Crosswater Golf Course, Sunriver, Oregon

Friday July 23, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

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Crosswater Golf Course with Mt. Bachelor in the background, Sunriver, Oregon

 

Crosswater Golf Course at Sunriver Resort

Who said “golf is a good walk spoiled?” Mark Twain said it, and he obviously hadn’t played Crosswater Golf Course in Central Oregon.

On the breathtaking Crosswater golf course, every hole is as scenic as the last. The views of the Robert E. Cupp designed course you see on television, while watching the Champions Tour, don’t do justice to this 18 hole course.

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Crosswater crosses the Little Deschutes River Seven Times

 

Central Oregon beauty at Crosswater Golf Course

Every golfer passing through Central Oregon needs to stop to play Crosswater. However, it is a privately owned and operated golf course. You are in luck if you are a member, guest of a member, or a guest of Sunriver Resort.

With Mt Bachelor backdrops and the spectacular Deschutes River winding its way throughout the course,  every hole can be showcased on a postcard. As Crosswater Golf Course is a traditional exclusively bent grass heathland style, golfers will appreciate the 7,683-yard course with its pure wetlands, luscious plants and native wildlife.

In fact, Crosswater Golf Course was designated as a certified Audubon Sanctuary through the Audubon Society of New York State in 1999, one of only 150 golf courses in the U.S. with this distinction.

 

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Playing like a Pro

Every player will feel like a pro with up to date maps of pin locations, and yardage guides acting as your own personal caddie. Regardless of score, you will have a great time playing with the wonderful views and people of Crosswater in Central Oregon.

What are your favorite things to do in Sunriver, Oregon?

If You Go:

Crosswater Golf Club 1 (541) 593-6196

P.O. Box 4818

Sunriver, Oregon 97707

This review of Crosswater Golf Course is a guest post by Evan D. Brown. Evan is a high school student and avid golfer. Evan was a guest of Sunriver Resort.

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Things to See and Do in Sunriver, Oregon

Friday July 16, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 7 Comments

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Take in a sunset at Sunriver, Oregon

Are you headed to Sunriver, Oregon? Sunriver Resort is where our son learned to walk. This family-friendly resort holds a special place in our heart. In fact, when I recommend other places to vacation, the family insists on returning to Sunriver. There are so many things to see and do in Sunriver, Oregon that you’ll want to come back for a second, or third visit.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the top of Lava Butte.

If you are traveling with kids, or you simply like home made ice cream, you’ll want to visit Goody’s at the Sunriver Resort Village Mall.

Once you’ve had your sugar fix, head out to the Deschutes National Forest on a mountain bike or take a horseback ride.

For complete quiet, take a float on a canoe or kayak down the Deschutes River or Cascade Lakes.

If you come to Sunriver, get your picture taken next to Benham Falls. This is a flat, fairly easy bike ride with kids.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at the Grille at Crosswater, get the salmon.

Sunriver is my one stop shop for outdoor recreation.

Take a downhill mountain bike ride to Paulina Plunge outside of Sunriver, Oregon

Take a downhill mountain bike ride to Paulina Plunge outside of Sunriver, Oregon

Not a lot of money to spend on restaurant dining, head to the farmers’ market in Bend.

For a huge splurge, I go to the Grille at Crosswater.

Photo ops in Sunriver could be on a horse next to the Deschutes River, in a Glider soaring over the Cascade Mountains, or on the 12thhole at Crosswater.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Lava Butte or on horseback at Ramsey Ridge.

The most random thing about Sunriver Resort is the Wings and Wheels Antique Car and Airplane Festival.

In Sunriver, an active day outdoors involves biking, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, paddle-boarding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, caving. The recreational opportunities are wide open.

My favorite walking route is the Benham Falls trail.

Sunriver’s best museum is the High Desert Museum.

For a night of dancing, go to your back porch and dance under the stars. Otherwise, you’ll have to head into Bend for live music with nightlife.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read the Sunriver Scene.

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The best Sunriver views are reached on horseback from Ramsey Ridge

You can tell a lot about Central Oregon from visiting Sisters and watching the Sisters rodeo.

In the spring you should go skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor. Usually Bachelor has the best late season snow in the country.

In the summer you should take a white water rafting trip on the Deschutes.

In the fall you should hike the Deschutes river trail when the aspens are on fire.

In the winter you should go to Mt. Bachelor for dog sledding rides.

A hidden gem in Central Oregon is Fall River.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to the Bellatzza.

Just outside of Sunriver Resort you can visit Sparks lake and have a picnic.

The best way to see Sunriver is to ride bikes.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Ft. Funnigan.

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Go standup paddle boarding or kayaking on Sunriver’s Deschutes River

What are your favorite things to do in Sunriver, Oregon?

Thanks to Sunriver Resort for assistance with this post.

Photos and YouTube video by Nancy D. Brown

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Best Things to See and Do in Ghent, Belgium

Friday July 9, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 0 Comments

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Canal boats rest along the Leie – river, in Ghent, Belgium

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the Belfry, St. Bavo’s Cathedral and “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” and St. Michaels’ Bridge.

When I crave Ghent cuisine, I turn to a table for two in a romantic restaurant or a group meal in a great setting.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at some of the many parks in Ghent. The town council would like even more greenery in the city. Near St. James’ Church, an entire street has been sacrificed to this effort. Bibliotheekstraat was grassed over to make the Baudelopark even bigger and more enjoyable.

After enjoying the classic or modern art in MSK or the SMAK, you can take in some fresh air in the Citadel Park. Children will enjoy the playground in the park. Visit the pond next to the waterfall before strolling back to the city centre via Sint-Pietersplein.

The modest Muinkpark, laid out in the English landscape style, is the last remnant of the 19th century Ghent zoo. The surrounding streets still bear the animal names who once resided there. Today, you will find their likeness engraved into the ten benches around the park.

In the 1930′s, a park in neo-baroque style was laid out here on the site of the former Zuidstation. Few people, including the citizens of Ghent, realize that the city of Ghent has a nature reserve. The Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen is a 230 hectar flood area that provides a migratory winter habitat for hundreds of birds. The reserve can be explored on three different walking routes. Check out the new visitors’ center – a model of sustainability.

For exotic greenery and an extensive collection of medicinal herbs, fit in a visit to the Plantentuin at Ghent University Botanical Garden.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Stropke Brasserie, get the Gentse Waterzooi, a soup with chicken.

Ghent is my one stop shop for mustard. Visit Tierenteyn-verlent “the best mustard in the world” according to the employees.

When I want to eat organic  for a good price, I go to Brasserie Pakhuis. For something different, try the Framboos Beer.

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Children and adults will enjoy visiting Ghent’s Castle of the Counts in Belgium

For a huge splurge, I go to Belga Queen.

Photo ops in Ghent  include the Castle of the Counts and The Belfry. The best vantage points are by walking to the top of St. Michael’s Bridge.

The most random thing about Ghent is the Ghent Festivities. This feast for the people sets the city a flame for 10 days. It opens with a parade and closes with the “day of the empty wallets.”  Events include the International Street theater Festival and the Puppet Buskers Festival, free musical performances on various stages in the center with more than 700 theater performances, exhibitions, guided tours and fireworks.

In Ghent an active day outdoors involves walking.

My favorite walking route is the “Nibbling Through Ghent” tour with stops at the Grand Meat Hall for Ganda ham, Daskalides Chocolatier, Kaas Meeka and a candy shop.

On my visit, professionals from the Los Angeles, California Getty Foundation were working to restore the individual panels of the “Adoration of the Lamb” at St. Bavo’s Cathedral.

For a night of dancing visit The Culture Club. On the Oude Beestenmarkt you’ll stumble across the trendy places to be and in the city center, the Make Up Club, Tijuana and Club Central for salsa dancing. Jazz lovers will enjoy The Hot Club of Ghent.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read Weekup and “Zone 09″ also visit Gratis (if you can read Dutch) for what’s hot.

In the summer you should attend the Gent Jazz Festival and Jazz in the Park.

In the fall you should visit OdeGand. The International Flanders Festival Ghent opens with the festive OdeGand and a sparkling fireworks display. Also check out the International Film Festival Ghent where the World Soundtrack Awards are presented annually.

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Teenagers must see the Graffiti Street in Ghent, Belgium

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss the World of Kina: the Garden and The World of Kina: the House.

Also visit the Castle of the Counts. Adults find the Gravensteen imposing. Indeed the Counts of Flanders built the castle to intimidate. For children, the castle is nothing less than breathtaking. The stories of knights and ladies may even come to life on a visit.

Make time for a visit to St. Peter’s Abbey Arts Centre where the virtual monk, Alison, guides you on a mysterious journey through the abbey.

If you have teenagers, you must visit the Graffiti street.

Where are your favorite things to do in Ghent, Belgium?

Thanks to Freya Sackx and the Ghent Tourist Office for assistance with this post. For information on Brussels and Belgium Visit Flanders. Visitors, check out the Brugge City Card for attraction discounts.

Article, photos and YouTube video by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown

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