Our time as a family is always so special, especially when we get to experience someplace completely new to us. As we close out summer, I’m so happy we took a trek across the country to just south of Bend, Oregon, to Sunriver. Sunriver is coated in pine and hugged by grandiose volcanoes on all sides. It’s really quite gorgeous! At the heart of the township sits Sunriver Resort, an absolute treasure of a destination.
The landscape is absolutely gorgeous, with the lodge spread out across the grounds of 4 award-winning golf courses. There are over 40 miles of paved bike trails across the resort, all flat areas, so really great for young riders! They have bike rentals at The Bike Barn, all sizes are available. We were even able to get one with training wheels for our toddler so she could attempt the trails on her own and a tow behind buggy so we could place her in there when her legs were tired from pedaling. The bikes make for the best family time, everyone has fun and the views are incredible. It is part of the vacation that sticks with you long after you’re gone and you wish that you could do family bike rides daily. When you stay, we highly recommend renting for the duration of your time. You can even ride your bikes down to the Sunriver Village and pick up groceries at the country store, breakfast at the little cafe or the Starbucks, dinner at the Mexican restaurant or an ice-cream cone. In Oregon, the state’s law is that riders under 16 must wear a helmet, and The Bike Barn even has your helmet needs ready to go!
One of the things I loved most about Sunriver is the authentic Pacific North West feel of country living. Their Sunriver Stables helps lend to that authenticity and they offer horseback trail rides for guests. And for younger children, they have pony rides, which was our four year olds favorite part of her week at Sunriver. Our family took the 45 minute trail ride, which was so fun and relaxing, but if we had it to do over, we would have went for the longer trail ride because these kids really fell in love with riding and it was so fun to see them love something so much.
Sunriver Resort sits on the Deschutes River and they have so many different water activities available for guests. Rafting down the really calm water is what we chose to do! It takes about 3 hours to go the 6 or so miles and we had the best time talking and with the raft, there is plenty of room for a family of 6. We brought snacks, but a full picnic would have been really fun. We were able to see otters, geese, ducks, hawks, and deer. Other options for rentals from the Marina are Kayaks, canoes and SUP. They have a store with all of your boating needs if you’re unprepared.
Though Sunriver really excels on its natural amenities that help you experience the gorgeous nature that you’re surrounded by, they haven’t forgotten that children love aquatic spaces for swimming time. The resort has a huge outdoor pool, a spa, and a waterslide. And then, they have a covered zero-entry pool, perfect for younger kids, a lazy river and another waterslide that is two stories, a very popular addition to the new aquatic area.
We loved that there was a swimming option in the shade, perfect for our afternoon after spending the morning on bikes, the river, and horses. We came every day to get a break from the sun and never sacrificed pool time because of it. Such a lovely addition to the resort amenities.
Accommodations at Sunriver vary, from the hotel property, to condo’s on the golf course, all the way to home rentals for extra space. We stayed in one of the Lodge Village Suites and we thought having our own little kitchenette was really nice for being able to make a quick breakfast before we got on our bikes. But the overall ambiance of the room, with the two stories and the floor to ceiling rock fireplace, was amazing. It felt like we had a tiny cabin all to ourselves and the back porch was right on the golf course and perfect sunset watching took place. Our room had two queen beds upstairs and a queen pullout couch downstairs. There were possibilities to have adjoining rooms, so if you needed more beds (ours slept 6 max) then you could easily have a connecting space. There are also the homes for rent, ranging in price from $ to $$$ so there is something for all travelers price points. When you rent a home, you can still access The Cove and the other resort amenities, you just get the privacy of your own place. We didn’t mind staying in the condo and truthfully, we loved that more than had we been out in a home because our location was perfect. We were able to walk to The Cove, walk to the main Lodge, the Bike Barn, etc.,
6 easy day excursions from Sunriver
A full and happy family vacation can take place at Sunriver without ever needing to leave the resort property, truly! It feels like you’re in a world of your own in Sunriver. If you are wanting to venture out, there are so many incredible options worth a quick trip out to experience more of Southern Oregon. We fell in love with this state and can’t wait to go back one day!
(We ventured to Crater Lake, but turned back nearly there, because of the intense smoke from the California wildfires, but I know it’s worth a day trip if you have time!)
Our visit to Sunriver was gifted to us, but our thoughts are my own and honest. One of our favorite memories ever will always be our trip to Sunriver and I’m certain yours would be too.