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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When you envision a Western town, it looks like Sisters. This picturesque little city is what dreams are made of. The downtown teems with visitors no matter the season — but in the spring, 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 with plenty of space to roam and entertain everyone in your family. From fantastic restaurants like the Lakeside Bistro to biking trails, horseback rides and more, Black Butte Ranch is a destination that will provide you with experiences you’ll never forget.
After a long day of activities, 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.