4 Seasons of Fun at Sunriver Resort

There’s always something new and exciting at this Central Oregon getaway.
August 21, 2023

Since opening in 1969, Sunriver Resort has been an iconic Central Oregon destination. Over the years, it has welcomed several generations of couples on romantic getaways, families enjoying school vacations and group get-togethers of all sizes with a dazzling array of amenities and attractions.

Sunriver Resort is a year-round destination with seasonal attractions that encourage repeat visits. After all, you never know when you’ll see Takoda the Bear, the resort’s new mascot, roaming around the Sunriver community. So whether you’re looking to get outdoors this fall, relax with a quiet winter weekend, make the most of your family’s spring-break adventure or find a new favorite summer activity, here’s a look at four seasons of fun at Sunriver Resort.

Sunset over a small river, trees with fall foliage and green hills.

Indoor and Outdoor Adventures Highlight a Crisp Fall Trip

Autumn is a magical time around Sunriver Resort — and not just because of the quaking aspen and western larch trees that turn vibrant hues of yellow by mid-October. The community’s crisp, sun-kissed afternoons are perfect for biking the semi-forested Sun-Lava Paved Path without the worry of car traffic or hitting the links at Sunriver Resort’s acclaimed golf courses, all of which enchant with a variety of natural features and wide-open Cascade-peak views. If you’re visiting in October, the resort’s annual Fall Festival offers a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch and other family-friendly activities. 

It’s also an ideal time to experience one of the resort’s newest offerings. In the summer and fall of 2023, Sunriver Resort installed a state-of-the-art, 18-court pickleball complex that includes indoor and outdoor courts, a concession stand and an expansive viewing area.

Three children having a snowball fight.

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland During — and After — the Holiday Season

Whether you’re diving headfirst into Central Oregon’s snowy winter wonderland or cozying up indoors, you’ll find plenty of fun during the winter season at Sunriver Resort.

Visiting over the holidays? The Traditions at Sunriver Resort program is a longstanding draw for the whole family — and includes special dining events, nightly light shows set to seasonal music, sleigh rides and more. After the holidays, the monthlong Sunriver Resort Food & Wine Festival showcases the flavors of Central Oregon through tasting events, cooking classes, locally sourced food and drink, and other appetizing attractions throughout February.

This being Central Oregon, you’re never far from outdoor fun — whether that means hitting the slopes at nearby Mt. Bachelor (grab the shuttle from the Sunriver Resort main lodge to the slopes) , snowshoeing or cross-country skiing throughout the Deschutes National Forest at your doorstep, or simply unwinding in a hot tub while the snow falls around you.

Woman receiving a hot stone massage.

Take a Spring Break the Whole Family Will Love

With the arrival of spring break, Sunriver Resort ensures kids have a blast with a packed schedule that includes pool parties, arts-and-crafts activities, and even cooking classes. When the sun goes down, the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory offers epic stargazing via the largest collection of telescopes for public use in the United States. That early spring sunset, meanwhile, means nobody has to stay up too far past their bedtime.

Parents can enjoy a break of their own. Start the day with a round on the resort’s four golf courses, get pampered with a massage at Sage Springs Club & Spa, and reflect on the day over fresh, Pacific Northwest-inspired fare at the Lodge Kitchen.

Three people biking alongside a river.

Head Outside for Fun Summer Getaways

Brisk mornings, warm afternoons and cool evenings make Sunriver the perfect destination for outdoor fun all summer long — even if “outdoor fun” simply means catching up on your  book next to the pool.

Just seven minutes from the central resort, The Marina at Sunriver Resort offers canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and inner tube rentals for a day on the lazy Deschutes River. The Cove Aquatic Center at the heart of the resort hosts a full day of fun with indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor-outdoor water slide and a lazy river.

Away from the water, Sunriver Resort gets creative with its many outdoor opportunities. Forest bathing invites visitors to connect with Central Oregon’s outdoor spaces and immerse themselves in the region’s landscapes by walking 1 to 2 miles through a quiet forest of ponderosa pine. Visitors can also saddle up for a guided horseback ride that heads through wide-open meadows, stately stands of pine, marshland and historic sites around Sunriver.

Finally, Sunriver sits surrounded by the otherworldly landscapes of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Comprising more than 54,000 acres of rocky terrain and old-growth forests, the monument’s attractions include an educational visitor center, numerous hiking and walking paths, an underground lava tube, alpine lakes and more.

About The
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Matt Wastradowski
Matt Wastradowski is a travel and outdoors writer living in Portland, Oregon. He’s written about the outdoors, craft beer, history, and more for the likes of Outside, Portland Monthly, and Northwest Travel & Life—and has written three Oregon-centric guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides.

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