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Sunriver: All Season Resort in Central Oregon

Friday August 22, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 3 Comments

For those of you old enough to remember the 1978 movie Same Time, Next Year starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, you’ll recall that the romantic comedy is about two lovers – married to others – who meet each year at a charming bed and breakfast located on the Northern California coast.  My husband and I share the same story in a different state – sort of. Both of us fell in love with Sunriver Resort and central Oregon in our youth. We fell in love with each other in Sunriver during our college days. Over time, we got married, had kids and eventually became empty nesters – one thing remained the same – our Sunriver vacation – same time, next year.

"Sunriver Marina" canoes

Float Deschutes River from Sunriver Marina

Sunriver all season resort

We have traveled to Sunriver, Oregon in winter, spring, summer and fall. However, our annual family vacation always returns us to central Oregon in late summer. This is the best time to experience high desert living, in my opinion. While Sunriver and nearby Mt. Bachelor offer plenty of winter activities, my skiing days are over due to my hip replacement.

I love Sunriver for summer sports like horseback riding, golf, biking, tennis and floating the Deschutes River in a kayak or canoe. After a full day of outdoor activities I can often be found in Sage Springs Spa. – we’re on vacation, afterall! The official name of the facility is actually Sage Springs Club Spa because there is a full fitness center above the spa, as well as an indoor pool.

"Sage Springs Spa"

Relax at Sage Springs Spa

Lodge Village rooms & suites
We’ve slept in places all around Sunriver – from private homes in Caldera Springs to lodge suites and rustic cluster cabins. Our most recent trip found us at the pet-friendly Lodge Village suites. Our two adult children stayed with the dog in the two-story suite while we enjoyed a romantic king room next door. We liked this travel arrangement because the rooms opened directly to a grassy lawn area from the wood deck. Families with young children might opt for these accommodations with two beds upstairs and a queen sleeper sofa downstairs. The kids liked that they could eat breakfast in the room as it offered a kitchen with fridge, microwave and dishwasher – wifi, too!

Sunriver Resort is a four diamond AAA award winner, carries the Green Key Eco-rating and is a member of Destination Hotels & Resorts. Our village suite rented for $316 and $221 for the king guestroom. Check the website for lodging specials and package deals.

"Sunriver Resort"

Pet-friendly & family-friendly lodging

"Sunriver Resort" room

Recently remodeled king room

"Sunriver Lodge" suite

Two-story suite from above

Insider Tip
Opened in 2012, Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) offers 22 acres of indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, a lazy river, hot tubs, picnic and tot areas, in addition to a tubing hill. The center has a daily fee, but guests of the Lodge Village have complimentary access to the nearby outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs.
"Sunriver Lodge Village" pool

Lodge Village outdoor pool

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter @Nancydbrown and follow @SunriverResort on Twitter.

Check-In Time: 4:00pm

Check-Out Time: 11:00am

If You Go:

Sunriver Resort (800) 801-8765
17600 Center Drive
Sunriver, OR 97707

Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Sunriver Resort. All opinions are my own.

Relax at Sunriver Resort Sage Springs Spa, Central Oregon

Friday August 24, 2012 at 8:08 AM | 3 Comments

"Mount Bachelor"

Relax at Sage Springs Spa after a day enjoying the high desert of Central Oregon and Mt. Bachelor

If  you are traveling in Central Oregon’s high desert region, it’s safe to assume that you enjoy the sporting life. From mountain biking down hill next to waterfalls, to horseback riding, kayaking or white water rafting the Deschutes River, there is an activity to please every outdoor enthusiast. What’s better than a day spent exercising with friends or family? Nothing beats a spa treatment to end a perfect day – or jump-start a morning.

Relax and renew at Sage Springs Spa

With its warm ambiance and welcoming staff, Sage Springs Club and Spa captures the spirit of the high desert in Central Oregon. From the moment you step into the wood timbered building, to the reception area and the locker room, you are wrapped in the spa cocoon way of life. In fact, I felt my shoulders drop a notch and my body relax as I slipped into the plush spa robe and slippers supplied by Sage Springs.
"Sage Springs Spa"

Come in and be pampered at Sunriver Resort's Sage Springs Spa

Sage Springs Spa tour – the road to relaxation

I followed the receptionist, like an eager dog waiting for his treat, as she pointed out the private whirlpool, steam room and showers. After my time in the relaxation room, with its herb tea, soft furniture, low lights and relaxing music, I was ushered into the treatment room by Tifany LeGuyonne. Unlike the  doctor’s office, where I have to step on the scale, check my blood pressure and discuss my maladies, LeGuyonne explained the iSun detoxifying body ritual I was about to experience
Gemstone energy massage
On a prior visit to Sunriver Resort, the year before, I had tried the spa’s gemstone energy massage. It’s plants, minerals and colors are meant to re-balance the body, while the gemstone oils offer deep relaxation when partnered with Swedish massage. I’m getting more relaxed just thinking about my massage.
"Sage Srings Spa relaxation room"

Relax before the iSun detoxifying body ritual at Sage Springs Spa

iSun detoxifying body ritual at Sage Springs Spa

My body treatment began with a dry brush exfoliation, followed by an aromatherapy oil application. A quick spritz on the body is followed by a light layer of Moraccan clay rubbed into my skin to form a body mask. Cocooned in warm blankets, I drift off to la-la land while LeGuyonne gives me a relaxing scalp massage. All too soon, the mask is removed using warm towels that have been steamed.   LeGuyonne finishes my 80 minute treatment with a quick massage and gently drapes the Spa robe over my shoulders with the familiar suggestion to keep myself hydrated – an important reminder in this high desert atmosphere – and tells me to take my time getting dressed.
I could have taken a nap in the treatment room. Instead, I obligingly put on my robe and headed for the steam room, before a quick shower and dip in the hydrotherapy spa.
Insider Tips:
Arrive at least 30 minutes early to take advantage of all Sage Springs Spa has to offer.  Leave your cell phone behind; no one wants to be reminded of the outside world in a spa environment.   The cost of my 80 minute iSun detoxifying body ritual was $185.
"Sage Springs Spa"

Sage Springs Club and Spa offers gemstone massage that will rock your world

If You Go:

Sage Springs Club and Spa

(541) 593-7891

Sunriver, OR 97707

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Sage Springs Spa review and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown, who visited August 2012. Mt. Bachelor photo courtesy of Sunriver Resort’s Facebook page.

As is typical in the travel industry, the author received a complimentary spa treatment during her visit.


Sage Springs Spa at Sunriver, Oregon

Friday September 16, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 0 Comments

Sage Springs Spa

Massage Therapy in Sunriver, Oregon at Sage Springs Spa

Truth be told, I’ve never met a massage I didn’t like. The Sage Springs Spa in Sunriver Resort is no exception. Walking into the Central Oregon club and day spa, guests and members are immediately embraced in the spirit of the high desert region with its massive stone fireplace in the lobby, high beamed ceilings and rock pillars by the reception area.  Once ushered into the Sage Springs Spa, the smell of indigenous, natural and organic products fill your senses, while water features and subtle music play in the background. Open year round, the two story building includes the first floor day spa, as well as an indoor fitness center,  featuring three tennis courts, state-of-the art conditioning center and three lane lap pool.

Make sure to arrive early to your spa treatment to fully enjoy the steam room and hot tub, as they are especially inviting for relaxing sore muscles after a day of horseback riding, river rafting, skiing or outdoor adventure in Central Oregon.

Sage Springs Spa lobby

The lobby of Sage Springs Spa at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon

Sage Springs Spa Facilities

Once inside Sage Springs Spa, your nose will guide you to the day spa with its aromatherapy scents. Spa guests are shown to the locker room and provided with a private locker,  plush robe and spa slippers. From here guest may relax in the steam room, hydrotherapy spa or chill in the lounge with a hot cup of tea or lemon water.

Sage Springs Spa Treatments

From sun up to sun down, there is a Sage Springs Experience for everything your heart desires. Wake up tired skin with a scrub, try a Sunriver body wrap, hot stone massage or Sage Springs pedicure.

My 50-minute Gemstone Energy Massage rocked. My therapist, Debbie Simmons, introduced me to three ISUN gemstone massage oils to choose from. While the Rose Quartz Crystal energy supposedly opens the heart and elevates the spirit, the Amethyst Quartz Crystal is said to have calming and purifying benefits. I opted for the garnet gemstone, noted for giving strength to the body and grounding the nervous system. Personally, I liked the garnet smell and who am I to pass up on extra strength for my body?

Sage Springs hydrotherapy spa

Relax under the stars in Sage Springs hydrotherapy spa

According to Sage Springs Spa Esthetician Debbie Simmons, Isun skincare founder Bunnie Gulick, “adds the best ingredients, with gemstone infused in small batches to absorb the energy of the crystal.” While I didn’t walk away from the Gemstone Energy Massage channeling my inner Superman; able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, I was definitely relaxed and feeling grounded. Sage Springs Spa: I’ll be back!

What are your favorite things to do in Sunriver, Oregon? Follow Sunriver Resort on Twitter and follow Travel Writer and Spa Reviewer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter for insider tips to travel destinations.


If You Go:

Sage Springs Spa

(541) 593-7891

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Sage Springs Spa review and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown, who visited August 2011.

As is typical in the travel industry, the author received a complimentary spa treatment during her visit.