Sisters Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 38 photos

Sisters is a small town on US 20 about 20 miles east of Santiam Pass and 20 miles west of Bend. Originally sited to help care for a small Army post, the town - originally called 'Three Sisters', but shortened by a local postmaster - served as home to forest industry workers until the latter part of the 20th Century. Vacation homes and retirement homes became an industry unto itself. The town fathers decided all architecture in the small business district were to have a design reminiscent of the 1890's. 'Build it and they will come.' With Sisters' case, this has succeeded almost too well, at times, bringing traffic, escalating prices and other problems. What makes Sisters, Sisters is the View - The three grand glacially bedecked volcanoes rising to the southwest over forests and meadows - the Three Sisters. A huge meadow on the west end of town offered a view repeated in countless photographs. Alas, everything is for sale and slowly, but surely, the meadow is being subdivided into housing phases - Phase I, II, III. The surrounding area used to be ranching districts along with logging. The ranches continue, though sometimes it seems that the number of llamas and alpacas outnumber the cows.

In between those three big vocanoes lie a series of lakes know as the Chambers Lakes. They make a grand backpack destination - not unknown among locals. Once you are up in there, you are limited in your wanders by only your ability to read a map, compass or gps.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic mountain and high forest terrain
  • Cons:Weekend traffic jams and skyrocketing real estate prices
  • In a nutshell:Many people think you have to have a house here to enjoy it. You don't.
  • Intro Updated Aug 30, 2005
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Highway closed October to July?? Makes me wonder why they built it in the first place! Very enticing pics.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 6:55 PM

    Hey, Little Girl must have enjoyed this, too :-) Good that dad carries her when neccesary :-) And I see, you more and more have gourmet goodies on the treks :-)

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2005 at 10:59 AM

    I recall seeing Broken Top from another vantage point, and it IS beautiful. Glad to hear they are keeping those pesky jetskis off of Three Creek Lake.

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2004 at 7:33 AM

    Gr8 tips on another lovely part of your homestate Mark. Don't worry though, I wouldn't plan on visiting during the Quilting show weekend. lol!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2004 at 9:11 PM

    hi Mark, when VT frontpage said,mtncorg.. warnings or dangers on Sisters, I had a chuckle......I see what it means LOL, good stuff, tks for sharing


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