A small Western-themed town with a slow pace of life is overlaid with an ever-expanding creative culture and a long-standing outdoor recreation tradition.
In the shadow of the Three Sisters mountains, western-themed buildings are host to a blend of restaurants and more than fourteen galleries in the Hood Avenue Art District, a live music scene (Sisters Folk Festival) and crafters (Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show).
Nearby outdoor recreational opportunities include hiking in Three Sisters Wilderness, fishing Whychus Creek or cycling the scenic bikeway. A vibrant live-music scene culminates in the fall with the highly anticipated Sisters Folk Festival. If you’re looking for a town where you can do it all – at your own pace – Sisters is the place.
In addition, road cyclists can ride one of two Oregon Scenic Bikeways that start (or end) in this quaint little town. Dining options appeal to everyone—from foodies to steak-and-potatoes lovers—and include superb bakeries, casual fine dining, and a brewery.
From Sisters, hikes and bike rides are easily accessible. The Tam McArthur Rim Trailhead is less than a half-hour from Sisters, and the hike, though challenging, provides one of the most stunning vistas of Central Oregon. Make sure to get a free permit for the hike.
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SAMPLE WINTER ITINERARY:
When you envision a Western town, you picture Sisters. This picturesque little city is what winter dreams are made of. The downtown teems with visitors no matter the season — but in the winter, there are a ton of options to fill your days, then return to the quaint comforts of home.
Fuel your morning with breakfast from the adorable Cottonwood Cafe, with scrambles and hash you’ll dream about for years to come; or try one of the city’s classic favorites — Sisters Coffee Company or Sisters Bakery (get an apple fritter).
Black Butte Ranch, just a few minutes north of Sisters, is a particularly delightful destination in the winter — from carriage rides to other winter-centric activities, the ranch really goes all out for the holidays and beyond. Or tuck into the winter wonderland at The Suttle Lodge, a hip destination on Suttle Lake about 25 minutes from Sisters. The lodge offers live music and a rotating cast of talented chefs, mostly from Portland, who come to test out their culinary skills on lucky visitors.
If you’re hoping to hit the slopes while you’re in Sisters, you’re in luck — Hoodoo Ski Area is just 22 miles up the highway, and offers old-school skiing and snowboarding. The ski area, referred to by locals as steep, deep and cheap, also offers night skiing and tubing, all for great rates.
Skiing might not be your thing, but getting out into the snow is a must here — try Santiam Sno-Park, a popular spot for sledding and a starting point for cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. Ray Benson Sno-Park has a great 6-mile snowshoe or ski trail — the South Loop Trail, along which you’ll find the Brandenburg Butte warming shelter.
After a long day of snow sports, relax your muscles with a very Central Oregon-specific treatment at Hop in the Spa. This spa uses the region’s favorite drink — beer, of course — as a soak for sore muscles. Or go to Shibui Spa in the FivePine Lodge complex for a more traditional option.
When you’ve whet your appetite, comfort food is waiting at Takoda’s, a local favorite with pizza and stick-to-your-ribs entrees like beef stroganoff. Or try The Porch, another comfort food spot with lots of options.