Weekend Getaways

Bend, Oregon Wading and Rafting

1 Sun Country Tours

Sun Country Tours sends 20,000 people a year down the Big Eddy Thriller, a three-mile, roller coaster–like white-water stretch of the Deschutes River.

2 Sunriver Observatory

At 8 p.m., Bob Grossfeld, Sunriver's astronomer in residence, flicks a switch and retracts the roof of the Sunriver Observatory. Sidle up to one of 20 telescopes for a whole new take on the Milky Way.

3 Blacksmith

This restaurant turns out “New Ranch Cuisineâ€

4 Patient Angler

Fly fisherman Peter Bowers, owner of the Patient Angler, swears that what he'll teach you in a 90-minute crash course would take you three years to learn on your own; when you're done, he'll set you up with a rod, reel, and map of the best local holes.

Sunriver Resort Credit : Courtesy of Sunriver Resort

5 Sunriver Resort

Sunriver Resort, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, has it all: a stately lodge, three golf courses (including Crosswater, the top-ranked course in central Oregon, designed by Robert Cupp), tennis courts, swimming pools, skiing (at Mount Bachelor), a full-service spa, and even an observatory.

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