Exploring Oregon’s Friendly American West Town Of Sisters

Last Updated on September 11, 2016


Driving towards Sunriver for a couple days of relaxation on our Oregon road trip, we stumbled upon the American West Town Of Sisters. A town we had never realized existed, but filled us with excitement as soon as we saw our surroundings while driving through the town onto our actual destination. We knew right away there was something special about this town and we were left with enough curiosity to make us take a slight detour from our plans as we left Sunriver that last morning.

Sisters is nestled at the base of the majestic Three Sisters and is named for these distinct volcanic peaks in the central Cascades Range. The community was built on a foundation of ranching, farming, logging and accommodating travellers who were crossing over the cascades. Sisters is bordered by the Deschutes National Forest and is known as the gateway into Central Oregon.

As if their gorgeous natural surroundings weren’t enough, we were intrigued by the modern, western community that honours its heritage. Sisters has quite the charming village setting and their western themed downtown is filled with unique shops, galleries, restaurants and art. We loved seeing all the iron art, similar to what we saw near Mount Rainier. And the people. Everywhere we turned there was another pleasant face and a great conversation to be had.

We loved the iron art in town. The Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage was really cool and Madison’s eyes lit up as soon as she spotted it. It was super impressive!
Inside the carriage
On horseback? No problem.
Love finding cool murals as we wander
Love reading the historical marking signs
The cute country-styled downtown strip
Sadie was a hit at the restaurant. Who can resist such a smiley face?

We stopped for lunch at The Gallery Restaurant & Bar and the service was wonderful. It could have been that we had two super cute girls with us (though we’re also very biased), but the staff seemed genuinely happy to help you. The food was enjoyable too.

Sisters was great to explore the shops for a couple hours as we wandered around town. If you have enough time, Sisters would also be a great jump-off point to get in some outdoor adventures. We loved exploring the downtown area with its American West feel with its 1880’s style building fronts. It was absolutely charming!
Location: Sisters is located 20 miles west of Bend, 109 miles east of Salem, and 100 miles northeast of Eugene.


What are some of your favourite towns you have stumbled upon?