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 snowcapped Three Sisters mountains, Western-themed buildings are host to a blend of restaurants, more than fourteen galleries in the Hood Avenue Art District, a live music scene (Sisters Folk Festival) and crafters (Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show).
The result is a picturesque snapshot of small-town life in the West, past, and present. Nearby outdoor recreational opportunities are enhanced with the Peterson Ridge Trail System, which starts just blocks from the heart of downtown. Hike and backpack in the Three Sisters Wilderness, fish Whychus Creek and play golf at Aspen Lakes Golf Course and Black Butte Ranch Resort.
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.
Sample Fall Itinerary:
There may not be a more quaint town than Sisters. It’s just waiting for you to enjoy a perfectly crisp fall weekend. Start with coffee from Sisters Coffee Company and a donut from Sisters Bakery, the longtime staple, or try a new place, Fika Sisters, for your morning latte. Then explore the city’s many shops, from the Stitchin’ Post — the center of the city’s famed annual quilt show — to the many galleries and art shops dotted around the downtown area.
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.
Or rent bikes at EuroSports and head out on a mountain bike adventure on the Peterson Ridge Trails or up Mackenzie Pass, if you’re up for it. You can also stay close to the bike shop, which has a food cart lot and local beers on tap. Just a few minutes north of Sisters is Black Butte Ranch, one of Oregon’s oldest and most revered destination resorts. The ranch is a laidback, scenic retreat with fine dining, a full spa, and lots of opportunities to ride bikes and horses and try other forms of recreation as well. Check out the resort’s new Lakeside Bistro for dinner, then stay in one of the many rental units at the ranch.
If you’d prefer to stay in Sisters, FivePine Lodge is another great place to rest your head.
The lodge and cabins are swanky, and right on the campus is the Sisters Movie House, a charming, small theater that plays first-run films and serves locally brewed beer.
Right across the parking lot is another good spot to try local beers — Three Creeks Brewing, which has good pub food and fun, Western ambiance. Or relax with a spa treatment from Shibui Spa, also on FivePine’s campus and a great way to unwind.
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