Updated: December 2017
Best Sunriver Home RentalsCentral Oregon has for decades been a popular resort area, catering to both summer and winter visitors. Sunriver Resort came onto the scene in the late 1960s, developed as a community of homes along the Deschutes River in a large meadow area, complete with a lodge, dining and retail village, golf courses, and swimming pools. Sunriver is the only AAA 4 Diamond resort in Central Oregon, and while winters here can be relaxing, summers tend to always bring more crowds. Where is Sunriver? How do I get to Sunriver? Sunriver is located on the eastern side of the Cascade Range of Oregon, about 15 miles south of Bend, just off Hwy 97. It is about 3 hours from Portland, and 2 hours from the state capitol, Salem. It sits right next to the high desert country of eastern Oregon -- the mountains to the west capture much of the moisture Oregon is famous for, leaving the eastern side of the state with a lot more sun, clear skies, and dry weather. From Bend, you follow Hwy 97 south and choose from two exits into Sunriver.
The first is Cottonwood Rd., which takes you into the northern part of the resort; 2 miles further south is South Century Dr. which takes you into the heart of the southern part of Sunriver. The southern section contains the village area, complete with grocery store, restaurants, outdoor mall, medical center, etc. The Sunriver Resort Lodge is also here along with the Meadows Golf Course, the crowded and popular South Pool area (water slide, large pool, small kids pool with fountains, lounge chairs that easily disappear by 11AM - get there early and plan to stand in line to get in to grab a few chairs), fitness center, and Sage Springs spa. Driving around Sunriver means navigating your way around 11 traffic circles - signs point towards each exit and let you know which numbered circle each exit leads to -- it can be confusing, but you get used to it. Once you know your rental home is off circle 5, you look for those signs, and you know the village is down by circle 1, and the Cottonwood exit is off circle 10. The other Sunriver golf course is Woodlands, located towards the north end of the property. There is also a North Pool here, smaller than the South Pool, but often just as crowded on hot summer days. One favorite activity here is biking, with miles and miles of paved trails and safe underpasses for crossing busy streets, making it safe even for small kids to ride with their families. In the winter, nearby Mt. Bachelor beckons for skiing and snowboarding. Located 18 miles from Sunriver, it can be a bit of a hassle if you need to drive back and forth more than once a day to the mountain, but in the winter, this is where it all happens at Sunriver.
Finding a Vacation Home for Rent in SunriverThe offical website for Sunriver is Sunriver-Resort.com. You can see a large, zoomable map of Sunriver here. They have condos and rooms for rent right in the Lodge and Lodge Village area. There are rooms and suites available, starting around $120 for winter specials. Just south of the lodge are the River Lodges, many with views of the golf course and water, with rooms rates of $250 or so in the summer months. You'll finds prices generally 40-60% high in summer vs. winter months. As noted above, summers can feel rather crowded here at the public areas like the pools, so be prepared for that. From their website, you can also browse and reserve private rental homes and condos that the resort manages. People renting homes here have access to the pools and golf courses and Sunriver, including Crosswaters. On the map again, you'll see some of the popular home and condo rentals areas, like the Meadow Houses, River Village Condos, Fairway Village Condos, Mt. View Lodges, Quelah Condos, Cluster Cabins, Tennis Village Condos, Circle 4 Ranch Cabins, etc.They have more than 200 condos listed on their site, like the Circle 4 Ranch Cabins that sleep 8 and rent for and rent for $150-$320 per night. Or a Fairway Village Condo rental that sleeps 6 and goes for $165-$320 per night. Or Meadow Houses which sleep 4-6 and rent for $129 to $309 per night.
When it comes to rental home at Sunriver, the main resort website again manages and lists more than 180 properties, ranging from 2BR homes that rent for $149 to $320 per night, all the way up to spectacular 6BR homes with gorgeous views than can be had for just $600-$1300 per night! Be on the lookout for specials though - during a recent Spring Break Vacation deal, we rented a very nice home on Duck Pond Ln looking right out over the river with lovely mountain views, 4BR, large modern home, last minute booking -- $189 per night! If you live in the Portland area, you will find Sunriver ads and promos in the newspaper, but be sure to check their website occasionally for more bargains on lodging at the resort. Another site to check out is SunRiverLodging.com (run by Sunset Realty) with more than 200 listings of homes for rent. They have multiple photos of each property and the ability to browse by price, location, and size. They are also physically located right at Sunriver if you need assistance during your stay.