Our Action-Packed 3-Day Mini-Vaca

If you follow this blog, you know my son has slowly -but loudly- been coming out of his shell the past two years. He's up for trying new adventures, which just makes this mama flying high giddy with joy. When we were given the chance to spend a long weekend in Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon, we jumped on it. As with all of our trips, I logged a decent amount of computer time researching the family-friendliness of the resort, with my son by my side. After studying the site, his own detailed list of Must Do's while we were there: golfing, bike riding, swimming, kayaking, pony rides, rock climbing, the Observatory, the Nature Center, the High Desert Museum. We were only going to be there from Friday afternoon through a Sunday afternoon, so obviously unless we cloned ourselves there was no way we were going to do all of those things. But by goly, we sure were going to try!

Growing up in Portland, Oregon I had been to Sunriver a handful of times. It is about a 3.5 to 4 hour drive from downtown Portland, depending on the route you take and the weather conditions through mountain passes. The majority of my experiences with Sunriver are pre-kids: renting a house with 8-10 other friends for a long weekend, and just sort of hanging out (read: drinking, grilling, running, biking, drinking). So I was excited to see the resort in a whole different light.

Here's what we did do:

Stopped at Deschutes Brewery & Public House a few miles outside of Sunriver in Bend, Oregon, followed by a family-friendly tour of the nearby Deschutes Brewing Facility:

Played golf at Caldera Links, a family-friendly 9-hole golf-course. I use the term "played" loosely, since nobody in our party really Golfs, per se. My 2 year old danced around and sang (wide open green spaces = perfect for just that!), and my son & his 4-year-old cousin took some breaks to try to catch the hundreds of tiny frogs hopping about the course.

Went swimming at the South Pool, one of four main pools on resort grounds. My kids LOVE the water so much. I think it would make sense for our next house to trade a backyard for just straight swimming pool.

Ate dinner while a family of deer hung around outside right next to our back deck:

Hiked halfway (ok maybe a quarter of the way) up the Lava Beds:

We also rode bikes, enjoyed ice cream in the main resort shopping/eating area, visited the High Desert Museum (pricey admission, but the kids had fun; the bat exhibit area is a must) on the way back home, and just had the best time. The drive to and from Sunriver was just gorgeous. I'll post those photos in the next post. All in all, it was an AMAZING time and we cannot wait to visit again soon!