It may still be winter, but that means it’s the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation in Sunriver.
If you’re interested in visiting Sunriver, then you’ve probably already done some research. You know that there are gorgeous views, countless trails, and a plethora of places to eat and drink. You can find more details on that here, here, and here.
Since you’re covered on the actual “what do I do” details, we wanted to give some tips on the best way to plan your trip, so you’re not overwhelmed with decisions to make once you arrive!
Spontaneous trips are fun, but when you’re traveling with the family, especially with kids, having a set plan and planning in advance is the best way to save time, money, and headaches. To ensure that you have the most options for the summer, we recommend that you book your stay now.
Booking in advance also helps to give you something to look forward to! Taking a random four day weekend is exciting, but planning something now will help you get over the winter blues.
Decide what type of trip you want
Are you looking for a relaxing and lazy vacation to recharge your batteries? Or a non-stop, adventure-filled trip that will leave you feel tired yet energized? It’s easy to have those types of trips or anything in between when you come to Sunriver. Central Oregon is known for its adventures (we do sit at the base of the Cascades, after all!), but the mountain views and scenery can make for a calming, meditative experience.
Think about why you’re coming. Is it a bachelorette party, a family reunion, a romantic getaway? Consider what you want out of these events and then make decisions from there. A romantic getaway will most likely have different events planned than a bachelor party. Figuring out what type of trip you want will help you to make decisions in advance – like booking a spa day, a yoga class, or planning to climb up South Sister. Make sure that everyone is on the same page, or that everyone will have the opportunity to have the type of vacation that they’re hoping for.
Make of list of what you want to do
It may seem obvious, but when you’re on vacation, you may find yourself trying to cram too many things in and end up not relaxing. Or, you may find yourself at the end of your stay realizing you didn’t go to the restaurant that you had been really wanting to try.
Instead of planning out your entire vacation (unless you want to, of course), make a list of sights, activities, and other things that you want to see or do. Then, break it down into “Must-do’s,” “Maybe’s,” and “If we have time’s”. That way, you can clearly see your priorities laid out and make a plan from there. Perhaps everyone has different priorities and must-do’s, so this is a great way to incorporate everyone’s preferences and visions for the trip.
Figure out some details in advance
If you’re not bringing your dog on vacation with you (and you can if you stay at many of Cascara’s vacation homes, see our blog post here), then you’ll want to book a kennel or pet sitter in advance. Though kennels are typically reserved up months in advance for the holidays, summer vacation is still a busy time. Once you book your trip, you should immediately make plans for your pets.
Do you need a house sitter? While not necessary for many, booking a house sitter well in advance just like a dog sitter, it’s something that you should be prioritizing. Sites like Rover and Care can help you find someone you need.
Other details to remember are planning out your PTO, your kid’s schedule, and cancelling any appointments that may have been made for when you’re planning to be gone.
Planning your vacation in advance is a smart idea, but don’t let the thought of planning it stress you out. Vacations are for cutting loose and having fun – whatever that looks like for you. It’s nearly impossible to plan everything, but taking some quick steps beforehand can help you get in vacation mode and feel good about leaving.
Cascara Vacation Rentals is always here to help. If you have any questions about booking a stay or your upcoming trip, we’re always happy to help. Just contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have. We offer 24/7 services and guest advantages. Book a stay with us today!