- 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)
- Lost Tracks Golf Club — This Central Oregon 18-hole golf course is tucked away into the tall pine trees. It’s a Brian Whitcomb, par-72 course you will find equally challenging and beautiful. With a Cascara Vacation Rental stay, you get a discount on greens fees and receive the VIP treatment.
- Wanderlust Tours — Available year round, you can take advantage of less expensive guided canoeing, kayaking, caving, snow shoeing tours, and much more!
- Play — When you stay at Cascara, you can get discounts at local businesses that can make your weekend getaway even more memorable, such as ATV Rentals, Snowmobile Rentals, Guided Fishing Tours, Outfitting, and more! Call Cascara for details.
- Local Restaurants — Get 10 percent off at Blondie’s Pizza or Marcello’s Italian Restaurant, two tasty Central Oregon eateries.
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.
As 2017 ends, it’s natural to reflect on how things have gone over the past year. Perhaps you’ve had a few challenges (that’s how we grow!), but you’ve also tried some new things, met some new people, and achieved some of your goals.
It can be a powerful exercise to reflect on the past year so you can more consciously (and optimistically) walk into the new one.
So, get out a pen and paper. We’ll start by reflecting on 2017 and then plan for the year to come.
December can be one of the most enjoyable — and stressful — times of the year. Why not leave the stress behind and let other people take care of the planning? Just book a stay Sunriver, Oregon, and enjoy!
There’s so many fun events to attend here through December, and we offer a huge variety of cozy vacation rentals to put up your feet in.
Book six nights with Cascara and get the seventh night free during Christmas and New Year’s! Group lodging is also available in multiple homes for larger groups. And call us if you want us to put up the Christmas tree!
ART EXHIBITION AT THE LODGE
Nov. 21-Jan. 7
Sunriver Resort Lodge
Betty Gray Gallery presents the High Desert Art League’s art exhibit of 13 artists. A variety of genre and mediums will be showcased, including oil painting, watercolor, acrylic painting, encaustic, printmaking, pastel, photography, fiber, and sculpture. Contact Art Consultant Billye Turner at 503-780-2828 for more info.
TRADITIONS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Homestead Building, Sunriver Resort
Get ready to enjoy live music by rock violinist Aaron Meyer and his band! Meyer captivates audiences worldwide with electrifying stage presence blended with virtuosic performance.
To purchase tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-593-9310, or visit www.sunrivermusic.org. Cost: $35 per person; choose between tables for two or eight.
THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Dec 1, 7-9 p.m. (show)
Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. (dinner, additional $25), 7-9 p.m. (show)
Dec. 3, 3-5 p.m. (show)
Location: The Door, 56885 Enterprise Dr., Sunriver
Presented by the Sunriver Stars Community Theater. Show Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students (18 and under).
Get the whole family together for a ride on a one-horse open sleigh! The beautiful route is along the Deschutes River! Dates and times subject to weather permitting.
DAILY SNOWSHOE TOURS
Central Oregon is known for its beautiful mountains, and they’re never more beautiful than when covered in snow.
Daytime Tours: $75. Departs at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Moonlight & Starlight Snowshoe Tours: $85.
Moonlight Dates: Dec. 1-3; Jan. 1, 29-31; March 1-3 March 30-April 1; April 27-29.
Starlight Dates: Nightly, November 22-April.
Bonfire on the Snow Tours: $95.
Dates: Nov. 24-25; Dec. 15-16; Dec. 22-23; Dec. 26-30; Jan. 12-14; Feb. 14 & 16-18; Feb. 23-24; March 23-24 & 28; April 6-7, 11 & 13-14.
Departs at 7:00 pm
New Year’s Eve Bonfire Trip: $100
Date: Dec. 31
Departs at 9 p.m. DAILY.
Ready to explore the mountain winter wonderlands of central Oregon? This four-hour snowmobile tour includes a stop at Elk Lake Resort. Trips depart daily from the Wanoga Sno-Park.
Cost: $170 per driver and $70 per passenger; must be six years old or older. Two-hour and Sunset Tours are also available.
GINGERBREAD COOKIE DECORATING
Dec. 2, 9, and 16, 3:30-5 p.m.
Abbot Room at the Main Lodge, Sunriver Resort
Gingerbread cookies without all the prep work or mess? Yes, please! The resort’s pastry chef will provide the cookies and icing, and all the kids have to do is decorate to their heart’s content. Cost: $5 for two cookies.
21st ANNUAL GINGERBREAD JUNCTION
Dec. 2-Jan. 1
Have fun building an amazing gingerbread house while helping Habitat for Humanity of La Pine Sunriver! Sunriver Resort will match donations for the gingerbread houses, dollar for dollar, up to $2,500. Gingerbread houses will be on display in the Abbot Room of the Sunriver Resort Lodge from Dec. 2 through Jan. 1. Registration: sunriver-resort.com/gingerbread.
INDOOR BLACK LIGHT GOLF
Dec. 16, 23, 28, and 30, 5-7 p.m.
See the concierge for program location.
Just because it’s dark doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little golf! This popular event will keep you “glowing” this holiday season, using flashing or rechargeable glow golf balls and the indoor black light putting course. Cost: $11 per person.
FORT FUNNIGAN — EVENING EVENTS FOR KIDS
Pricing for all Fort Funnigan activities: Resort Guests $40, General Public $45
Pre-registration is required by 5:00 p.m. the evening prior to the desired program
|*A VERY CRAFTY CHRISTMAS
Dec. 17, 6-9 p.m.
The kids will start the night by making three different Christmas ornaments to take home for the tree or give as gifts. They’ll end the night with hot cocoa and games.
*JR. GINGERBREAD JUNCTION
Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m.
The night will start off with sweet games like Candy Land and Candy Cane Hunt. Next will be a field trip to Gingerbread Junction for inspiration! Finally, back at the Fort, the kids will be equipped with everything they need to create mini gingerbread houses.
*SNOW MUCH FUN!
Dec. 20, 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 21 and 28, 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 22 and 29, 6-9 p.m.
It’s a frozen-themed party! The kids will be making frozen slime, snow paint, and custom snow globes. Then they’ll get to play freeze tag and drink frozen snowball punch!
Dec. 23, 6-9 p.m.
The kids will get ready for an elf visit by creating elf snacks, reading elf stories, and playing elf games. They’ll also get to design an elf tree-trimming creation and be fitted with their very own elf hat!
FORT FUNNIGAN POLICIES: Sunriver Resort has a great environment for kids ages 3-10 (must be fully potty trained). Staff hold first-aid and CPR certifications and food-handlers’ licenses and have had criminal background checks.
Dec. 23, 6-8 p.m.
Dec. 30, 6-8 p.m.
Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC), 57250 Overlook Rd, Sunriver
Winter Tubing Hill runs are illuminated with black lights and glow sticks! Space fills quickly! Reservations: 541-585-3147.
PLATED CHRISTMAS BRUNCH
Dec. 25, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Carson’s American Kitchen
Celebrate Christmas in style with an elaborate holiday plated brunch, including seasonal brunch specials, a bloody Mary cart, and live music. Reservations: 541-593-3740 or sunriver-resort.com.
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE GREAT HALL
Dec. 25, 2-6 p.m.
You’ve never eaten a Christmas dinner like this. Eat like royalty and leave the cooking to us! Cost (inclusive): $62 adults; $30 children 6-12; complimentary for children 5 and under. Reservations: 541-593-1000
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT CARSON’S AMERICAN KITCHEN
Dec. 25, 4-9 p.m.
Carson’s American Kitchen
Enjoy a traditional, elegant Christmas dinner. Cost: $56 per adult; $28 for children ages 6-12; 5 and under complimentary with paid adult. Reservations: 541-593-3740.
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE GRILLE AT CROSSWATER
Dec. 25, 4-7 p.m.
Grille at Crosswater
The atmosphere and food will bring you holiday joy. Free shuttle service to and from the Sunriver Lodge.
Cost: $56 adults; $28 children 6-12. Kids’ menu available for children 5 and under. Open only to Resort guests and members. Reservations: 541-593-3400.
SUNRIVER RESORT MAGIC SHOW
Dec. 29, 7 p.m.
Abbot Room at the Main Lodge, Sunriver Resort
Feel some true holiday cheer with a night of magic! Mr. Magic offers an evening of humor, interaction, and magic! Gingerbread Junction will be closed from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the night of the magic show. Cost: $5 adults, free for children under 12 with paying adult.
NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY NIGHT
Dec. 31, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Enjoy New Year’s without staying out all night! This is the perfect opportunity to count down to “midnight” East Cost time (9 p.m. Pacific Time) with the whole family. Plenty of games, snacks, prizes, and drinks. Cost: $35 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE GRILLE AT CROSSWATER
Dec. 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
A five-course meal of Northwest Cuisine Crosswater Chef de Cuisine Jason Greene and entertainment from Central Oregon’s own Hawaiian singer/songwriter, Bill Keale, make for a night to remember. Cost: $119 per person. Free shuttle service to and from the Sunriver Lodge. Open to Resort guests and members only. Reservations: 541-593-3400.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER AND PARTY AT THE LODGE
Dinner: Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m.
Five-course plated holiday menu. Cost: $89 per adult; $36 for children ages 6-12; children’s menu available for 5 and under. Add $35 for per person for tickets to the NYE Party. Reservations: 541-593-3740.
Party: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
Dance and party the night away at the New Year’s Eve Party! Cost: $50 per person. Fee includes passed appetizers, party favors, and champagne toast. Must be 21 years of age or older. No advance reservations. Party not combined with dinner. Call 541-593-3740 for more information.
NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH AT THE LODGE
Jan. 1, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
This plated brunch will help you ring in the New Year right! Features seasonal brunch specials, a bloody Mary cart, and live music. Reservations: 541-593-3740 or sunriver-resort.com.
Traditions at Sunriver 2017
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 our 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.
Buying the newest smartphone, tablet, or TV seems to be a rite of passage these days, as if we almost have no choice but to buy the latest and greatest. The same thing goes with buying a bigger house, a sweeter car, and a bunch of other material possessions. It’s like we just can’t stop until we have all the things we’re “supposed” to have.
The question is, why are we even doing this? Is it necessary? Does it really make us happier? Consider this: If you could spend the weekend on a kayaking adventure somewhere beautiful like Central Oregon, would you put off buying a new gadget? What would put a bigger smile on your face for longer?
Several scientific studies say that not only do more things not equal happiness but also that rather than “stuff,” what really make us happier are experiences:
After a long work week, no doubt you look forward to getting away from it all. A weekend getaway is the perfect opportunity to rest, refuel, and recharge from the daily demands of life.
Since most people work during the week, it’s pretty typical to want to remove yourself from the daily grind by heading out of town on the weekend: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The vacation industry knows this, and so they have invented the “peak times” concept, where you end up paying more for a room just because they’re in higher demand.
Basically, hotels or Airbnbs jack up their prices, knowing people will pay because we don’t have a lot of choice. The same concept also happens during “summer peak” or “holiday peak.”
We’ve accepted this because so many hotels and vacation companies do it. But have you ever stopped to think how unfair this is? You certainly can’t control the days you work. And if a hotel is busier over a weekend, why are they charging you extra when more of their rooms are getting booked?
In short, you could be paying more for your weekend getaway than you need to.
Save Money on Your Rental
The solution? Shop around. Find a vacation rental company that doesn’t increase their rates just because it is a weekend, holiday, or busy season.
Cascara Vacation Rentals, located in Sunriver, Oregon, believes that “slow and steady wins the race.” Rather than charging vacationers more for busier times, they like to keep an even and fair weekday-to-weekend cost during the summer and winter holiday seasons, as well as off-seasons. In fact, Cascara even offers free nights depending on when and how long you stay.
Now that’s more like it! This is a company that doesn’t buy into the “peak times” concept and values its customers over making a quick buck.
Cascara is family owned, and putting their customers first is at the core of their values. They are focused on helping you have a great experience so you’ll come back again and again.
Look for Extra Amenities
Another thing to look for when choosing a room is what amenities the hotel or rental company offers. Many rooms you rent will offer the basics, such as complimentary toiletries. Again, we’ve accepted these as standard and don’t always look for what else they could be offering.
Cascara goes above and beyond. They offer special discounts for their customers you probably won’t find elsewhere in Sunriver, such as:
A weekend away to relax shouldn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If you skip the places that charge you “peak time” rates and instead go for a vacation rental company that offers you more for less, not only can you rest better at your weekend getaway, you can also definitely afford to get away more often!
Grab a box of chocolates and a dozen roses — hmm, wait a second. Are you tired of the typical romantic fare yet? Ready to shake it up and really connect with your significant other?
While flowers, candy, and dinner are always welcome, they’re kind of playing it small and safe, not to mention that true connection with each other is often lost. To really say “I love you” in the way your loved one wants to be told, consider giving the gift of quality time through an amazing getaway for two.