Hello Bend! In keeping with our theme of trying out a new Breakfast with Santa venue every year, our third year in Central Oregon, we opted for Breakfast with Santa at Brasada Ranch. The previous years were on two different ends of the spectrum. Breakfast with Santa at Pine Tavern was a bit more simple, with a small buffet, and proceeds benefitting a good cause. Sunriver’s Brunch with Santa was an elaborate feast in a gorgeous festive setting, with an amazing Santa and Mrs. Claus and fun characters, and pricing on the higher end.
Kids Eat Free!
All three venues are a unique experience in their own way. Breakfast with Santa at Brasada Ranch was by far the best value. Kids 12 and under eat FREE with unlimited flapjacks! Adults can either choose to partake in the buffet OR order off the menu. This is a great scenario, giving everyone the choice to buffet or not to buffet. Personally, I am not a big breakfast person, so I loved having the option to order off the menu. If you follow suite, be sure to try the breakfast skillet…so good!
The Santa experience for the kids at Brasada Ranch was great, however after meeting the Sunriver Santa the year before, this Santa’s lack of authenticity stood out a bit more.
Don’t Miss the Horse Drawn Carriage Ride!
The highlight of the Breakfast with Santa at Brasada Ranch was definitely the horse drawn carriage ride. What a great way to get in the holiday spirit! Hop on the carriage, bundle up under a blanket, and take in the Brasada Ranch scenery while singing Christmas carols! It was a really great experience. The driver invites a couple kiddos to ride up front with him and even provides the lyrics to the Christmas carols so everyone can sing along.
The best tip I can give is to arrive early enough before your reservation to take the horse drawn carriage ride prior to your meal. In our experience, we luckily caught the last ride just in time. This is the same service that provides horse drawn carriage rides in the old Mill; he was due to head back to Bend, early in the day.
Dates, Times and Cost
Breakfast with Santa at Brasada Ranch is Saturday (12/14), Sunday (12/15) and Saturday (12/21) at the Ranch House restaurant from 8:30-11am. There is also a special Breakfast Buffet with Santa at The Barn event on Sunday, December 22. The cost for this final Breakfast with Santa at Brasada Ranch is $28 for adults and $14 for children, and runs from 9am-1pm.
These fun holiday events are becoming increasingly popular here in Central Oregon. Be sure to check out my blog post titled Breakfast with Santa in Bend and Beyond for a listing all all Breakfast with Santa events/venues in the Central Oregon area.