Identified by the beautiful Three Sisters mountains, Sisters is a small Central Oregon town with big appeal. Used for seasonal hunting and gathering by the Northern Paiute Native Americans, the land remained unsettled until the early 1880’s. The area’s proximity to open pastures and dense forests supported local sheep and cattle ranching businesses as well as a thriving lumber industry. By the 1970’s, Sisters became a high desert destination and tourism became the town’s focus.
VIBE AND STYLE
Sisters is a vibrant community dedicated to preserving its home town characteristics. With 1,800 year-round residents, it remains a close-knit population and enthusiastically embraces citizens from surrounding neighborhoods and visitors. The area’s slowly emerging economy has created a center for business owners to grow and establish new ventures. You’ll find families, businesses owners, retirees, seasonal residents and vacationers attracted to Sisters for its leisurely and pleasant atmosphere.
Area homes mirror the surrounding nature, whether settled among the ponderosa pines or the sage rock canyons of the high desert. Modern townhomes are conveniently located within walking distance from downtown, while traditional ranch and Craftsman-style houses are found in surrounding neighborhoods. For more rural living, residents can choose from estates complete with farming and equestrian facilities and fully customized luxury homes.
At the center of the community is the nostalgic downtown area. Modeled after an 1880’s western town, the local shops are anything but old-fashioned. Boutiques and specialty stores offer a variety of merchandise ranging from fine art and antiques to western wear and souvenirs. The exceptional Black Butte Ranch resort is a favorite Oregon destination. Awarded four stars by Golf Digest, the resort’s Big Meadow course challenges player’s skills and accuracy against a backdrop of stunning mountain views. Other year-round resort activities include tennis, biking, swimming and horseback riding.
Surrounded by rivers, lakes, mountains and meadows, the selection of outdoor activities are countless. The nearby Deschutes National Forest accommodates hikers and backpackers with miles of winding trails and scenic vistas. Fly fisherman flock to the rushing Metolius River for their catch of Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden Trout and Kokane Salmon. During the warmer months several camping locations are conveniently located offering full service amenities such as showers, bathrooms, fire pits and picnic tables.