AAA Four Diamond Hotel Surrounded by Deschutes National Forest
In Sunriver, Oregon, there’s a meadow near the Cascade Range’s foothills that’s seen a lot of activity over the years. It served as a gathering place for Native Americans, a makeshift camp for John Fremont and other 19th-century trappers and explorers, and a training ground for the US Army during World War II. In 1965, a pair of Oregonians laid out plans to create a resort and a residential community that would incorporate the area’s stunning natural aspects. Today, the AAA Four Diamond Sunriver Resort preserves its scenic environs while encouraging guests to explore the habitat through skiing, golfing, and other recreational pursuits.
In addition to receiving accolades from Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure Golf, and FamilyFun magazines, the resort was awarded the elite gold medal by Golf magazine, a recognition reserved for the top golf resorts in the country. Sunriver features 63 holes spread across four courses, each designed by acclaimed architects including Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Bob Cupp. Complimentary transportation throughout the sprawling campus lets you easily hop from one activity to the next. Those who prefer to exercise can navigate 35 miles of paved biking trails that crisscross the resort. Deer, eagles, geese, and picnicking coyotes are common sights along the Deschutes River’s forested banks.
Sage Springs Club and Spa, the resort’s onsite spa, offers various salon and spa services, including an amethyst infusion massage, a Cleek and Creel pedicure, and Le Grand Classique cleansing facial. Additional charges apply for spa and salon services. Lodge village guest rooms feature stone fireplaces and private decks.
Sunriver, Oregon: Skiing, Mountain Biking, and Hiking in the Cascades
The snow-capped peak of Mount Bachelor is visible in the distance across much of the Sunriver Resort property. For $10 round-trip, the resort offers transportation to and from the mountain’s ski resort, located just 20 miles away. At Mt. Bachelor, skiers and snowboarders explore 71 runs spread out over more than 3,000 acres. With certain accompanying adult tickets, kids 12 or younger can ski or snowboard for free.
Along the Deschutes River, a series of Class VI rapids known as Benham Falls has been designated impassable for watercraft. But the falls can still be observed from mountain and hiking trails along the riverbanks. Depending on current snow conditions, the trails typically stay open year-round.