Staying at Central Oregon’s Sunriver Resort

Sunriver, Oregon is a 3,300 acre planned residential and resort community located fifteen miles south of Bend. A small population of 1,500-ish Oregonians call Sunriver home and pay taxes that support public services including fire and police departments.

Before Sunriver was established, the Army Corps of Engineers performed World War II training exercises at what was Camp Abbot. Before Camp Abbot, American Frontiersman Kit Carson camped along Deschutes River as he mapped the Oregon Trail. Today, visitors golf on former proving grounds and enjoy s’mores on the path of pioneers.


Camp Abbot Officer’s Club is now a Sunriver Resort Event Center

By far, the largest entity within modern-day Sunriver is Sunriver Resort, Oregon’s only Destination Hotels luxury property. As the name implies, Sunriver Resort is a year-round recreation destination, with golf, skiing, biking, hiking, and birding at the top of many visitors’ bucket lists. Resort accommodations range from 212 guest rooms within the Lodge Village, 33 River Lodge guest rooms, and nearly 300 vacation homes and condominiums available for purchase or rent.

Sunriver Room 2

Upper Level Loft Bedroom

I visited Sunriver Resort in February, a shoulder season between peak winter skiing and tee-time reservations on one of the property’s four award-winning golf courses. Temperatures were perfect for dip in one of the many communal hot tubs scattered throughout the Lodge Village, where I enjoyed an evening in a 900-square foot, two-story open loft room with a beautiful stone gas fireplace and large kitchenette with dining room.

Sunriver Room 3

Lodge Village Kitchenette, Dining, and Living Rooms

On the subject of dining, nine unique restaurants, cafes, and beer gardens are located within Sunriver Resort. While the Lodge Village kitchenette does not have an oven or freezer, the amenities are ideal for heating up leftovers, snacks, or making cereal-for-breakfast or sandwiches-for-lunch. Grocery stores are located within Sunriver and in Bend.

Sunriver S'mores

Storytime with S’Mores Location Behind the Main Lodge Building

Guests staying at the Lodge Village with winter gear will appreciate a private ski locker and plenty of hooks and hangers for snow pants and winter jackets. Each room has a main level patio and access to green space for kids to run, but still be seen by parents. In warmer months, plan to spend hours at the property’s newest attraction, The Cove—a zero-depth entry pool with water slide, kids’ discovery area, and private cabanas.

The Cove Aquatic Facility

The Cove Aquatic Facility

Guests age fourteen and over are also welcome to use the pool and fitness facilities at the Sage Springs Club & Spa. I enjoyed the steam room and hot tub located within the women’s locker room. Also worth mentioning are the many different activities, camps, and programs designed specifically for families and kids—including Fort Funnigan, a kids’ camp facility for children ages 3- to 7-years-old. Check this page for details:

Indoor Tennis Facility at Sage Springs Club & Spa

Indoor Tennis Facility at Sage Springs Club & Spa

TIP: For more family-friendly suggestions on what to do in and around Bend and Sunriver, read this story:

Also, before booking your own trip to Sunriver Resort, consult the resort website for special family vacation packages like the ones listed here:

Thanks to Destination Hotels for one night lodging accommodation at Sunriver Resort. Happy trails!

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine,, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at