Updated: May 21, 2015
Sisters, Oregon:Central Oregon is a beautiful paradise of sunny skies, snow capped peaks, and lots of outdoor recreation like golf, rafting, and hiking. Many people think of cities like Bend when they refer to central Oregon but I always think of the little town of Sisters. Sisters is located about 30 minutes from Bend right at the junction of highway 20 and hwy 126. Most people take Hwy 22 from Salem through Detroit Lake area and out over the Cascades into Sisters. For years I have taken my summer vacation either at Sunriver or Black Butte Ranch which literally takes me into or near the town of Sisters. My wife and kids always like to stop off for lunch or walk through the main street and look into the various shops that offer ice cream, antiques, souvenirs, fudge, and other items. It literally takes only an hour or two to meander down the streets and check out the shopping and eateries.
Sisters is not necessarily a destination in central Oregon but almost everyone who drives out to Bend or Sunriver has to pass right through the town so it gets lots of tourism by being in the right place. I have found that it's the perfect place to grab an inexpensive lunch and a quick dessert. You will plenty of parking either on the main street or in the parking lots just off the side streets. The town has done a great job of providing easy access for travelers just passing through. The weather is almost always sunny in Sisters which makes it an ideal spot to stop at year round. It can be quiet in the winter months as temperatures drop and not all businesses along main street are open everyday. Weekends in the summer can be a little hectic, so try visiting on a weekday during June, July or August and relax for a few hours. When I stay at Black Butte Ranch (just down the road) I make it a point to get into Sisters for dinner at the Mexican Restaurant which is right next to Bronco Billy's. The food is great and my family enjoys the atmosphere. The shopping is ample with a few larger shops for souvenirs and smaller antique shops with lots to look at. Next time you are on your way into Central Oregon make it a point to at least stop into Sisters for a quick bite to eat at one of the many restaurants or get an ice cream cone or piece of fudge. The last thing to mention are the incredible views of the Cascade peaks once you get into Sisters. The snow covered mountains fill the landscape in the winter and summer and make great photo opportunities.
Sisters Location & Maps:As we mentioned before, Sisters is not necessarily a destination, but a small town that you drive through in Central Oregon on your way to other places. If you are approaching from Portland, then you would most likely take I-5 south and head out on Hwy 22 from Salem towards Detroit Lake. You merge with Hwy 20 and continue on past Black Butte Ranch and into Sisters. From Portland it takes about 2 1/2 hours to get there. You can also approach Sisters by leaving Portland or PDX and taking Hwy 26 towards Mt Hood and then connecting onto Hwy 97 heading south. You will pass through the town of Madras and when you get to the city of Redmond, go west on Hwy 126 into Sisters. A good map of the location of Sisters, OR is located below for your convenience but you can get more detailed maps on Google by doing a search.
Best Hotels in Sisters Oregon:Sisters looks like an old western town with lots of wooden, structured buildings and hotels that look rustic. The Best Western on the northwestern side of town appears to be more of a dude ranch than a modern hotel but the accommodations are decent. For a more modern hotel, check out the new Five Pine Lodge and Spa on the southeast side of town right as you are leaving the small downtown area. If you are willing to stay a few miles from town, definitely consider the lodging and rental homes available at Black Butte Ranch. The ranch offers golf, tennis, and lots of other outdoor activities to keep you busy. We have included a brief list of places to stay near Sisters, OR down below.
- Best Western Ponderosa Lodge: 505 Highway 20 W US Sisters, Phone # 800-893-5354 or 541-549-1234. Rooms are about $100 to $200 for 2 queen beds and suites with 1 King bed.
- Black Butte Ranch: 7 miles west of Sisters on Hwy. 20, 1-800-452-7455 or 541-595-6211. Rent cabins, homes, and vacation condos within the ranch. Rates range from $150/nt up to $400 for the larger rental homes.
- Blue Spruce Bed & Breakfast: 444 S. Spruce Street, Sisters, 541-549-9644 or 888-328-9644. Room rates range from $129 to $189.
- FivePine Lodge and Spa Resort: 1021 Desperado Trail, Sisters, 541-549-5900 or 866-974-5900. Excellent accommodations in this new lodge. The perfect spot for a romantic weekend getaway.
- Sisters Motor Lodge: 511 W Cascade Ave, Sisters, Oregon 97759. Phone # (541) 549-2551. Room rates range from $79 to $225. Right in the commercial district of downtown Sisters and within walking distance to all the shops, eateries, and galleries.
Best Places to eat at in Sisters Oregon:There are not a lot of places to eat at in Sisters, Oregon, but the good news is that almost everywhere I have tried is pretty good. You can choose between deli lunches at Depot Deli or Subway or try some authentic Mexican food at the Mexican Restaurant. For a quick ice cream cone consider Sno Cap Ice Cream near the west end of the town. There are lots of stores that sell ice cream and some specialize in fudge and other goodies. See our quick list below of places to eat in Sisters.
- Bronco Billy's Ranch Grill: 190 E. Cascade Ave., Sisters, OR 97756. Phone # 541-549-7427. Located in the old Sisters Hotel building with great hometown atmosphere for the entire family. A reasonably priced menu offers up classics and basics for the kids. You can view more details online at the website.
- The Gallery Restaurant: 171 W. Cascade Ave., Sisters - 541-549-2631. This is the place for an official "rancher style" breakfast. Opens up at 6 AM.
- Sno Cap Ice Cream. 380 W Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR 97759. Phone # (541) 549-6151. On your left as you enter town from the west. Give it a try as you are leaving back to Portland if you want a tasty dessert.
- Sisters Bakery: 251 E. Cascade Ave., Sisters - 541-549-0361. Finest quality baked goods and pastries. Doughnuts, bearclaws, and lots of other fresh eats.
- Depot Deli: 250 W Cascade Ave Sisters, OR 97759. Perhaps my favorite place in the town for lunch, their menu offers up lots of variety and the fresh pies are to die for. The place has some seating out back which is where I prefer to sit, but there is ample seating inside or even on the front porch area. The ownership changed hands in 2007 and the last few times I went there the service seemed a bit slow, although we did go right at peak lunch hour when they get a lot of take out orders from the other local shop owners.