Spring in Sunriver – Part 2

With the mild winter we’ve experienced in central Oregon this year, we just can’t stop thinking about Spring. Blue skies, comfortable temperatures and longer days are giving us spring fever. That said, here are some more super fun ideas for your spring adventure in Sunriver.

Mountain Biking

There are tons of amazing mountain biking trails in central Oregon. A favorite for us locals is Phil’s Trail. This trail, located just outside of Sunriver, is a system of over 100 miles of interwoven trails. The trails vary from beginner to advanced difficulty levels. Not only is this trail a local favorite, but it’s I one of the most popular in the Pacific Northwest. Find directions from Sunriver here.

Another great ride is the Deschutes River Trail. You may choose to do a portion of the trail or ride the entire thing from Sunriver to Bend or vice versa. With views of lava flows, the Deschutes River and the chance to spot some wildlife, you won’t be disappointed with this ride. There are several access points. Check here for more. Spring bike riding in the area is not to be missed

Mt Bachelor

One of our favorite things about central Oregon is that you can take advantage of all that Mt. Bachelor has to offer through the spring! Ski, snowboard or check out the tubing hill through Memorial Day weekend. There are also some cool events to check out up there through the spring. Check out our other blog post about spring to check those out.

Floating the river

Down in the lower elevations we won’t be waiting for snow to melt to begin those summer-like adventures. Check out some of our favorite favorite local floats for fall here. Though this post was meant for fall, these floats are wonderful in the spring and any time of the year.

Marathons and races

For you runners, Central Oregon has lots of marathons all year long. In March, don’t miss out on the family friendly March Mudness right here in Sunriver. Later in the spring head to Bend for the Salmon Run 10k or 5k runs.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Vacation Home Rental Instead of a Hotel Room

  1. Kitchen – A vacation home rental will provide you with a full kitchen. This means a full-sized refrigerator, cupboards, a stove and oven plus more. Our Sunriver vacation rental homes come fully-stocked and ready to go. Grab your groceries on the way in and have all the food you love right at your fingertips. Not only is this a comfort of home, but cooking your own meals can be a big money-saver. Having a kitchen while traveling will also make accommodating any dietary restrictions much easier.
  2. Laundry – Our vacation rental homes are stocked with washers and dryers. No need to worry about gathering coins for a load of laundry. Being able to do laundry while traveling will save you time, money and you’ll be able to pack lighter! If you are traveling with the kiddos, you already know how beneficial this option can be.
  3. Live like the locals – With a vacation rental, you’ll most likely be staying within the neighborhoods where locals are living rather than on a main highway with lots of traffic. Be sure to ask our friendly Sunriver staff (all locals) for their insider tips on the best restaurants and activities in our area.
  4. Fur babies – If you travel with your pets, you know that finding a hotel that allows your buddy is not easy. Even when you do find such a location, stuffing you, your family and your pet in one room is never much fun. Give your crew more space, your pet some room to run and, if you find your dog feeling nervous and barking, the living quarters are large enough to allow for some extra noise.
  5. Space – As mentioned above, a vacation home rental provides a lot more space for your family to spread out. No more bickering over who gets to sleep with who; everyone gets their own bed! No more arguing over what to put on the TV; there are usually more than one. Have you forgotten what the word privacy means? How does Mom and Dad having their own room sound? Our home at Duck Pond 6 is a great example of one with TONS of space.

Plan your Sunriver Valentine’s Getaway

February 14th is right around the corner and now is the time to plan a romantic Sunriver Valentine’s getaway for you and your loved one. Read on for just a few ideas for you and your loved one to up the romance level on your trip.

Stay in:

Be sure you reserve one of our romantic vacation homes that has a hot tub. Don’t forget a bottle of champagne. With a soak under the stars and a glass of bubbly, you have one night of your getaway planned already.

Go out dancing:

On Valentine’s Day night treat your sweetheart to a romantic date in Sunriver with dinner and a concert at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall. The Sunriver Music Festival presents Patrick Lamb and band for live music and dancing as well as a hosted happy hour and a gourmet meal, all in a beautiful setting. The cost is $80 per person and reservations are required.

An intimate dinner:

For an even more romantic dinner in Sunriver without the music and dancing, consider Marcello’s Cucina Italiana. Offering contemporary and traditional Italian food, with a Northwest twist in a cozy setting, your palate and your partner will be very pleased. As another perk, Marcello’s will offer you a discount as a guest of Village Properties at Sunriver.

An adventure:

For those adventurers, how about going out for a nighttime snowshoe tour that ends with a bonfire on the snow. Wanderlust Tours is offering this spectacular tour on Valentine’s Day evening as well as throughout the following weekend. Relax near a glowing bonfire while enjoying sweet treats and warm drinks after a rewarding snowshoe hike through the quiet forest. This will surely be a night to remember. Guests of Village Properties receive a discount with Wanderlust Tours.

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.

Plan Your Weekend Getaway to Sunriver

Sunriver is a favorite weekend getaway any time of year, however, celebrating spring holidays like St. Patrick’s Day are especially fun in a resort atmosphere filled with great restaurants and accommodations.

Sun-filled days and endless blue skies make Central Oregon irresistible during spring. While other mountain resorts are getting ready to close out the season, Sunriver and Mt. Bachelor are ramping up for spring skiing, family-friendly activities, and outdoor adventures.

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to Sunriver to drink green beer and discover your inner Irish or to don a green tutu on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, Village Properties will set you up in style for your stay.

Lodging perks that will make your friends turn green with envy

From cozy cabins and condos to well-appointed homes that cater to large groups, Village Properties can help you meet your vacation planning requirements. You can find pet-friendly vacation rentals, accommodations with hot tubs, and close-by properties, in the event you want to walk to the Village.

The best part? Included with all Village Properties vacation rental packages are dining discounts and great deals on outdoor adventures, recreation, and more.

Unlike four-leaf clovers, Sunriver-area breweries are easy to find

Sunriver Village restaurants offer dining options for every occasion, and most feature craft brews from Central Oregon. You won’t have to go far to find food, fun, and festivities over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend. If hitting the pubs isn’t your thing, grab a green scarf and head over to Mt. Bachelor for a full day of spring skiing, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or to spend your spring break celebrations in Central Oregon, contact Village Properties for great deals on dining, vacation rentals, and recreation. Think of the friendly team at Village Properties as your local Sunriver guides.

 

A Must See — Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center

Planning a trip to Sunriver? You’ll want to include one of Central Oregon’s “must see” attractions on your visit — the Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center. This private, not-for-profit scientific and educational organization features an interactive nature center, large scale hands-on public observatory, interpretive exhibits, live birds of prey and snakes, meteorite exhibit, science classes for both kids and adults, special programs, botanical garden, and a nature trail and astronomy store featuring a complete line of telescopes.

 

Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

Unlike Planetariums, when the roof dramatically disappears at the Oregon Observatory you’ll see the real sky. You’ll be able to witness faraway galaxies, a meteor shower, and globular clusters in the night sky. And you won’t have to line up for a quick peek, because you’ll have access to one of the many telescopes at the Observatory, which actually has the the largest collection of telescopes available for public viewing in the entire country.

Also, thanks to Sunriver’s elevation, uber-dark surroundings, and crystal clear air you’ll be treated to the perfect environment for stargazing. There is nightly viewing in the summer, with guided constellation tours and expert guidance. And there is free solar viewing every day during the summer, and on Saturdays in the fall and spring, when you will be able to view the sun through filtered telescopes to get an incredible, safe view. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or a first time visitor, you’re bound to be awestruck by the views.

 

The Nature Center

Telling kids about nature is great, but letting them experience it first hand is infinitely better. At the Sunriver Nature Center children can prowl through the woods to track a porcupine, or touch a lizard or get up close and personal with an owl. There are numerous activities, programs and exhibits to keep them engaged in the natural word. And there is also a staff of naturalists on hand to guide them and answer their questions. Outside the center is a botanical garden where you can sit on a bench and take in the serene view. Numerous birds and squirrels inhabit the terrain, as well as many other elements of Oregon’s natural environment.

The Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center is open Thursday through Saturday, from 10am to 4pm from September through May, with special Winter Observatory hours and events seasonally.

 

Sunriver Vacation Rentals

Village Properties at Sunriver would be happy to help you find a vacation rental for your visit. We offer many benefits, from discounts at local merchants to our 4th Night Free special. Give us a call at 877-859-5346 for more information or to book your stay.

Buy your Mt. Bachelor lift tickets at The Village at Sunriver!

Save time and skip the lines by purchasing your Mt. Bachelor lift tickets in Sunriver!

New this winter, Mt. Bachelor has an office in the Village at Sunriver mall, where you can purchase your single-day lift tickets, season passes and all other options offered through Mt. Bachelor. Beat the crowds, skip the long lines and buy your Mt. Bachelor lift tickets before you even hit the mountain! It’s a great way to get in, get out and spend even more time on the slopes.

Mt. Bachelor’s Sunriver office is located in Building 26 at the Village of Sunriver, where Sun Country Tours was previously located. This location will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, though operating hours will fluctuate with demand.

This new office of Mt. Bachelor’s is just one more reason why staying in Sunriver for a ski vacation is such a great choice! With the Northwest open, and the brand new Cloudchaser lift set to open on Friday, Mt. Bachelor is now the 5th largest skiing and snowboarding area in the United States. That’s a whole lot of POW to enjoy! So get a jump on things by staying in Sunriver for your winter trip to Mt. Bachelor. We’re even closer to the mountain than Bend, which means even more time to enjoy yourself. And many of our vacation rental properties boast hot tubs and fireplaces, so you can easily head “home” to warm yourself after a long day of play.

Click here to book your next adventure, or call 1-800-SUNRIVER to speak with a Reservation Specialist.

Book a Sunriver Ski Vacation Just in Time for Cloudchaser

We’ve been buzzing with excitement in Central Oregon since Mt. Bachelor announced the addition of the new Cloudchaser lift. Cloudchaser, a high-speed detachable quad chairlift, will provide greater protection from the elements during storms and add 635 acres to the lift-served terrain at Mt. Bachelor. With the addition of Cloudchaser, this makes Mt. Bachelor the 5th largest ski area in the United States. Cloudchaser and more terrain provide one more excellent reason to book a Sunriver ski vacation with Village Properties at Sunriver.

About Cloudchaser

Crews have been busy installing the new chairlift at Mt. Bachelor. Cloudchaser is slated to open in mid-December for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.

  • Cloudchaser is the first new lift at Mt. Bachelor to add previously unserved terrain since the addition of Northwest Express in 1996
  • The last new chairlift installed at Mt. Bachelor was the replacement of Pine Marten Express in 2006
  • Cloudchaser adds 635 acres of skiable terrain and 6.2 miles of groomed runs, making Mt. Bachelor the 5th largest ski area in the US

The addition of Cloudchase could ease long lift lines during the busy ski season, which all visitors to the mountain will be grateful for. When planning your Sunriver ski vacation, this is definitely something to keep in mind! Shorter lift lines and more accessible terrain on the east side of the mountain add up to a great winter at Mt. Bachelor. Now, all we need to do is pray for snow!

Book Your Sunriver Ski Vacation

With the addition of Cloudchaser, it’s the perfect time to book your Sunriver ski vacation. Sunriver offers many advantages when planning your ski vacation, including:

  • Easy access to Century Dr. and Mt. Bachelor
  • Dining and shopping opportunities abound at The Village at Sunriver
  • Two breweries and a wealth of taps bring Central Oregon craft brewing culture to your front door
  • Winter sports outside skiing and snowboarding, including tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling
  • Cozy vacation rentals with fireplaces, hot tubs and all of the essentials for a comfortable Sunriver ski vacation

When booking your Sunriver ski vacation, Village Properties offers many benefits. From discounts at local merchants to our 4th Night Free special, you’ll be happy with your choice to book with Village Properties at Sunriver. Contact Village Properties today to book your Sunriver ski vacation this winter and enjoy expanded access to east side terrain at Mt. Bachelor with Cloudchaser.

Family Gift Idea for the Holidays: A Stay in Sunriver!

Black Friday is about to kick off the unofficial holiday shopping season, which means it’s time for that age-old question: What big gift to get for my family this year?

The best family gifts are the ones that make lasting memories.

If you’re struggling to find a new idea for the perfect family gift this year, how about treating them to a vacation in Sunriver? Give the gift of togetherness, and memories to last a lifetime.

Village Properties now offers Gift Certificates, so you can relive your favorite Sunriver adventures and make some new family memories, too.

Because it’s the thought that counts. 

Remember the last time you were in Sunriver? Yeah… your family does, too. It was such a great trip, and it’s something you can share with them again.

Whether you prefer splashing on the river, or swooshing down the slopes, your Sunriver playground awaits. Gift Certificates can be used toward a vacation rental any time of the year, so you can plan the perfect getaway for your whole family. And with no set denomination, you can choose the amount that you’d like to gift. Whether your family is big or small, this gift idea is sure to be a hit with all!

Give the gift of Sunriver this holiday season.

Call 1-800-SUNRIVER to purchase a Gift Certificate to put towards your next vacation rental with Village Properties.

 The family gift idea that gives back over the years?  More time spent together in Sunriver! Call 1-800-SUNRIVER to purchase your Gift Certificates today!