We didn’t stay on the Sunriver Resort, instead we rented a big house with a decent amount of land in a nearby residential neighborhood. It fit the budget and our party of nine just great. And it came with a firepit and an unending stockpile of firewood.
During the day, we drove 5 minutes to the resort to bike, hike, swim and chill. My highlight – biking with the fam! We brought our bikes, which meant we bought a bike rack and now our car looks like it belongs in Oregon.
There are several bike rental options in Sunriver too. They rent all types of bikes and kid trailers too. There’s something like 37 miles of paved bike trails weaving throughout the resort. Which I think is the draw of staying in the resort – you really could hop on a trail and walk or bike everywhere.
I highly recommend taking a ride (or run) on the River Loop – it’s approximately 5 miles of paved trails that run along the Meadows Golf Course, airport and Deschutes River. It’s flat and great for young bikers. We rode it with the kids and brought our bike trailer so they could ride when they got pooped out. It’s so darn pretty!
We did a Bike & Hike on the Benham Falls trail. We rode out from the Sunriver trailhead, but there are also parking lots closer to the falls if you’re not up for the bike and/or hike. The trip was about 6 miles total. It’s very family friendly with minimal elevation gain. We rode until we got to the bridge over the Deschutes (2 miles) and then hiked the rest of the way (1+ mile). It was a great, smooth ride and an easy and beautiful hike. Do it!!
When we weren’t biking, or making huge bonfires, we played on the rock walls, rode horses and swam at the SHARC. The rock walls were great (i.e. free). The pony rides were fun and worth the $15, mostly because of the setting and the smiles on the kid’s faces. The SHARC is a pool complex with indoor and outdoor pools, slides and other water fun features. For the cost ($25 for ages 4 and up), I thought it was overrated and overcrowded. The kids had fun, of course, but they would had fun if we had just snuck into one of the other resort pools without the bells and whistles. Some of the vacation rentals within the resort include SHARC passes, so keep your eye peeled for that. Oh, and the fellas golfed. There are lots of courses to choose from in and around the Sunriver area.
There’s a little town center with restaurants, a grocery store, retail shops and coffee shops. We brought a lot of food (it’s how I roll) and did most of our eating at our compound. But, we did have the chance to eat dinner at Sunriver Brewing on Friday night – good food and drinks. Other than that, we did this. And it was awesome. I was really looking forward to spending some time on the Deschutes floating and paddling. But, it just wasn’t warm enough. Which means we may have to make another trip in August to do just that. The Marina (which you can bike to) rents kayaks, rafts and stand up paddle boards. So, next time we will be hitting that up. We had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back, hopefully this Summer. And I’ve heard it is a real winter wonderland once the snow comes in. Regardless, it’s on our list of favorites.
Have you ever been? I’m surprised by all the people I’ve heard mention they grew up going there. Not a bad place to grow up vacationing, if you ask me!