Central Oregon has become the largest and most upscale second home/resort area in the Pacific Northwest outside of Canada and Idaho. No single description applies to destination resorts across the board. The more established cater to a mixture of first and second home owners and rental condos, homes and lodge rooms surrounded by other recreational opportunities such as golf, horseback riding, tennis and swimming.
A new generation of upscale resorts is developing around estate home sites, timeshare ownership and/or club membership, luxury amenities and private designer golf courses. These are giving Central Oregon higher visibility at the high end of the resort spectrum.
Under Oregon’s land use restrictions, destination resorts can be sited in designated rural areas but must maintain a specified ratio of permanent homes to guest units not to exceed 2.5:1. Deschutes County has a more restrictive 2:1 ratio in its code.
The following resorts offer various combinations of permanent homes, overnight lodging, restaurants, shops, golf courses and other recreational facilities.
Black Butte Ranch
12930 Hawks Beard, Black Butte, Ore. 97759 (8 mi. W of Sisters)
Est. 1970, 1,280 acres, two 18-hole golf courses. Undergoing $12 million renovation project including new administration building, community center.
16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd., Powell Butte, Ore. 97753
1,800 acres, 900 homesites, rental cabins, 18-hole golf course. Owned by Northview Hotel Group.
On S. Century Drive near Crosswater and Sunriver Resort
400 acres, 365 homesites, 45 cabins, 9-hole executive golf course, golf privileges at Crosswater, Sunriver. Owned by Sunriver Resort.
Eagle Crest Resort
1522 Cline Falls Rd., Redmond, Ore. 97756 (6 mi. W of Redmond)
1,700 acres, three 18-hole golf courses. Owned by Northview Hotel Group and operating as franchisee of Holiday Inn Resorts.
Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort and Casino
6823 Highway 8, Warm Springs, Ore. 97761 (1.5 hrs from Bend)
Est. 1964, Lodge & Convention Center 1972, Casino 1995.
Lodging, casino, swimming, spa, horseback riding, 18-hole golf course.
65600 Pronghorn Club Dr., Bend, Ore. 97701
640 acres, 289 estate home sites, 196 villas, two 18-hole golf courses. Developed by Hix Rubenstein Companies.
Seventh Mountain Resort
18575 Century Dr., Bend, Ore. 97702 (4 mi. SW of Bend)
Closest lodging to Mt. Bachelor, older resort extensively renovated.
1 Center Dr., Sunriver, Ore. 97707 (15 mi. S of Bend)
Est. 1968, 3,900 acres (including Crosswater), est. 4,200 residences, three 18-hole golf courses, significant capital improvements since 1993.