Travel Scenes: A Visit to Sunriver, Oregon

By Amanda Paa – Updated May 5, 2023

While I was a guest of Sunriver Resort, they provided our group with lodging, plus meals and activities at the property. 

I didn’t ever foresee it as realistic to visit all 50 states in my lifetime. But I also didn’t foresee having a career in food and travel photography + writing, which has now given me opportunities to explore much of our country, something I am very grateful for. I’m getting closer to exploring them all, with 11 left after this journey to Oregon.

As I mentioned to you in early September, I’d be spending the majority of the next two months away. After getting back from Canada, I left for Sunriver, Oregon two days later. It was a chance to spend time with girlfriends, thanks to the invitation from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer, who actually has a home there. Twelve of us snug in the beautiful home you see below, in the Caldera Springs community of Sunriver Resort.

Sunriver is a private residential and resort community 15 miles south of Bend in Deschutes County. Located at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Sunriver’s 3,300 acres wind along the eastern side of the Deschutes River. Its paved roads and 40 miles of pathways for pedestrians and bicycle riders, rails, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, white water rafting, skiing, rock climbing, three swimming pools, tennis courts, and two parks give you everything you could possibly want in the beauty of the outdoors.

home at Caldera Springs, Sunriver Resort // cozy house with tall pinesEpic Cheese Board

We did so much in four days, amongst the beauty of central Oregon…..

Kayaking down the pristine Deschutes River.

Kayaking on the Deschutes River

Finding animals, my happy place.

Deer amongst the forest, and the most magical sunset with horses.

deer sightinghorses at sunset horses at sunset

Eating lots of great food and drinking lots of great beverages, as one does with friends who love sharing a meal as much as you do.

Storyville Coffee.
Local Birdseed granola bowls.
Epic cheese and charcuterie boards.
The most incredible five course meal with Chef Travis of Sunriver Resort.
And plenty of Noble Pig wine (the Pinot Gris is PHENOMENAL).

Birdseed GranolaFresh Roasted Coffee Beans from the Congoepic cheese + charcuterie board

We shopped in the village, and I took time for a facial treatment at Sage Springs Spa. It needed a little polishing after all the summer sun. ☺️

I’d go back again for sure, whether it was with girlfriends or my family. A serene retreat outfitted in cozy Pacific Northwest style, this high-desert resort offers hotel rooms, condos and vacation rentals, like the one we stayed in. And next time I go back, my plan is to get some golf in at one of their 3 courses. Fore!


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October 21, 2017


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  1. Kate

    What camera do you use? Photos are stunning.

    • amandapaa

      Hi Kate, and thank you! These photos were actually taken with my iPhone 8. Food photos you see on the blog are taken with a Canon 5d Mark iii.

  2. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

    I want to go back. Beautiful replay, Amanda. xo

  3. Sandy @ RE

    I loved having you here, friend. What a lovely, beautiful post of so many reminders of the great time we had together. Come again!

    • amandapaa

      You were so kind to invite me! And such a wonderful hostess, as I expected. :) Your family is incredible too. xo

  4. Maria

    Loved spending time with you in Oregon! Let’s do it again and soon:)

  5. Erin@WellPlated

    You captured the weekend so beautifully. I want to head back to Sunriver, company included!