Located in central Oregon, Sunriver attracts those near and far with the natural resources in its backyard. Of the 1,393 people that call Sunriver home, they are lucky enough to be surrounded with resources suitable for biking, water recreation, and skiing.
And, there’s also room for art. Sunriver will host its annual art fair on Aug. 10-12. The Sunriver Art Fair was named America’s Best Small Town Art Fair for the second consecutive year. The fair provides an opportunity for artists to interact with the community, and hosts live entertainment each day. Ti runs 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
This year, BendBroadband is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the fair. Net proceeds from the fair support non-profit agencies in Deschutes County.
Here are some additional fun facts to know about Sunriver:
Sixty years ago, the area was a World War II training facility called Camp Abbot. It was active for less than 16 months, the U.S. Army camp was used to train combat engineers during World War II and was named for Henry Larcom Abbot.
A large part of site is now Sunriver Resort, and the rest has been incorporated into the Deschutes National Forest. The only remaining structure from Camp Abbot is the officers’ mess hall; now part of the resort and known as the Great Hall, it is used for large conferences and special events.
In the early 1990s, Sunriver was in the process of becoming the recreational and beautiful village we know it as today.
Known as “Oregon’s original bike friendly vacation spot,” Sunriver contains over 50 miles of dedicated, paved biking and walking trails. The village is also the beginning of the pristine Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, one of the prettiest drives throughout the region. Looping through Cascade Mountains, around Mt. Bachelor, and near mountain lakes; it doesn’t get much better than this.
Off of the bike path, there is still fun to be had on the Deschutes River, just west of Sunriver. Many jump in the river to cool off – but not for long as the high temperature is around 60 degrees. Hoping in a kayak, raft, canoe, or on a paddleboard is the best way to experience the Deschutes River and the surrounding beauty.
In the winter, the fun doesn’t stop with snow – it keeps going. Mt. Bachelor, one of the ten largest ski resorts in the nation, is the “crown jewel” for winter sports in central Oregon. Residents and visitors are lucky to have this beautiful and fun resource nearby.
But if downhill and speed is not your cup of tea, Sno-Parks, suitable for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, are perfect for those looking to enjoy central Oregon’s winter beauty at a slower pace.
The natural beauty of Sunriver also provides a great place for an observatory. The Oregon Observatory has a regular schedule of daytime and nighttime viewing, school programs, and availability for private parties.
By Morgan Grunow, Communications Intern