Your Thanksgiving in Sunriver, Oregon

Halloween is officially over, and the Cascara team is already counting down the days until the holidays begin. We’re determined to make this season a much-needed time of celebration and joy with our closest loved ones. If you’re coming to visit us in Sunriver, it’ll be time to pack your bags before you know it! As our attention shifts toward planning a perfect holiday, we want to get you updated on the latest activities and events news in Sunriver. 
We’ll break down all the fun and exciting things to do this Thanksgiving holiday season and what changes you and your family can expect.

Before we begin, here are a few things to keep in mind when planning activities for your beloved family.

Social distancing is still a really big deal

It’s hard to forget that COVID-19 is still here and active in our little community. Do your due diligence, and research safety practices before heading out to any public place. As always, we recommend that you have a plan for preventing the spread while your family enjoys our town.

Keep it simple

Sometimes in our ambition to make the holidays fun and festive, we end up packing in too many activities and elicit more irritability from our children than excitement. Make sure you space out events and include days to relax in your vacation planning.

It’s going to be busy

The holidays inevitably mean crowds for resort towns, and that includes Sunriver. Whenever possible, reserve your spot in an event, and call ahead to get seating at restaurants. With limited capacity, this is going to be a bigger issue than usual. However, with a little planning and preparation, you have nothing to worry about!

Now that we’ve got the housekeeping out of the way, let’s dive into the fun!


Thanksgiving Dinnner

Ditch the apron, and take the family out to a (COVID-safe) Thanksgiving dinner.

These are the restaurants doing Thanksgiving dinners in Sunriver: 

  • Carson’s American Kitchen. Reservations open up around the 12th of November, so reserve your spot early if you can

These are the restaurants that are closed on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Sunriver Brewing
  • El Caporal
  • Marcello’s Cucina Italiana
  • The Village Bar & Grill
  • Basecamp Grill
  • South Bend Bistro

Or, you can drive about 20 minutes into Bend for Thanksgiving dinner at one of these fine restaurants: 

  • Pine Tavern is open and will serve a custom menu with varying rates. Time slots are filling up fast, so reserve quickly by calling the restaurant if possible 
  • Greg’s Grill starts taking reservations on the 1st of November and will be offering a custom menu
  • The Pronghorn Resort is a little further north of Bend, but the views and the food will be well worth it at this upscale restaurant. They are taking reservations as of now, and space is expected to fill up quickly

Black Friday Shopping

This Black Friday, take your family to The Village at Sunriver to #ShopLocal. Get a full directory of stores here, or just show up, grab some cocoa at one of the many coffee shops, and start browsing!


Other Activities

The chances of there being snow in Sunriver is about 50/50, so we added suggestions for activities both with and without snow.

Snowshoe Tours

Pack your gear and strap on a pair of snowshoes for an unforgettable experience that will bring you and your family closer together. If the snow has fallen, check out Wanderlust Tours to get your family out on the best trails that Sunriver has to offer. If you want to take a stab at it without guidance, the Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail is a perfect start.

Fall Hiking 

If there is no snow on the ground, you and your family might want to hit the trails. The Deschutes River Trail near Sunriver spans about 10 miles, with scenic views of the river along the entire route. Because of the many access points that it offers, you can choose which area to start and end on.


Fall is prime time for fishing in Sunriver. If you’re striking out on your own, check out the Fall River Trail. Or, you can’t go wrong when you contact Hookfish for a guided fly fishing tour.

No matter how you choose to spend your family vacation in Sunriver, Oregon, you’re sure to find incredible adventures outside and make lasting memories inside. Also, if you’re looking for a vacation rental, be sure to check the availability of our many properties on our home page!