The Northwest’s most complete resort, Sunriver Lodge (800/547-3922, www.sunriver-resort.com) not only has proximity to Mount Bachelor skiing, Deschutes River canoeing and white-water rafting, and hiking and horse trails in the Deschutes National Forest but also boasts golf courses, pools, tennis courts, 35 miles of paved bike routes, and a nature center with an astronomical observatory and nature center. There’s pretty much something for everybody.
Sunriver Lodge has rooms ranging from up-to-date guest rooms ($170) to relatively large suites featuring a large fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, a sleeping loft, and tall picture windows that open onto a patio ($220). Nearby “river lodges” are even more elegant and run about $300. About two miles south of the lodge, in the newer Caldera Springs development, swank 3–4-bedroom cabins start at $229.
Note that it can be a much better deal to rent a condo or a house. Sunriver Resort’s website allows you to set your criteria and browse available properties, which start at about $240.
Condo rentals are also available through Mountain Resort Properties (541/593-8685 or 800/346-6337, www.mtresort.com). All units have a fully equipped kitchen, linens, a washer and dryer, TV, and a barbecue, as well as access to Mavericks, a large fitness center. Since these are privately owned units, other amenities like hot tubs, saunas, and bicycles will vary. Most of these condos do not allow pets or smoking, but there are exceptions; inquire when making reservations.
Other agencies brokering vacation house rentals include Village Properties (866/966-2394, www.village-properties.com) and Discover Sunriver (800/577-7583, www.discoversunriver.com). Many houses have hot tubs, and quite a few allow pets.
Paulina Lake Resort (541/536-2240, www.paulinalakelodge.com, $110 and up) books up early with a dozen three-bedroom log cabins. Hearty lunches and dinners (11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. summer, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun. winter, $6–25, dinner reservations required in winter) can be had in the resort’s log-paneled dining room. Boat rentals and a general store are also on-site. During winter, the resort is open December–March to cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, giving access to over 330,000 acres of designated snowmobile areas.
East Lake Resort (541/536-2230, www.eastlakeresort.com, mid-May–mid-Oct., $75 and up) offers 16 cabins with at least rudimentary cooking facilities (most have full kitchens). A snack bar, a general store, and boat rentals are on-site, and the nearby RV park has a laundry and pay showers. Each year 225,000 trout are planted in East Lake, and in 1990, Atlantic salmon were introduced. The cold water and abundant freshwater shrimp make for excellent-tasting fish.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel