Sisters: a vibrant, artsy community with Old West charm
Climbers' haven...Smith Rock

Get a dose of spring sunshine in the high desert towns of Redmond and Sisters. Located within 20 miles of each other just north of Bend, Redmond and Sisters both offer a small-town feel in the dramatic backdrop of the Central Oregon mountains.

Play: Hike or climb at Smith Rock or take a shorter walk into Dry Canyon from Redmond. You can also check out one of the three new state-designated scenic bikeways — Sisters to Smith Rock (35 miles), McKenzie Pass (38 miles) and Metolius River Loops (various). For spring skiing, check out Hoo Doo Mountain Resort.

Shop: Stroll main street and browse unique stores like Paulina Springs Bookstore (in Sisters and Redmond), fiber art and bead store Desert Charm (in Sisters), and various antique stores and galleries in both towns.

Eat and Drink: In Redmond, stop for coffee at Green Plow Coffee Roasters and One Street Down Café for breakfast or lunch. In Sisters, enjoy a glass of Oregon wine and a plate of tapas at Cork Cellars Wine Bar and Bottle Shop and at Bronco Billy’s Ranch Grill and Saloon for dinner with a true Western feel.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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  1. Valorie Richards says…

    We spent a week at the Eagle Crest Lodge last Sept. LOVED visiting Sisters several times during our stay. Slicks Q is excellant BBQ… We highly recommend that everyone checks it out. So many wonderful sightseeing day trips from that location!!

    Written on March 7th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  2. Tawna at Visit Bend says…

    Sisters and Redmond are awesome little towns! One of the Bend Ale Trail stops is actually in Sisters, so don’t miss Three Creeks Brewing if you’re passing through. You can get details and even download the free app at

    Happy travels!

    Written on April 5th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  3. Bart says…

    My girlfriend and I just drove through Sisters this morning. They had just received their first snow of the year. Everything looked amazing! We took a pit stop at Angeline’s Bakery. They had the best bagels I have had in a while plus a ton of delicious pastries. Check out this write up for them at It is definitely worth a stop next time you are around the area.

    Written on October 22nd, 2012 / Flag this Comment
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