Near the breathtaking Cascade mountain range, just fifteen miles south of Bend, Oregon, Sunriver offers a unique vacation experience for all. The dry and temperate climate of the high desert makes an ideal location for a myriad of outdoor activities. 300 days of sun, giant Ponderosa pine trees, the mighty Deschutes River, world class golf and the legendary Mt Bachelor ski resort surround you with year round fun. Skiing and snowboarding on dry powder continues through May with the average base of 370 inches.
With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Central Oregon is a study in contrasts. In addition to an environment that's both alpine and desert, mountainous and filled with valleys, Central Oregon is defined by communities that are as different as night and day. Go 20 minutes in any direction and you won't just find yourself in a different town. You'll find yourself in a whole new world.
Bend is the economic hub of Central Oregon and the recreation capital of the Northwest. In addition to numerous world-class golf courses, an Olympic calibre ski mountain and fabulous year-round events, Bend also offers pursuits for the great indoors, including fine dining, sumptuous spas, art galleries, name-brand shopping and pub hopping.
Sunriver is a scenic 20 minute drive south of Bend and one of the Northwest's most popular destinations. With three nationally recognized golf course, more than 30 miles of paved bike paths and plenty of activities - both outdoors and in. Carved by volcanoes and blessed by the sun, Sunriver is 3300 acres of spectacular natural beauty and limitless recreation.
Sisters, cradled at the base of the Three Sisters mountains, 20 miles northwest of Bend, is both a portal to the Old West and the gateway to the western part of the region. Mosey among the town's quaint frontier storefronts for Western art, handcrafted jewelry, unique apparel and homespun fun.
Redmond is located in the heart of the high desert, 15 miles north of Bend, offers a charming slice of Americana, complete with antique stores, flag-lined streets and the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. For those with loftier ambitions, Redmond and nearby Terrebonne also play base camp to the world renowned rock climbing mecca of Smith Rock State Park.
Forty million years ago an enormous lava flow spilled over the Central Oregon terrain. Seismic unrest pushed the High Cascades skyward, producing the volcanic peaks that define the skyline, creating a unique landscape of majestic mountains, jagged rivers of lava, rust-hued cinder cones and mysterious lava tubes. But Central Oregon's abundance of flat water means you'll also have ample opportunity to exercise your paddling arm, or just drift with the current as the panorama unfolds.
Not to be missed is the Crater Lake National Park, its 6 mile wide caldera is a marvel to behold. The incredibly deep, blue waters and tree-lined rim beckon and hikes through acres of pristine wilderness await. The Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway will take you to Mt Bachelor with its pristine mountain lakes. At Smith Rock state park stop at the Peter Skene Ogden Scenic Wayside for jaw-dropping views of the Crooked River Gorge.
Central Oregon is not only about nature - there's retail therapy aplenty. In addition to name-brand retailers, you'll find one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques, art galleries, outdoor outfitters, rare antiques, gourmet food and wine, and outlet bargains - all tax free!
The Pines at Sunriver is your ideal base for enjoying all that's on offer. Your home away from home at "The Pines" comes complete with two bicycles to explore the 30 miles of paved bike trails, or choose to make use of the tennis courts, outdoor pool, hot tub, BBQ facilities, and kid's pool right in your own backyard. The sauna, exercise room, and arcade assure everyone has fun. Then go explore a lava cave...
Your unit offers everything you need, including full bath, full kitchen and washer/dryer, TV and DVD and ceiling fans and a fireplace, plus 1 and 2 bedroom units also offer a Jacuzzi and a patio or balcony.
Whoever said there's nothing new under the sun hasn't been to Central Oregon, with 30 golf courses, 1.6 million acres of national forest, 500 miles of rivers and 150 lakes, the beauty is endless, and the friendly local just add to the magic.