Sunriver Airport, OR.

Pilot reports....

Tom Morris of Mt Shasta writes...

Sunriver, OR., a year round resort in the high country east of the cascades. The airport is 1/2 mile from the Sunriver Lodge. They will pick you up in a golf cart. A call to Unicom can have the cart waiting for you. The resort has everything - nice rooms and condos, three excellent restaurants, a bar with weekend dancing, swimming pools, two Robert Trent Jones golf courses, bicycles for rent, jogging trails, canoe rentals [a beautiful 3 mile stretch of the Deschutes River, with a van to pick you up at the downstream put-out], a church, and shuttle service to Mt. Bachelor Ski Area [which has some of the best skiing west of the Rockies. We have been there many times, in all seasons, but our favorite is early October, when the weather is still warm, the aspens are in color, the rates are lower, and bicycle and canoe rental are free to lodge guests. One of the restaurants, the Meadows, has a killer champagne brunch every Sunday. It's about $20 a head, but it's worth it. Not only is the food superb, but the restaurant overlooks the golf course and ponds, with a view of the airport, and Mt. Bachelor [since the time this review was written, the restaurant has stopped serving the Sunday brunch, but they still have excellent meals from the menu.].  If you like fish - or if you don't - try the Trout House Restaurant, 1/4 mile northwest of the airport. A 10 minute walk from the Lodge is Sunriver Village, which has several more restaurants, a market, bookstores and gift shops, an ice skating rink [in winter, of course] and Goodies, a treat shop with ice cream sundaes, and every kind of candy you could imagine.

Sunriver airport has a long [I've seen small jets fly in and out] well maintained runway, with fuel and an FBO. The pattern is west of the field, to avoid overflying noise sensitive homes. The field can be a little tricky to spot the first time in [unless you have GPS]. Look for it between the south golf course and a bend in the river. It's on the west end of a meadow, with the river and wooded hills to the west. There is an white obstacle light on a low hilltop about a mile southwest.

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