Not everyone comes to Bend for the breweries and outdoor adventure. In fact, we have many amazing resorts near Bend. These resorts offer world class golf, beautiful lodging options, pools, spas, fine dining, and more. This may surprise many of you who think of Bend as a craft beer and extreme sports mecca. The resorts we’ll highlight below are a perfect example of how Bend is the perfect destination no matter how you want to vacation.
One thing we should make clear; there is no “resort” at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area. There are a three different lodges that provide food and drink, but the only way to stay at the mountain is to rent an RV spot in the West Village. Make your reservation early and bring a hard-sided RV or camper. Pop-up campers or any sort of tent are not allowed. The good news is, there are a few resorts within 25 minutes of Mt. Bachelor that provide shuttle service. Scroll to the bottom if you’re looking for ski resorts, because we’re going to start off with some of our favorite true “resorts”.
Located about 35 minutes from downtown Bend, Brasada Ranch is truly one of the quintessential full service resorts near Bend. This is a resort where every need is met. Every whim, indulged. Brasada features championship golf with majestic views of the mountains from several tee boxes. The full equestrian center and miles of horseback trails embody the rustic nature of Central Oregon. For those seeking a romantic get-away, the relaxing spa and farm-to-table restaurants will spoil you. Kids and adults alike will enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails, multiple swimming pools and a variety of family friendly accommodations.
Like many of the resorts near Bend, Brasada offers several different lodging options. The Sage Canyon Cabins includes 65 stand-alone properties spread out of several acres. These cabins range from two to four bedrooms and 1,250 to 2,800 square feet. Some of the cabins are even pet friendly if you’re hoping to travel with your pup.
The Ranch House showcase 4 large suites and 4 guest rooms. Both options are very elegantly appointed and are much larger than your standard hotel rooms. Just outside, facing west and the inspiring sunsets, is a fire pit and spa exclusively for Ranch House guests. One thing to note about the Ranch House is that it is solely for adults and no pets are allowed. It’s the perfect option for couples looking for a romantic weekend escape.
Like Brasada, Prongorn is a pure luxury resort near Bend. To get to the resort, travel about 30 minutes from downtown Bend and through one of the largest Juniper tree forests in the world. Pronghorn is best knows for it’s ghost trees and 2 world class golf courses. Only the Jack Nicklaus course is open to the public and resort guests, but if you’re lucky enough to meet a member you might get to play the famed Tom Fazio course. The picturesque views, high end rustic decor, and thoughtful amenities have made Pronghorn one of the elite wedding venues in Central Oregon.
The Huntington Lodge (pictured) was completed in 2019. It is an artistically inspired hotel featuring wood furnishings as well as modern and clean architecture. Their in house dining features a locally inspired, award winning menu.
Huntington Lodge is more of a traditional hotel than Brasada’s Ranch House. That being said, they do offer beautiful 2 bedroom penthouse suites. The fire pit, pool, and spa round out the elegant lodge experience.
While the Huntington Lodge is new the Pronghorn resort, the vacation rental homes have been a hit for years. With 1, 3, and 4 bedroom homes available, there is plenty of room for the whole family. These vacations homes are exactly what you would expect from a high end Central Oregon resort. From high end rustic finishes to gourmet kitchens to private terraces with fire pits, you might never want to leave.
Sunriver is probably the most well know resort near Bend, OR. While it’s technically part of the Bend metro area, it’s often thought of as it’s own small town. Sunriver has a large amount of vacation rentals home managed by a variety of different property companies as well as the actual Sunriver Resort.
The Resort offers hotel rooms, a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center and spa, fine dining, access to exclusive golf courses and more. The Sage Springs Club and Spa offers tennis courts, an indoor lap pool, hot tubs, and steam rooms. The resort manages 4 golf courses in total, but only 2 are open to the general public. Crosswater and Caldera are open only to members and resort guests.
Vacation rental homes in Sunriver don’t always allow access to resort amenities, it depends on who is managing that particular property. However, everyone can enjoy the shops and restaurants in the Sunriver Village as well as miles of relatively flat walking and biking trails. The Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic Center (SHARC) is a must visit for everyone in the summer. If you rent an vacation rental home, be sure to ask the property manager is SHARC passes are include.
Access to Mt. Bachelor from Sunriver – Sunriver is one of the two resorts we mentioned earlier that is close to the mountain. It’s about a 25-minute drive from the Village at Sunriver to the West Village at Mt. Bachelor. For $20/adult and $15/kids (12 and under) there is a shuttle that leaves the Sunriver Resort at 8am and returns at 4pm.
Seventh Mountain Resort
In recent years Seventh Mountain Resort has becoming increasingly timeshare oriented. Although it’s now owned and operated by Worldmark, they still offers the average vacationer a wonderful resort near Bend. Located just outside of Bend, Seventh Mountain Resort is a great choice for both winter and summer outdoor adventures in sunny Central Oregon. At the gateway to the Cascade Lakes Highway the resort is also the closest resort to Mount Bachelor.
Seventh Mountain is one of Central Oregon’s premier location for outdoor adventure. Biking, hiking, whitewater rafting in summer, and ice skating in winter are literally right outside your door. A shuttle service for resort guests makes the 20 minute trek and drops you off right at Mt. Bachelor. The heated pools and hot tubs are open all year long, as are many other outdoor options. Your stay here will have you encircled by peaks, lakes, meadows, culture, adventure, breweries, festivals, family fun, shopping and more.
Seventh Mountain is a traditional hotel style resort. There are no stand alone homes on the property. However they do offer a wide variety of suites from studios all the way up to 3 bedrooms.
Elk Lake Resort
Elk Lake is a perfect place to spend a summer day if you’re looking to kayak, SUP, fish, or just have a picnic on the beach while enjoying mountain views. But if you’re looking for at the rustic lake resorts near Bend, this could be the one for you. Located just 25 miles southwest of Bend, Elk Lake is home to a variety of summer and winter activities. From kayaking and fishing to snowmobiling and snowshoeing, Elk Lake has lots to offer all year long.
One of the things that makes Elk Lake Resort so special is that you can access it during the winter months. The Cascade Lakes Highway closes for the winter at Mt. Bachelor. Snowmobiles, skis, snowshoes, or these awesome Elk Lake Snowcats are the only way to get to the lakes.
Cabins are still available for rent during the winter and the resort is still open. Renters can park at Dutchman Flat Snopark and then load themselves, their gear, and even smaller dogs (25lbs or less) into one of these beasts for an amazing ride to the resort.