perks of renting through a property management company vs. VRBO or AirBnb?

  1. 24 hour service – Village Properties at Sunriver has been doing this for over 30 years. Our staff is not only experienced in managing vacation homes, it’s our second nature. When you rent a home from Village Properties, you will be promised a well maintained home that has been thoroughly cleaned. You have our word. That doesn’t mean that problems won’t arise. Imagine… it’s 8pm and you’re just getting ready to throw some burgers on the BBQ and you find yourself with a knob that has broken off the BBQ. If you’re renting from a homeowner that lives 2 states away and doesn’t have a maintenance team on hand, you’ll most likely not be able to get a hold of them, much less get an experienced maintenance technician on site asap to fix the problem. With Village Properties, you can simply call our after-hours number and our friendly staff will be right over to help you out and get those burgers on the grill. We are local, experienced and AVAILABLE!
  2. Perks and discounts – Because we’ve been in the business in Sunriver for over 30 years, we have formed great relationships with local companies. With this, we’ve partnered with many dining and recreation companies to offer you goods and services at a discounted rate. Not only will you receive discounts at many wonderful businesses, you’ll also be able to visit the SHARC for free while staying in many of our homes. These kinds of perks will not be found in an owner-managed home. Take advantage of our relationships and our offerings and save money!
  3. Less fees – Speaking of saving money, did you know that when you rent from VRBO style sites, you will be paying for much more than you expect? When you rent from Village Properties at Sunriver, you will see what you pay for and not be surprised by any hidden “booking”, “cleaning” or “service” fees.

In short, when you book through Village Properties you will feel like you know what you’re getting. With Village Properties at Sunriver, you will find staff on hand 24 hours a day shall anything arise. We’re here to ensure that your stay is cozy and as stress-free as possible. We’re here to help you discover local businesses and have fun swimming at our favorite spot (SHARC). We’re HERE.

If this just makes sense to you and you’re ready to book your vacation rental, take a look at our homes here. We’re ready to help you and we are excited to see you soon!

4th of July in Sunriver

If you are planning on spending the 4th of July in Sunriver this year, you won’t be missing out on any patriotic festivities, as there is lots going on right here. We’ve got the day lined out for you below. You won’t have to go very far either.

If you enjoy running, start your day at the Sunriver Resort, behind the main lodge for the 4th of July 5k Fun Run. Start the holiday with a scenic run through the Sunriver meadows with views of Mt. Bachelor and Central Oregon wildlife. All participants receive a commemorative pint glass as well as a complimentary beer or soda after the run. What a great way to start off your 4th of July in Sunriver!

Next, head to the Bike Barn at the Sunriver Resort and join in on the Bike parade fun. The parade begins at 11:30am, but you can check-in beginning at 10am. With purchase of parade ticket you get entered into a contest to win a brand new bike! Add on a bracelet to get admission into bounce houses and an obstacle course at the conclusion of the parade for only $5. Help your family show off their independence by tie-dying some groovy garments or stuff a “far out” furry friend to celebrate Sunriver’s 50th anniversary! (Additional fees apply) If you want to participate, be sure to decorate your bike in red, white and blue and join in on the fun!

From the parade ending point, head over to the Village at Sunriver for the Sunriver 4th of July Festival and enjoy free music, a watermelon eating contest and so much more. The festival goes from 11am – 4pm and will be tons of fun!

If you’re looking for a traditional fireworks show, you may want to plan on a short drive to one of our neighboring communities of Bend or Lapine, as Sunriver doesn’t offer this tradition due to fire dangers in the area. Head north to Bend, and park just about anywhere in to see the fireworks being launched from the top of Pilot Butte at 10pm. There are several options for parking off of Knott Road, on the south end of Bend. We advise that you turn your car so that you’re parked on the north side of the road and have easy access to head back to Sunriver once the show has finished. Another option for a fireworks show Or, head south to Lapine and see their display from Frontier Heritage Park at 10pm.

Whatever you choose to do with your big day, you know you’ll have a cozy vacation home to return to that evening. Pour a cool beverage and head to your deck surrounded by the trees and the bright stars of the Central Oregon night sky to talk about the days events and continue the memory-making.

If you haven’t already secured Sunriver vacation home for 4th of July this year, make your plans fast, as homes are filing quickly. Call our Sunriver experts today. They will be happy to assist in finding your perfect holiday home. Or, check out our listings here.

Day Trip – Newberry Volcano

What do you like to do when visiting Sunriver? Bike riding, swimming and floating the river are a must. If you find yourself with the time or desire to take a day trip from Sunriver, the Newberry Volcano area is a nearby and beautiful location to explore. And, you can do it in a day trip.

From Sunriver, head south on highway 97 for about 9 miles. Turn left onto Paulina Lake Rd (you will see signs directing you to Paulina and East lakes from the highway). Drive up this road for about 13 miles and you’ll be at the Paulina Lake Visitors Center. From here, there are lots of options for hikes, enjoying time on the shores of a lake, renting a boat and being on the lake and all-in-all exploring and taking in the natural beauty of the area.

Walk the Big Obsidian Flow:

Big Obsidian Flow - Paulina PeakA one-mile interpretative trail weaves you up and through a breathtaking 1300 year old obsidian flow. With amazing views of the Cascade Mountains, Paulina and East Lakes and so much more, you will be glad you took this walk. If you visit during the summer, be sure to wear sunscreen and bring lots of water. The shiny black rocks heat up fast and hot on summer days. This is a short and fairly easy walk, but wear good shoes and be prepared for hills as it is a rocky trail and you do gain some elevation. If you bring your dog along for this day trip, be sure to bring some boots for their paws, as there are lots of jagged rocks on the trail.

East Lake:

East Lake Resort

With a beautiful shoreline setting, a restaurant and a marina, the East Lake Resort is a great stop for your day trip up to the Newberry volcano area. Rent a stand up paddle board at the marina, then grab some lunch at the Blue Duck Grill, or just take a stroll along the shore and take in the fresh mountain air and the beauty of the area.

Paulina Lake:

The Paulina Lake Lodge is another option for a lunch or dinner stop on your adventure. Known for its Prime Rib and homemade cobblers, the food is tasty and the atmosphere is relaxing. Call ahead of time to be sure they’re open on your adventure day and to make a reservation if necessary.

Paulina Lake Hot SpringsIf you’re up for a bit of a hike and a hot spring adventure head to the Little Crater Campground and find parking at the Lakeshore Loop Trail trailhead at the far end of the campground. Take a two-mile walk along the east shore of the lake to find Hot Springs Beach. Find these primitive hot springs at the north end of the beach right on the shoreline. Hunker down into one of the log lined hot springs, enjoy the views and the minerals and remember to leave no trace please!

Paulina Creek Falls:

Big Obsidian Flow - Paulina Peak

After exploring Paulina and East lakes and when you are heading back towards Sunriver, plan on just two more stops. First, you will see signs for the Paulina Creek Falls. Upon parking, find a paved trail and walk a quarter mile to the top of the falls and enjoy the thrill of looking over the 80 foot tall falls. Take another portion of path down to the bottom and you’ll be able to see the falls from below. Watch the pair of falls flow onto the rocky ground below from two viewing areas. Be sure to carry your camera with you on this beautiful walk!

Viewpoint:

Newberry Volcano ViewpointAs you head back to your cozy Sunriver vacation rental after a long day of exploring, be sure to make one last stop at the viewpoint just down the road and on the opposite side as the falls. If you’ve soaked up the whole day exploring the caldera, you may be lucky enough to make this stop at sunset to watch the sun sink behind the Cascade mountains creating a palette of colors that seem indescribable.

Still planning your Sunriver stay? Be sure to book your vacation rental as soon as you can to take advantage of the widest selection and best pricing.