Sunriver Blog

Keep up with the latest happenings in Sunriver.

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Sunriver’s Best Dining Options to Beat the Summer Heat

Picture this — you’re on vacation, the sun is shining, the whole family spent the day swimming and playing at SHARC. Dinner time arrives and no one wants to cook, understandably so, having this much fun is exhausting. When it … Read More

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Sunset’s Favorite Viewpoints Between Portland and Sunriver

Traveling from the Portland area, Seattle or Western Washington to Sunriver includes one jaw-dropping viewpoint after another. Planning a weekend getaway or week-long vacation to Sunriver, a relaxation and recreational gem of the Pacific Northwest, means driving past some of … Read More

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Bend summer concerts 2023

Bend Summer Concert Season 2023 Nears! Got Your Tickets?

Each summer, one of our favorite pastimes is catching concerts at Bend’s Hayden Homes Amphitheater, the Athletic Club of Bend and a variety of other outdoor venues throughout Central Oregon. Bend summer concert season nears and if you’re planning on … Read More

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Sunriver wheelchair accessibility guide

Sunriver Accessibility Guide — Resources for Visiting Central Oregon

Here at Sunset Lodging, we love Central Oregon and believe everyone deserves access to this beautiful region. Throughout Sunriver and Central Oregon, every member of your group will be able to enjoy many of the area’s biggest attractions. We’ve created … Read More

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Rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park

Summer Adrenaline Rush — Our Picks for an Extreme Sunriver Vacation

Summer in Sunriver, Oregon, truly can’t be beat. We may be a little biased, but it’s worth skipping that Euro trip or another Mexico beach vacation. Extreme adventure awaits in Central Oregon, and we’re not talking paddle boarding on the … Read More

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Sunchaser Spring Skiing and Snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor

Sunchaser Spring Skiing, Snowboarding and Events at Mt. Bachelor 2023

Sunchaser Spring skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor is one of our favorite times of the season to enjoy all that the mountain has to offer. We’re into March and there’s still snow in the forecast at Mt. Bachelor, which … Read More

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Stay Close, Go Far: Plan a Sunriver Summer Vacation

Whether you’re looking to plan a Spring Break trip or an extended summer vacation, looking at airfare and seeing the delays in the news doesn’t make you feel excited to book. Here at Sunset Lodging in Sunriver, we have a … Read More

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Spring Break 2023 in Sunriver at Star Party

Learning and Growing During Spring Break 2023 in Sunriver

Typically when we write an article about what to do in Sunriver over a certain holiday or season, we focus on athletic endeavors. This time around, we’re focused on our younger visitors. The High Desert Museum and the Sunriver Nature … Read More

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Cozy, romantic Sunriver getaway

Book a Romantic Getaway in Sunriver for Valentine’s Day

Here at Sunset Lodging, we’re big fans of love — romantic love, self love, familial love, friendship love, love for our pets, all of it. We’re lucky enough to spend our lives soaking in the beauty of Central Oregon, and … Read More

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Spring Sunriver events

Countdown to Summer — 5 Events Worth Driving to Sunriver For This Spring

If you’ve spent any time in Central Oregon over the last week here in January, the warm sunshine on your face may be inspiring dreams of summer. While it’s definitely not bathing suit weather, we’re enjoying beautiful, crisp weather in … Read More

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Central Oregon New Years Eve Parties

Central Oregon New Years Eve Parties to Ring in 2023

Wow! Another year is upon us and we’re ready to say goodbye to 2022 and welcome whatever is in store for 2023. This year has been interesting to say the least, but there’s no doubt that this special place, Sunriver, … Read More

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Christmas Day ice skating in Sunriver

What’s Open and What to Do on Christmas Day 2022 in Sunriver

We’ve got snow on the ground, lights in the trees and now all we need is you and your loved ones in Sunriver for the winter holiday season! Many families and groups of loved ones have descended upon Sunriver, making … Read More

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Family sledding hills near Sunriver

Where to go Sledding Near Sunriver This Winter

One of the most commonly asked questions we get in the winter is, “Where should we go sledding near Sunriver?” Sledding is an affordable, family-friendly way to experience the outdoors in Central Oregon (and to reconnect with your inner child). … Read More

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Holiday Markets in Sunriver and Bend

Holiday Markets in Central Oregon to Help Finish Your Shopping

If you’ll be in Sunriver between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, the odds are you may have a few names on your list still needing gifts. In Sunriver, and throughout Central Oregon, local artists, makers and small businesses … Read More

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Family enjoying Sunriver Christmas events.

Get Into the Holiday Spirit by Attending Christmas Events in Sunriver

Many people are drawn to Christmas events in Sunriver because of our resemblance, some might say, to a snow globe. Sunriver’s wooded, forested landscape and the likelihood (we can’t promise) snow on Christmas morning help create the “traditional” Christmas experience. … Read More

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group ski and snowboarding lessons at Mt. Bachelor

Skiing and Snowboarding Lessons for Adults and Children at Mt. Bachelor

You’ve been skiing or snowboarding for years, but the time has come to teach your children how to hit the slopes. Perhaps you feel that the mountain itself offers a variety of obstacles you may not feel comfortable tackling with … Read More

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Over the River and Through the Woods to Sunriver for Winter Break

With summer in the rearview mirror, we look onward to the winter holiday season. We know for many people, it’s a toss up around the winter holidays — should we head south for sandy beaches or into the mountains for … Read More

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romantic fall getaway in sunriver

Bring Your Partner to Sunriver For a Romantic Fall Getaway

As the evenings get colder, it has us thinking about snuggling up with our favorite person and enjoying this cozy time of year. We often recommend couples getaway to Sunriver in the fall for evenings spent together in front of … Read More

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Fall Festivals in Central Oregon

These Fall Festivals Make September the Perfect Time to Visit Central Oregon

While the dog days of summer wind on, we’re already looking forward to the crisp fall evenings that come with a Central Oregon autumn. Visiting Sunriver in the fall provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy some of Central Oregon’s favorite … Read More

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Dog Days of Summer — Dog-Friendly Activities in Sunriver

The dog days of summer have officially arrived! August has brought the heat, along with a wide array of dog-friendly activities in Sunriver. We know for many of our guests, your canine companions are true members of your family and … Read More

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Rebook Your Sunriver Vacation Rental Now for Summer 2023

It’s that time of year — BBQs are grilling, people are swimming, hiking and biking, and the best selection of vacation rentals for next summer is available right now! That’s right, we know you’ve been having a blast soaking up … Read More

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Sunriver bike rentals

Bike Your Heart Out: Where to Rent Bikes in Sunriver

At Sunset Lodging, one of our most requested amenities is bikes for the whole family. Many of our homes include fleets of bikes in varying sizes to meet the needs of your group. Sometimes, the selection at our homes might … Read More

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Easy hikes in Central Oregon - Lucky Lake

5 Easy Hikes in Central Oregon For the Whole Family

Summer is here, which means you may be searching for easy hikes in Central Oregon for the whole family. Whether your family includes just you, a partner and a dog or the whole extended clan of aunts, uncles and cousins, … Read More

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Bend concerts at Hayden Homes Amphitheater

The Biggest Concert Season Ever at Hayden Homes Amphitheater

Last summer, Live Nation, the biggest concert promoter in the country, took over operations at what is now the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend. Formerly known as Les Schwab Amphitheater, Live Nation has taken booking to a whole new level … Read More

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Dog Day in May in Sunriver

Dog Day in May Returns to The Village at Sunriver!

One of our favorite events returns to The Village at Sunriver on Sunday, May 29 — Dog Day in May! As life-long dog lovers, we love bringing our canine companions to this fun event that celebrates our four-legged friends. If … Read More

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Rent standup paddleboards in Sunriver

Where to Rent Stand Up Paddleboards in Sunriver and Where to Use Them

Sunriver draws visitors from all over the world thanks to our easy access to outdoor recreation and stunning views no matter where you are in the region. Stand up paddleboarding continues to grow in popularity, especially in Central Oregon. We’re … Read More

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Turf Tunes: Things to Do in Sunriver live music

Free Live Music in Sunriver at SHARC Sundays in June and July

As we get closer to summer, we know you’ll be searching for things to do in Sunriver during Summer 2022. Turf Tunes, a live music series, takes place at SHARC’s John Gray Amphitheater on Sunday afternoons from June 19 – … Read More

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Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for South Sister

Obtaining a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit For Summer Hikes

Once summer hits, Central Oregon will be buzzing with visitors from all over the globe, drawn to our mountainous region by hikes with stunning vistas promised at the end. Central Oregon hiking has gotten so popular that steps have been … Read More

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Plan Ahead with Our 2022 Central Oregon Summer Events Calendar

We’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of summer in Central Oregon and while we’re still a few months out, it’s the perfect time to plan your Sunriver vacation with our 2022 Summer Events Calendar! We’ve scoured the web to find … Read More

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vine maple and backwoods sunriver vacation rentals

Backwoods 11 and Vine Maple 13 Added to Sunset’s Vacation Rental Program

We recently added two new homes to the Sunset Lodging full-service property management program, which are both available for bookings now. Both Backwoods 11 and Vine Maple 13 sleep up to 14 guests, which make them both perfect for larger … Read More

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Five Central Oregon Lakes to Take Out a Pontoon Boat

Every summer, thousands of people flock to the shores of Central Oregon’s most majestic lakes to spend time on the water with friends and family. Now, we that have a pontoon boat for rent at Sunset Lodging, we thought it … Read More

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Oregon WinterFest

2022 Oregon WinterFest Moves to the Deschutes County Expo Center

The weather has been sunny and mild, which doesn’t necessarily conjure feelings of winter, but nevertheless, come mid-February we celebrate the season with Oregon WinterFest! WinterFest has been a staple of the Bend events calendar for many years, taking place … Read More

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Sunset Adds New 22’ Pontoon Boat to Fleet of Sunriver Boat Rentals

At Sunset Lodging in Sunriver, we wanted to offer boat rental options to add convenience and fun to your Sunriver vacation. Last year, we added one pontoon boat and two wave runners to our rental program, allowing guests to reserve … Read More

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luxury vacation homes in Sunriver - Colonial 4

Colonial 4 Joins Our Vacation Rental Program in Time for the Holidays!

Just in time for Winter Break 2021, Colonial 4 joins the Sunset Lodging Full-Service Vacation Rental Program! We are over the moon about this gorgeous, premier vacation home that we can’t wait to get guests in the door. If you’re … Read More

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Support Local Artists and Makers This Holiday Season

The opening date for Mt. Bachelor may have been put on pause again, but not to worry, there are plenty of great events showcasing local artists and makers to attend this holiday season! Yeah, we know that’s no substitute for … Read More

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Mt. Bachelor Opening Day Targeted for December 3, 2021

UPDATE: Mt Bachelor has pushed by opening day again due to lack on snowfall. Stay tuned! Just like you, we were bummed out when Mt. Bachelor announced they would be postponing Opening Day to December 3. The mountain was projected … Read More

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Shopping in Sunriver on Small Business Saturday

Gift Ideas for Shopping at Small Business Saturday in Sunriver

It’s getting to be that time of year again! The evenings are cooler and our fireplaces are filled with warming fires. As Thanksgiving and the winter holidays approach, we know you’ve got holiday shopping on your mind. Many of your … Read More

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Shagbark 17 and Sparks 9 Join Sunset’s Full-Service Property Management Program

Just in time for the busy holiday season, we’re excited to announce that Shagbark 17 and Sparks 9 have joined Sunset’s full-service property management program! This means that both of these homes are now open and ready to be booked … Read More

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Outdoor Things to Do in Sunriver During Winter Break 2021

As Halloween approaches, so does the necessity to book your Sunriver vacation rental for Winter Break 2021! The snow has already started to fly at Mt. Bachelor and it has us feeling giddy for skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country … Read More

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Halloween in Sunriver 2021

Halloween in Sunriver & Bend 2021 – Embracing Spooky Season!

It seems like as the years go by, spooky season starts earlier and earlier. After all, pumpkin spice lattes debut in August now, which means it’s not too early to start planning your Halloween adventures in Sunriver. This year, we … Read More

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Pet-Friendly Sunriver Vacation Rentals From Sunset Lodging

After SHARC passes, one of our most requested amenities is pet-friendly Sunriver vacation rentals. Many of our guests like to bring the entire family to enjoy all of the outdoor recreation opportunities and quality time together. Dog-friendly homes allow your … Read More

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Rebook Sunriver vacation rental for 2022

Rebook Your Sunriver Vacation Rental for Summer 2022 Now!

You may have just gotten back from your Sunriver vacation or maybe you’re waiting until Labor Day weekend to enjoy all that our quiet mountain town has to offer. Either way, did you know that the best home and the … Read More

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Twilight Cinemas 2021

Twilight Cinemas Returns to The Village at Sunriver!

After a year off due to Covid-19, Twilight Cinemas returns to The Village at Sunriver this August! We’re excited to see this family-favorite event return and can’t wait to see movies on the big screen outside on the North Lawn … Read More

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Beat the Heat in Sunriver Vacation Rentals with Air Conditioning

The Pacific Northwest is experiencing a record-setting heat wave, which has intensified the interest in Sunriver vacation rentals with air conditioning. Located so close to the Cascade Mountain Range, many homes in Sunriver don’t offer air conditioning. In the past, … Read More

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Where to Eat in Sunriver — Local Restaurant Roundup 2021

It’s officially summer, which means it’s prime vacation time in Sunriver. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, where to eat in Sunriver? We live here year-round and when you eat regularly in a small town, it’s … Read More

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downhill mountain biking at Mt Bachelor

Mountain Biking at the Mt. Bachelor Bike Park is a Rush of Adrenaline

School is getting out for summer and it’s time to start planning what adventures you plan on conquering on your Sunriver vacation! Mountain biking at the Mt. Bachelor Bike Park is a rush of adrenaline for all ability levels — … Read More

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Pontoon Boat and Wave Runner Rental in Sunriver from Sunset Lodging

Sunset Lodging in Sunriver is pleased to announce that we are now renting a brand new 2021 20-Foot Suntracker pontoon boat and two 2021 SeaDoo wave runners! We’re excited to add water toy rentals to our rental fleet in order … Read More

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Guided Whitewater Rafting Tours Near Sunriver This Summer

Every summer, visitors flock to Sunriver for the chance to experience all of the outdoor recreational wonders the area has to offer. Guided white water rafting tours near Sunriver are a blast and a great way to beat the heat … Read More

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golf courses in Sunriver

Spend Your Spring Golfing in Sunriver and Throughout Central Oregon

Golf has always been the ultimate social distancing activity, especially if someone in your party is known for landing in the sand while everyone else is on the green. This spring, you have a variety of courses to choose from … Read More

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Summer is Coming! Book Your Sunriver Vacation Homes and Recreation Tours Now

With April just around the corner, that means summer vacation will be here before you know it! We’re looking forward to a busy and beautiful summer in Sunriver and we hope to see you here for hiking, biking, grilling and … Read More

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