Sisters Weekend Getaway: Romance, Bike Rides & More

A visit to Sisters, Oregon is both a step back in time and a visit to the lap of luxury. Downtown, experience a bit of the old west through vintage storefronts welcoming visitors to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Venture down the road a bit and you’ll find an upscale, modern mini-resort in FivePine Lodge. And right outside the back door of your cozy cabin is a world of adventure waiting for you on the Peterson Ridge Trail System.

Rustic Elegance

FivePine Lodge features eight suites in a beautiful main lodge modeled after a historic forestry station and 36 craftsman-style cabins. The campus also offers a spa, Mexican restaurant, movie house, and Three Creeks Brewing Co. With the personal touch of a bed and breakfast, the privacy of romantic, cozy cabins and all the amenities of a resort, FivePine is the ultimate romantic getaway.

Shibui Spa is on site and offers a variety of packages, including a three-hour “Day of Indulgence” that features a massage, facial and pedicure.

Giddyup

Saddle up a two-wheeled horse during your stay with a mountain bike rental from Blazing Saddles. Sisters’ only bike shop is a full-service, one-stop shop for everything bike. And with demo and rentals from brands like BMC, Giant and Felt, you’re sure to get a great ride to experience our amazing trails.

According to our partners, Bend Trails, the Peterson Ridge Trails in Sisters were originally constructed in 1989 as a mountain bike trail network consisting of a combination of single-track and old forest service roads. In 2008, a major expansion of the network increased the amount of single track to over 20 miles and included signage and trail markers to aid riders in navigation.

The trails are fairly level and mostly free of technical obstacles (although some lines do have rocks and roots to negotiate).  The trail network is popular with Sisters’ residents and you can expect to encounter lots of walkers, runners, and dogs on the trails. There are also several Horse trails that interconnect into this system.

Dinner and a Show – Sisters Style

A visit to Sisters wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Three Creeks Brewing on the FivePine Lodge campus. Sisters’ only brewpub is a regional favorite that draws visitors and locals alike thanks to their delicious beers and hearty menu. Their Knotty Blonde and Hoodoo Voodoo IPA are always a good choice, as is the Chicken, Bacon, Tater sandwich featuring a chicken breast, thick cut bacon and fries smothered in a chipotle ranch and wrapped in a warm pita like a taco.

After dinner, walk about 10 steps to the lovely little Sisters Movie House where you can catch a first-run film, grab another beer and settle into the quaint theater for a couple of hours of entertainment.

Looking for some down-home comfort food? The Cottonwood Cafe is a relative newcomer to the Sisters dining scene after a complete transformation from Jen’s Garden – which served upscale French cuisine. The new restaurant has a new look, new menu and new vibe that’s been a hit.

A Patriotic and Fun 4th in Central Oregon

Summer in Central Oregon offers a feast for the adventurous and respite for the relaxers. Come 4th of July, add to that plenty of patriotism.

This year it falls on a Wednesday  – possibly creating a whole FIVE-day weekend for a lot of people. It’ll be a great weekend to find a great hike, play some golf at one of the two dozen courses here or maybe get crazy with a whitewater rafting trip.

Big Eddy Thriller

You couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate the 4th.

On the 4th, Bend features one of the quirkiest celebrations you’ll ever see – The annual 4th of July Pet Parade is exactly what it sounds like: Thousands of people and their pets parading through downtown in front of some 10,000 spectators. You’ll find all sorts of animals including cats, llamas, mini horses and a dog held airborne by balloons. (You just have to see it to believe it.) The parade starts at 1o a.m. and is immediately followed by an Old Fashioned 4th Celebration down the street in Drake Park. The party features food vendors, arts and craft booths, games for kids, music and much more.

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Fireworks across Central Oregon
Bend: Pilot Butte, 10 p.m.
Redmond: Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 10 p.m.
La Pine: Frontier Heritage Park, 10 p.m.
Prineville: Reservoir State Park, 10 p.m.
Madras: Sahalee Park, 10 p.m.

After an afternoon of floating the river or heading up to the high lakes to beat the heat, end the holiday by finding a good spot to watch the fireworks show from atop Pilot Butte State Park at 10 p.m. (Local tip – Bend High School and Pilot Butte Middle School (click for maps) both offer good spots to see the show.)

Redmond’s “Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie 4th of July Parade” through downtown kicks off at 10 a.m. downtown followed by an Old Fashioned 4th celebration at the fairgrounds from 11 to 4.  The fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center.

In Sunriver, you could start the day with the family at the Kids Bike Parade or cool off at the Sunriver Aquatic Center (SHARC) before getting cleaned up and getting your groove on during the opening night of Sunriver Resort’s summer concert series.

La Pine’s Frontier Days actually start on July 1st with a variety of family-friendly activities, cook-outs, live music and more. On the 4th the party starts at 7 a.m. with a “Woodcutter’s Breakfast” followed by a parade at 10:30.

You can officially kick off the weekend with the monthly First Friday Artwalk in downtown Bend. Yes, there’s art – lots of it. But Artwalk is more than that, as businesses keep their doors open later, and offer wine and spirits to create a very festive atmosphere in every small shop you walk in.

To see a full listing of all the events and activities slated for the July 4th holiday weekend, visit our Calendar.

Bend, Oregon Area Beer Festivals and Events

bend brewfest
Courtesy Bend Brewfest

So many breweries, so little time to visit them all. Such is the dilemma for visitors who would love to taste all the amazing beer we have to offer but just can’t carve out the time during a long weekend. Luckily, there are PLENTY of local beer festivals and events throughout the year that feature a one-stop-shop for you to try some local craft beer.

Here’s a rundown, compiled by our friends at Bend Lifestyle Magazine.

ZWICKELMANIA

February 25
Various Breweries
Central Oregon
OregonCraftBeer.org

CENTRAL OREGON BEER WEEK

Ten days (10!!!!) of craft beer bliss with tours, tastings and events at breweries throughout the region.
May 19 – 28
Various Breweries
Central Oregon
CentralOregonBeerWeek.com

SMASH FEST

May 20
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
Bend
CentralOregonBeerWeek.com

Mt. Bachelor Brewski Beer Festival

7TH ANNUAL BREWSKI

May 27 – 28
Mount Bachelor Ski Area
Bend
MtBachelor.com

FERMENTATION CELEBRATION

June 8
The Old Mill District
Bend
TheOldMill.com/events/
fermentation-celebration/

BEND BREW FEST

The region’s largest brewfest, Bend Brewfest features nearly 200 beers from dozens of local and regional breweries, live music, great food and tons of fun.
August 10-12
Les Schwab Ampitheater
Bend
BendBrewFest.com

Redmond Brew Fest

Enjoy brews from 50 breweries and cideries in American Legion Park. Festival includes food vendors, great live music and more.
August 18-19
American Legion Park
Redmond
RedmondBrewFest.com

little woody brew festival
Little Woody in Bend

THE LITTLE WOODY

September 1-2
Des Chutes Historical Museum
Bend
TheLittleWoody.com

BEND OKTOBERFEST

September 15-16
Downtown
Bend
BendOktoberfest.com

THE HAYDEN HOMES 
BACON & BREW FESTIVAL

September 8
Silver Moon Brewing
Redmond
VisitRedmondOregon.com

SISTERS FRESH HOP FESTIVAL

September 30
Village Green Park
Sisters
SistersFreshHopFestival.com

Fresh Hops on the Pond

October 14th
Bend Brewing Company Lawn
Downtown Bend
Fresh Hops on the Pond FB Page

Bend Brewing Co.
The lawn at Bend Brewing Co.

Black Butte Ranch Grapes & Golf Event Features Food, Wine and Fun

Put a bow on summer 2017 with a long (romantic maybe?) weekend of golf, wine, food and fun at one of Central Oregon’s most beautiful destination resorts, Black Butte Ranch.

The 2017 Grapes & Golf Couples event happens September 14th-16th and includes a friendly (but competitive) tournament on both of Black Butte’s championship courses, Glaze Meadow and Big Meadow.

The event kicks off Thursday evening with a  wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres reception.  Friday provides the first tournament round of golf at Glaze Meadow, best ball format, and an exquisite four-course wine dinner at the award-winning Lodge restaurant.  Participants tee off on Saturday for the final tournament round at Big Meadow, Stableford format, followed by a barbecue awards luncheon.  Tee prizes, gifts, and gross & net prize payouts are all part of the event.

Lest you think it’s not a competition – this year’s tournament winners will win a VIP experience at the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The prize includes two passes for Feb. 8th or Feb. 11th, parking and full access to a hospitality tent on the 18th fairway that features chef-prepared meals, open bar, cigars, etc.  This is one of the most popular events on the PGA TOUR, so this prize is huge!

ENTRY & DETAILS

  • Entry is $550 per team and includes a wine, cheese & hors d’oeuvres reception, two tournament rounds with cart, range balls each day, an exquisitely prepared four-course wine pairing dinner, BBQ awards luncheon, tee prizes & gifts, gross & net prize payouts and more!
  • Optional entry of $750 per couple includes full entry, plus one practice round with cart for two, and four breakfast vouchers for a full breakfast at Robert’s Pub.
  • Participants registered then unable to attend will be eligible for a full refund of tournament entry up to 30 days prior to the event.  No refunds after August 9, 2017.
  • Maximum course handicap is 30/Men and 40/Ladies
  • Gross & Net Divisions (the event will be pre-flighted based on combined player handicap index.  Tournament scoring will be on a gross and net basis for each flight.  Pairings based on handicaps (day one), and tournament position (day two).
  • Winnings are awarded in golf shop credits
  • Practice rounds are available for the special rate of $55 with cart and will be extended in conjunction with your travel.  Call Ryan Dunning at 541.595.1292 for practice round tee times.
  • Participants can secure a 15% discount off lodging at Black Butte Ranch.  A two-night minimum stay applies.  Options range from private Lodge rooms and 2-3 bedroom condos to 6 bedroom custom homes that can accommodate one, two or several couples.  Please call Amanda Golien at 866.681.1123 for reservations and information.

Register Online at BlackButteRanch.com.

Ghost Tree Invitational is a Central Oregon Golf & Culinary Hole in One

The Ghost Tree Invitational at Pronghorn Resort

Central Oregon is known worldwide for our world-class golf. Our culinary scene is quickly gaining national attention as well, with amazing chefs running unique restaurants. But maybe no event combines the best of those two worlds like the Ghost Tree Invitational at Pronghorn Resort.

Pronghorn is one of Golf Magazine’s top 25 Golf Communities thanks to two amazing courses: The Nicklaus Signature Course and the Tom Fazio Signature Course. The Ghost Tree happens at the Nicklaus Course on Friday, August 4th and features 60 teams playing a shamble. (Everyone tees off, pick the best drive and then play your own ball into the hole.)

Some great prizes await the gross and net winners. There’s also some pretty great prizes for a hole-in-one.

The culinary experience happens on Saturday with Dinner on the Range. You’ll join 1,600 guests for a unique culinary experience featuring 14 of the finest local chefs preparing more than 20 dishes for you to sample. Wash it all down with locally hand-crafted beers, local spirit tastings and a variety of wines.

Additionally, the event is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon and the Assistance League. There’s a silent auction tent on site with some truly unique items. Two years ago the event raised more than $90,000!

For locals, the Ghost Tree is a chance to see some old friends and try some new dishes from your favorite restaurants. For visitors, it’s a superb opportunity – in just two days – to sample everything that makes Central Oregon such a great place to be: great golf, great food, great beer and great people giving back to great causes. With luxury lodging, delicious restaurants, a spa and more, Pronghorn Resort is perfect for a long weekend getaway.

Here’s a schedule of events for the 2017 Ghost Tree.

FRIDAY – AUGUST 4

Double shotgun golf tournament at 7:45am and 1:30pm. Please be warmed up and ready by your carts at least 20 minutes before each start time. Complimentary range balls will be provided.

  • 7:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
  • Shamble format with on-course prizes and contests (including team skins game).
  • 11:30pm to 2:00pm – BBQ LUNCH will be served in the dining room and patio within the clubhouse.

EVENT ATTIRE

Proper golf attire is required. No jeans or denim of any kind and no t-shirts. Tennis shoes or a pair of athletic shoes are just fine, you do not need to purchase golf shoes if you don’t own any. A majority of people will be wearing a collared shirt with a pair of casual shorts.

SATURDAY – AUGUST 5

Dinner On The Range

4pm to 11pm – Driving Range

The main attraction of the weekend, Dinner on the Range, featuring 16 of Central Oregon’s finest chefs, hand-crafted beer, a variety of wines and spirit tastings, specialty desserts and more. In addition, we will welcome a live band to the Ghost Tree Invitational stage.

  • 4pm Gates will open and the silent auction will begin as well
  • 5pm Dinner service will begin
  • 6:15pm GOLF AWARDS and Major Announcements
  • 6:45pm Band takes the stage

EVENT ATTIRE:

Party/Cocktail Dress. The women get dressed up for this evening. Women are wearing nice dresses and the level of attire is probably just below a fancy cocktail party. Men again wear slacks with a button up shirt or something comparable. Please see our photos of the dinner or the video below showing what people wear that evening. Though the event starts when its quite warm out, the temperature drops quite a bit in the evening and therefore sweaters and jackets are recommended.

Black Butte Ranch’s “Cool” New Look is a Hit – Lakeside Pool Now Open

With it’s majestic mountain views, two world-class golf courses and multitude of outdoor activities, Black Butte Ranch near Sisters has long been a favorite family vacation destination.

So when the resort opened a new lakeside pool area, bistro and rec center during the summer of 2015, it was just adding to an already spectacular setting.

Black Butte Ranch
Black Butte Ranch lakeside pool

Spectacular indeed. The pool boasts a view unlike any other in Central Oregon – so close to the Cascades that it’s as though you can reach out to touch them while sitting beneath your umbrella sipping a fruity drink.

To read more on the revamped resort, check out this story from The Oregonian.

Black Butte Ranch
Black Butte Ranch lakeside pool bistro

Beyond the Beer: Bend Craft Spirit Scene Forging Own Path

Central Oregon might be known for Craft Beer, but we’re also known for Craft Spirits.

“You can and people do make an entire vacation out of touring Central Oregon and all we have to offer in the culinary world,” said Alan Dietrich, CEO of Bendistillery.

Bendistillery opened in 1996 and has grown massively ever since. They’re best known for their Crater Lake Vodka but as soon as you visit their tasting room — it’s hard to miss their other claim to fame: an amazing view of the Cascades.

“When you stand on our back patio, you feel like you can really just reach up and touch the Three Sisters, the snow-capped peaks, the foothills and of course as it fades into our fields of Rye, it’s really spectacular,” said Dietrich.

Not only is the view breathtaking, it also offers a lesson of sorts as to why their spirits taste the way they do.

“Vodka is 60% water and without good water you can’t make a good product,” said Dietrich. “We get to actually point to the mountains and say, ‘That’s why the Crater Lake brand of spirits is so much better than anything in the world’, it’s because that water comes through the ground here and starts as snow.”

Bendistillery's Tasting Room

The snow-melt filters through lava rock naturally and so at Bendistillery that’s how they filter their spirits. Each year they sell tens of thousands* of cases of their spirits in 30 states and counting. Every bottle is handcrafted.

“It really offers us a chance to look at and feel every bottle, our quality control is impeccable, we can look at anything,” said Dietrich. “And because we’re a handmade product as well we want to make sure there aren’t any variations outside of what we would expect and during bottling is when we get to do a last check on that.”

The distillery is located on a 24-acre patch of land just north of Bend. In 2011, they began growing everything that goes into their Estate Line.

“That’s something we’re very proud of and it’s really probably the most rooted product in the land because we’re actually growing everything right here on site,” said Dietrich.

Special Events – Meetings and Retreats

Central Oregon is teeming with spectacular places for that special corporate retreat or your perfect wedding.

Take the elements that make up the quality of life here – biking, fishing, skiing, hiking and paddling – and add them to your next business retreat agenda. The area’s state-of-the-art facilities will help keep your staff focused, and the destination will be the reward that will keep them inspired while energized to create.

The Homestead Conference Room at Sunriver Resort
The Homestead Room at Sunriver Resort can accommodate large groups. Sunriver Resort offers over 44,600 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space.

Sunriver Resort Sunriver

Sunriver Resort captures the spirit of the Pacific Northwest, and the hearts of meeting planners everywhere. One of the nation’s top golf destinations also boasts premier meeting facilities, “Four Diamond” service and the largest resort conference center in the Northwest. That’s why it is a top annual venue choice for many global organizations.

Seventh Mountain Resort Bend

The breathtaking natural surroundings and fresh mountain air here lends perspective that is perfect for corporate meetings, weddings, concerts, car shows and special events. Located on Century Drive – the road to Mt. Bachelor – Seventh Mountain takes groups to new heights.

Eagle Crest Resort Redmond

State-of-the-art meeting facilities here include flexible meeting space options, tailored catering (including kosher menus by request) and the latest in audio-visual technology, making this resort’s laid-back setting perfect for conferences, meetings and retreats.

Meeting space at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Oregon
The tables are set at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Oregon.

Black Butte Ranch Resort Black Butte Ranch

Small group meetings and events are a big priority for Black Butte Ranch. Located just eight miles from the charming Western-themed town of Sisters, Black Butte Ranch offers a spectacular setting for executive retreats, reunions and weddings.

Mount Bachelor Village Resort Bend

This resort conference center offers 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, and all meeting rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the natural surroundings. The covered pavilion with radiant heat, lights and sound and the outdoor patio add another 3,000 square feet that is perfect for receptions or al fresco dining.

Wedding sign in front of Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon
Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon provides an idyllic mountain setting for a dream wedding.

Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center Bend

The only 36,000-square-foot space on the Deschutes River for events, with a 16,000-square-foot ballroom and a nearly 14,000-square-foot exhibition hall. It is the largest meeting space east of the Cascade Mountains, and the third-largest in Oregon, with services and amenities to accommodate up to 1,200 guests.

The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center Redmond

Strategically located at the hub of the tri-county area, the Expo Center plays host to a wide range of events, including concerts, sporting events, automotive shows, trade shows, weddings, reunions and more. The venue offers spectacular panoramic views of the Cascades, meticulously manicured grounds and more than 100 acres of parking.

Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Warm Springs

More than 15,000 square feet of meeting space and accommodations for up to 300, with fine and casual dining, a spa, two pools, an 18-hole championship golf course, and a range of recreational activities. Plus gaming nearby at the new Indian Head Casino.

 

Pronghorn – An Auberge Resort Bend

With nationally renowned golf courses and unparalleled dining and spa treatments, Pronghorn offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Discover why Travel & Leisure voted it the “#1 Golf Community in the Country” by playing through its Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Enjoy opulent accommodations along the 18th hole, in a junior suite or in multibedroom accommodations.

Tetherow Bend

Express the personality and style of your event at this premium resort, with its David McLay Kidd championship golf course, new and highly anticipated Tetherow lodges, staggering views of the Cascades, and endless mountain biking trails at its doorstep. Right off the road to Mt. Bachelor and minutes from downtown and the Old Mill District, with seating for up to 250, and 400 in a social setting.