5 Reasons Sunriver Resort is the Ultimate Family Getaway


“Fun for all ages” is a timeworn phrase, but Sunriver Resort is a place that transcends the cliché. Located just 15 miles south of Bend, Oregon, Sunriver Resort’s  3,300 acres is an all-seasons destination the entire family will fall in love with.

Here are five reasons why:

art-0601-sunriver21. Endless Pacific Northwest Outdoor Adventure

The family that plays together stays together, and there are plenty of opportunities for fresh-air fun in Sunriver’s scenic Cascade Mountains setting.

Take a guided horseback ride through beautiful meandering trails. Explore underground ancient lava-tube caves. Ride the rapids on a thrilling whitewater rafting excursion or take a canoe out on the gentle Cascade Lakes. Enjoy a guided mountain bike ride to pristine waterfalls and natural waterslides. Stargaze in a startlingly clear night sky at the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver.

Your family can try glow-ball putting on a 9-hole golf course, play paintball, enjoy Smore’s and stories by a fire, or fly down a zip line.

Regardless of your family’s level of experience in all these activities and more, Sunriver’s staff is dedicated to ensuring each member of your family has a memorable time.

art-0601-sunriver32. Activities Designed Just for Kids

Sunriver’s summer programs offer kids the chance to explore and enjoy the natural world in a safe and fun fashion.

Kids aged 3-7 can have the time of their lives at Fort Funnigan. Featuring a mini rock wall and a 3,400-square-foot fenced playground, the program is structured with themed days: Sunriver Superhero, Wild Wild West, Spikes Sports Spectacular, Spotted Frog Fridays and Pirates of the High Desert.

For the 8- to 12-year-old set, B.A.S.E. Camp (Beyond Awesome Sunriver Explorers) delivers pure outdoor bliss, whether it’s biking, tennis, golf, swimming, ropes or nature hikes.

Date nights at Sunriver are a snap, thanks to the resort’s Kids’ Night Out evening activities for kids Tuesday-Saturday from 5-9 p.m. With staff supervision, your young ones will get secret agent training, learn how to make Sunriver’s signature pizza, get goofy during a pajama party, and much more!

3. Activities Designed Just for Adults

While the kids are off getting their fill of Sunriver’s exciting activities, mom and dad will discover some just-as-fun ways to spend their time.

Looking for a new challenge? Yoga on a stand-up paddle board will reinvigorate you and may become the highlight of your vacation. Work on perfecting your serve during a tennis clinic, or spend some time at one of Sunriver’s four distinctive golf courses – 63 holes, in all, of the best golf in the West.

Adults can get creative during Paint ‘n’ Pinot, where they design their own ceramic pieces while sipping on the resort’s exclusive Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Get refreshed and restored at the Sage Springs Spa, where organic, locally sourced and handcrafted products are used to rejuvenate your body and spirit.

art-0601-sunriver44. Food That Will Please Even the Pickiest of Eaters

Family dinners won’t be a chore at Sunriver. The resort’s eleven restaurants all feature great service and spectacular views. Best of all is the array of diverse culinary options, guaranteed to result in complaint-free meals.

Dig into sandwiches and wraps at the poolside Spotted Frog (offering a handy “Tadpoles” kids’ menu). Grab fresh breakfast burritos at the Merchant Trader, or enjoy a fresh salad, panini or wood-fired pizza at Zeppa Bistro. Experience Chef Travis Taylor’s distinctive menu of American cuisine at Carson’s American Kitchen, with spectacular views of Mount Bachelor.

5. Pet-Friendly Lodging

When Sunriver talks about family vacations, the resort means the whole family – Fido included. There are more than 70 dog-friendly accommodations available in both the resort’s private vacation rentals and in their Lodge Village guestrooms and suites. Even better? If you need someone to watch after your four-legged friend while you’re here, the resort can provide the contact info of several trusted pet-sitters.

Sunriver Resort is located at 17600 Center Dr., Sunriver, Oregon, at the foot of the Cascade Mountains along the Deschutes River. Visit their website at http://www.sunriver-resort.com, or call them at (541) 593-1000.


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