Just returned from our trip to Sunriver, I had never been there and was a bit confused as what to expect so I am writing this up to help other first time visitors.
Sunriver is a huge area, about a half hour south of Bend,OR. There are not a lot of restaurants, or shops in Sunriver Resort area. There are a few smaller grocery stores, shops and things so you can get by, but they are all locally run and owned. It has a very rustic charm, and nothing is commercialized at all! In Bend, there is a Costco and big stores so we loaded up with groceries before we arrived. Most places at Sunriver are houses, or condos with kitchens.
Everywhere in the village area is accessible by roads that wind around, lots of trees and the areas are spread apart from each other in most areas. The main resort area is a large building that houses check in for resort accommodations, a pro shop and check in for golfing, a gift shop, a restaurant/bar, and a more upscale restaurant. There is also a coffee shop with some more casual menu items off the gift shop and some meeting rooms. You can stay in what is considered to be the main Sunriver accommodations which are closest to this building, but you still would have to walk a way or bike to them, and the other areas you would go in the resort to the stables, SHARK aquatic center, the Village for other shopping/restaurants are all a considerable distance apart. This is what was hard for me to desipher as I was researching the best area to stay. What I would say is there is a wide variety of places from a hotel type room-to a luxury house. It doesn't really matter where you are in the resort there is probably advantages and disadvantages to all depending on what you really want to do while you are there and what your budget is.
There are 4 golf courses, so if you are going to golf here's the scoop. Crossroads is very upscale and classy, you can hardly get into this development. You have to drive through security gates. This is in a separate development about 1 mile south of the main Sunriver lodge, and part of the development. I am not sure if there are houses to rent in there or not. I know they sale for 2+million dollars. If you are a serious golfer, looking for a top notch course this is it. The next class down would be Woodlands, it is in the opposite direction of Crossroads, but in the "Sunriver" area, although it is probably further away from the lodge. My husband and I spent time at the driving range here & putting and chipping greens. They have a nice pro-shop (NIKE only) and a small grill type restaurant. The course looked very nice, around this area there is a large variety of rentals, from older condos to large homes on the course. The Meadows golf course is directly behind the main Sunriver Lodge. This course looked nice and is spread out in an open area behind the lodge. It also had a nice driving range, and a putting course, that younger families and others were utilizing. The final course is down in a new development called Caldera Springs. It is across from Crossroads and is a development that is up and coming. It is also 1 mile off sight from the "Sunriver" resort, but like I said earlier it is closer to other things within the area so I wouldn't let that deter you necessarily. This is were I ended up staying so I will go into some more details later, after I discuss their golf course. Caldera Springs is a 9 hole course, while we were there it was hardly played on. It looked nice enough, but it is a newer area still much is being built there so I don't think many people from the main resort go over there to play. I would say if you are a beginner golfer (or just not that great, and don't like the pressure of good golfers always on your tail, like me) you would love it. Or if you wanted to take your kids our and help them learn on a course you would love this! You can not use a golf cart, walking only, (I am pretty sure) there is also a putting course here. I was here in 6/2014 so as the area grows this could change, I would check it out at Caldera Springs.com.
So, yes I stayed at Caldera Springs. It is maybe one of the most expensive rentals in the area. I paid $500+ a night for a 3 bedroom/4 bathroom "cabin"! It was very new with beautiful comfortable furnishings. Each room had an attached bathroom and there was one main bathroom, also with a shower. Hot tub outside the master on the back deck, you could easily have 3 couples, although one room has a day bed and set of twin bunks, so grandparents, parents and kids would be a perfect home for. Look at caldera cabins, there is even a tour of them on you tube. (Booked through Sunriver Resort, would reccomend them!)
Caldera area is ideal for a family with tennis courts, a beautiful inifinity pool on the lake, it starts out with a very slow slope off the sidewalk so a nice pool for young kids, it has a water slide and nice area. RIght now it's not very populated, so it has paved bike trails all around it, which would be ideal for younger kids to ride around with parents with not a lot of others in your way. Tennis courts right outside our door, a nice area to rent canoes and paddle boards and be in the smaller lakes right at the complex. Everything here is close together, new and extremely well maintained. If this is what you are looking for, you will love it. It might not be the best for families with younger kids that aren't able to venture off too far. If they will want to be more independent and bike around, to get to the Sunriver resort activities they would have to cross a main road, which might not be good for them. Older teens would be fine, and safe, but may be something you would want to consider as a draw back to staying at Caldera.
In the resort area there are paths for riding bikes and walking on, bikes and walking are not allowed on the road. It makes it nice to drive around not having to dodge pedestrians and bikes and it makes it nice to bike around and not worry about cars!! A lovely configuration to getting around although very confusing to navigate until you get it down! There are such nice paths all over!
One thing I did that was helpful was googled things and looked via satelite to get a vision of what it looks like there. It does appear that the marina and stables are close to the lodge but they are about a mile away. Also something that surprised me was the river isn't accessible for many things. We didn't have time to do rafting but that would be something located further away also. I had assumed everything would be right there but the whole resort is very spread out, again not necessary to stay close by the lodge.
I guess that's enough, hope it's helpful.
Can't say enough about the attitude of people working everywhere, never had better service any where than Sunriver! Unreal!
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