Small-Town Charm, Big-Time Fun

Chris Smith | 09.11.19

Vacations to Central Oregon are BIG – big mountains, big skylines, big fun. But bigger isn’t always better – especially not when you’re talking about where you rest your feet. Which is why Sisters, Oregon is such a great place to host your next big Oregon vacation! Nestled at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, this small western-themed town stands proudly against the Oregon wilderness. Steeped in its tradition is a love for thrilling outdoor adventures by day and a quaint, homey place to return to at night. It is the best way to experience a big Central Oregon vacation while still feeling right at home. So, what makes Sisters so great? Here are the best things about Sisters, Oregon that keep visitors coming back again and again.

A Small-Town Feel

This boutique city has a western feel that takes you away to a simpler time. The vibe is artsy and vibrant, and the downtown area boasts plenty of unique shops and restaurants with 1800s facades. There is a bustling creative culture that brings traditional arts back to the table (think quilting and classic cars). The locals are friendly and welcoming, and they have no qualms about offering the best secrets of the area to visitors (hello, off-the-map travel).

A Relaxing Atmosphere

Sisters provides an array of relaxing activities to complement the day’s big adventures. When you’re done hiking the trails, revive your tired muscles at one of the city’s unique spas, then rest your feet in one of our cozy, private vacation houses. (They’ll feel just like home.) If you need a quiet day away from the action, you can stroll through downtown and browse local mom-and-pop stores or grab a bite in one of the city’s restaurants.

Big-Time Fun

The town may be quaint, but the surrounding area is anything but. Known as “Sisters Country”, the town is located right in the heart of the area’s best outdoor scenes. Even the biggest outdoor enthusiasts will find something exhilarating! You can hike in the nearby wilderness; bike the 37-mile Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Byway; raft the rapids on the Metolius or Deschutes rivers; fish the area’s best-stocked lakes and rivers; or take a swing at one of the three 18-hole golf courses in the immediate area. During the winter, there’s an endless amount of skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing at the nearby HooDoo Ski Area. No matter what your outdoor fancy, you’ll find it close by and easy to access when you stay in Sisters.

Annual Events in Sisters

Sisters has a strong creative culture that’s expressed every year through many large annual events. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show happens every July and is the world’s largest quilt show, attracting thousands of quilters and visitors from around the globe. For something truly down-home, attend the annual Sisters Rodeo in July to see the world champions of the Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association compete for the year’s largest prize. In the fall, check out the September Sisters Folk Festival for the largest roots music festival in the country.

Can’t get to Sisters at those times? No problem! There are many events that happen in the city all year ‘round. From antique shows to dog days, harvest fairs to craft beer festivals, there’s always something happening in Sisters. Check out the local calendar for upcoming events.

A Prime Location

One of the defining features of Sisters is its location. It’s perfectly situated to offer the best wilderness activities and scenic views but is also close to the area’s more well-known cities. It is within driving distance of some of the state’s biggest attractions, such as Smith Rock State Park or the High Desert Museum. It’s a 30-minute trip to Bend, the state’s best hub for small-batch breweries. You’re also close to Camp Sherman, a tranquil paradise on the banks of the Metolius River that’s a go-to for vacationers and fishermen alike (check out our cabins right on the river). No matter where the road takes you, Sisters is a great place to start the journey.

Sisters, Oregon is the perfect combination of small-town charm and big-time fun. It is the perfect home base for visitors who want to experience all the adventures that Central Oregon has to offer, but also have a relaxing getaway that returns them home revived and relaxed. Location matters – so book your stay with Sisters Vacation to make sure that your lodgings are the best in the city. We’ll see you there!

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