- 3rd night free up until Thanksgiving
- 4th night free over Thanksgiving
- 7th night free over Christmas
- 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Sleigh rides (weather permitting)
- 4:00-7:30 p.m. – Pony rides and petting zoo
- 4:30-7:30 p.m. – Live entertainment
- 5:30 p.m. – Tree-lighting ceremony
- 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Pictures with Santa
- Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m. – “The Polar Express”
- Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m. – “A Christmas Story”
- Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. – “Elf”
- Dec. 23, 7:00 p.m. – “Frozen”
- Fridays, Dec. 1-15, 3-5 p.m.
- Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 16, 1-5 p.m.
- Daily, Dec. 20-26, Noon-4 p.m. (Closed Dec. 25)
As the calendar turns to a new year, many people are filling their heads with possibilities and resolutions for 2018. Looking to exercise more? Eat better? Declutter the house? All worthy pursuits. One thing on the list that can definitely make your year more memorable: travel.
The problem with resolutions is that people are notorious for not keeping them. We skip going to the gym, we sneak snacks, and we never find time to declutter. We never actually sit down and plan out how to accomplish our goals.
If travel makes the top of your wish list this year, here’s how to make it happen.
Traditions at Sunriver
When it comes down to it, what will you remember most this holiday season?
Sure, the presents are nice – but that kind of magic is often fleeting. Experiences and the memories you make have a special kind of ability – the kind that can light you up for a lifetime.
If you’re ready to make some holiday memories, Sunriver is the place to be. With over 150 family events from November to New Year’s Day, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the magic of the season.
Don’t forget to check out Cascara’s lodging deals this season:
Grand Illumination Tree Lighting
Nov. 18, 3-8 p.m.
Kick off the holidays with all the quintessential holiday fun wrapped up in one day. Behind the Sunriver Resort Lodge will be live music, craft projects and face painting, train rides and sleigh rides, pony rides and a petting zoo, Oregon Observatory telescope viewing, fireworks, food, and of course, a visit from Santa!
Holiday Movie Series
Get the family together to watch these classic Christmas movies! Call 541-593-1000 for movie locations. Single Movie Entry: $10 Resort Guests, $12 General Public. Movie Series Pass: Resort Guest, $25 adults, $20 children 12 and under; General Public, $30 adults, $25 children 12 and under. Children five and under are free. Unlimited popcorn available with the purchase of a Movie Series pass.
No need to spend all day in the kitchen this year! You’ve got three options for amazing Thanksgiving dinners: Carson’s American Kitchen (plated, 541-593-3740), The Great Hall (buffet, 541-593-1000), and The Grille at Crosswater (special holiday menu, 541-593-3400). Call each location for prices and reservations.
5K Turkey Trot Fun Run
Nov. 24, 10 a.m.
After the big Thanksgiving feast, it’s time for some exercise! Be sure to dress for the occasion because there are prizes for best Thanksgiving-themed costumes. And you can’t beat a run/walk for a good cause: the Turkey Trot benefits the Neighborhood Impact program. Register by 11/1 and receive a t-shirt. Must pre-register. Check out all the info here.
Before 11/1: $30, 11/1-11/22: $35, after 11/22: $40
Civil War Party
Nov. 25, Game time
The Ducks (University of Oregon) and the Beavers (Oregon State) are playing in this heated rivalry game, and Twisted River Tavern is the place to watch it! Food and drink specials will be available. No advance reservations.
Brunch With Santa at The Great Hall
Nov. 25, Dec. 16, Dec. 24 – 8:30 a.m. to noon
Spend some time with Santa and his Sunriver friends while eating amazing food!
Cost (inclusive): $51 adults; $26 children 6-12; complimentary for children five and under. Reservations required.
Nov. 25, Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-17, Dec. 20-24 – 5-9 p.m.
Give your child (12 and under only) an experience they will never forget! A Christmas elf will read a Christmas story and talk to them right before bed, then say goodbye with a goodie bag. Appointment times available in 45-minute windows. Tuck-ins available for Sunriver, Crosswater, and Caldera Springs communities only. Reservations required with a 48-hour cancellation policy, or full program fee will be charged. Children not on the reservation will be charged twice the rate for that evening.
Cost: Resort Guests: $30 per child, $40 per child on Christmas Eve; General Public: $40 per child; $50 per child on Christmas Eve.
THE BEAR FACTORY™
Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to noon
Abbot Room at the Main Lodge
We bring the Bear Factory™ to you! Make your holiday extra special by choosing from a variety of holiday animals to hand stuff and then dress. Cost: $25 per animal, $15 per outfit. Buy one outfit, get the second for 50% off.
Located at Fort Funnigan
Santa’s Workshop comes to life as you create your own unique holiday keepsake. Choose from the following: fused glass ornaments, night lights, or hand-painted ceramic mugs. Cost: $20-$40 for fused-glass projects, $10- $30 for ceramic projects. Hot cocoa bar is complimentary for all purchasing participants.
Fall in Central Oregon is a time to treasure. The leaves are changing color, the weather is crisp but still pleasant, and the activities are plentiful. So, gather your family and friends, book a vacation rental for a cozy and memorable stay, and check out the awesome activities that will help you kick off the fall season.
Bend Fall Festival
Get into the spirit of all things fall at the Bend Fall Festival, held Oct. 6-8. Admission and parking is free. There’s something for everyone here: free concerts on two stages, including several local bands; Family Fun Street, with plenty of fall-themed activities for all ages; over 30 food vendors; and much more.
Also during the event, taste some amazing drinks at the Deshutes Brewery Libation Stations, which will be located throughout the festival. They will include crafted microbrews and wine in addition to seasonal cocktails from Bend Distillery and ciders from Atlas Cider Company.
While you’re there, do a bit of shopping at several spots during the festival, such as The Fine Artist Promenade, where over 100 arts and crafts will be offered by artists from all over the country. The Harvest Market, which will be on Minnesota Ave. between Bond St. and Wall St., will offer locally grown fruits and vegetables, flowers, and chicken, pork, and beef. Fall into Fashion is new this year, a spot highlighting a select group of fashion creators and reps; they’ll also be featured in fashion shows during the festival.
To learn more about the Bend Fall Festival, click here.
14th Annual BendFilm Festival
This celebration of independent films brings film-lovers from all over to downtown Bend, where they converge to watch films, listen to lectures, and take part in events. But it’s more than just watching movies — at the festival, you can associate with other film buffs and learn behind-the-scenes trivia, and you may even get to meet the filmmakers.
Films come in different categories, such as narrative, documentary, short film, etc., and are selected from many submissions to be shown at the festival. A panel of industry professionals will choose the winners, who will win cash prizes. For festival goers, screenings are a chance to watch a moving work of art and be part of the magic. Festival headquarters are at The Hub at the Liberty Theatre at 849 NW Wall St. Passes and tickets are available now online.
To learn more about the BendFilm Festival, click here.
Decked out in their Halloween finery, over 1,000 cyclocross racers will descend upon Deschutes Brewery in the Old Mill District in Bend on Oct. 28-29. Cyclocross is a specific type of cross-country racing on bicycles. Cyclists will ride through varying terrains of dirt, bridges, hills, and more. Spectators: expect to enjoy a great time and plenty of laughs.
Think of this as a gathering place of cyclists and people who want to cheer them on and party with the best of the best. To some, all the costumes and dancing may seem out of place, but it’s absolutely welcomed and celebrated. And Central Oregon is one of the most scenic places to have this outdoor event. In the fall, there’s no question — you won’t see beauty like this anywhere else.
Cyclists will compete over two days for points as they vie for the win, and festival goers can enjoy the Deschutes Brewery beer garden, live music, and cultural food and festivities. It really is a good time.
To learn more about the Cyclocross Crusade, click here.
Halloween in the Village at Sunriver
This free event in The Village at Sunriver is the perfect family-friendly Halloween tradition to start this year. Grab the kids, dress them up in their Halloween costumes, and trick or treat at all the merchants in The Village (check out the directory on the website).
While you’re there, take part in the costume contest for the chance to win prizes. Kids will love getting all the candy, as well as checking out the bounce house, cupcake walk, games, and Halloween party. The event goes from 4-6 p.m.
To learn more about Halloween in The Village at Sunriver, click here.
Now the hard part: what to pick? Why not several? Staying and playing in Central Oregon is actually quite affordable, especially if you rent a vacation home.
Check out the deals at Cascara Vacation Rentals, and start creating some amazing fall memories.
Calling all foodies and wine enthusiasts! Fall is on the way, which means it’s time for Uncorked, a celebration of wine, food, and relaxation. It takes place Sept. 15-16 at the lovely Benham Hall & John Gray Amphitheater in Sunriver, Oregon.
This year, Uncorked will feature 16 boutique wineries, as well as local cheese and decadent chocolates. No need to worry about transportation or designated drivers; if you stay in Sunriver you can walk where you need to go. Central Oregon has great weather in September!
Event admission for Uncorked is just $15 for those 21 and older (be sure to bring ID) and is good for both days (SROA member preference ID $12).
Admission price includes a stemless wine glass, one tasting token, and live music. Additional tastes sold by the vendors. Non-drinkers and those under 21 cost $5, and admission allows for event entry and music only. Live music and classes are also available during the weekend.