Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and the Oregon Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) announced Monday the designation of Sunriver as the newest addition to the International Dark-Sky Association Dark Sky Places Program – as a “Dark Sky Development of Distinction.”
Sunriver is the first “Dark Sky Place” recognized in Oregon and one of only 130+ recognized worldwide to date.
Established in 1988, IDA has led a movement to protect our night skies from light pollution. Their overarching goal, which revolves around the four strategic priorities described below, is to reduce light pollution and promote responsible outdoor lighting that is beautiful, healthy, and functional.
1. Celebrate the Night: Increase awareness of the benefits of the night for all living things, and how light pollution is an urgent environmental threat that individuals can help solve.
2. Dark Sky Protection: Protect exemplary dark skies through our certification program.
3. Lighting Where We Live: Engage cities and communities in reducing light pollution through responsible lighting policy and practice.
4. Skyshed Restoration: Implement coordinated, intentional, and scalable actions to slow, halt, and reverse the increasing rate of light pollution.
“We are honored that IDA has elected to welcome Sunriver into the IDA Dark Sky Places Program”, said Keith Mobley, President of the Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors. “And we are pleased that our ongoing efforts of the past 60 years to be one with nature are recognized now for our protection of pristine skies from light pollution.”
Just in time for summer, the Sunriver Owners Association announces the anticipated opening of the pools at SHARC.
Please know that operations will be limited due to guidelines and restrictions set by the Oregon Health Authority and staffing needs. SHARC activities and aquatics may be modified, subject to limited availability or even closed under the authority of the state, county and/or SROA.
What we are planning for at this time (all subject to change)
Anticipated opening on Thursday, June 25
Pools will be available Thursday-Monday only (times TBA)
Swimming will be occupancy-restricted, timed sessions
Sessions will be by online reservation only (coming soon)
Lap swim TBD
Expansion of days and hours anticipated, with details TBD
Final details are still being determined. We will provide more information prior to the opening date to educate you, your family and vacationing guests on how to safely access SHARC at www.sunriversharc.com
We hope everyone will play a role in ensuring the health and safety of all and help us kick-off a successful opening to the summer season. We thank you for your continued patience, understanding and adherence to all rules and regulations.
“The success of SROA in providing recreational amenities and offerings is dependent upon everyone’s compliance to all rules and regulations in place,” said James Lewis, SROA General Manager.
Currently, we are in unprecedented and extremely difficult times. We know that the foreseeable weeks ahead are going to be the most challenging. That said, it is difficult to think about life after the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, right now is the best time to think about the future and give yourself something to look forward to… A VACATION!
The Murray model released 03/31/20 by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows us that things should be back to normal by this summer.
If you are considering taking a vacation and you do not want to get on an airplane, cruise ship, etc. Sunriver is an excellent option! Given the current state we are all faced with, MRP is much more flexible with our cancellation policies on new reservations.
Mountain Resort Properties is a local, small, family owned and operated business that is being greatly impacted by this unprecedented event and we would appreciate your Summer reservations.
Thank you for your consideration in booking your next Sunriver getaway with Mountain Resort Properties. Please tell your family, friends and whoever else you might think would benefit from a Sunriver Summer vacation. We can’t wait to see you in Sunriver!
Reservations can be made online (www.mtresort.com) or by telephone (800.346.6337). We look forward to hearing from you!
From our family to yours, stay home, stay safe and lets do our part in flattening the curve as quickly as possible.
As you know by now, a lot has changed in the last week due to the COVID-19 outbreak and we wanted to reach out to you in order to apprise you of what is happening here in Sunriver. We want to reassure you that in these uncertain times regarding travel and your vacation, your safety and well-being continues to be our main priority for you.
The first thing we want you to know is that Sunriver as a community is not shut down, but the restaurant services are limited. This may very well be the perfect time to connect with your family by playing board games, soaking in the hot tub, going on bike rides, hiking and doing so many other things Sunriver has to offer. All that said, we want you to be aware that a number of services are currently closed in Sunriver and the surrounding area. A few of those services include, but are not limited to Mt Bachelor, the SHARC indoor pool only facility and most restaurants for dine in services. Many of the restaurants offer delivery or take out. Several of the restaurants such as the Sunriver Brewing Company and Blondies are offering take out and/or deliveries for food and even growlers of their award- winning beer. The groceries stores and the shops are open as well.
To your safety, our vacation rental homes are thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected between each stay. In fact, a vacation rental home may very well be one of the safest places you could possibly be during these uncertain times. Our properties are thoroughly cleaned with commercial grade cleaning agents and our linens are washed off site at commercial grade temperatures with commercial grade detergents. We are also taking extra measures to ensure your safety in our vacation rental properties.
It is also important to note that Sunriver has medical services available at High Desert Medicine (HDM). HDM can see patients as needed as well as test for COVID-19 and other illnesses as well. They have modified their office procedures so that there is little to not patient interaction in their common spaces.
In light of the current situation, we want to provide flexibility and assistance to our guests so we have adjusted our rental policies for reservations with stay dates through April 30th to allow you to change your dates of stay if you choose to. We will be following the policies of most major venues and you will be able to move your reservation dates.
Our company is a privately owned, small business. Our staff relies on us to provide their living wage and benefits. Our first priority is to the consumer for safety and our second priority to our staff for a living. As mentioned before, there is no need to cancel your reservation and we want to continue to offer you a safe place to get away from the city and spend quality time with family.
One of the benefits of staying in a vacation rental is that you are sharing the space with people you know and care about. You can cook your own meals in your vacation home a explore beautiful Central Oregon using your personal vehicle. Our outdoor setting is second to none and offers unlimited ability to social distance yourself and family. Another great benefit that we offer is that with most of our properties, you will check in directly at the home through our electronic door lock system. Fresh mountain air on a nice walk or bike ride in Sunriver may very well give you a revived peace of mind.
Mountain Resort Properties has been in close communications with several other locally owned vacation rental management companies here in Sunriver so that we can collectively make the best decisions for the community and our guests. The collection of these companies represents literally hundreds of years of local experience in this industry. All these businesses, including Mountain Resort Properties are taking very similar precautionary measures and adopting similar policies. We all want to thank our valued customers for working with professional management companies as opposed to renting properties that may not hold the same level of professional standards and ability to properly respond to situations like this.
If you rented through a third-party entity (VRBO, AirBnb, Bookingpal etc.) you may have purchased trip insurance and can present a claim directly. Please note that when booking through these third-party booking engines they simply direct you to book through our website and charge you a booking fee of up to 10% of your booking total. It is always better to book directly through the property management company – guaranteed.
We know that this is a personal decision for everyone. It is important to us that you choose what is best for you and your family. Our staff is working very hard to insure you, your family and friends have a restful, worry-free vacation. The weather is transitioning to spring and it will be summer before you know it. We look forward to seeing you.
This time a year ago, Central Oregon was covered in a blanket of snow. Parking lots looked like they had mountains, roads looked like frozen rivers, and homes looked like the gingerbread house’s kids decorate during Christmas time. This year, however, is a whole different story.
Since the winter season began back in late December, Central Oregon has only received about 18 inches of total snowfall. Last year, in a span of just 5 days, the area received 16 inches! The two scenes are quite different.
Even though it hasn’t been the Winter most locals are used to, it doesn’t mean that one can’t enjoy everything Winter has to offer. Drive 30 minutes from Sunriver to Mt. bachelor, and you will see more snow than you can probably handle. It is the best part about the area. Spend the morning shredding down the mountain on what is said to be “the best snow in the world,” then head down to Sunriver and enjoy a nice bike ride on the paved paths, and lunch on the patio.
There aren’t too many places in Oregon, let alone the U.S., where one can experience snow on the mountain, then drive 30 minutes to town to walk on clear paths and enjoy the bright sunshine. It is one of the many reasons Central Oregon is a must-see area.
If you have yet to visit the area, put it on your bucket list. And now is the best time to come! Winter is fading to spring, the birds are starting to chirp in the morning, the sun is warm and bright, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. With events and different activities happening every day, it is the perfect place to spend a nice vacation! We can’t wait to see you here!
Featured March Events:
March 6th: First Friday Art Walk Downtown Bend
March 6th: Night Light at The High Desert Museum
March 7th: Bachelor Butte Dog Derby at Winoga Snow Park
March 9th: Discover the Wild Owyhee at The Tower Theatre
March 13th: Jazz at The Oxford Downtown Bend
March 14th: St Patrick’s Day 5k Dash Downtown Bend
March 27th: High Desert Stampede at The Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center
The holidays in Central Oregon are unlike anything you have ever seen before. Want lights and decoration? We got it. Want indoor and outdoor activities? We got it. Want great food? We got it. Want snow? We certainly got it!
Central Oregon offers a vast array of activities during the holiday season, for both the outdoor enthusiast and the indoor addict. We can find way more than 12 days of festivities in this area, but hey, it’s the holidays, and what would the holidays be without the 12 days?!
Day 1: Mt. Bachelor There is no better day than a day spent on the mountain. Mt. Bachelor, just 30 minutes from Sunriver, receives an average of 633 inches of snow a year! This fast-growing ski area provides easy to advance terrain, 101 runs, 11 chairs, and 4,323 skiable acres that the whole family will love. New to the sport? No worries! Lessons ranging from beginner to advanced are offered daily. Not into the cold? No problem! Relax with a good book in one of the 3 cozy lodges. Need something a little less taxing? No sweat! Take an exhilarating sled dog ride OR enjoy an easy snowshoe walk through the trees. https://www.mtbachelor.com/
Day 2: Ice Skating and Ice Cream Skating is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy! Sunriver’s ice rink is located right in the middle of the ever so popular village. It features open skates, skating games, and the best music to listen to! After an afternoon of zipping and gliding on the ice, walk right next door and enjoy some delicious treats and ice cream at Goody’s! https://www.sunrivervillagefun.com/sunriver-ice-skating/
Day 3: Sunriver Sleigh Ride Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Treat your family to a One-Horse Open Sleigh Ride next to the river and through the meadows of Sunriver! The views are indescribable, the horses are friendly as can be, and the memories are forever! https://visitcentraloregon.com/event/sleigh-rides/
Day 4: SHARC Tubing and Swimming Start your day off on the tubing hill! Two lanes, two people, one epic race! This family-friendly tubing hill features all you can ride, all day long! When the fingers and toes start to get a little chilly, walk right next door and jump into the heated pool. And the best part? Stay at one of our houses and get FREE access to both the tubing hill and the pool (see list of applicable homes). https://www.sunriversharc.com/
Day 5: Nutcracker Ballet Get into the spirit of the holidays with The Nutcracker. The Central Oregon School of Ballet presents the 34th annual production of The Nutcracker. The cast is comprised of over 150 local students and visiting professional dancers. It is a must-see holiday event! https://www.visitbend.com/events/the-nutcracker-ballet-3/
Day 6: Winter Waterfall Palooza Central Oregon is home to 8 breathtaking waterfalls. And guess what? They are even more breathtaking in the winter! The lands are frozen, the trees are snow kissed, and the water is crystal clear! Put on your winter hiking boots and see what each unique waterfall has to offer. https://www.yourtravelspark.com/central-oregon-waterfalls/#chush
Day 7: Holiday Tree Lighting Lights, decorations, live music, dancing, food, drinks, games and SANTA! Can you think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit? We sure can’t! Take a short drive to downtown Bend for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. Snap a free picture with Santa, grab some food and hot chocolate, and sit by the fire as the community counts down the lighting of the tree. Don’t worry; if you miss the ceremony, just swing by downtown anytime during the holidays to see the tree and all its beauty! https://www.visitbend.com/events/community-tree-lighting-and-free-santa-visits/
Day 8: Out on the Town Central Oregon, or better known as the brewery capital of the world, is home to 33 breweries, each with their own unique selection of brews and food! If you are a food and drink guru, you will want to plan a day visiting the breweries in Bend and Sunriver. In between trips, make sure you head for downtown Bend and The Old Mill District for a unique shopping experience. It is a family-friendly day everyone will enjoy! https://beermebend.com/ https://www.oldmilldistrict.com/ http://www.downtownbend.org/
Day 9: High Desert Museum Enjoy a day of wildlife, history, and art at the High Desert Museum. This unique museum tells the stories of the High Desert’s diverse people and places through ever-changing exhibitions. There is always something new to see with 12 new exhibits every single year! https://highdesertmuseum.org/
Day 10: Holiday Parade The downtown Bend holiday parade is a Central Oregon tradition! With music, floats, dancing and entertainers, it is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Grab a cup of cocoa, find a seat, and watch the magic unfold! http://bendchristmasparade.org/
Day 11: Holiday Brunch Head on down to the Great Hall in Sunriver for a fun filled holiday brunch! Enjoy a festive spread of holiday favorites, and mingle with a fun mix of holiday characters. This family friendly event has been a Sunriver tradition for decades! https://www.destinationhotels.com/sunriver-resort/activities/bend-oregon-activities/brunch-with-santa
Day 12: Sunriver Fitness and Aquatics Love to swim? Love to surf? Love to rock climb? Head on down to Sunriver Fitness and Aquatics for an array of family friendly activities. This 30,000 square foot state of the art facility features a Flowrider, a full-size rock gym, a pool and hot tub, a workout room, and a café. It is the perfect way to keep warm while you gaze out at the winter wonderland. https://www.sunriverfitnessandaquatics.com/
There is no better time of the year, and there is no better place to spend it than in Central Oregon! Bring your family, bring your friends, and see what this fast-growing, ever-changing area has to offer. We know that once you come, you will never want to leave! Happy Holidays from all of us here at Mountain Resort Properties!
Mt. Bachelor first started December 19, 1958 and celebrates its 60th anniversary, this winter. Founder, Bill Healy, had a vision for a new ski area on what has now become the sixth largest ski mountain in the United States.
It originally opened as the Bachelor Butte Ski Area on December 19, 1958 and was later renamed to Mt. Bachelor in 1983. There was a 1,500-square-foot day lodge and just one lift back then – and it didn’t have any chairs. There was a Poma Lift, which was a surface lift that drags you and your skis along the snow, and two rope tows; and that’s it.
A lot has changed in 60 years, There is now 11 chairlifts scattered across the mountain and over 4,300 acres of ski-able terrain.
At this time last year, Sunriver was covered in knee-deep snow. The region was in the midst of a historic winter in which heavy snowfall caused roofs to collapse, made travel treacherous and left stores out of shovels and ice melt.
It was also Mt. Bachelor’s third-snowiest winter on record, a dream for skiers and snowboarders. This winter has been the complete opposite. The ski area averages 457 inches of snowfall in a season, from October to April. So far this year, Mt. Bachelor has only received a total of 221 inches and is currently reporting a depth of 55 inches. For more details read sport blog.
While snow has been scarce this year, there is still plenty to do with the Spring like weather conditions we are experiencing this winter in Sunriver (Central Oregon). Activities range from skiing in the morning to golfing in the afternoon and everything in between. So, take advantage of one of our many Sunriver lodging specials and bring your family, bring your bikes, bring your clubs and we will see you in Sunriver!