Travel Stress No More
A Central Oregon Staycation
By Amanda Klingman
Don’t feel like spending thousands of dollars to stand in long lines at airports and amusement parks? Skip the stress and take advantage of the countless recreation opportunities that exist in your own backyard. Outdoor exploration, indoor entertainment, and good ol’ fashioned family fun are yours to enjoy in Central Oregon this Spring Break!
Smith Rock – Terrebonne Day Trip
Breakfast – Before you begin your adventure, fuel up at the Sunspot Drive-In, a local’s and climber’s favorite. Don’t expect Eggs Benedict here, just classic food with great service. They keep the menu kid friendly with simple breakfast fare done right. Great prices and large portions make it a win-win for pre-hike fuel. Sunspot also serves tasty, hard scoop ice cream for a late afternoon treat!
8100 Hwy 97
Smith Rock Adventure – Spectacular scenery and world class hiking in your own backyard! Cross the Crooked River via the footbridge, then head left on the River Trail for some serious climbing entertainment and an easy trail along the river. Older kids will delight in the exhilarating Misery Ridge Trail, which gets the heart pumping and tops out above the rock formations. Grab a map at the Visitor Center to check out all the hikes for littles.
Post Hike Pit Stop – snap a family photo at the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint on Hwy 97. With stunning views of the canyon, Crooked River and bridge, this is a great spot to admire the beauty of nature, stretch little legs or use the potty.
Leisurely Lunch – Satisfy that appetite with a leisurely lunch at the Terrebonne Depot. The kids will appreciate the novelty of this historic old train station while parents will revel in the organic menu and great microbrew selection.
Hit up the Depot’s horseshoe pits while your’e waiting for your house cured pork belly or pizza.
400 NW Smith Rock Way
Alpaca Encounter – Stop and say hello to the adorable alpacas at the beautiful Crescent Moon Ranch. You’ll catch views of the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson and Smith Rock while you make new four legged friends. Buy feed or just pet them on your way to Crescent Moon’s alpaca boutique.
7566 N Hwy 97
Sisters – Camp Sherman Day Trip
Light Breakfast at Angeline’s Bakery– Hit the road on an empty stomach as you make your way to Angeline’s Bakery & Café in Sisters. Specializing in gluten free bakery fare, the Angelines’s crew keeps it light with Morning Muffins, Amazing Cinnamon Rolls or Raw Almond Granola. Add a great cup of coffee or green smoothie for a complete meal, but don’t overdo it! There are plenty of eats to experience in Sisters!
121 W Main Ave, Sisters
Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery– Great for toddlers and teens alike, the Wizard Falls Hatchery in Camp Sherman gets the family out into the best that Central Oregon has to offer! Nestled along the Metolius River and set in the Deschutes National Forest, the hatchery raises trout and salmon in large viewing pools. Children and adults will love the thrill of watching fish jump and splash for pellets purchased on site. Grab your camera and be on the lookout for hungry eagle and osprey searching for a meal in the last pond.
Forest Service Road 14
Option A) Wizard Falls Hike – If the weather and the kids cooperate, take your adventurous spirit a bit further and hike all or part of the Wizard Falls Loop, a moderately difficult trek. This 6-mile loop is gorgeous from start to finish. Expect to see rapids, wildlife, fly fishermen and more. Go the distance or turn back when tummies start to rumble and head to the historic Camp Sherman Store and Fly Shop for a delicious deli sando and the daily fishing report.
25451 Forest Service Road 1419, Camp Sherman
Option B) Hit the Shops – All hiked out? No problem! Downtown Sisters is as quaint as they come and totally walkable. You’ll find unique shops and art galleries that offer something of interest for everyone in the family. The Old West feel and inviting small town store owners make it feel like more of a cultural experience than a shopping spree.
Dinner and a Movie – Round out your day at Three Creeks Brewery and the Sisters Movie House, both located on the Five Pine Campus. Three Creeks offers tasty pub fare to please young palates and plenty of beers on tap. Fill up a growler and enjoy some of Three Creeks finest from the comfort of your own home. Not quite bedtime? Catch the latest family flick next door at the Sisters Movie House. The kids are sure to fall asleep on the way home!
Three Creeks Brewing
721 Desperado Ct, Sisters
Sisters Movie House
720 Desperado Ct, Sisters
Sunriver Day Trip
Breakfast, Family Style – Start your day with a delicious European Style breakfast at Café Sintra in Sunriver. This inviting, family run bistro serves traditional favorites like crepes, pancakes, and omelets with innovative European twists.
7 Ponderosa Rd., Sunriver
Hit the Village – Walk off those pancakes and stroll through the Village at Sunriver. The Village boasts local shops, restaurants and family favorite past times like bumper cars, bouncy houses, train rides, ice skating and mini-golf.
57100 Beaver Dr., Sunriver
Mid Day Dip- Spend your afternoon at SHARC, the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center. SHARC offers indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, water slides, a tot pool, year round tubing hill, sand play area and more! Need a break from the kiddos? Hit the hot tub and send them to the Riptide Café, SHARC’s on- site snack shack.
57250 Overlook Road, Sunriver
Dine in Style – Hop in the car and head to the beautiful Sunriver Resort Lodge. A walk through the lodge and the view from the deck make it a worthwhile stop on its own, but if dinner is calling your name, head to Carson’s American Kitchen at the Lodge and indulge in delicious, family friendly American fare, like skillet corn bread and beef stroganoff. Carson’s is upscale yet lively with an approachable menu for the entire family.
17600 Center Drive, Sunriver
Stargaze at the Oregon Observatory – End your day in a relaxing way with an evening under the stars. No need to bring your binoculars, the observatory is home to the largest collection of telescopes for public viewing in the country! The helpful staff is eager to share their knowledge of stars, planets and other celestial bodies as you feast your eyes on faraway wonders. Evening viewings from 8-10pm on Wed, Fri and Sat nights during Spring Break.
57245 River Road