In Sisters, located at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon, the turn-of-the-century storefronts are only a façade. Behind them you'll find gourmet restaurants and luxury accommodations, along with a thriving art and music scene and an active community that takes advantage of 300 days of sun.
When the annual Outdoor Quilt Show comes to town, more than 1,500 quilts are displayed throughout Sisters; crafters and enthusiasts come from as far as South Africa to see the handmade pieces. The show's executive director, Ann Richardson, sits among piles of quilts at the Stitchin' Post, the Sisters institution that founded the show, now in its 35th consecutive year.
At Poppies, visitors can enjoy lunch on the garden patio while browsing the native plants for sale among the mismatched café tables and vintage patio chairs. The just-opened café, market and garden center is co-owned by Janet Zuelke and Shayna Breslow (also mother and daughter), who enjoy afternoon tea and cookies on the brass-framed outdoor sofa.
Poppies chef Bryan Shea cooks up southern classics like fried green tomatoes and shrimp cakes. Shea hails from Savannah, Georgia, but uses local ingredients for his continually changing menu.
Dinner patrons at Jen's Garden enjoy French-inspired cuisine in an intimate candlelit setting.
Downtown Sisters is a study in contrast, as Old West sensibilities mix with modern amenities.
Whether you're off for a day on the slopes or a day on the river, the morning doesn't start without a treat from Sisters Bakery. Choose from homemade donuts, freshly baked breads, buttery croissants or slices of berry pie.
Thick chocolate milkshakes, crispy onion rings, hamburgers, hot dogs and, of course, homemade ice cream are lunchtime essentials at the iconic Sno Cap Drive-In, situated just at the foot of town.
Head out for a day of fishing along the Deschutes, Fall, McKenzie or Crooked Rivers (or take a custom trip along the lakes nearby) with the local experts from The Fly Fisher's Place.
A luxury resort sits amongst acres of wildflowers, ponderosa pine and juniper. The FivePine Lodge, which includes the relaxing Shibui Spa, shares a campus with Sisters Athletic Club, Thyme Restaurant, Sisters Movie House and Three Creeks Brewing Company. It's also within walking distance of hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.
The Willits family, owners of FivePine Lodge, built the resort's log cabins and furnished them in a Shaker-simple style—but added the luxury of wood-framed oversized beds, whirlpool tubs and custom fireplaces. Adirondack chair–equipped private verandas look out on national forest, making for the perfect stargazing locale.
Don't be fooled by the retro red barn exterior of the Sisters Movie House. Inside, moviegoers will find four screens showing the latest flicks, plush seats, gourmet food and an intimate setting.
Patrons play a game of Washer Toss while enjoying a handcrafted brew on Three Creeks Brewing Company's back patio. The restaurant and pub features unique craft brews like the Stonefly Rye and the Old Prospector, a strong pale ale.
Sisters got its name from the stunning Three Sisters, the volcanic peaks that dot the town's skyline and make for a postcard-perfect setting.

Take a closer look into the town of Sisters and you’ll find art galleries, gourmet restaurants, plush accommodations and young entrepreneurs occupying its western storefronts. Beyond the town is an outdoor playground illuminated by 300 days of sunshine and crystal-clear starry nights. With a landscape of Cascade Mountains, pristine rivers, lakes and streams, there’s no limit to what you might explore and discover.

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  1. Tom Cochran says…

    The stress of being the first to comment is almost insurmountable.

    At any rate, I passed through Sisters last April. Sun was shining, a bit cool, but a beautiful day. The town matched the day, a welcoming community with bright expectations.

    Written on September 25th, 2015 / Flag this Comment
  2. Sue says…

    Sisters area is a great place to live. The Sisters Folk Music Festival is fabulous. Beautiful mountains, lakes, hiking trails, a wonderful movie house, good restaurants, nice people, great school district. Wonderful library, etc. etc. etc

    Written on September 26th, 2015 / Flag this Comment
  3. Judy Usavage says…

    My husband and I fell in love with this town immediately. The visual aspect alone is lovely with the baskets of flowers, beautiful natural surroundings, the people, the restaurants, the ambience. In Florida the only place you find people walking is in the store3s! And as an artist and James, the novelist, we would have plenty to peak our interest.

    Written on August 14th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
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