We had a fun little family adventure to Sunriver Resort earlier this month! What was supposed to be a getaway for Paul and I, turned into BINGO tagging along because we couldn’t find anyone to take him on Labour Day weekend. Luckily, Sunriver Resort had dog-friendly rooms and I could add him to our reservation for $75 for our entire stay. Here’s what we got up to:
If you’re looking for a long weekend getaway from Portland, Oregon – Sunriver is about 3.5 hours south and about 30 minutes away from Bend, Oregon. We are opted for the pretty drive through the forest and trees with a stop in Sisters, Oregon.
I booked us into a Sunriver Lodge Village Room with king bed, private deck and fireplace. It was a little bit tight, that I would most likely upgrade to a more spacious River Lodge next time with a view of the river.
Otherwise, the furniture, carpet and bathroom looked like they were recently remodeled in the past five years and it felt cozy. There’s also central air, so you’re not waking up to the sound of an air conditioner blasting into your ear! Parking is right in front, so it’s easy to load-in and load out.
The Bike Trails
We picked Sunriver for our vacation because of all the biking trails. They are all paved, which is easy for me and also turned out to be great for towing BINGO along in his new doggy bike trailer.
BINGO loved running next to us on our bikes, but they are just miles and miles of trails that I could see him getting tired. We also spotted a coyote in a field and put him back into the trailer just to be safe. Which is why I definitely suggest keeping your pup on leash.
Don’t have a bike? The Bike Barn on the resort has bikes of all kinds available for rental. I saw mountain bikes, tandem bikes and even trailers for kids. There are also two bike shops in the Sunriver village (5 minutes away) if you’re looking for more options or any sort of bike repair.
The Golf Courses
I’m not a golfer but Paul was super excited about the courses at the resort. There are four golf courses to choose from and it’s best to book your tee time well in advance as they fill up quickly.
Some of the pretty trails and scenic views from our bike ride around Sunriver Resort
Since it was Labour Day weekend, the weather was just beginning to cool off and we were in a cold spell. However that didn’t stop us from hitting the heated pool and hot tub inside The Cove – a brand new pool area open to resort guests. There are lots of umbrellas and shade and I just soaked up all of the fresh air and scenic views.
Lounge chairs, towel service and poolside food + drink service at The Cove
I was not brave enough, but this waterslide at The Cove looked like a ton of fun!
Trying to catch the last few rays of summer
Carson’s American Kitchen
For dinner, we headed to the main lodge to the newly-renovated Carson’s American Kitchen featuring gorgeous views of the sunset and a Pacific Northwest-inspired menu. Do NOT miss out on the French Onion Soup + Crispy Bacon Brussels Sprouts as your appetizers.
Paul actually turned to me and said, “If all Brussels sprouts tasted like this, I would eat them all the time!” – this from the man that hates Brussels sprouts. They were charred and perfectly crisp!
For our mains I chose the Scallops & Pork Belly which came with a huge slice of pork and big juicy scallops on a seasonal succotash. Paul ordered the NY Strip Steak with ricotta gnocchi and Hollandaise. Both were delicious and we toasted to finally being on vacation.
If you have room for dessert – don’t miss their decadent Red Velvet Cupcake!
Local Eats We Loved
If you’re looking to venture off the resort and around Sunriver, we had a couple amazing meals at some local spots as well that are worth a mention and that I found through Yelp.
Sunriver Brewing Company is a must for dinner. Sure you’re thinking it’s just a brew pub menu – NO, stop right there. The food is incredibly inventive and tasty – which is why it was always packed when I walked by. Do try the Pretzel Calzone Reuben!
Basecamp Grill – I think the sandwiches are the star here and I loved my Steak Sandwich with melted Provolone cheese and curly fries. A great little lunch spot. Food comes out fast, it’s quick-serve style and prices were very reasonable.
The Wallow Bar & Grill – Definitely a fun local’s spot and a great pick for dinner. They make their own pastrami in-house as well! Lots of care is put into the food with generous portions.
Lava Butte Mini Hike
We spent one day of our visit driving about 15 minutes away to the Lava Lands Visitor Center to walk around the Lava Butte and go on a little mini hike with our dog. The path is well-paved and it takes maybe about 30 minutes to do round-trip – longer if you stop to take photos.
It’s fascinating to walk along the volcanic rock, dogs are allowed as long they are leashed. Wear sunscreen and a hat as there is not a lot of shade. There is a shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes for $2 that can take you up to top if you’d like.
We had a really fun time at Sunriver Resort that we did not leave the town except to visit the Lava Butte. Since we’re heading into off-season now, there are some pretty great deals and discounts to be had – especially if you want to use the biking trails, golf, play tennis, or hit the spa. The kids are back in school so it’s way less crowded overall and a great time to visit.
For more information, be sure to visit Sunriver Resort online.