Stay in Sunriver Instead of Bend for Your Winter Oregon Vacation

Sunriver and Bend are near each other, and both offer easy access to the beautiful nature that Central Oregon is known for, but they are different in key ways that can significantly impact your next trip. 

Here are a few of the top benefits of Sunriver worth remembering. 

Sunriver Is Smaller, Quieter, and More Peaceful Than Bend

If you’re looking for a peaceful place to stay during your Central Oregon vacation, Sunriver is the better choice. It has a population of just over 3,000 people vs. Bend’s population of 100,000, making it a smaller and quieter town. You won’t have to worry about long lines at restaurants or tourist attractions like you would in the larger city. You can also get around town more easily, avoiding traffic jams and crowded streets. In fact, you might prefer simply parking your car when you arrive and then spending the rest of your time biking or walking. 

Both Sunriver and Bend host tourists, but with Sunriver’s lower population, the area in and around the town is less crowded and more relaxed. You can enjoy a peaceful getaway with all the amenities of a city — and without the throngs of tourists. 

Sunriver has more Snow then Bend

Sunriver gets more snow than Bend because it is located at a higher elevation and closer to the Cascade Mountains. Sunriver is located at an elevation of 4,200 feet above sea level, while Bend is located at an elevation of 3,600 feet above sea level. This difference in elevation means that Sunriver is colder than Bend, and cold air can hold more moisture.

In addition, Sunriver is located closer to the Cascade Mountains than Bend. The Cascade Mountains act as a barrier to the prevailing winds, which come from the west. This means that the mountains block the warm, moist air from the Pacific Ocean from reaching Bend. As a result, Bend receives less precipitation than Sunriver.

The combination of a higher elevation and closer proximity to the Cascade Mountains means that Sunriver receives more snow than Bend. This makes Sunriver a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts, such as skiers and snowboarders.

Here is a table comparing the average annual snowfall in Sunriver and Bend:

LocationAverage annual snowfall (inches)Sunriver60Bend30

As you can see, Sunriver receives twice as much snow as Bend on average. This makes Sunriver a great place to go for a winter vacation if you’re looking to enjoy snow activities.

If you’re looking for a winter vacation destination with plenty of snow, Sunriver is the perfect place for you.

You Enjoy Easier Access to Nature and Outdoor Recreation

Sunriver is situated near a few of the best outdoor recreation spots in Central Oregon, like the Deschutes River, the Mt. Bachelor ski area, and several nearby state parks. Bend is also near a couple of these locations, but Sunriver puts more right outside your door while offering ample nature activities. Whether you want to go hiking, fishing, biking, or skiing, many options are within a short drive from Sunriver or in the town itself. You’re sure to find something that appeals to your sense of adventure. 

The Restaurants and Shops in Sunriver Are More Family Friendly

Although Sunriver is small, there is something for everybody there, including plenty of restaurants and shops tailored to families. From ice cream parlors and arcades to kid-friendly restaurants and elegant tablecloth fare, you’re sure to find something that speaks to everyone. 

Lodging and Vacation Rentals Are More Affordable in Sunriver

You can find various lodging and vacation rentals in Sunriver that are much cheaper than what’s available in Bend. Whether you’re looking for a hotel, cabin, or condo, there are plenty of affordable options, including larger homes where family and friends can stay at a lower price per person. Since many properties offer discounts during the off-season, it’s even easier to save money when planning your vacation to Sunriver. 

You Can Still Visit Bend Without the Commitment 

Both Sunriver and Bend offer shopping and quality watering holes. If you are a fan of downtown areas and nightlife, driving up to Bend is fairly easy while not having to commit to the busier atmosphere. You can experience all that the city has to offer, like breweries and live music venues, and then head back to Sunriver for a more relaxed atmosphere. Your family can balance their needs better — and be more well rested between adventures. 

Sunriver: A Comfortable Home for Your Next Central Oregon Trip

With activities that cater to family members of all ages, Sunriver provides all the benefits of Bend in a smaller, calmer, and more affordable atmosphere. That experience also extends to where you stay. Cascara offers a wide range of accommodations to fit your unique needs and any size gathering.

Click here to explore our properties in and around Sunriver.