Julie Travels: Sunriver 2018

Hi friends! I am back from a week away in Sunriver, Oregon. Chelsea’s family has been going to Sunriver for over 20 years, and I have had the pleasure of joining them for the last five trips. It is such a fun vacation spot, and something I look forward to each year.

Last year, I blogged about all the awesome things to do in Sunriver.

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You can read that here.

Today, I’m going to share the specifics of what we did this year, which was a mix of old and new, so let’s dive in!

We arrived Saturday night – it’s about an 8 hour drive down, including stops. On the drive down, we stopped at a brewery called Bale Breaker for an ALS fundraiser they were hosting called Ales for ALS. The fundraiser had some delicious food trucks, drinks, and live music. It was the perfect pit stop.

Sunday I woke up early and enjoyed a walk on the trail that winds all through Sunriver. After that, we made our way to the pool where we spent the rest of the day. Perfection!

On Monday, I went on another early morning walk (I was able to get a walk in every day, and it was perfect and quiet and a great way to start the day!). Chelsea and I joined her family for a walk through the Sunriver Village (lots of cute shops!), and then went to lunch at Crux Brewery. After lunch, we found ourselves back at the pool.

After my morning walk on Tuesday, we headed to Sparks Lake to kayak and have a picnic lunch. It was a gorgeous view and a wonderful morning. That afternoon, after a pit stop for ice cream, it was time to prep dinner. It was our night to host dinner and we opted for carnitas. I contributed the decorations and drinks to accompany the dinner – cactus and margaritas!

Wednesday Chelsea and I went to breakfast with her mom, dad, aunt, and uncle at a delicious little spot called McKay Cottage. It was amazing – everyone LOVED what they got. I opted for the gourmet breakfast sandwich with breakfast potatoes. After breakfast, we went to visit Lava Butte. It was a great little adventure – we took a shuttle bus to the top of the butte and hiked around learning about the geologic history. After we got home, we were back at the pool!

On Thursday, we were up bright and early to head to Smith Rock with Chelsea’s brother, mom, and dad to take some engagement photos! Chelsea’s brother is a talented photographer, so we were excited to have him snap some pics in such a beautiful place. I’m excited to see how the pictures turned out because the scenery was incredible! After pictures, we met the rest of the family at a great little restaurant called Spork. It’s Mexican Asian fusion and it was a fun, delicious lunch. After lunch, you guessed it, we were back at the pool.

Friday we did a hike with the whole family at Paulina Falls. It was an easy hike with spectacular views, so it was great for kids and adults alike. We found a lakeside restaurant for lunch, Blue Duck Grill, and it was a cute little spot perfect for our group. And, I bet you can guess where we ended up after lunch… the pool for one last afternoon. We ended the night with dinner and cousin snuggles on the couch.

On Saturday, we left bright and early to make the drive home and picked up this cutie on our way after her fun week at Camp Ruff House.

It was a wonderful week with the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, and I’m already looking forward to next summer.

Happy travels and party on!
JW

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