Take a small town with a slow pace of life and overlay an ever-expanding creative culture and a long-standing outdoor recreation tradition, and you have Sisters.
In the shadow of the snowcapped Three Sisters, the town’s artistic vibe is a blend of art galleries, music with the famed – Sisters Folk Festival every September and crafts, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is world famous.
The outdoor vibe is enhanced with the Peterson Ridge trail system that starts just blocks from the heart of downtown. This dirt is popular with runners, hikers and mountain bikers. There’s hiking and backpacking in the Three Sisters Wilderness, fishing in Whychus Creek and golf at Black Butte Ranch and Aspen Lakes. Plus, three of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways originate from this quaint little town. Dining options include two superb bakeries, a local brewpub and restaurants that appeal to everyone from the French gourmet to the steak-and-potatoes lover.
Must do: “The Biggest Little Show in the World” – The Sisters Rodeo – held every June for more than 70 years.
Travelers will find Camp Sherman a tranquil paradise on the banks of the crystal-clear waters of the Metolius River bound by old-growth Ponderosa pines. Today, Camp Sherman is a year-round mecca sought by fly-fishermen, hikers and mountain bikers, who have miles of stream to fish and trail to ride and hike.
More bustling in nature, the nearby Black Butte Ranch Resort has stood the test of time with two exceptional golf courses and all types of family fun from horseback riding to swimming, hiking and mountain bike riding.
Not far from Black Butte Ranch is Suttle Lake, offering an idyllic summer experience. The lake is a playground for sailors and anglers, and has a hiking and mountain biking trail that circles the lake. The Lodge at Suttle Lake offers luxury and rustic cabins along with exceptional dining. A bit farther up the highway is the Hoodoo Ski Area, which has a loyal following among skiers and snowboarders alike. In summer, the area close by the ski resort is dotted with campgrounds and close to some of Oregon’s most treasured hiking—the Pacific Crest Trail.
Must see: The spot where the virginal Metolius River springs from its headwaters and also showcases one of the best views of Mt. Jefferson.
Must do: Stay along the banks of the Metolius in a cozy cabin or an elegant country retreat.
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