Spring getaway: Sunriver Resort for families

We’ve stayed at Oregon’s Sunriver Resort more than a few times, finding it to be the most convenient and kid-friendly lodging option for nearby Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. Sunriver offers both traditional hotel rooms and home rentals throughout their sprawling property, however, during our most recent visit, we decided to try something new: the Sunriver Resort Lodge Village.

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The Lodge Village is located adjacent to the lodge building in the heart of Sunriver, and their suites offer the best of both worlds: families get the space of a home rental and the amenities of a lodge stay. Our Lodge Village suite was the size of a small condo: we had a kitchenette (includes everything but an oven), a large dining area, a living area with fireplace and large patio, and an upstairs loft with king-sized bed and bathroom. The living room couch pulled out to be a queen bed, allowing this suite to sleep four. For a little more room, we opted to combine the suite with a single connecting guest room for a total of two full bedrooms (plus the couch).

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With a suite comes a ski locker, parking space, nice entry area with plenty of space for coats, boots, and gear, and lawn space outside for kids to play on. Every section of the Lodge Village has a community hot tub (very large) pool (in summer) and all Lodge Village guests have full use of the SHARC pool complex (more on that later). Guests 14 and older can also access the Sage Springs Club and Spa for a dip in yet another pool. All this with daily maid service!

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Date last visited:

March 2014

Distance from the interstate:

Sunriver Resort is located on Highway 97.

Rates:

At the time of our visit, Lodge Village suites started around $129/night. Sunriver runs family vacation deals all year round: be sure to check for seasonal packages.

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Amenities:

In addition to the above, Lodge Village guests have access to plenty of dining options throughout the resort, tee times at Sunriver golf courses, bike paths, and kids programming such as Fort Funnigan. There are always events and activities going on for kids: ask for information at check-in, or check online.

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When downtime is needed at Sunriver, our kids loved the included entry to SHARC. SHARC is an indoor and outdoor pool and water play complex located on-site. Lodge Village guests get $6 admission (you need to ask for passes at the lodge front desk). In summer, families can float on the lazy river, take rides down the tube slides, and play on splash pads. In winter, the indoor complex includes heated pools and hot tubs with water basketball, fountains, and splash areas.

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A note on Lodge Village kitchens: We found our kitchen to be more than just a ‘kitchenette’, with plenty of counter and storage space and a full sink, microwave, and kitchen island. Fridges in the kitchens are not ‘mini-fridge’ sized, but not full-sized either, ditto for the dishwasher. There is a full stove top with four burners, but no oven, so plan accordingly. We found there to be plenty of kitchen utensils, dishes, bowls, and plates; however, not many pots and pans. Overall, the kitchen was very adequate, but it helps to know what you will and won’t find there ahead of time. We wished we had an oven for take-and-bake pizzas, and wished we had a washer and dryer unit.

Directions:

Access Sunriver from Highway 97, approximately 15 miles from Bend OR.

As we disclose whenever applicable, we were guests of Sunriver Resort, for the purpose of sharing our experience in their Lodge Village. All opinions are our own. The above post was written in conjunction with our partnership with VacationRoost.

About the author

Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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