Frequently Asked Questions

WELCOME TO SUNRIVER! We are so glad you chose Sunriver as your vacation destination and we want to make sure your stay with us is better than you could have imagined.

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Making a Reservation

♦  What is the “Recreation Fee”?
♦  How many miles from .........?
♦  What is the maximum number of dogs I can bring along?
♦  What is your cancellation policy and is travel insurance available?
♦  Why am I being charged a fee by (HomeAway) or
♦  What does your cleaning fee entail? Is it refundable?
♦  Can we hold an event (family reunion, etc) in your homes?

About My Vacation Rental

♦  Since there are only adult bikes, where can we rent kids bikes and helmets?
♦  Is there street parking allowed in Sunriver? Where can I park my trailer or camper? 
♦  How do I check-in to my vacation home?
♦  How well does your wi-fi work?
♦  We really want to watch the game while in Sunriver, how well do the TVs work?
♦  Is there anything I should plan to bring with me?
♦  What kind of heating and cooling does my vacation home have?
♦  Why is my refrigerator not cooling?
♦  How to prevent garbage disposal clogs.
♦  Do I have to put the garbage or recycling out on the street?
♦  What happens if I forget something?
♦  Is there anything I need to do before I check-out?
♦  What can I expect to be in the kitchen?
♦  What amenities do you provide?  Do I need to bring soap and toilet paper?
♦  How do I find my vacation rental?
♦  Will my hot tub be hot upon arrival?
♦  Outdoor Furniture & Winterization?

Sunriver Activities & Services

♦  Do we have access to the boat ramp?
♦  Are fireworks or open fires permitted in Sunriver?
♦  Where can I board my dog or take them for doggie day care?
♦  Where can I rent winter & summer recreation equipment?
♦  What is the phone number for . . . . . . ?
♦  How do I float the Deschutes River?
♦  What are the prices and hours at SHARC?
♦  What is Caldera Springs?
♦  How do I get access to the tennis and pickleball courts in Sunriver?
♦  Is there a shuttle service?
♦  Can I get golf discounts through Bennington?
♦  Are passes required to visit the National Forest?
♦  How do I find a baby sitter or kid camps?

post Sunriver stay

♦  We left items behind at the vacation home!


Making a Reservation

What is the “Recreation Fee”?

The recreation fee helps to pay for many of the amenities and services unique to the area including the tennis courts, paved bike paths, complimentary bicycles, snow plowing, Sunriver Nature Center, Oregon Observatory, and High Desert Museum. 

How many miles from .........?

AIRPORTS: We are 43 Miles from the Redmond airport (RDM), 136.6 miles from the Eugene airport (EUG) & 178.4 miles from the Portland airport (PDX).

MT BACHELOR: 20.6 miles, 31 minutes

BEND: 17.6 miles, 24 minutes

What is the maximum number of dogs I can bring along?

We have a maximum of 2 dogs per property throughout the duration of your stay.  We may welcome more than 2 dogs on a case by case basis and often with a refundable deposit.

What is your cancellation policy and is travel insurance available?

Information about our Vacation Rental Terms and Conditions, including our cancelation policy, can be found by clicking on the link. We encourage our guests to purchase CSA Travel Insurance (click on the link to learn more about how it protects you) at any point monies are at risk, but NO LATER than your final trip payment is due (30 days prior to your arrival).  It costs 7.10% of your total rent to protect your vacation investment.  A little expense now will protect against a BIG loss later.

Please be mindful that travel insurance will not cover situations foreseeable at the time of purchase. Coverage will begin at 12:01 a.m. the day following our receipt of your plan payment.  Please read your policy carefully and call CSA at (866) 999-4018 with any questions regarding the coverage offered to you.

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Why am I being charged a fee by (HomeAway) or

HomeAway is the parent company of the website In early 2016 they began charging all guests (regardless of who they book through) a “booking fee” for use of their website., along with (who also charges a “booking fee”) are the largest sources of vacation rentals on the internet.

Bennington Properties pays and a fee to list all our vacation rentals on their website. To use these websites to list our homes we have to agree to their terms and conditions which include allowing them to charge you a “booking fee.” We have no control over the amount of the fee and we do not see a single penny from this fee. When you book directly from and you are agreeing to pay this fee to them and it is often hidden within the grand total you are quoted. When we charge you our portion of the rent you will notice that it is LESS than what you were quoted by or  You should have received an email from VRBO or Airbnb shortly after you booked.  This email includes a breakdown of all charges, including their booking fee.

We wouldn't advertise our vacation rentals on these websites if we didn't have to, but so many people use and to find their vacation homes it has become a critical resource for our business. Essentially you can see this “booking fee” as the price you pay for the convenience of using these websites.

It always pays to book direct. If you plan to travel to Sunriver again in the future (and why would you not?), we recommend you come directly to our website or call one of our very friendly and helpful LOCAL vacation planners. Not only will you get the help you need in finding that perfect vacation home, but you will actually be paying less.

What does your cleaning fee entail?  Is it refundable?

We charge a non-refundable cleaning fee so our guests can just relax and enjoy their vacation. We only ask our guests to put all the dishes in the dishwasher and start it before they depart. That is it! Our team will take care of all the rest. Our cleaning fee is backed by our Housekeeping Guarantee.

Can we hold an event (family reunions, etc.) in your homes?

We do allow daytime only gatherings of 25 people or less to be hosted in our homes on a case by case basis.  Please seek special permission (in writing) from Bennington Properties for any gathering that exceeds the rental property’s occupancy. Reservations made under most of these situations do require a refundable security deposit and a non-refundable cleaning fee.

About My Vacation Rental

Since there are only adult bikes, where can we rent kids bikes and helmets?

We have partnered with 4 Seasons Recreational Outfitters and Village Bike & Ski in the Village at Sunriver to offer our guests additional discounts on bike and helmet rentals.

Is there street parking allowed in Sunriver? Where can I park my trailer or camper?

Sunriver rules and regulations prohibit parking on the roadways or common areas at any time. No recreational vehicle, trailer, and/or boat may be parked at the property except for loading and unloading and for no longer than 48 hours. Secured overnight parking is available through the SROA, or guests are welcome to utilize our personal parking lot at the Bennington Properties office in the Sunriver Business Park.  The Sunriver Police Department will issue permits for special event parking for weddings, family reunions, etc.  This special event parking is only for a few hours at a time.  Click here for the application. 

How do I check-in to my vacation home?

We have a very easy way to check in and check out. No lines, no searching the map for our office, you can go straight to your vacation home.  All Bennington vacation homes have high security digital locks for our guests' added convenience and comfort.  You will receive a personalized 6 digit pin number via email that will allow you and your family to come and go from the property with ease.  Don't forget to use the star key after you enter your 6 digit pin.

How well does your wi-fi work?

Sunriver does not have the strong infrastructure for television and internet as many cities do. Please be patient with our system, as it may be slower and have more connectivity problems then you are used to. Most of our Internet Modems are located near the TV in the living room (if not by the TV, the modem may be near a telephone jack). Please do not relocate the modem. The wireless internet code in most Bennington Properties' managed homes is 1a2b3c4d5e (case sensitive).

Wireless Internet Trouble Shooting

Step 1: Locate the modem (usually near the main TV) and verify all lights are on. If they are not, unplug the modem AND remove the battery (battery located on the side of the modem), wait 60 seconds and then put battery back in and plug the modem back in. If everything is working correctly, in about 60 seconds most of the lights should come on.

Step 2: Locate the visible networks on your device. For the majority of our homes you should see a network with the address of your vacation rental. If you do not, please call Bennington Properties.

Step 3: Enter the following password with all lower cases: 1a2b3c4d5e

Step 4: If all of the lights are on the modem but you are unable to connect to the internet, there is usually a problem with the settings on your laptop ( firewall, security settings etc.).

We really want to watch the game while in Sunriver, how well do the TVs work?

There is so much to do in Sunriver that we don't think you will have much time to spend in front of the TV.  For those times where there is nothing better than a comfy chair and your favorite TV show, we have compiled the following tips.  All Bennington homes have at least one TV, but most have many TVs throughout the home.  Frequent power outages may cause disruptions in the programming of your vacation rental's TV requiring it to be reprogrammed.

If your TV is not working please make sure the small TV cable box is powered on and that the TV is set to the correct “Input” setting (varies by TV). Use the TV’s remote to find the correct input settings.  For after hours assistance with cable problems, you may want to contact the cable provider directly (Bend Broadband at 541.312.6600).  Bennington Properties is also available to assist you with any questions or issues you may experience during normal business hours.

Sunriver Channel Line-up

Is there anything I should plan to bring with me?

Our homes are stocked with the majority of what you will need.  Plan to bring, rent, or purchase the following:

♦ Laundry Detergent
♦ Extra TP & paper towels (we provide a starter supply)
♦ Shampoo & Conditioner
♦ Your favorite spices
♦ Zip-lock bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil
♦ Bike Helmets
♦ Flash lights (for night time exploring)
♦ Specialty Cooking items (wok, rice cooker, etc.)

What kind of heating and cooling does my vacation home have?

HEATING: All of our homes have either a furnace or electric baseboard heating.  If you need anything such as additional heaters or more blankets to keep you comfortable, please let us know.

COOLING: Most of the homes in Sunriver do not have air conditioning.  To keep your Sunriver vacation rental cool, we recommend that at night you use fans to blow the cool air in (make sure the thermostat HEAT is set at or below 50 degrees). In the morning close up all the windows and window coverings to lock that cool air in all day. You might be a bit chilly while you sleep, but you will be grateful for that cool air during the heat of the day.

Why is my refrigerator not cooling?

Unlike your refrigerator at home which is stocked full of food, a vacation rental's refrigerator will be completely empty upon your arrival.  The food in a refrigerator helps to keep the temperature inside the unit cooler.  Without that food a refrigerator takes longer to cool down.  Therefore it may take up to 24 hours for your food to completely cool and the refrigerator to stabilize.  Do not fill the unit with hot items such as soda pop that has been in the trunk of your car for the last 4 hours.  Let the refrigerator cool your perishable food first, then add the warmer items later.  If you need a cooler for drinks, please give us a call.

Keep the refrigerator controls set just slightly above the mid range for maximum efficiency. Although it may seem logical to adjust the fridge and freezer to the coldest temperature setting, this may backfire. If the compressor runs continuously, the coolant lines will freeze and the fridge will not produce cold air.

How to prevent garbage disposal clogs?

Our Guests Services Technicians are available 7 days a week to assist you with problems you might have at your vacation rental, but you may not want us interrupting your vacation.  To avoid issues with your garbage disposal, please do not place carrot or potato peels, celery, egg shells, spaghetti or bones down the sink.  All these items will clog up even the most efficient disposal.

Do I have to put the garbage or recycling out on the street?

The garbage cans are located in an enclosure outside of the garage.  There is no road side pick-up in Sunriver, so the cans do not need to be moved.  Please help us keep the raccoons out of the garbage by keeping the lids on top of the cans.  During most of the year garbage is picked up once a week.  During the summer garbage is picked up twice a week.  Often guests will arrive to a large quantity of garbage in the garbage enclosure.  This is normal as our guests accumulate a lot of garbage while on vacation.  Our field team should be cleaning up any extra trash in the garbage enclosure that does not fit into the two garbage cans, however they are instructed to leave both cans full.  We are more than happy to remove any trash that bothers our guests.  Click here for a list of pick up days on each street.  Once a week pick-up is the day listed FIRST. 

Recycling boxes have been provided inside the garage.  We have placed a sign above the recycling containers explaining what can and cannot be recycled in Sunriver.  Please leave the recycling in the designated containers for our team to pick up and take to the recycling center.

What happens if I forget something?

We know with the hustle and bustle of vacation things can easily be lost or left behind.  We suggest that one person do a sweep through your vacation rental before departing making sure no valuable items were misplaced.  Bennington Properties is not responsible for any items left behind by our guests. However, any items located after a guest's stay are held in our Lost & Found for 14 days. We are happy to return any located items to you, shipping and handling is $35 for most items.

Is there anything I need to do before I check-out?

Thanks for helping us to prepare the vacation rental for the next guest by following these check-out instructions.

What can I expect to be in the kitchen?

Our property owners are required to keep their kitchens well stocked for our guests.  Occasionally kitchen equipment has a way of wandering off so if you find any of the following items NOT at the house, call us and we will promptly bring it out to you.

Small Kitchen Appliances
Coffee maker
Upright Blender
Crock Pot 
Coffee Bean Grinder 

Kitchen Tools & Accessories
Bottle Opener
Can Opener
Full Knife Set
Kitchen Tongs
Salad Tongs
Cooking Spatula
Baking Spatula
Large Solid Spoons
Large Slotted Spoons
Pizza Cutter
Storage Containers with lids
Vegetable Peeler
Wire Whisk
Measuring Spoons
Measuring Cups
Cutting Board 
2-3 Serving Trays / Platters
Large Kitchen Trash Can
Tea Kettle 
Kitchen Timer
Rolling Pin
Meat Thermometer
Pie Server
Ice Cream Scoop
Frying Pans (3 or more, various sizes)
Sauce Pans (3 or more, various sizes, with lids)
Large Pasta Pot
Roasting Pan
Baking Pan
Loaf Pan
Cookie Sheet
Cake Pan
Muffin Pan
2 Casserole Dishes with lids
Mixing Bowls (set of 3 minimum) 

Dinner Plates
Cereal / Salad Bowls
Salad / Dessert Plates
Coffee / Tea Mugs
Drinking Glasses (small and large tumblers)
Wine Glasses
Steak Knives
Miscellaneous Plastic Cups 
Serving Bowls / Platters
Dinner Knives / Forks / Spoons 

PLEASE NOTE: Total dinnerware for guest use should be at least 1 ½ times maximum occupancy.

What amenities do you provide?  Do I need to bring soap and toilet paper?

We provide you with a starter set of the following supplies.

How do I find my vacation rental?

Sunriver is set up a little different than most communities. Here are some tips to find your vacation rental

1. You can find step by step driving instructions to your vacation rental via our web portal, mobile app, or your welcome pdf.
2. Don't trust your GPS.  It is not super reliable in Sunriver.
3. Most streets make a loop.  The address #'s (1, 2, 3, etc) run clockwise around the street always starting with 1.
4. Sunriver is broken up with numbered traffic circles.  Use those numbered circles as landmarks as you follow your map or directions.
5. Print out a photo of the front of your vacation rental for easy recognition (the streets and houses tend to look a lot a like).

Will my hot tub be hot upon arrival?

We understand how important hot tubs are to the enjoyment of your Sunriver vacation.  We require that our property owners hire professional hot tub companies to clean and service the hot tubs between every guest to make sure they are hot and ready.  Often the hot tub companies will have to drain and clean the hot tub on the day of your arrival (because of the previous guests).  On average it takes 8 hours for a hot tub to get hot after being fully cleaned.  This means that you may not be able to jump right into the hot tub when you arrive at 4:30, but you should be able to enjoy it later that night.

As you can imagine with any appliance that runs for 8760 hours a year (365 x 24) there are times things can go wrong.  Although this is rare, it does occassionally happen.  We offer our guests a 10% refund on their rent for any full 24 hours the hot tub is not working for your stay.  You can be assured we do everything possible to prevent this from happening so that you have a flawless, enjoyable experience.  Here are some tips on keeping your family safe while using the hot tub.

Outdoor Furniture & Winterization

Please be advised that beginning October 1st through Memorial Day, BBQ's and outdoor furniture are not guaranteed to be available for use. To protect our home's amenities, we begin a winterization process in October due to our often unpredictable fall and winter weather. If your reservation falls within this timeframe, we recommend planning your grocery shopping with this in mind.

Sunriver Activities & Services

Do we have access to the boat ramp?

Yes, if you are accompanied by a Sunriver property owner.  Please give us a call 24 hours in advance so we can arrange access for you.  You may also launch inflatables at Harpers Bridge.  For additional boating info see questions below.

Are fireworks or open fires permitted in Sunriver?

There are no open flames, such as fireworks and fire pits, allowed within Sunriver.

Where can I board my dog or take them for doggie day care?

Currently, no companies in the Sunriver area offer this service.

Where can I rent winter & summer recreation equipment?

Various winter and summer equipment can be rented through several local companies such as Village Bike & Ski, Sunriver Sports, Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, and Bend Kayak School. More information about each of these companies can be found on our Bennington Guest Advantage webpage

What is the phone number for . . . . . ?

BendBroadband..................541-312-6600 ext 4 for technical assistance
Emergency Clinic................541-593-5400 (High Desert Family Medicine)
Sunriver Fire Dept................541-593-8622
Sunriver Police.....................541-593-1014
Sunriver Resort....................800-801-8765
Sunriver Stables...................541.593.6995
Wanderlust Tours.................541.389.8359
Redmond Airport Shuttle

How do I float the Deschutes River?

Floating the Deschutes River is the perfect Sunriver experience.  A trip to Sunriver during the summer months is not complete without enjoying this timeless family activity.  Click here for some of our favorite swimming spots.

What are the prices and hours at SHARC?

Current SHARC admission and hours.

The outdoor pool is open during the summer only and the indoor pool is open year-round.

The tubing hill is closed during the summer, but the disc golf course is OPEN.

What is Caldera Springs?

Caldera Springs is a beautiful lake side resort next door to Sunriver. 

♦ Emergency number for gate issues: 541-593-1000 (Resort Front Desk). The code for the front gate is located in the “my arrival” section on the Bennington Mobile App.
♦ Quarry Pool and Fitness Center: 541-593-4850
♦ Lake House Concierge: 541-593-4851

Caldera Springs Obsidian Pass:  Amenities such as the fitness center, lockers and showers, public hot tubs, and the Quarry Pool are exclusive only to Caldera Springs owners and guests. There is a basketball court, tennis court and a kid-friendly area with a play structure. Obsidian Club allows guests access to the Caldera Springs 9 hole golf course, kayaks/canoe rental, bike rental, & the family room of the Lake House (for a fee). Tennis racquets and basketballs can be checked out from fitness center staff Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  All Caldera homes managed by Bennington have the Obsidian Pass.

Caldera Tennis Courts:  Tennis courts for guests staying in Caldera Springs are first come, first served. There is no charge to use the courts. If guests wish to rent tennis rackets and balls from the Caldera Lake House, they can bring their ID, which will be held while they use the equipment.

How do I get access to the tennis and pickleball courts in Sunriver?

Tennis and pickleball passes must be purchased at Tennis Hill.  541-593-5707 for Reservations.  In the off season when Tennis Hill is closed (between Labor Day and Memorial Day) passes can be purchased from the front desk of the SHARC. Call 541-585-5000 for more information.

Tennis Hut Operations:
May 22-Sept 7: Tennis Hill 7:30am-6:30pm daily
June 15-Sept 7: North Courts 7:30am-6:30pm daily

General Public Rates:
Singles/Doubles: $15 per 90 minutes

Racket Rental: $5 per 90 minutes
Ball Hopper: $5 per 90 minutes

Is there a shuttle service?

Sunriver Towncar is a family owned and operated business that offers service throughout Central Oregon. Contact them at 541-706-0626 or 541-706-0401.

Can I get golf discounts through Bennington?

Widgi Creek (in Bend) and Quail Run (south of Sunriver) offer discounts to Bennington guests.  Please contact golf courses for current offerings.

Central Oregon Visitors Association Golf Concierge Service can help our guests get tee times and special rates. 800.800.8334.  Courses where they can book tee times for our guests:

Meadows and Woodland Golf Courses Sunriver Resort
Caldera Springs Golf Course
Brasada Canyons Golf Course at Brasada Ranch (in Bend/Powell Butte)
Lost Tracks Golf Club (in Bend)
Awbrey Glen Golf Club (in Bend)
Eagle Crest Resort (in Redmond)
Pronghorn Resort (in Bend)
Tetherow Golf Club (in Bend)

Please Note: Crosswater is a private club that our guests do not have access to. Caldera Links (a family-friendly 9 hole golf course) is only available to guests staying in Caldera Springs.  Must present Obsidian Pass for access.

Are passes required to visit the National Forest?

Most of the Deschutes National Forest recreational sites require a Northwest Forest Pass.  You can purchase a day pass online and come to our office to print the pass.  Or you can order a pass ahead of time and have it mailed to you.  Click here for more information. You can also purchase a Northwest Forest Pass in Sunriver at the Sunriver Country Store (541.593.8113 ext 2).

During the winter Sno-Park permits are required at all Oregon Sno-Parks.  Permits are available at Bennington Properties and are complimentary to all Bennington guests.

How do I find a baby sitter or kids camp?

Sunriver Sitters, owner Lela Riz ... 619-709-4039
Sunriver Nature Center
High Desert Museum
Adventure Camp in Sunriver (summer)
Bend Park & Rec

post Sunriver stay

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