3 Free Things To Do in Sunriver, Oregon

Vacations don’t have to be expensive for you and your family. One way to keep your costs down is to find a place with free family attractions. Central Oregon has plenty of free things to do in the Sunriver, Oregon, area. You can easily find them when you stay with Village Properties At Sunriver. We have affordable vacation rentals that are great for groups or families. Try visiting these fun free things to do in Sunriver, Oregon.

Free Summer Concerts

Turf Tunes is a summer concert series held at the John Gray Amphitheater at SHARC.  Experience live music from nationally recognized musicians for free on select Sundays in June and July.  SHARC also features one premiere musical act via a ticketed concert during the summer lineup.

Another free concert series is the Starry Nights Summer Concert Series in The Village at Sunriver outdoor mall starting at 6:30 pm every Thursday, July-August.

Turf Tunes and Starry Nights Summer Concert Series are both excellent ways to enjoy free entertainment during your Sunriver vacation.

Fort Rock Park

You can plan a picnic at Fort Rock Park. This nearby park has many amenities and activities to entertain you and your family. These amenities include a ballfield, barbecue grills, basketball court, horseshoe, pavilion, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, volleyball, and tennis/pickleball courts.

Benham Falls Trail

For the adventurous type, you can explore the beautiful scenery along the Benham Falls Trail. This is a relaxed trail along the Deschutes River, where you can see the ranging, unique landscape of the ancient lava lands through the Deschutes National Forest. Get up close to the waterfalls and feel the cool mist. The trail is filled with ponderosa pines and plenty of shade. Combined with the waterfalls and the shade, this is a beautiful way to stay cool and enjoy the sights.

Free And Fun

As you can see, there is a lot to do and see that won’t break the bank. With so many fun free things to do in Central Oregon, you will rest easy at the end of the day at your vacation rental through Village Properties At Sunriver. We feature some of the best amenities and rooms in the Sunriver and Bend, Oregon, area. Have the best time possible by booking directly with us. To hear more about our accommodations, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.

5 Amazing Sunriver Vacation Rentals On Golf Courses

If you can’t get enough of playing golf, you may be interested in a vacation rental on a golf course. Central Oregon has some outstanding views and superb golf courses. This leads to spectacular vacation rentals only through Village Properties At Sunriver. In addition, you can pick up a 30 percent off voucher for Widgi Creek Golf Course at Village Properties at Sunriver office. Here is a look at some of the variety in golf course vacation rentals in Central Oregon you can book with us for your next golf getaway.


Imagine waking up and enjoying the sunshine and a pre-round cup of coffee on the upper-level deck of Wildflower 54, overlooking the 13th hole of the Meadows Golf Course. Besides being ideally situated next to the Meadows greens, the Wildflower condominium community is conveniently located within walking distance to the Village Mall, Sunriver Lodge, and SHARC. Inside this reverse-living 2-bedroom condo, your party will enjoy the recently remodeled kitchen and BBQ grill.

Pole House

Soaking in the private hot tub of Pole House 1, you’ll enjoy the quintessential Sunriver views of the paved bike path and Meadows golf greens. This spacious 1806 sq. ft. 3-bedroom home boasts a modern open-floor concept with vaulted pine ceilings, air conditioning, and a covered patio.


After a round of golf, your party will enjoy playing pool in Pinecone 9’s game room with panoramic windows overlooking the Meadows 5th hole fairway.  The cook of the group will relish the granite countertops and top-tier kitchen appliances in the remodeled kitchen.  Pinecone 9 is an expansive 2156 sq. ft. 4-bedroom, pet-friendly home and the perfect home base for your Sunriver golfcation.

Red Cedar

Red Cedar 30 is a massive 4054 sq. ft. 4-bedroom uniquely mid-century modern home with views of the Woodlands golf course. Every bedroom in this spacious home has its own bathroom, making it a favorite for friends looking to enjoy a Sunriver golfcation. Enjoy a round of pool in the game room or cozy up with a book in the reading nook.

Relax Near The Greens

For golf fans, there is no better place to spend your vacation than these golf course vacation rentals in Central Oregon. When you’ve played your fill of Sunriver golf courses, take advantage of Village Properties guest perk: a 33% off voucher for Widgi Creek Golf and Pickleball Club! With Village Properties At Sunriver, you will stay at some of the best vacation rentals on the best golf courses near Sunriver, Oregon. We feature some of the best amenities and rooms in the Sunriver and Bend, Oregon, area. Have the best time possible by booking directly with us. To hear more about our accommodations, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.

Amenities To Have For Managing A Rental Property

When preparing your rental vacation property for new guests, it’s crucial to have the essentials covered when managing a rental property. One thing that makes all the difference compared to your competition is outstanding and essential amenities upfront. See some examples at Village Properties at Sunriver, in Central Oregon, if you are looking for ideas. We’ll cover some of the essentials you should mention for managing a rental property.

  • Basic toiletries: One of the most critical and essential things to offer in your vacation rental. Remember soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels, and toilet paper.
  • Wifi and streaming: Guests usually expect wifi for their smartphones and more. In addition, if the weather is ideal, guests will want to watch TV and stream entertainment if the weather is rainy.
  • Offline enjoyment: Outside of streaming content online, you must include things to do offline. Think of having stuff like board games, cards, puzzles, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies: Accidents happen, so you will want to stock plenty of ways to tidy your vacation rental. This includes things like dish soap, paper towels, and a vacuum.
  • Kitchen supplies: Stock your kitchen with essentials like plates, glasses, silverware, and basic cooking utensils.
  • Informative house rules: Provide clear house rules to your guests. You will need to address this upfront and again when your guests check-in. Provide check-in and check-out times, noise restrictions, and other important local ordinances.

Cover Your Essentials

These are some things that you will want to remember when you are managing your rental property. Check out the vacation rental properties on Village Properties at Sunriver for a better idea. To hear more about our Sunriver and Caldera Springs property management services, contact our Vacations Property Manager, Nicole McClure, at nicole@village-properties.com or call directly at 541-749-1268.

Winter Attractions in Sunriver For The Holidays

The holidays are a busy time of the year. So take some of the holiday planning off of your plate and book a Thanksgiving or Christmas family getaway to Central Oregon. There is plenty to do in Sunriver, like ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides and more. Village Properties at Sunriver has you in mind. This Holiday season, Village Properties at Sunriver has an exclusive offer for guests who book with us directly.

Thanksgiving + Christmas Promotion – 10% off

As a special offering to show our guests how honored Village Properties at Sunriver is to host you for Thanksgiving and Christmas, get 10% off your booking. This promo code can be used for vacation rental reservations with arrival dates between Nov. 23 – 26 and Dec. 21 – 26. 

Promo code: HOLIDAY10

Grand Illumination

The weekend before Thanksgiving, Sunriver residents and guests gather for an epic tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks show. In addition, you can join in on a visit from Santa, live music, train rides, telescope viewings, hot cocoa, putt-putt, holiday shopping, and more.

Things To Do In Sunriver For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the best times to bring the entire family together. During your Thanksgiving vacation with Village Properties at Sunriver, join the local festivities of the area!

Things To Do In Sunriver For Christmas

Sunriver transforms into a Winter Wonderland with a fresh coat of snow that the pine-forested landscape of Central Oregon. In addition to the magical ambiance the winter scenery provides, there are plenty of events and things to do for a family Christmas visit to Sunriver. Here are some of the best attractions to do on your holiday getaway to Central Oregon.

  • Cut Your Own Christmas Tree: Christmas tree cutting in the Deschutes National Forest has been a Sunriver tradition for years and a cherished holiday ritual for local families. Purchase your Christmas tree permit at Merchant Trader Gift Shop for $5 per tree.
  • Gingerbread Junction at Sunriver: Groups and individuals in the community build spectacular gingerbread houses to put on display for the month of December. The houses are on display in the Abbot Room of the Sunriver Lodge. It is free and open to the public.
  • Ice Skating at The Village at Sunriver: The ice arena is a longtime favorite for the holidays. Ice skating is a treat loved by all members of the family. For open hours or more information, call 541-593-5948.

Get into the Holiday Spirit in Sunriver

We understand that the challenges facing Oregon families this year may leave you feeling uninspired.  End the year on a high note, and take advantage of the rich holiday spirit of Sunriver this season.  Whether you come for the ice skating, winter sleigh rides, or the visit from Santa Claus, a vacation rental with Village Properties at Sunriver will make the perfect cozy home base for your Central Oregon winter getaway. To hear more about our accommodations or have us walk you through your Oregon getaway, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.

Halloween Events in Central Oregon

If you are in Sunriver or the Central Oregon area around Halloween, don’t fret because there are more than enough events to keep you entertained. There is a plethora of family-friendly fall events and light scares near Sunriver. Enjoy these local favorite Halloween Events during your stay with Village Properties At Sunriver.

Here’s a brief preview of what is in store for you this Halloween season in Central Oregon.

Pumpkin Patch at Smith Rock Ranch

Since 1998, the Lisignoli Family has run a pumpkin patch for locals to come and celebrate the seasons changing. Visiting the Smith Rock Ranch (named after the nearby Smith Rock State Park) has become a tradition for many families. On the ranch, you can take part in traversing a corn maze, pumpkin picking, shooting gallery, pony rides, pumpkin cannons, petting zoo, mini golf, dog park, wagon rides, and more.

Hours and more information for Smith Rock Ranch can be found on our Local Events Calendar.

Bend Ghost Tours

Head over to Bend, Oregon, and participate in a ghost tour! The Ghosts and Legends of Downtown Bend Tour will take you through Historic Downtown Bend, where you will learn a little about the city’s history and the ghosts that allegedly still haunt the area.

Hours and pricing for Bend Ghost Tours can be found on our Local Events Calendar.

Trick or Treat in The Village

Get your trick-or-treat fix right here in Sunriver, Oregon. Join us in The Village at Sunriver Courtyard for free carnival-style games and the annual costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for the top three costumes in the following categories:

  • Ages 4 and under
  • Ages 5-8
  • Ages 9-12
  • Ages 13-17
  • Ages 18 and up

Have Fun And Enjoy Halloween In Sunriver

Sunriver and Central Oregon is a beautiful and spooky (but not too spooky) place to enjoy Halloween events away from home. Village Properties At Sunriver can help you find the perfect home away from home this upcoming holiday season.

To hear more about our accommodations or have us walk you through your Oregon getaway, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.

Horseback Riding And Winter Sleigh Rides In Sunriver

A fantastic way to experience the abundance of scenery in Central Oregon is by horseback riding. It will give you a unique perspective of Oregon, and one of the best places to saddle up and explore is in the Sunriver area. You’ll find attractive opportunities for horseback riding in Sunriver. And how magical would a winter sleigh ride through Sunriver be this winter? All of these enticing opportunities are possible when you stay at Village Properties at Sunriver. You’ll be near plenty of attractions (including horse stables and riding trails) when you stay at one of our Sunriver vacation rentals. Here’s a preview of some horseback riding attractions in Deschutes County, Oregon.

Sunriver Trail Rides

Sunriver Trail Rides is a great local option for those to try horseback riding for the first time! They offer a variety of trail rides, pony rides, and corral rides. They also feature a wrangler immersion camp from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Three Rivers Equestrian Center

You can find Three Rivers Equestrian Center located south of Sunriver in Central Oregon. They provide private rides that are about two-hour tours in the Oregon wilderness. 

Bend River Horseback Riding

At Bend River Horseback Riding, you have the option of three rides. The Lava Island Loop is just more than an hour long. Then you can try The Big Eddy Loop, which is one hour and 45 minutes. Finally, there is a two-hour-long loop that shows off some of the best views in Central Oregon.

Winter Sleigh Rides

When winter arrives in Sunriver, a winter sleigh ride is a wonderful opportunity to create magical holiday memories with loved ones. Have a team of horses pull you and your guests through the Meadows Golf Course. The Victorian sleighs hold four adults and two children.

Todd Creek Horse Camp

This is a camp that is mostly used by equestrians near Todd Creek. One of the highlights of this area is the amazing views you’ll see of Mt. Bachelor. Todd Lake Trailhead, which is near the campground, gives you access to the Metolius Windigo Horse Trail #99.

Giddy Up In Central Oregon

Jump up on a horse and explore Oregon’s Central Cascades. We think you will create some great memories from horseback riding near Sunriver. Village Properties at Sunriver is the ideal place to kick your feet up and rest after venturing into the Oregon wilderness. Village Properties at Sunriver can help you find the perfect place for you. To hear more about our accommodations or have us walk you through your Oregon getaway, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.

4 Of The Best Breweries In Sunriver, Bend, OR

If you are a fan of beer and visiting breweries, you should start planning a vacation to Sunriver and Bend, OR. Specifically in the Sunriver and Bend, Oregon area. For instance, Bend, Oregon, ranks third in America’s top cities with the most breweries per capita. The Deschutes County is well known for producing IPAs, lagers, porters, sours, and pretty much any microbrew specialty you can think of.  You will have no shortage of beer and beverage options when you visit. 

While touring all the local breweries, you’ll be sure to enjoy all the comforts of home when booking a vacation rental home with Village Properties at Sunriver. Take some time to plan out a brewery tour after finding the perfect vacation rental for your brew-cation.

Sunriver Brewing Co

Based right here in Sunriver, this brewery should be your first stop on your brew tour. Not only is this an outstanding brewery, but it’s a great restaurant too. You’ll be able to grab a pint of their year-round beers, award-winning brews, and limited experimental drinks. 

Mountain Jug

This is another brewery right here in Sunriver, OR. Mountain Jug rotates 12 of its outstanding brews year-round. The brewery houses more than 1,000 vinyl records to listen to, a vintage arcade console, an AC/DC pinball machine, and monthly arcade challenges. The shop is in Sunriver Business Park, just off Century Drive.

Immersion Brewing

Immersion Brewing is in Bend, OR, one of the more unique breweries in the area. The brewery has about 30 beers on tap, and if none of those beers is the one for you, you can try to make a beer yourself. Immersion Brewing is a one-of-a-kind brew-it-yourself experience. You and your party will need to book a time slot. They provide the recipe, equipment, and experts to lead you through the process. 

Crux Fermentation Project

This Bend OR brewery has a wide variety of beers on tap. The Crux Fermentation Project has non-alcoholic drinks and a long menu of food carts. The outside setting is lovely near the Cascade peaks. Find a table near the fire pit, lay a blanket, and sip your beers on the ground.

Drink In The Scenery And The Great Beer In Oregon

This is only the beginning of the best breweries you can visit in Sunriver and Bend when you stay at Village Properties at Sunriver. In addition, you can stop in at GoodLife Brewing, Monkless Belgian Ales, Boneyard Beer, and more. Bring a crowler back to your vacation rental too. Village Properties at Sunriver can help you stay cool with your brew, and you will have access to free SHARC passes. 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.

Why SHARC Is The Best Sunriver, OR, Attraction

With summer in full swing, you are probably looking for ways to stay cool and swim while on vacation. We have the best offer you can find in Sunriver. Our Sunriver vacation rentals come with free SHARC passes, giving you access to the best swimming, recreation, and entertainment in the area. A general admission pass to SHARC, which is limited, costs $28 for a 2-hour session per person. A free SHARC passes will save your family between $224 to $392 per person, per day, depending on how many SHARC passes come with your rental! It’s fun for the whole family and or simply a way to cool off and relax poolside. Here’s what you need to know about SHARC before visiting Sunriver, OR.

What Is SHARC?

SHARC is the Sunriver Homeowners Association Recreation Center and is the featured recreation and event center in Sunriver. Besides the premier water park, SHARC has heated indoor aquatics year-round, tennis and pickle-ball courts, and a disc golf course. For those planning their visit to Sunriver in the winter months, there is a winter tubing hill!

How Can I Get A Free SHARC Pass?

You’ll receive this premium feature when booking your vacation home with Village Properties at Sunriver. You can find all of the properties that have free SHARC passes here. You can also get your group’s visit to SHARC reimbursed through the VIP Experience. Get up to $250 of your SHARC expenses covered as part of your Selection Perks that come with your stay! Learn more about the Village Properties VP VIP Experience here and see how your group can enjoy everything that SHARC has to offer during your visit.

What Can I Do In The SHARC?

Lots of stuff! Here’s a brief rundown of what you can do with your SHARC Pass.
  • Adult Hot Tub
  • Lap Lanes
  • Zero Entry to Shallow Pool   
  • Tot Bubblers, Spinners & Flowers   
  • Vortex Whirlpool   
  • Water Basketball
  • Body Slide & Tube Slide
  • Lazy River
  • Water Jungle Gym
  • And more!

What Kind Of Entertainment Does SHARC Offer?

There is a full schedule of music acts and events that SHARC guests can enjoy. In addition, there are free Sunday concerts, vendors, and family-friendly activities in the John Gray Amphitheater during the summer months.

Are There Things To Do Outside Of The Pool Areas?

Yep! There are many other activities to keep your family busy on dry land. Here is something to do out of the pool.
  • Basketball Court
  • Bocce Ball
  • Youth rock climbing structure
  • Propane barbecue 
  • Lounge in the large grassy areas
  • Disc golf
  • Eat at the SHARC Cafe
  • Tennis
  • Pickleball
  • The pass also gives holders access to the SROA boat launch

Join Us At The SHARC

The SHARC is the best way to cool off, have fun, and be entertained for the day in Sunriver, OR. A fantastic way to get the most out of your SHARC day is through Village Properties at Sunriver. We have many vacation homes that include air conditioning, so whatever you plan to do this summer, Village Properties at Sunriver can help you stay cool and access free SHARC passes or get up to $250 of your SHARC expenses reimbursed. 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.
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