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Sisters O r e g o n G u i d e 2019 -2020

A Comprehensive Guide to Sisters Country

Recreation • Events Lodging • Dining & More!

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Inside 5

Welcome to Sisters

8 The Peaks 10 Must-see sights 14 There’s music in the mountains 16 The wild side of Sisters 18 Parks 20 Loving to learn in Sisters 22 Sisters Trails Alliance builds a network in the community 24 Gotta Have It! 26 Sisters nonprofits 28 Take in Sisters’ art scene 30 Sisters takes foods from farm to table 32 Public Art 34 Where To Find What/ Sisters Area Churches 36 Deschutes Land Trust



38 Take a thrill ride on Sisters’ trails 40 Playing in the Snow in Sisters 42 Enjoy first-class resorts 44 Run our wild, beautiful rivers 46 Wildflowers 48 Day Trippin’ 52 Visit Bend and Redmond 54 Sisters is for the birds 58 Hike our magnificent backcountry 62 Magical Camp Sherman 64 Gear up for road-riding thrills 66 On the run in Sisters 68 Horsin’ around in Sisters Country 70 Swing into your golf game 72 A fly-fishing paradise 76 Camping




78 80 82 84 86

Sisters Rodeo is in the chutes Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show splashes Sisters with color Sisters Folk Festival ripples through the music community Festival will bring blues to Sisters So much going on in Sisters


Extraordinary Sisters

92 A connection with Sisters youth 94 Commitment to a healthy community 96 Sisters’ big heart Provides Shelter 98 A Life in Art 103 Sisters-Area Map 104 Dining 108 Lodging





442 E. Main Ave. Sisters, OR 97759

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Sisters’ Original Destination Retreat

Come take advantage of our 14-acre resort setting, nestled adjacent to natural National Forest wilderness. Stroll on our many local trails, or enjoy outdoor activities with the family on our soft,

As always, you’ll receive a warm welcome from our fuzzy residents!

expansive central lawn. After exploring local shops or Sisters-area natural wonders, cool off in our outdoor pool or melt any tension in the hot tub. For an indoor experience, indulge in one of our varying Pacific Northwest-themed Ponderosa or Aspen suites. Cozy up by the river-rock fireplace, soak in the private Jacuzzi spa or step into the walk-in rain shower.

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Welcome to Sisters

The gateway to Central Oregon, in the rainshadow of the mighty Cascade Range, Sisters Country offers so much for the spirit. Come to enjoy the natural beauty and stick around to indulge in fine food and drink, unique shopping and small-town friendliness.

Welcome to Sisters You’ve come to a special place. Sure, it’s beautiful — the Cascades backdrop, the forests and streams make this one of nature’s poster children. But the natural beauty is only a part — and not the largest part — of what makes Sisters. It really comes down to the people. Most of us come from somewhere else, seeking that beauty — and a deeper, richer way of life. That makes for a community that gives; a community that values art and education; a community that steps up to help our neighbors; a community that welcomes newcomers and treasures oldtimers. Sisters is a community that rings with music and bursts with energy — and folks here are happy to share. Soak in the experience, and you may be one more person who looks at the Sisters skyline and thinks… “this feels like home.”


Population: 2,540 inside city limits; 10,000± in the school district. Elevation: 3,200 ft. Schools: Sisters School District: Elementary, middle and high school. Total enrollment: 1,099. Sisters Christian Academy: 72 students K-8; 11 staff. Homes: Average home price (first quarter 2019, excluding Black Butte Ranch): $435,183; median home price: $397,500. Homes sold: 122. Climate: Hottest month is July (avg. temp. 84.3/42.1); coldest month is December (40.8/20.1). Driest month is July; Wettest month is January. Average

annual precipitation is 14.18 inches. (Source: Oregon Climate Service/Oregon Economic & Community Development.) Average snowfall is 32 inches. Sisters Eagle Airport: Located less than a mile from downtown Sisters on Camp Polk Road. Recently expanded and improved runway; airplane tie-downs; fuel available on site. Year-round access. Sisters’ Largest Employers: Black Butte Ranch, 375; Sisters School District, 133; Laird Superfood, 69; Three Creeks Brewing Co., 51; Ray’s Food Place, 50; Sisters Coffee Co., 45. Source: Economic Development for Central Oregon

Did you know? The town of Sisters derives its name from the Cascade mountain peaks that grace the southwestern skyline, collectively known as the Three Sisters.




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The Peaks Broken Top Elevation: 9,175 ft.

[The Three Sisters]

South Elevation: 10,358 ft.

Black Crater Elevation: 7,257 ft.

Three Fingered Jack Elevation: 7,841 ft.

Middle Elevation: 10,047 ft.

North Elevation: 10,085 ft.

Mt. Washington Elevation: 7,794 ft.

Black Butte Elevation: 6,436 ft.

Mt. Jefferson Elevation: 10,497 ft.

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Adams Ave.


Cascade Ave.

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Larch St.

Main Ave.


Hwy. 20



Must-see sights

Suttle Lake

Suttle Lake is one of the most soul-satisfying spots in the area. Some days the lake is calm and glassy. Other days the wind whips the lake into a whitecapped chop and windsurfers weave through the waves. In the fall it is a riot of color as the leaves turn with the early frost. Visit the Lodge, take a boat out for a lazy day of fishing, or take a stroll around the lake. Follow Highway 20 west 16 miles from Sisters; turn left and follow the signs.

Dee Wright Observatory

Standing atop windswept McKenzie Pass, Dee Wright Observatory was named after a Civilian Conservation Corps foreman who worked on the site. It offers a sweeping vista of the Cascades and overlooks the intriguing lava flows that dominate the pass. To get there, take Highway 242 west from Sisters (when passable). The observatory is on the right-hand (north) side of the road, just a short distance beyond the fivemile marker.



Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery

While you’re in Camp Sherman, head further north to visit Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. Various open tanks house the different fish species. Rainbow, brook, cutthroat and trophy trout; kokanee and Atlantic salmon are part of the three million fish on display. Open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Take Highway 20 west out of Sisters for 10 miles. At the Camp Sherman road sign, Road 14, turn right and travel 10 miles to the hatchery entrance.

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Head of the Metolius

It’s hard to believe that the mighty Metolius River starts from tiny springs in the shadow of Black Butte. Over the next five miles, more springs and tributary creeks build the river into a rushing torrent. The Head of the Metolius is very easy to get to. Just drive 10 miles west of Sisters to the entrance to Camp Sherman and follow the signs along Road 14. They’ll point you to an expansive parking area where you can walk down a paved path about 300 yards to an overlook that treats you to a calendar shot of the headwaters and Mt. Jefferson.

Camp Polk Cemetery Whychus Creek Overlook

Sisters’ must-see location offers spectacular views of the Whychus Creek watershed. The overlook and its short loop trail are barrier-free and handicapped-accessible. Head south on Three Creek Lake Road (Elm Street in town) for a little over five miles. The turnout is near the summit of Peterson Ridge, on the right-hand (west) side of the road, just a short distance beyond the five-mile marker.



Camp Polk Cemetery lies three miles northeast of Sisters and is a draw for those interested in old pioneer cemeteries. To get there, take Locust Street/Camp Polk Road north out of town. Continue to Wilt Road; turn right to stay on Camp Polk. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to a dirt road and turn left. The cemetery takes its name from the old military post, but the site was actually established on the Hindman homestead. The oldest grave dates back to 1880.

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From blues to bluegrass and everywhere in between... Sisters has become a musical hotspot for the Pacific Northwest. In addition to festivals that bring music-lovers from across the nation and around the world to this little village at the foot of the Three Sisters, there are music venues and events all around town. This year marks the second Sisters Rhythm and Brews Festival, set for Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 (see story, page 84). The renowned Sisters Folk Festival runs September 6-8 (see story, page 82). The Festival also hosts a free summer concert series at Fir Street Park in the heart of downtown Sisters as a way to say thank you to a community that goes the extra mile to support the arts. SFF also hosts a winter concert series.



The Belfry on Main Avenue has become a destination venue for touring artists in a variety of genres. The venue — once a church — can host a rapt listening audience or clear the hardwood floor for a dance party. Hardtails Bar & Grill at the corner of Larch Street and Main Avenue regularly hosts music, including a summer series of classic rock tribute bands that this year will pay rockin’ homage to artists from Bruce Springsteen to The Cars to Guns N’ Roses. Sisters Saloon & Ranch Grill serves up music on both an indoor stage and a stage out in the courtyard. This year they’re offering a summer concert series, including a show by the legendary Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Cork Cellars Wine Bar &

Bistro is a favorite destination for local music throughout the year, even in the heart of winter, and The Open Door hosts music both indoors and on their lovely outdoor courtyard stage. The lounge at Chops Bistro also features the best of local music on Saturday nights. During the summer, Black Butte Ranch offers music on Wednesday evenings. Enjoy a picnic on the grass near the recreation center and Lakeside Bistro while listening to some tasty Americana roots music. Europsorts hosts music in its food cart courtyard on summer Friday evenings. The local music scene is potent; the community is home to many talented musicians who have built devoted followings.


There’s music in the mountains

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wild side of

By Jim Anderson Wildlife habitat abounds in Sisters Country. One of its more important elements is dead trees, which are used as homes for a long and lively list of wildlife species. Northern flying squirrels, for example, use abandoned woodpecker cavities for their survival, small owls nest in them, and in winter, our California tortoiseshell butterfly hibernates in those protective confines. In the course of a typical summer day, you can see a wide variety of wildlife around you — resident herds of elk and mule deer, and around open water maybe otter or mink, and throughout the forest the infamous golden-manteled ground squirrel and pine chipmunk. “Infamous” because most of these cute little residents could be hosts for the flea that carries the bubonic



plague. So please dondon’t feed the wildlife or try to pet them. While you’re here, visit the Deschutes Land Trust’s Metolius Preserve and you may see several species of reptiles, including the colorful blue-tailed skink and pygmy horned lizard. Then head over to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Hatchery on the Metolius River where the kids can feed many species of fish, and you’ll probably see an osprey or kingfisher getting lunch there. After visiting the hatchery you might want to walk the trails along the river. This will reward you with many wildlife sightings including the western tiger swallowtail butterfly visiting the numerous wildflowers, and nesting bald eagles fishing the river. Another wild animal here is typical of the West: the ever-present coyote. They pop up in the least expected places and interact with everything from chipmunks to barn cats. You name it, a coyote has either tried to eat it or has found something curious about it. There is a relatively large population of cougar in the area, which sometimes come into residential and recreational areas. (Please do not give treats to mule deer), as they are the principal food

Sisters of cougar. When you’re biking and hiking, please do not go out alone and use common sense, looking over your shoulder from time to time. Keep your pet on a leash. Oregon has a very healthy population of cougar and the last thing we — or you — need is a problem with one of them. If you see a cougar, do not run! Running will trigger a chase

response. For guidelines on how to respond when encountering a cougar, visit www.dfw.state.or.us/ wildlife/living_with/cougars.asp Cougars will often depart when making contact with humans, but ODFW would like to know if you see one, so please call 541-388-6363 and report your experience.

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Located on Cascade Avenue (Highway 20) in the center of downtown Sisters. Includes a public restroom.

CLIFF CLEMENS PARK On the north side of Sisters, approximately three blocks from downtown on Larch Street. Motorhomes may park in this area during the daytime only. Large grassy area and play equipment. Creekside Park, Village Green Park and Cliff Clemens Park are available for events for a fee. Electricity is available. Call 541-549-6022 for additional information.

CREEKSIDE CAMPGROUND The Creekside Campground is a municipal park with 60 sites (of which 23 are full hook-up sites) and a large grass area. The park is situated along Whychus Creek and within walking distance



of downtown. The park is open April to November and is closed for the winter months. Call 541323-5218 for reservations and more information.

CREEKSIDE PARK Creekside Park is located adjacent to Whychus Creek across the covered foot bridge from the Creekside Campground. The grassy park has tables and small barbecues for daytime use.

FIR STREET PARK Sisters’ downtown park is centrally located at the corner of Fir Street and Main Avenue. This “pocket park” features a splash play area for kids, lined with boulders, a performance stage with timber-frame pavilion and seating area, a picnic facility, restrooms, bike corrals, benches, a fire pit with seating, a drinking fountain and on-site parking. Many features were created by local artists. The park hosts a Farmer's Market on Sundays and outdoor concerts sponsored by Sisters Folk Festival.




The Hyzer Pines 18-hole disc golf course is located near the Sisters Park & Recreation District Coffield Center on McKinney Butte Road. There is no charge for playing. No alcohol or smoking are allowed.

BIKE & SKATE Skaters and cyclists have their own skate park and their own bike park thanks to volunteer efforts by local youth and adult mentors. Bike 242 offers jumps and skill features located next to the Sisters Park & Recreation District Coffield Center, at the west end of the Sisters High School parking lot. Head west from downtown Sisters on Hwy. 242 (McKenzie Hwy).

VILLAGE GREEN PARK Village Green Park is located two blocks south of downtown between Elm & Fir streets. There is a covered gazebo, barbecue area, playground equipment, and restrooms.

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Loving to learn in Sisters

Outlaw Aviation gives Sisters students a unique opportunity to pursue their pilot’s license in high school.

From a strong emphasis on the fundamentals in elementary school to innovative programs in high school, children in Sisters receive an education that prepares them to go out into the world and succeed. In 2018-19, the Sisters School District completed bond-funded maintenance and repairs, safety and security improvements, and improvements and updates to athletic facilities, including new tennis courts and a major renovation of the track and football stadium. Sisters High School has one of the very few flight sciences programs in the nation, preparing youth for careers in the field of aviation. Students also have opportunities for career-oriented education in fire sciences and health sciences. The Sisters Science Club hosts an annual Science Fair and a Seedto-Table education program. The



club and community volunteers helped the District Sisters students are raising funds build a new, stateto attend a science event in Belgium. of-the-art greenhouse that serves the schools as a cal education in a unique offering “living laboratory” for its sustainthat is often a life-shaping experiable agriculture program. ence. Sisters Folk Festival’s Sisters schools are also Americana Project educational renowned for highly successful outreach program partners with athletic programs. the schools to provide unpreceThe nonprofit Sisters Graduate dented immersion in the arts, from Resource Organization (GRO) has performance and songwriting to organized dozens of scholarships guitar-building. in the community in their mission The IEE (Interdisciplinary to provide scholarship support to Environmental Expeditions) proevery deserving graduating senior. gram turns the Sisters backcountry Sisters is also home to the priinto a classroom, where students vate Sisters Christian Academy, both learn and teach about their where small classes pursue acalocal geography, geology and demic excellence in the atmoweather, team-building and leadersphere of a community of faith. ship. The program brings together For more information visit science, language arts, and physisisterschristianacademy.com.


Folks who choose to make Sisters their home are often attracted by its strong school system.

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Sisters Trails Alliance builds a network in the community

Volunteers have created an extraordinary network of multi-use trails

If you’re out hiking or riding a mountain bike or a horse in the forests around Sisters, chances are you’re enjoying the work of the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA). Over the course of many years, STA has built up and maintained a network of trails, throughout Sisters Country. It’s not just about trails though — STA also knits together a community, bringing people from all walks of life together to enhance the recreational opportunities afforded by Sisters’ national forests. The Sisters Trails Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect people and communities to each other and their natural surroundings. STA



plans, builds and maintains multiuser, non-motorized trails in and around Sisters. The organization is made up of volunteers — those typical Sisters spirits who don’t want to wait until “they” do something — they identify a need and get busy addressing it. Their work parties get folks outdoors and build camaraderie along with trails. The Sisters Trails Alliance is always looking for individuals passionate about trails and people who want to see Sisters’ trails developed responsibly. Those interested — locals, visitors, part-time residents alike — can become members and support trail projects by helping fund trail work or by volunteering

time to build trails and help form the vision of Sisters-area trails. STA also organizes the popular Bjarne Holm Speakers Series, named for a beloved and sorely missed member of the hiking and cycling community of Sisters. The Bjarne Holm Speakers Series features quarterly talks on trails, outdoor recreation, conservation, water and the environment. Events are held at the Community Room of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Hall, 301 S. Elm St. Doors open at 6 p.m. The presentations begin at 7 p.m. For more information on STA, including maps and lists of trails, visit www.sisterstrails.org.


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Gotta Have It!

A few “must-haves” before you leave Sisters 3. 1. 4.


1 Happy Feet!

3 Authentic Native American Jewelry


4 Hand-Carved Fossilized Ivory…

Minnetonka moccasins have been a tradition for 70 years, with many styles and colors to choose from, child to adult. Mackenzie Creek Mercantile is where fashion meets the great outdoors. Mackenzie Creek Mercantile 290 W. Cascade Ave. | 541-549-8424 mackenziecreekmercantile.com

Three Sisters Mountain Pottery

Beautiful art that you’ll use every day. Bring your memories home with handmade dinnerware, lamps and more from the studio of Ken Merrill. And watch him at work at Canyon Creek Pottery | 310 N. Cedar St. 541-390-2449 | canyoncreekpotteryllc.com



Raven Makes Gallery offers a unique selection of beautifully worked silver, gold and precious stones by collectible Native American jewelers. Come find your piece of wearable heirloom art. Raven Makes Gallery 182 E. Hood Ave. 541-719-1182 | ravenmakesgallery.com

…set in intricate sterling silver. Oregon’s most intriguing gallery for 28 years. A unique visual experience! Original designs in silver, gold, rare gems, diamonds and so much more! The Jewel | 221 W. Cascade Ave. 541-549-9388 | thejewelonline.com

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5 Aguacatán Bags

The talented Maya women of Aguacatán, Guatemala hand-crochet these strikingly colorful bags. Experience the essence of the Maya markets in Sisters. Blue Burro Imports | 170 W. Cascade Ave. 425-765-6439


Olive It and More!

More than an olive-lover’s paradise. We are your specialty shop for flavored balsamic vinegars, olive oils, gourmet mustards, salsas, garlics, veggies and of course, our signature nuts! Sisters Olive and Nut Co. | 271 W. Cascade Ave. 541-549-8047 | sistersoliveandnutco.com

7 Local Artisan Pottery

Hood Avenue Art is an artists owned fine art gallery representing over 25 Central Oregon artists. Featuring art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and more. Join us for Fourth Friday Art Stroll Sisters artists’ receptions, 4-7 p.m. Exhibits change every 4th Friday. Hood Avenue Art | 357 W. Hood Ave. 541-719-1800 | hoodavenueart.com

8 Eminence Skin Care Products

Éminence Organic Skin Care Products offer an unsurpassed rejuvenation process with our Essentials signature facial. Award-winning products combined with skills by master esthetician Karen Keady will leave you relaxed and glowing. Essentials Skincare | 492 E. Main Ave. 541-480-1412 | sistersessentials.com

9 Over 30 Artisan 
Loose-Leaf Teas!

Relax with a tea latte or refreshing bubble tea in our family-friendly teahouse. Featuring rustic lake decor, free WiFi, and board games. Choose from an array of locally blended organic teas for home-brewing! Local-roast coffee & baked goodies! Suttle Tea | 450 E. Cascade Ave. 541-549-8077 | suttletea.com www.sistersoregonguide.com


Sisters nonprofits

World’s Children

World’s Children, which has been in operation for decades, moved its headquarters to Sisters in 2017. World’s Children supports the most vulnerable children in the world— orphans, homeless, abandoned or abused children, and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Many are girls from poor families where they are not loved or wanted simply because they are girls. World’s Children awards college and vocational scholarships to promising students who cannot afford higher education. With donors’ help, a student can earn a degree and break the cycle of poverty. Donors can sponsor an individual college student, or you can give to the World’s Children Scholarship Fund. For more information visit worldschildren.org.

The Roundhouse Foundation

The Sisters-based Roundhouse Foundation supports creative projects and organizations that connect the community of Sisters, Central Oregon, and rural communities in the Northwest through art, environmental conservation, social services, community leadership and education. From support of arts and music programs in Sisters to scholarships for enrichment and mentorship of students, The Roundhouse Foundation has had a profoundly positive effect on the lives of people of all ages throughout Sisters Country. For information visit roundhousefoundation.org.

Sisters Veterans Organizations

Sisters has a large and active veterans community. Sisters VFW Post 8138 and American Legion Post 86 work together on many veterans issues and organize a powerful Memorial Day observance each year at Village Green Park. They also maintain a veterans memorial at Village Green Park. For information search Sisters Veterans Facebook page. The Sisters Chapter of Oregon Band of Brothers meets at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at Takoda’s Restaurant.

Furry Friends Foundation

Furry Friends Foundation is a Sisters 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and seniors with pets. The foundation operates two pet-food banks, sponsors spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations. In addition it provides monetary assistance for emergency veterinary services to families in financial hardship. Furry Friends Foundation is dedicated to improving the welfare of pets within a 10-mile radius encompassing the Sisters School District. They are the sole nonprofit in Sisters aiding pets and their families. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.furryfriendsfoundation.org. Located in the Sisters Art Works building, 204 W. Adams Ave., Ste. 109, 541-797-4023.




JULY 31 THROUGH AUGUST 4 Davis Shows NW brings you

“WRISTBAND DAY” Everyday at the fair! That’s right

Ride all the rides you can for just $30 per person per day!



Shuttle Leaves Sisters Elementary

(611 E. Cascade Ave.) 9:30 A.M. • 11:30 A.M. • 4:30 P.M. (Not on Sun.)

Shuttle Leaves County Fairgrounds

3:30 P.M. • 5:30 P.M. (Last bus on Sun.) 10:30 P.M. (Wed./Thurs.) • 11:30 P.M. (Fri./Sat.)

Don’t miss it! Starting July 31, prices go to $37 per person.

Starting JUNE 17 through July 30 Pre-sale wristbands are available at all Central Oregon Bi-Mart Locations. Don’t miss it! Starting July 31 prices increase to $37.

PURCHASE YOUR FAIR ADMISSION PASSES AT THESE LOCATIONS: All Central Oregon Bi-Mart stores, the Deschutes County Fair and Expo office in Redmond, and the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District, Bend. For more info, call 541-548-2711 or expo.deschutes.org.

There’s something about Sisters Country that inspires artists…

Take in Sisters’ art scene

Sisters’ beauty stimulates creativity — how could you not be inspired by the majesty of the Three Sisters, the harmonies of the rushing waters of Whychus Creek and the Metolius River? Yet it’s more than that. Sisters has created a true community of artists — people who support and inspire each other to dig deeper, reach higher. Inspiration and aspiration combine to create a fertile environment for art and artists that is gaining international notice. On the fourth Friday of each month, art-lovers enjoy a stroll among Sisters’ galleries, sipping wine, tasting snacks, talking with artists and listening to live music.  For the past several years, dedicated artists, gallery-owners and arts patrons have been working to create an arts district on Hood Avenue, where many of Sisters’ galleries can be found. Any day is a good day to stroll those galleries, where you will find extraordinary work in every media imaginable, from sculpture to watercolors to pottery to jewelry and on as far as the creative mind can take you. Long-time Sisters plein air pastel artist Norma Holmes has spent the last 13 years creating a paint-



ed travel guide to the region. “Land Escapes” will be available in June at www.normaholmes.com. Studio Redfield and Kibak Tile, now located in the Sisters Industrial Park, is home to internationally renowned painter Randy Redfield and tile artist Susanne Kibak Redfield. That’s just the tip of the paintbrush in Sisters Country. Each May, the Sisters Folk Festival partners with the visual arts community in My Own Two Hands — a celebration that brings together art, music education and the spirit of the community in a two-day event. The first evening kicks off with a parade featuring student art projects centered around an annual theme. That's followed by a downtown art stroll and a free community concert at The Belfry. The second night

The My Own Two Hands art auction is the par ty of the season each year.

serves up a gala party and art auction at Ponderosa Forge and Iron Works, where locally-created art is sold in a lively and entertaining auction, with proceeds supporting the programs of the Sisters Folk Festival (see related story, page 82). The Sisters Library also plays host to art with rotating exhibits. Many local restaurants and cafés also feature Sisters artists’ work. Each August, Sisters Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration hosts a highly regarded art show in conjunction with its Country Fair.

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Traveling through the 192 full-color pages of this painted travel guide with renowned artist Norma Holmes as she paints en plein air on Oregon’s eastside will give readers a desire to get behind the wheel and discover for themselves the dazzling display of color in a wildflower meadow on Steens Mountain, a restored historical hotel in Dufur, homemade apple pie in a small-town café in Sisters, and much more.

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Sisters takes foods from farm to table On the flanks of the Cascade mountains, winter lingers through spring and summer hits fast and furious come July in Sisters. Over the past 10 years, the farm-to-table movement has grown exponentially in this small town. There are three farms pumping out diverse organic vegetables: Seed to Table, Mahonia Gardens, and Rainshadow Organics. There are several ranching operations with quality pastured meat options as well. You can find the goods at the Sisters Farmers Market on Sunday afternoons at Fir Street Park; at Melvin’s Market; and at Trail Stop Market. The Depot



Café and Suttle Lodge also consistently support our local farms. Both Seed to Table and Mahonia Gardens offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. This is a great way to get to know your farmer, commit to food that his higher in nutrients, has less of a carbon footprint, and tastes better. The CSA box is a true culinary adventure through the summer season. It’s a starting point for understanding what can be grown in our area and what food security looks like. If you’re looking for a yearround connection to meats, grains, and veggies check out Rainshadow Organics. Only 20

minutes outside Sisters, their farm store is stocked with their raw ingredients as well as sauces, ferments, pickles, broth, and more. They are open for lunch and special events from May through October. And every Saturday all year long they woodfire pizzas made 100 percent from the farm. You can head out for a tour of the intricate food system including several successions of over 50 kinds of vegetables and 250 varieties of those vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, fruits, turkeys, chickens, pigs, and cattle. When it comes to farm-driven cuisine, Rainshadow Organics is the real deal.



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Running Horses metalwork located on Hwy. 20 at the Lazy Z meadow east of town, by Brian Bain of Culver.

Quilt Mural by Jerry Werner 211 W. Cascade Ave.


by Paul Alan Bennett west wall of The Belfry, 302 E. Main Ave.



Buck jumps the moon by Dennis McGregor at The Gallimaufry on the corner of Elm St. and Cascade Ave.


Bronze Wild Stallion by Lorenzo Ghiglieri on the corner of Cascade Avenue & Larch Street.


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Mid Oregon Credit Union, 703 N. Larch St. | 541-382-1795. US Bank, 123 W. Hood Ave., 541-549-2141. ATM. Washington Federal, 610 N. Arrowleaf Trail 541-549-8110. ATM. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 291 E. Main Ave., 541-549-0251. CITY HALL: 520 E. Cascade Ave., 541-549-6022. EMERGENCY/POLICE: Black Butte Ranch Police, 541-595-2191. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sisters Station, 703 N. Larch St., 541-549-2302. Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD, 301 S. Elm St., 541-549-0771.

LAUNDRY: Sisters Lock ’n’ Load, 247 N. Fir St.

Cliff Clemens Park, N. Larch St. at E. Black Butte Ave.

LIBRARY: Sisters Library, Corner of Cedar St. & Main Ave., 541-312-1070.

Creekside Park, Hwy. 20 & Jefferson Ave. (seasonal).

MEDICAL: Bend Memorial Clinic, 231 E. Cascade Ave., 541-382-2811. High Lakes Health Care, 354 W. Adams Ave., 541-549-9609. St. Charles Medical Center, Sisters Clinic: 630 N. Arrowleaf Trail, 541-549-1318. NEWSPAPER: The Nugget Newspaper, 442 E. Main Ave., 541-549-9941. POST OFFICE: Sisters Post Office, 694 N. Larch St. PUBLIC RESTROOMS: Barclay Park, Ash St. between Cascade & Hood Avenues.

Fir Street Park, corner of Fir St. & Main Ave. Forest Service Kiosk at the junction of hwys. 20 & 242 at the west end of town. Village Green Park, Fir St. & Washington Ave. SISTERS RANGER STATION: Hwy. 20 & Pine St., 541-549-7700. PET/VETERINARY/BOARDING Black Butte Veterinary Clinic, 703 N. Larch St., 541-549-1837. Broken Top Veterinary Clinic, 67293 Hwy. 20, 541-389-0391. Sisters Veterinary Clinic, 371 E. Cascade Ave., 541-549-6961. Central Bark, 367 W. Sisters Park Dr., 541-549-2275.

Sisters Area Churches Baha’i Faith Meetings Devotional Gatherings, Study Classes & Discussion Groups 541-549-6586.

Calvary Chapel (Nondenom.) 484 W. Washington Ave., Ste. C&D 10 a.m. Sunday Worship; 541-588-6288. Chapel in the Pines Camp Sherman 10 a.m. Sunday Worship; 541-549-9971. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 452 Trinity Way 10 a.m. Sunday Sacrament Meeting; 541-420-5670. The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 68825 Brooks Camp Rd. 8:30 a.m. Ecumenical Sunday Worship;



10:15 a.m. Episcopal Sunday Worship; 541-549-7087.

New Hope Christian Center (Assembly of God) 222 Trinity Way 5 p.m. Sunday Praise & Prayer Service; 541-550-0750. Seventh-Day Adventist Church 386 N. Fir St. 11 a.m. Saturday Worship; 541-595-6770, 541-306-8303. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (E.L.C.A.) 386 N. Fir St. 10 a.m. Sunday Worship; 541-549-5831. Sisters Church of the Nazarene 67130 Harrington Loop Rd. 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship; 541-389-8960. Sisters Community Church (Nondenominational)

1300 W. McKenzie Hwy. 10 a.m. Sunday Worship; 541-549-1201. St. Edward the Martyr Roman Catholic Church 123 Trinity Way 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass; 9 a.m. Sunday Mass; 8 a.m. Monday-Friday Mass; 541-549-9391. Vast Church (Nondenominational) 1700 W. McKinney Butte Rd. (Sisters High School) 9:37 a.m. Sunday Worship; 541-719-0587. Westside Sisters (A Foursquare Church) 442 Trinity Way 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship; 541-549-4184.

Note: Church schedules are subject to change.



Deschutes Land Trust

For more than two decades, the Deschutes Land Trust has worked to protect the forests, meadows, and creeks that Central Oregonians — people and wildlife — need to thrive. Deschutes Land Trust accomplishes their conservation mission by working cooperatively with landowners to conserve their land for wildlife, scenic views, and local communities. Sisters Country has benefited greatly from the Land Trust’s conservation vision. More than 4,770 of the Land Trust’s 9,115 acres are located around Sisters. Deschutes Land Trust owns seven nature preserves that are managed for the benefit of wildlife and people. Camp Polk Meadow Preserve outside of Sisters is a



signature project. The Land Trust purchased and protected the 150-acre property in 2000. The Preserve includes meadows, aspen and pine stands, and two miles of Whychus Creek. Hundreds of people walk the meadow on guided interpretive hikes to learn more about the nature of Central Oregon. Whychus Canyon Preserve is another signature project. The Land Trust purchased and created the original 450-acre Preserve in 2010 and then added another 480 acres in 2014. Located

between Sisters and Redmond, the Preserve includes four miles of Whychus Creek, outstanding canyon scenery, native grasslands, and old-growth juniper stands. Wildlife species abound and visitors can hike a network of trails that provide the only public access to Whychus Creek between Sisters and the Crooked River National Grasslands. The Deschutes Land Trust hosts guided hikes of their preserves as well as a host of volunteer work parties. Get involved today: deschuteslandtrust.org.


Volunteers help re-plant the banks of Whychus Creek at Whychus Canyon Preserve.



Hundreds of miles of trails beckon the hiker, runner, and mountain biker. Scenic bikeways entice the road cyclist. Whitewater roars its song of adventure. Skaters and disc golfers have places to play and parks invite kids to splash and run around free. Everything is here.

Take a thrill ride on Sisters’ trails Sisters is without question one of Oregon’s premier mountain-biking regions.

The Peterson Ridge Trail System (PRT) is Sisters’ premier mountain-biking trail. The trail is friendly to all ages and abilities, with flowing ribbons of singletrack navigation through ponderosa pines and volcanic rock outcroppings. Substantial views can be had particularly on the western route along the ridge. Stop at the overlooks between stretches of pedaling for mountain views and more. SPRT offers an engaging and fun experience, with technical lava rock features, fast flowy pedally tracks, and near-town beginner trails. The trail system is the site of the Sisters Stampede Mountain Bike Race held the Sunday of each Memorial Day Weekend and drawing riders from across the region. The Suttle Tie Trail is an option to explore the changing ecosystem as one heads west




By Andrew Loscutoff toward the Cascade mountains. Explore the old ponderosa pines while riding the leisurely grades, and enjoy the seclusion of a trail with much less traffic. Once at the lake, take a spin around the threemile Suttle Lake Trail. This is a non-technical fast loop that winds around the lake offering a thrill of speed and stunning views of the alpine lake. All abilities will have a great time! The Metolius-Windigo Trail is accessible from Sisters as a backcountry adventurer type of experience. Keep in mind that this trail is popular for trail-riding equestrians and can be quite hoof-beaten after the dry days of summer come about. If one is ambitious, a ride from Three Creek Sno-Park down the Peterson Ridge connection will reward the adventurous, exploring types with a story to tell others of the time they descended the rocky ridges and pedaled through the

ghostly burnt forests of the Pole Creek Fire. Plenty of views along the way provide ample photo opportunities to help the adventurer share this experience as they tell the tale. Ten miles out and back with a great view from a short hike at the top, the Green Ridge Trail is another segment of the MetoliusWindigo. This trail is accessed from Green Ridge Road that turns north off Highway 20 just east of Black Butte. Check with the Forest Service for detailed directions to the trailhead. Within an hour’s drive, experience the iconic McKenzie River Trail and much more in the Cascades. The flora is lush and trails stay dust-free all season. Bike shops Blazin Saddles and Eurosports have detailed knowledge of conditions and routes. Stop in and inquire about trail conditions.



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Whether you love blasting down the slopes on skis or trekking through the forests on snowshoes, Sisters Country will fulfill all your desires for winter adventure. Alpine Skiing Hoodoo Ski Area Hoodoo’s top elevation is 5,703 feet and almost two-thirds of its 806 skiable acres face due north. This makes for excellent snow conditions that complement 1,035 feet of vertical drop. After a couple of tough winters, last year was fantastic and Hoodoo is really going strong and looking forward to 2019-20. For more information visit skihoodoo.com or call 541-822-3799 or the snow phone at 541-822-(DEEP) 3337. Mt. Bachelor A little farther afield is Mt. Bachelor, offering world-class destination skiing, featuring 3,365 feet of vertical drop over varied terrain suitable for all levels of skill. For more information visit mtbachelor.com or call 800-829-2442. Call 541-382-7888 for Bachelor’s snow report.



Santiam Sno-Park This sno-park is located across the highway from the Hoodoo entrance road (off Highway 20/126). It’s a popular sledding area with nearby trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Tubing Both Hoodoo and Mt. Bachelor offer tubing facilities that make for a safe, fun family outing. Hoodoo’s Autobahn Tube Area is located at the base of Hayrick Mountain and offers spectacular views that you can enjoy while being towed to the top of your run. Ray Benson Sno-Park About one mile from Hoodoo, this site offers a variety of trails for winter sports. Dog teams, skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers and skijorers all enjoy this popular winter sno-park. A large shelter in the parking area has a

wood-burning stove. Parks require sno-park permits (daily or seasonal), available at Hoodoo, Black Butte Ranch, and in Sisters at Blazin Saddles and Eurosports. The North Loop Trail covers four miles through scenic forest. The South Loop Trail out of Benson Sno-Park leads to Brandenburg shelter and a sixmile scenic snowshoe or crosscountry trek. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing Hoodoo offers 15.8 kilometers of groomed trails. The Nordic center has rental gear. Mt. Bachelor has 56 kilometers of Nordic skiing. It’s a good idea to experience the Sisters backcountry with a guide service. It enhances the experience and provides an element of safety for your backcountry adventure.




Enjoy first-class resorts

Spectacular views, modern amenities, and lots of activities in the vast outdoor playground of Sisters Country make a resort stay a great option for families. Located seven miles west of Sisters, Black Butte Ranch is family friendly — the perfect place to create special memories in a setting of incredible natural beauty. The Ranch features more than 120 vacation rentals and hotelstyle lodge rooms, six swimming pools, a full-service spa offering massages, manicures, pedicures and facials, 18 miles of paved walking and biking paths, horseback riding, tennis, and two award-winning golf courses. The Ranch’s close proximity to the Metolius River and McKenzie River also make it a perfect base camp for fishing and whitewater rafting. Dining options at The Ranch include the Lodge Restaurant and Robert’s Pub, both recognized as



top restaurants in Central Oregon. The Lodge Restaurant offers a farm-to-table dining experience, serving organic vegetables, Ranch-raised herbs and regional meats. Robert’s Pub is casual and family friendly. The Lakeside Bistro offers light, tasty fare that you can grab and go or enjoy on site. Best Western Ponderosa Lodge offers a pleasant stay on their 14-acre resort setting with walking-distance convenience. FivePine Lodge & Conference Center offers a romantic getaway for folks from all over the Northwest. Well-appointed and cozy cabins are a perfect couples’ getaway. The lodge is located on a campus that provides wonderful amenities for a relaxing and reju-

venating stay — Sisters Athletic Club for workouts; Shibui Spa to enhance your well-being; Sisters Movie House, a four-screen independent theater; and family dining and delicious microbrews at Three Creeks Brewing Co. The Suttle Lodge located on the edge of Suttle Lake west of Sisters is a destination for vacationers and a fun spot for locals as well, offering dining, cocktails, music and activities in one of Sisters Country's loveliest settings. Camp Sherman boasts several delightful establishments near the legendary Metolius River (see story, page 62). These settings are ideal locations for destination weddings, family reunions, holiday parties and other special events.



Run our wild, beautiful rivers If you have an itch to get your feet wet while enjoying a thrilling ride through some spectacular country, head out to raft one of Central Oregon’s wild rivers. The beautiful McKenzie River is widely regarded as the finest river-running experience in the region. With a steady plunge down the mountains, the river creates continual excitement for rafters. This designated Wild & Scenic River is exquisitely beautiful, rolling between stands of tall Douglas fir, Western red cedar, Western and mountain hemlock and white alder that line the banks. The Deschutes River has long been a popular destination for rafters. The short Upper Deschutes is suitable for a family outing with children as young as 7, according to the guidebook “Whitewater Rafting in North America.” The relatively brief run features the Class



IV thrills of Big Eddy, which rolls and swirls in a lava canyon formed by the region’s volcanic activity. The rest of the trip offers more mellow rapids in a scenic environment. The Lower Deschutes offers a series of exciting rapids, and multi-day rafters have the chance to explore the canyons. Numerous outfits offer outfitting and guide services. Not only do they supply the equipment, but their experience and expertise make running the rivers safer. Check with local resorts for information. The Metolius River near Sisters is beautiful — but navigating it is best left to highly experienced expert boatmen.

River Classes: Class I: Gentle, moving water. Very small waves requiring little or no maneuvering. A nice float down the river. Class II: Regular waves, easy to see, reaching three to four feet in height. May require simple maneuvering to avoid rocks and other obstacles. Class III: Large, continuous series or sets of waves, some in excess of six feet. You can run holes or hydraulics or maneuver around them. There may be some small drops, ledges or waterfalls. Plenty of thrills for most folks. Class IV: Difficult, wild water; for experienced rafters. Class V: Very challenging water; for the most experienced river runners only. Class VI: Virtually non-navigable.



{ { Wildflowers From Three Creek Lake south of town

to the lands of the Deschutes Land Trust along Whychus Creek to Iron Mountain

a short drive to the west in the Cascades, Sisters Country is painted each summer

with the vibrant color of wildflowers. July tends to be the height of the season, so make sure your summer visit includes some time in the field.

Bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva. A

Bitterroot: May

desert beauty growing in rocky, open soils. White to pink flowers burst from rosettes on the ground. Named for Meriwether Lewis whose samples grew 2 years after collecting (rediviva = restored to life)!

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. A widespread native at home in sagebrush meadows and pine forests. Leaves are feathery and flowers grow on tall stems in an umbrella-like cluster. Each white flower has 3-5 rays and a yellow center.

Goldfields, Crocidium multicaule. One of our very first wildflowers of the season! You’ll find these dime-size flowers carpeting the sagebrush flats. Single yellow flower with 8 rays ¼-½ in long on a delicate stem up to 6 in. tall.

Sand lily, Leucocrinum montanum. Another early bloomer that can be found in sagebrush flats and pine forests. It grows in rosette-like bunches with 4-8 white flowers per bunch. Flowers have 6 petals; leaves are 4-8 in., flat and linear.

beautifully delicate native lily, found in forests near openings. Brownish bellshaped flowers have yellow-red spots and grow 5-25 in. tall. This uncommon lily takes a keen eye to find!


Spotted Mountain Bells: June

Mariposa lily, Calochortus macrocarpus. A sagebrush jewel that blooms intensely lavender on tall 8-23 in. stems. Mariposa is ‘butterfly’ in Spanish, and kalo and chortos are Greek for ‘beautiful,’ and ‘grass.’ Mariposa Lily: June-July

Arrowleaf balsamroot, Balsamorhiza sagittata. One

Red Columbine: May-July

Sand Lily: April-May

Spotted mountain bells, Fritillaria atropurpurea. A

Yarrow: April-September

Arrowleaf Balsamroot: May-June

Goldfields: March-April

of our showiest wildflowers lighting up hillsides with sunny, disk-like faces. Grows in clumps with large wide triangular leaves that have heart-shaped bases. Yellow flowers are 2½ -4 in. wide

Scarlet gilia, Ipomopsis aggregata. Trumpet-shaped, bright red flowers on stems up to 3 ft. tall. Flower color may vary from scarlet, speckled with white, to pale pink speckled with red. Grows in dry soils in woodland openings and meadows. Scarlet Gilia: June-August

on 1-3 ft. stems.

Red columbine, Aquilegia formsa. A stunningly delicate native

Washington lily, Lilium washingtonianum. This native

that grows in moist, partly shaded areas. Drooping bright red and yellow flowers grow on stalks up to 4 ft. tall. Hummingbirds and butterflies love columbine nectar.

lily seems like it came straight from the flower shop with its classic shape, smell, and size! Large white to pink flowers on tall, 2-8 ft. stems. Grows in dry forests and is named for Martha Washington.


Washington Lily: June-July



Day Trippin’

Smith Rock



Smith Rock is one of the most breathtaking natural wonders of Central Oregon. Formed from rock that settled out of volcanic eruptions, Smith Rock rises like a rampart out of the high desert along the Crooked River just north and east of Redmond. Smith Rock is a destination for climbers, but it also offers a lot to hikers who want a quiet stroll by the river in the shadow of fascinating sculpted rock formations. To get there head east on Highway 126 to Redmond, then turn north on Highway 97 and drive about five miles to Terrebonne. Follow the signs to Smith Rock State Park. Information: smithrock.com.

Tamolitch Blue Pool Pine Mtn. Observatory

Take advantage of Central Oregon’s magnificent skies with a visit to Pine Mountain Observatory. Pine Mountain Observatory welcomes visitors on Friday and Saturday starting Memorial Day weekend in May and running into late September. Take Highway 20 east from Bend, toward Burns. 26 miles from Bend, just beyond the tiny Millican store (closed) turn right (south) on the dirt road and follow it to the top of Pine Mountain, about eight miles.



About an hour’s drive west on the McKenzie River lies the magnificent Tamolitch Pool, also known as the Blue Pool. The iridescent topaz blue of the water is a natural wonder. The pool is accessible by an approximately four-mile out-and-back hike on a heavily trafficked trail. On a hot summer day, you may be tempted to take a dip in the pool — but think twice: It’s glacier-cold all year round. Take Highway 126 west just over 40 miles to Trail Bridge Reservoir. Turn right on FS Road 730 (at the sign to Trail Bridge Reservoir). Cross the river and turn right on FS Road 2672-655, travel a half-mile to parking area. Continued on page 50

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Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake is located about 25 miles west of Bend off the Cascade Lakes Highway, and it’s worth the approximately hour-and 15-minute drive from Sisters to spend a day there. Approximately 370 acres of lake wetland are surrounded by another 360 acres of meadow, marsh, or stream wetlands. The spectacular setting is dominated by South Sister; Broken Top; and Bachelor Butte. Deep-green forests, lush meadows, and deep-blue skies make for a classic Cascade meadow experience. Look for the yellow flowers of Indian pond lily in small ponds at the meadow’s northwest corner. The lake was named for “Lige” Sparks, a pioneer stockman of Central Oregon. To get there, drive east on Highway 20 into Bend to Franklin Ave. Turn west onto Franklin Ave. for 1.2 miles to Galveston Ave. Turn west onto Galveston Ave. for 0.4 miles to Forest Road 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy.) Turn south onto Forest Road 46 for 24.6 miles to F.R. 46-400. Turn southwest onto Forest Road 46-400 for 1.6 miles to boat launch and campground.

Proxy Falls

West of Sisters just off the scenic McKenzie Highway is a magical waterfall system that you can actually reach out and touch. The 30-plus-mile drive alone is worth the effort, offering stunning views of the Cascade mountains. Highway 242 is open seasonally. The 1.6mile loop hike begins at the marked trailhead along Highway 242. It’s a popular site, so a midweek visit might be less crowded. Make a day of it, visiting Proxy Falls, then continuing on to the Junction with Highway 126 and looping back toward Sisters with a visit to Sahalie Falls and Clear Lake on the way back.



High Desert Museum

Meet eagles, owls, bobcats, porcupines, otter and more live animals as you learn all about them at the High Desert Museum. Chat with stagecoach drivers, explorers and pioneers at a re-created frontier ranch and settlement town. Explore indoor exhibits and outdoor trails on 135 acres. Hands-on programs inspire all ages with the nature and culture of our region. Have lunch at the Rimrock Cafe and shop the store for artisan jewelry, chic Western gear, educational toys and books. Information, 541-382-4754 or highdesertmuseum.org.

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Many folks take a day or two on their trip to Central Oregon to visit Bend or Redmond — both just about 20 miles down the road to the east. One great way to venture out to Central Oregon’s largest city is to jump on the Bend Ale Trail — the biggest ale trail in the West. And you can jump on the trail right here in Sisters, starting at Three Creeks Brewing Co. Then head on down Highway 20. Bend has an abundance of world-class breweries and the Ale Trail offers a fun way to experience them. Pick up a passport at a participating brewery or print it out online at www.visitbend. com/bend-ale-trail and start your trek. Souvenir prizes await a fully


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stamped passport. Trek the trail responsibly. You can work up a thirst plying the Deschutes River at the Bend Whitewater Park, located in the Deschutes River near the Old Mill District in Bend. This inwater amenity offers a variety of river recreation opportunities including tubing, kayaking and surfing. Visit the Bend Whitewater Park’s main page at www. bendparksandrec.org/facility/bend-whitewater-park/ for information on current

conditions, floating the river, parking, river shuttle, whitewater guide or take a virtual tour. On July 26-28, Bend hosts the spectacular Balloons Over Bend event, filling the skies of Central Oregon with picturesque balloons. Visit balloonsoverbend. com for more information. Bend is home to the Les Schwab Amphitheater, which draws national touring musical acts to Central Oregon each summer. This year’s lineup includes Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Gary Clark Jr. and many more.


& Redmond Redmond is the location of the region’s airport at Roberts Field. It’s also the site of the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo, which runs July 31-August 4 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. This year, the fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary with concerts, hundreds of vendors, rides and activities, and an exhibition of 4-H livestock programs. And,



of course, a rodeo. Visit www.expo.deschutes.org/fair for information. The city is fast becoming a destination in its own right, with a refurbished downtown featuring the restored historic Odem Theater, back as an active movie theater and pub. Redmond is also home to a music scene, with Music in the

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Sisters is for the Sisters is the place for birders adding species to their Life-List By Jim Anderson Welcome to the Sisters world of birds! Among all of them there’s one that’s special for Sisters Country: the white-headed woodpecker. None stands out in the birder’s wanna-see list more than “our” Picoides albolarvatus, whose Latin name signifies “a woodpecker of the big pines” — and one look tells you Sisters is THE place of “big pines.” The white-headed makes Sisters Country a destination for international birders — people from Great Britain, France, Europe and throughout the world have come to meet, greet and photograph our white-headed. Another rare and delightsome woodpecker birders love to see is our Williamson’s sapsucker. This rare and often difficult-to-find treasure can be found feeding its babies in its nest-cavity high in the dry top of an old-growth ponderosa pine snag.

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The male is a delight of dramatic patterns, from the big white patch on the jet-black wings to the bright yellow belly and eyecatching red patch under the chin; what a bird! Fire has shaped the Sisters landscape over the past 15 years. Not all the impacts have been negative — fire can make the forest a paradise for hungry woodpeckers. While birding among the burned dead and dying crowded Northern lodgepole pine, you may Pygmy Owl suddenly come across a large patch of bared trunk cleared by a foraging woodpecker. That’s a If you see what looks like a robin black-backed woodpecker. Instead without a tail in the top of a juniof burrowing into a tree for beetle per or young pine tree it’s problarvae, the foraging woodpecker ably our resident northern rips the scales off the cambium pygmy owl. You could just as layer in great chunks around the well meet up with it on a trail or cavity entrance, leaving an obviroadway or interrupt it dragging ous target in the forest. a squirrel or bird off twice its Each spring, the East Cascades size. The owl is robin-sized, isn’t Audubon Society holds the Dean afraid of a buzz saw, and it’s the Hale Woodpecker Festival in only owl in all of North America Sisters, which you don’t want to with a feather pattern that makes miss! it appear as though it has eyes on When you’re hiking or bikthe back of its head. ing, be on the lookout for other The giant, silent flyer, the great birds, such as our owls; we have gray owl has a wingspan of five 10 species of ’em nesting here. feet, and even as big as they are, a You may come upon a barred owl. person can miss them because of It has wandered from the east to the way they blend in with their the western U.S., making its way forest home. using forest clearcuts in Canada If you have binoculars, be sure and the U.S. to expand its range, to bring them with you and keep and has now become a serious birding even if you’re just sitting threat to our resident northern at a picnic table. spotted owl.

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There is simply no better way to enjoy the beauty of Sisters Country than to lace up your boots and hit the trail. Wonderful hiking opportunities abound, from easy strolls suitable for everyone from the kids to grandma and grandpa, to backcountry adventures. Whychus Creek Trail This close-in hike nevertheless offers the feel of being away from it all, walking along the rushing waters of Whychus Creek. There are a couple of steep and rocky spots, but a reasonably fit hiker should be able to handle the trail with no problem (trekking poles are a good idea). It’s an out-andback hike, so you can set your own distance. It’s 2.75 miles to the junction of the Metolius-Windigo Trail. There’s a log jam about two miles in that makes for some spectacular photographs, so figure on at least a 4-mile round trip. Take Elm Street south out of Sisters 4.2 miles. There’s a turnout



on the west (right) side of the road. Park and walk past the green gate down to the trail and start hiking upstream. Black Butte Lookout This is a hike that every visitor should make at least once. It’s well within reach if you’re in decent shape, and affords spectacular views of the entire Sisters area. It’s a moderate 3.8-mile hike from the trailhead to the lookout tower and back, with a 1,600-foot elevation gain. Most of the trail is on the south-facing slope and it gets hot in the summertime. Bring plenty of water. The breeze at the top will cool you off. To get there, drive west on

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that still takes you into some of the region’s most beautiful country, visit the Metolius River in Camp Sherman. With trees clinging to mossy rocks along the riverbank, the Metolius River trail has the feel of the real Pacific Northwest. To get there, take Highway 20 west to the Camp Sherman turnoff. Follow Road 14 to a fork in the road and bear right. Continue on approximately 7.5 miles and turn left at the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery signs and cross the bridge to the fish hatchery parking area. Trails run up and downstream from the hatchery bridge. Upstream the river is roiling and wild and the trail is a little rougher, with some slippery rocks. Downstream, the river is more placid and the footing is better. Either way you go, beauty abounds. Canyon Creek Meadow This hike explores the eastern base of Three Fingered Jack, and there are a number of options to extend or minimize the length and difficulty of the trip. The “basic” version of the hike consists of a 4.5-mile loop to the lower meadow that is relatively easy. For those wanting more of a challenge, an additional 3-mile round-trip can be tacked on that leads to the upper meadow and

To get there take Highway 20 west from Sisters about 14 miles to the entrance to the Suttle Lake campgrounds. The trail is easily accessed from several points, including Cinder Beach near Suttle Lake Resort. Tam McArthur Rim If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge with the reward of some spectacular alpine views, hike the Tam McArthur Rim (tops out at about 8,000 feet). The 5.5-mile outand-back hike offers stunning views of Three Creek Lake and the craggy magnificence of Broken Top. It’s a strenuous hike with 2,400 feet of elevation gain, but it’s readily manageable for a fit hiker — and the rewards are tremendous. Dip your tired feet in the chilly waters of the lake when you’re done. Take Elm Street (Road16), south from Sisters about 16 miles to Three Creek Lake, where you’ll find the Tam McArthur Rim Trailhead.

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Early 20th-century wheat farmers from Sherman County to the north came to Camp Sherman in the heat of summertime for rest and relaxation, lending the name by which this unique place has been known ever since. A visit to Camp Sherman is a step back in time, to a slower pace of life without the din and distraction of an overly plugged-in world. There are miles and miles of hiking trails in and around Camp Sherman — the most popular being right along the Metolius River. It’s a great place to ride a bike, too, from a gentle pedal along the local byways to a mountain bike run on nearby trails. There’s a plenitude of campgrounds to serve as a base for your adventures — or a place to relax by a rushing river and simply reconnect with nature. For a mix of comfort and rustic charm, there’s a range of lodging establishments ready to help you create memories that will last through the years. While it’s a great place to get



away from it all, Camp Sherman is also a lovely place to reconnect with an old-fashioned sense of community. The hub is the Camp Sherman Store, where you can pick up your groceries or a delicious deli sandwich, outfit yourself for a day on the river and get the word on the latest hatch. The Camp Sherman Store hosts barbecues and live music on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. You can also pick up everything you need — from a custom sandwich to a craft beer — for a riverside picnic. Each third weekend in May, Camp Sherman steps even further back in time — to the 1860s — in a major regional Civil War reenactment held at House on Metolius. School children and members of the public come from across the

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Any time the pavement is dry in Sisters Country, you’ll see dozens of cyclists out on the roads. There are more every year, as cycling becomes a passion for more and more people who find it a great way to live a fit lifestyle while exploring our beautiful countryside. Sisters Country offers something for every cyclist, locals and visitors, weekend warriors and elite riders. Take a tour of rural backroads. Dig in for a heartpounding mountain climb. With flat farmland roads and winding mountain climbs all within a few miles’ radius of Sisters, this area has become a magnet for cyclists from all over Oregon and beyond. Cycling is so attractive here that the State of Oregon has designated three routes in Sisters Country as scenic bikeways. One goes over McKenzie Pass on Highway 242; one takes riders east across rolling countryside and farmland to Smith Rock; the third is a series of loops along the Metolius River in Camp Sherman. The area offers a wide variety of cycling experiences from easy tours to challenging climbs and everything in between. Traffic is generally not a problem and the weather is consistently good from March through October. Local bike shops — Blazin Saddles and Eurosports — are fonts of expertise. For extensive information about local rides, visit blazinsaddleshub. com (click on “Local Rides”) or eurosports.us/local_rides. These shops also offer group rides several times a week during the peak riding season. Take plenty of water along. Many of the best rides don’t offer the chance to refill a water bottle. Temperatures can vary wildly from the flats to the summits. Wear leg and arm warmers and a windbreaker on your rides into the mountains.



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• The second Sunday of April brings one of Oregon’s favorite trail runs and ultra-marathons. The Peterson Ridge Rumble includes a 20-mile run and a 40-mile ultra that attracts runners from throughout the Northwest. Elite runners and dedicated locals alike train for this strenuous but highly satisfying test of endurance. Director Sean Meissner, a noted ultramarathoner, started the Rumble in 2003 when he resided in Sisters, and the race has grown to be one

of the most popular and well-loved trail races in Oregon. Meissner, now living in Durango, Colorado with his wife, has a strong bond with the Sisters High School Outlaws cross-country team and relies on the squad to help as volunteers on the course and at the finish line. Josh Nordell, head coach of the team, deploys team members and parents to road crossings, aide stations, and anywhere help is needed. Information can be found at petersonridgerumble.com. • The Sisters Better Half Marathon takes place in spring as well. The run offers a variety of options, beginning in the heart of Sisters at Village Green Park and following streets and roads in and around Sisters. Information is available at

sistershalfmarathon.com. • A trail half-marathon for women takes place the first Saturday of November. The Happy Girls Trail Half-Marathon and 5K Road Run is part of the Happy Girls franchise. The event is designed to include the entire weekend with a women’s expo at FivePine Lodge and Shibui Spa, a party at Three Creeks Brewery, and a “Sisters Stroll” through downtown. Go to happygirlsrunsisters.com for more information. Of course, you don’t need an organized event to get out there. Sisters is crisscrossed with trails and dirt roads that make for great running terrain any time. And you always wanted to run to the top of Black Butte, didn’t you?

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By Jeff Perin Central Oregon is arguably one of this country’s best regions to fly fish — and is still relatively unknown in the shadow of all the attention the Rocky Mountain states get. From fabled steelhead waters to lakes, small streams and spring creeks there is really something for everyone in the Sisters area. The Metolius — Oregon’s most famous and interesting spring creek — is just about a 20-minute drive from Sisters. It is small water, easy to read and nice to wade. Golden stone hatches are common from early July to early October, and while you may not see a lot of adults in the air at any given moment the trout are looking for them! Fish a Clarks Stone along the banks, log jams and deep pools. Besides the big stones, little yellow Sallys, PMDs and caddis round out our upper- river hatches. The Middle River begins at Gorge Campground and goes to the end of the flyfishing-only water at Bridge 99/Lower Bridge Campground. This is the most interesting water on the Metolius. The river is bigger through here with strong currents, deep pools and great back eddies. Afternoon hatches can include PMD, caudatella, flav, caddis, yellow sally,




little olive stones and the occasional terrestrial. In the evening, BWOs, PMDs, rusty spinners and the best caddis hatches of the day are common. The Metolius is a no-guiding river, so stop in the local fly shop for the latest info on the river and hatches and be prepared to do it on your own. The Upper Deschutes River includes the headwaters section from Little Lava Lake down to

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“The Deschutes River from Warm Springs to Trout Creek is one of Oregon’s best fly-fishing areas…” along the tight, undercut banks. Fish run 8 to 24 inches, with the streamer anglers picking up the bigger fish. The Lower Deschutes is the most popular section. It begins below the Pelton Dam just north of Madras, near the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The area from Warm Springs to Trout Creek is one of Oregon’s best flyfishing areas, with a world famous salmonfly hatch in May and early June. During the summer, you’ll find caddis, PMD mayflies and midges are important to the trout. The Lower Deschutes offers anglers their best opportunity to catch some really solid trout during their visit to Oregon. Averagesize redband trout run 15-16 inches, with 18 to 20 inchers common. These fish are STRONG fighters, and many first-time visitors are quite surprised by the battle that may find the backing rarely seen on a trout reel! Whychus Creek downstream of Sisters toward Alder Springs and the confluence with the Deschutes, or up in the mountains south of Sisters has some potential, if small streams are



your fancy. Access is not easy but there are some good places to fish on Whychus for small wild rainbow trout. The Upper North Santiam River near Marion Creek is a good small stream with good access and plenty of trout. Fishing is usually good all day with evening caddis hatches bringing out the best fish. Central Oregon has an abundance of very good lakes, most within an easy drive from Sisters. Bring a float tube, pontoon or favorite lake boat to get good access. My favorite lakes to guide on or fish are East Lake, Hosmer Lake, Three Creek Lake, Crane Prairie and Lava Lake. These are the most consistent and offer the best fishing throughout the season. Callibaetis, chironomids, damsels, black long-horned sedge, travelling sedge and terrestrials can all be important for fishing these stillwaters. Wooly buggers, leeches and baitfish patterns have serious game on most of these lakes, too. Jeff Perin is the owner of The Fly Fishers Place in Sisters.


on Central Oregon Waters • For me, the Green Drake hatch on the Metolius signifies a renewal of the best part of the year and the beginning of another great fishing season ahead. The hatch goes from about Memorial Day weekend to the end of June. When the hatch happens, the trout in the Metolius come crashing at the surface — often recklessly — to eat as many of the dark green flies as they can stuff in their mouths. • Blue Wing Olive is the common name for baetis, which is a tiny little olive mayfly with gray wings. It is the only mayfly found in Central Oregon hatching all 12 months of the year so it provides some of the only dry fly fishing in the winter here. • Callibaetis mayflies are a lake angler’s dream. For some reason it took us many years to actually invent the fly we call the Black Butte Callibaetis, but wherever the black mayflies are found this fly is a great match. • Caddisflies are another type of aquatic insect that are very common on Central Oregon rivers. • Stonefly hatches bring the most tourists to Central Oregon to fish a single hatch. The famed Salmonfly and Golden Stone hatches happen on the Deschutes from mid-May until early June. These giant-sized bugs always get the trouts’ attention, and it’s exciting to fish when the fish key in on the hatch. These two species of stoneflies range from a size #4 hook down to a #10, with 6s and 8s being most common.

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Camping ALLEN SPRINGS Season: Year-round (weather permitting). Location: On Metolius River, 5 miles north of Camp Sherman Store. Access: From Sisters, 9.6 miles northwest on Hwy. 20, then 11.1 miles north on Road 14. Elevation: 2,700 feet. Facilities: Vault toilets; no water. Sites: 16, best suited to tents. Activities: Catch-and-release fishing, trails. Rates: $16 per night ($12, October to late-April). Reservations: Some at recreation.gov or 877-444-6777. Details: hoodoorecreation.com.

ALLINGHAM Season: May-September (weather permitting). Location: On Metolius River, one mile north of Camp Sherman Store. Access: From Sisters, 9.6 miles northwest on Hwy. 20, then 6.1 miles north on Road 14, then one mile north on 1419. Elevation: 2,900 feet. Facilities: Vault toilets, piped drinking water. Sites: 10. Activities: Catch-and-release fishing, trails. Rates: $16 per night. Reservations: None. Details: hoodoorecreation.com.

per night. Reservations: Some at recreation.gov or 877-444-6777. Details: hoodoorecreation.com.

COLD SPRINGS Season: May-October (weather permitting) Location: On Hwy. 242 west of Sisters. Access: From Sisters, 4.2 miles west on Hwy. 242. Elevation: 3,500 feet. Facilities: Vault toilets, hand-pump drinking water. Sites: 22. Activities: Birdwatching, hiking, biking. Rates: $14 per night. Reservations: Some at www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777. Details: hoodoorecreation.com.



Season: April-October with Camp Host. Location: City of Sisters, 504 S. Locust St. Access: From S. Locust St. and from Desperado Trail. Elevation: 3,100 feet. Facilities: Restrooms, showers, tables and fire pits. Sites: 60 camp sites include 27 full-hookup plus non-hookup, tent, and hiker/biker sites. Activities: On Whychus Creek downtown, walking, bike-riding. Rates: $20-$45 per night based on site. Reservations: 541-323-5218 or 541549-6022. Details: ci.sisters.or.us.

Season: May-September (weather permitting). Location: Last campground on the Metolius River in Camp Sherman. Access: From Sisters, 9.6 miles northwest on Hwy. 20, then 13.9 miles north on Road 14. Elevation: 2,700 feet. Facilities: Vault toilets; no water. Sites: 10. Activities: Catch-andrelease fishing, trails. Rates: $12

Season: May-September (weather permitting). Location: Near Suttle Lake, 16 miles west of Sisters. Access: From Sisters, 12 miles northwest on Hwy. 20, left on F.S. Road 2070, then under a mile and left on F.S. Road 2066. Elevation: 3,600 feet. Facilities: Beach, vault




toilets, piped water, tables and fire pits. Sites: 10. Activities: Swimming (large beach front), hiking, popular group/family meeting location. Rates: $18 per night. Reservations: recreation.gov or 877-444-6777. Details: hoodoorecreation.com.

SOUTH SHORE SUTTLE LAKE Season: May-September (weather permitting). Location: On Suttle Lake, 16 miles west of Sisters. Access: From Sisters, 12 miles northwest on Hwy. 20, left on F.S. Road 2070, then under a half-mile to entrance on the right. Elevation: 3,400 feet. Facilities: Vault and wheelchair-friendly toilets, piped water, tables and grills. Sites: 38. Activities: Fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking. Rates: $18 per night. Reservations: Some at www. recreation.gov or 877-444-6777. Details: hoodoorecreation.com.

THREE CREEK LAKE Season: June-September (weather permitting). Location: On Three Creek Lake. Access: From Sisters, take Elm Street (becomes Road 16) south 16 miles (last 2.1 miles rough and rocky, not RV friendly). Elevation: 6,500 feet. Facilities: Vault toilets. Sites: 11. Activities: Fishing, non-power boating, hiking. Rates: $14 per night. Reservations: None. Details: hoodoorecreation.com.

Note: Camping information and rates are subject to change.


World-class events put Sisters on the map. The Sisters Rodeo is one of the most respected contests in the nation. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has made the town a mecca for fiber arts enthusiasts and the Sisters Folk Festival makes all the town a stage.


There’s nothing more exciting than the action at Sisters Rodeo.

Sisters Rodeo is in the chutes The best cowboys and cowgirls in the sport come to town each June to compete in one of the finest rodeos anywhere — staged entirely by volunteers. Sisters Rodeo has been entertaining rodeo fans for 79 years, with members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competing for the biggest purse in the nation the second weekend in June. There are five great shows that include an Xtreme Bulls performance at the Sisters Rodeo grounds, three miles south of Sisters on Highway 20. Each performance has a grand entry, team bronc riding, tie-down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, bull riding and barrel racing. Xtreme Bulls kicks off the rodeo on Wednesday, June 5,



with nothing but bull riding. As the 2019 Specialty Act the very popular One Arm Bandit returns, a 15-time PRCA Rodeo Act of the Year. John Payne will thrill the crowds by herding three paint horses and a zebra stallion from his exceptional horse onto the top of a stock trailer with the help of a stock dog and a signal whip. Fans have to see this to believe it. The Sisters Rodeo Parade is in downtown Sisters on Cascade Avenue, Saturday, June 8, at 9:30 a.m. This very popular parade draws big crowds of spectators with imaginative

entries that are as unique as Central Oregon landscapes. Sisters Rodeo Queen Riann Cornett will reign over the rodeo. She will share the spotlight with Grand Marshall Peggy Tehan, the rodeo’s National Anthem singer for 29 years. Tehan’s melodic voice is legendary in Sisters Country, where she also leads a ukulele group and is a member of Sisters High Desert Recorders. The famous Kiwanis Buckaroo Breakfast is Sunday at the rodeo grounds from 7 to 11 a.m. There is also Cowboy Church at 9 a.m. at the rodeo grounds. The 2019 Sisters Rodeo begins with Xtreme Bulls on June 5, continuing with rodeo action on June 7-9. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sistersrodeo.com.


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Quilt show events

• Quilter’s Affair Monday-Friday of quilt week (July 8-12) prior to the annual quilt show. • Celebrity Sew Down—  Wednesday, July 10 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. • Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show —  Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


• SOQS Sunday!  July 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FivePine Lodge & Conference Center.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show splashes Sisters with color The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show splashes downtown Sisters in a riot of colored fabric that draws fiber arts enthusiasts from around the world for a week of learning and creativity. GARY MILLER

The Quilt Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, all through downtown Sisters. This year’s poster, created by Sisters artist Kathy Deggendorfer, hails the theme of “Bountiful Living.” During the first two weeks of July, the Quilt Walk features quilts made by talented Central Oregon quilters. More than 100 quilts go on display in businesses that sponsor the show as a thank-you to them for their support. Many of those quilts are for sale.



Quilter’s Affair, a series of classes sponsored by the worldrenowned quilt shop The Stitchin’ Post, runs Monday-Friday of quilt week (July 8-12) prior to the annual quilt show. A special event set for July 10 is a Celebrity Sew-Down, featuring a friendly competition between two talented teams of sewers: Team Tula Pink vs. Team Rob Appell. See who can finish a quilt-top first under the time limit. How does each team approach the design, delegate tasks, and work collaboratively for the win!

On Sunday, July 14, visit the FivePine campus at the east end of town for a stunning outdoor display and quilting lecture by Carolyn Friedlander. The show’s special events sell out early, so get your tickets now. Many visitors enhance their experience of the Quilt Show by helping to put it on. A complete listing of volunteer jobs and online signup is available at sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org/ volunteer-info. Prior quilting knowledge or experience is not a requirement.



The World’s Largest Outdoor Quilt Show & Sale

SATURDAY JULY 13, 2019 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Plus a week of activities surrounding the show

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Silent Auction • Live Auction • Quilt Raffle Teacher’s Pet Gift Baskets Appetizers • Beverages • Fantastic Fun EVENT DETAILS AND TICKETS: SistersOutdoorQuiltShow.org • 541-549-0989 www.sistersoregonguide.com


Sisters Folk Festival through the music community


“All the town’s a stage.”


All the town’s a stage each September as music lovers from around the world come to town for a unique community experience — the nationally renowned Sisters Folk Festival set for September 6-8. For more than 20 years the Sisters Folk Festival has gifted audiences with an upclose-and-personal encounter with some of the finest artists in roots music. “Our model is unique, with large tented venues bookending town and many intimate venues spread throughout private businesses. We have excellent, longstanding partnerships with business-owners, which helps to put on display the beauty, hospitality and quality of living that Sisters represents. The music is the focal point and the town embraces the artists and the Festival each year. The Festival continues to sell out



early, so for those who wish to be a part of a unique musical experience, purchase tickets soon,” says Festival Creative Director Brad Tisdel. The lineup includes Canadian songwriter and social activist Bruce Cockburn; Ron Artis II & the Truth; the dynamic Quebecois band from Montreal, Le Vent Du Nord; the all-woman powerhouse mariachi group Flor De Toloache from NYC; the gospel, soul and R & B band The Hamiltones; the return of Prince Edward Island trio The East Pointers and more. The original 2019 poster image created by local artist, author and songwriter Dennis McGregor depicts the impact of the Sisters Folk Festival — locally and across the land… McGregor says: “The title is



‘Ripples.’ Sisters Folk Festival loves songwriters. Since its earliest years, the Festival has provided an extraordinary opportunity for those who are interested in the craft. The Americana Song Academy found a home at Caldera on the banks of Blue Lake 18 years ago. Since the program was launched, many people have had life-changing experiences there. Word of the experience spread and the ‘ripple effect’ continues to this day.” For tickets and artist information, visit sistersfolkfestival.org or call 541-549-4979.



Sisters Rhythm and Brews Festival will return to Sisters for its second year on July 26-27. Sisters residents Jennifer and Joe Rambo are back for another round after last year’s successful event. The music roster casts a wide net, reflecting the Rambos’ taste for music that ventures out beyond 12-bar Chicago Blues. That spectrum takes the lineup into “edgy,” rootsy territory that will likely appeal to an eclectic audience. Among the highlights is Larkin Poe. Singer, songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell produce music described as “bewitching, gothic soul, and outlaw country — a true and unsettling mixture of grit and soul.” Larkin Poe is playing big shows, including Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. The Eric Gales Band features the guitarist’s guitarist, who has collaborated with greats like Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, and Joe Bonamassa.




Second year of outdoor music event ventures into edgy, rootsy territory.

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram will bring his youthful passion to the stage. Influenced by Delta Blues greats like Muddy Waters, the electric blues of B.B. King, the rock of Jimi Hendrix; the young guitar-slinger can imitate the illustrious greats and deliver his own fresh style. Joanne Shaw Taylor is the UK’s top blues rocker, and she will bring monster riffs and a big voice to Sisters. Another big voice is The White Buffalo, who has an international following with songs of exceptional power delivered with depth and passion.

And the festival is bringing back last year’s fan-favorite, Mr. Sipp. “Almost everyone who attended last year were in awe of this amazing talent and requested that he come back for this year’s festival,” the Rambos said. Once again, the Rambos will be working closely with Sisters Habitat for Humanity and the Heart of Oregon YouthBuild. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to these two organizations. For information visit www.sistersrhythmandbrews.com.

Almost everyone who attended last year were in awe of this amazing talent ...



So much going on in Sisters This little town has a lot going on. You might say Sisters is eventful. It’s certainly full of events. There’s the Big Three, of course — Sisters Rodeo, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and the Sisters Folk Festival. And there are many, many more. Hundreds of mountain-bike riders kick off summer each year on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend in the Sisters Stampede, in which riders of all ages and classes roll out on the magnificent Peterson Ridge Trail. Sisters Farmers Market runs on Sundays, with special events on the calendar including a kids talent show; a Health and Wellness showcase and a Tea & Poetry Showcase. Visit www.sistersfarmersmarket.com for dates. Sisters Eagle Airport offers a real slice of Americana on the Fourth of July, hosting a fly-in and classic car show.



The holiday event serves up a fun run, a pancake breakfast and a variety of games. Each August, the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration hosts a traditional Country Fair, which is combined with an art show featuring the best of the region’s fine arts. Speaking of art, there are art strolls on the fourth Friday of each month and art fairs at local parks on summer weekends (see calendar of events for more information). The local parks district hosts an annual Hawaiian Luau in August, replete with a full Hawaiian dinner, with live performances that include hula dancing and ukulele music. Also in August, Sisters celebrates its Western roots with the Sisters Wild West Show & Country Western Dance right downtown on Oak Street between Cascade

and Main Avenues. Whether your thing is trolling for treasures at a street fair or feasting your eyes on the gleaming chrome of classic cars at the Glory Daze Car Show in July, Sisters has an event that will suit you to a T. Sisters raises its glass to the glories of beer in the annual fresh hops festival each September, featuring beers brewed with justharvested regional hops varieties. The Sisters Harvest Faire is a regional destination in October, featuring dozens of juried vendors offering unique hand-made crafts and delectable foodstuffs all along Main Avenue. The Town of Tiny Lights celebrates the Christmas Holiday in style with A Cowboy Christmas, featuring a traditional hometown tree-lighting ceremony and a popular parade.


Events 2019




Xtreme Bulls Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m.

Come see the best in bull riding at the Sisters Rodeo grounds. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. Ticket hotline: 800-827-7522. Contact: Sisters Rodeo Association, 541-549-0121 or sistersrodeo.com.

Sisters Rodeo & Parade Friday-Sunday, June 7-9

Come to “The Biggest Little Show in the World!” Now in its 79th year. Four performances sanctioned by

the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association with a purse of over $100,000. Saturday parade is at 9:30 a.m., Sunday buckaroo breakfast is from 7 to 11 a.m. and cowboy church service is at 9 a.m. Ticket hotline: 800-827-7522. Contact: Sisters Rodeo Association, 541-549-0121 or sistersrodeo.com.

Sisters Art in the Park Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9

Arts, crafts, food and entertainment. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes a fundraiser to benefit the MakeA-Wish® Foundation of Oregon.

Located at Creekside Park, Hwy. 20 & Jefferson Avenue. Contact: Richard Esterman, 541-420-0279 or centraloregonshows@gmail.com.

Crest the Cascades Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This annual bike ride over the McKenzie Pass offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Central Oregon. It starts and ends at the Village Green Park. Post-ride food and music begin at 1 p.m. Contact: Sisters Park & Recreation District, 541-549-2091 or crestthecascades. org. Continued on page 88





Great Northwest Sports Camp Sunday-Friday, June 23-28

This week-long camp includes a professional sports training camp and an outdoor adventures camp for students, with training from top coaches, all meals and snacks, outdoor housing in yurts and more! Contact: Sisters Park & Recreation District, 541-549-2091 or gnwsportscamps.com.

july SOQS Quilt Walk Daily, July 1-14

Quilts are on display inside Sisters businesses during regular hours. Contact: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, 541-549-0989 or sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org.

Rally on the Runway

Thursday, July 4, 7 a.m. to noon Sisters Eagle Airport presents the annual aircraft & automobile showcase with pancake breakfast, fundraising 5K run/walk, Great Rubber Chicken Drop and more! Contact: sistersairport.com.



Quilter’s Affair Monday-Friday, July 8-12

Five days of quilting classes, lectures, and programs. Contact: Stitchin’ Post, 541-549-6061 or quiltersaffair.com.

Sisters Home & Garden Tour Thursday, July 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 22nd year of the annual tour, presented by the Sisters Garden Club. $20 (kids 12 and younger free). Contact: sistersgardenclub.com.

Wish Upon a Card Silent Auction & Card Sales Monday, July 8 to Saturday, July 13

Monday to Friday at Sisters High School; Saturday at Village Green Park. Fabric postcards that provide funding for the production of the annual free quilt show and the SOQS Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, benefiting Sisters High School students going to college. Contact: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, 541-549-0989 or sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org.

Black Butte Ranch Quilt Show Friday, July 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual show is held at the Black Butte Ranch Lodge deck and lakeside lawn. Contact: blackbutteranch.com.

Sisters Artist Marketplace Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13

Artisans will sell their wares and entertainers will perform in downtown Sisters on Friday, noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes a beer and wine garden. Contact: Richard Esterman, 541-420-0279 or centraloregon shows@gmail.com.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show™ Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 44th year of the largest outdoor quilt show in the country! Over 1,200 quilts will be on display. Contact: 541-549-0989 or sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org.

SOQS Sunday! Sunday, July 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More quilting exhibits and special events that you can save for Sunday, at FivePine Conference Center. Contact: 541-549-0989 or sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org.


“Glory Daze” Car Show Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.

The annual cruise through Sisters! All categories, makes and models, with vendors, awards and music with DJ Boogie. Downtown on Main Avenue. Sponsor and contact: Sisters Park & Recreation District, 541-549-2091 or sistersrecreation.com.

Sisters Arts & Crafts Festival / Antiques in the Park Saturday & Sunday, July 27 & 28

Arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, food and entertainment. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A silent auction benefits the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Oregon. Located at Creekside Park, Hwy. 20 & Jefferson Avenue. Contact: Richard Esterman, 541-420-0279 or centraloregonshows@gmail.com.

Sisters Rhythm & Brews Festival Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27

In its second year, this festival features award-winning blues musicians and beer garden. Contact: sistersrhythmandbrews.com.


august Hawaiian Luau Thursday, August 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The annual family-friendly event at Village Green Park features a full Hawaiian dinner (Kalua pig, Teriyaki chicken, sticky rice and more), with live performances that include hula dancing, ukulele music and special guests. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Contact: Sisters Park & Recreation District, 541-549-2091 or sistersrecreation.com.

Central Oregon Roundup Thursday-Saturday, August 8-10

Square dancers decked out in their finest! Thursday the Trails End Dance is at Sisters Community Church from 7 to 10 p.m. Dances are at Sisters High School Friday and Saturday (check website for times). The public is welcome to watch at no charge. Contact: 541-923-8804, 541-385-8904, or centraloregoncouncil.org/round-up.

Country Fair & Art Show Friday & Saturday, August 9 & 10

The 24th annual event features juried art show, silent auction, book sale, children’s activities, music, delicious food, famous marionberry cobbler, country store, cake walk and more! Free admission. Art Show Friday night is from 5 to 8 p.m. and the Fair and Art Show on Saturday is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 1/8 mile west of Sisters on Hwy. 242. Contact: 541-549-7087.

Sisters Wild West Show Saturday & Sunday, August 17 & 18

Entertainment, demonstrations, Native American and Western arts and crafts. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only: Country Western dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Downtown Sisters on Oak Street. Contact: Richard Esterman at 541-420-0279 or centraloregonshows@gmail.com.

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Sisters Homebrew Festival Saturday, August 24, Noon to 6 p.m.

Taste the best homebrew from around the region at Creekside Park, Hwy. 20 & Jefferson Avenue. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 the day of the event (unless it sells out), and include unlimited samples of beer (must be consumed responsibly) and smoked meats. Kids are allowed outside at the food and information booths, but not inside the main tent. With live music. Sponsor and contact: Sisters Park & Recreation District, 541-549-2091 or sistershomebrewfestival.com.


Sisters Fall Street Festival Saturday & Sunday, August 31 & September 1

Arts, crafts, food, entertainment, beer and wine garden. Downtown Sisters on Oak and Main Streets. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Richard Esterman at 541-420-0279 or centraloregonshows@gmail.com.



Sisters Folk Festival Friday-Sunday, September 6-8 The 24th annual celebration of American music from blues to bluegrass includes performances by top folk artists and musicians. Sponsor and contact: Sisters Folk Festival, 541-549-4979 or sistersfolkfestival.org.

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival Saturday, September 28

The 10th annual event will run from noon to 8 p.m. at Three Creeks Brewing Facility, 265 E. Barclay Drive. Admission is free and open to all; children are welcome. Over 15 breweries will feature fresh hop beer. With live music and food all day. Contact: Three Creeks Brewing Co., 541-549-1963 or sistersfreshhopfest.com.


Sisters Harvest Faire Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13 Now in its 38th year, this fair brings together over 150 juried vendors of handcrafted quality arts and crafts, plus food and

entertainment. Located downtown on Main Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Free admission. Sponsor: Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce, 541-549-0251 or sisterscountry.com.


Sisters Holiday Celebration & Parade Friday & Saturday, November 29 & 30

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 29 in Fir Street Park. The Christmas Parade is on Saturday, November 30 at 2 p.m. on Hood Avenue. Following the parade, visit with Santa Claus at the chamber office on Main Avenue. Sponsor: Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce, 541-549-0251 or sisterscountry.com.

Note: Events calendar information is subject to change.


Extraordinary Sisters

It’s our people that make Sisters extraordinary. A couple who work at medicine’s cutting edge — from a smalltown clinic. An artist who weaves magic in the spirit of Sisters. Volunteers who provide shelter from the storm. A youth minister and coach who guides young people on a positive path...

A connection with Sisters youth


By Jim Cornelius


“I never speak at them,” he says. “I speak with them.” www.sistersoregonguide.com

Kent Boles remembers the pivotal moment vividly. He was in the eighth grade in Pleasant Hill, Oregon. He and some friends snuck out. They were drinking beer and smoking pot and riding on a motorcycle with a 14-year-old driver down Highway 58. “It was that moment I said, ‘If I survive this I’ll never be so stupid again. Please, God, let me survive this.’” Boles recounts this tale of youthful foolishness with his trademark grin — but he’s serious. The moment truly shaped his life, leading him into a calling for youth ministry, helping young people navigate their own tipping points and guiding them toward good choices instead of potentially deadly bad ones. He credits a German Lutheran pastor named Harry Schultz, whom he knew growing up, with helping to shape his approach to his work. “He wouldn’t try to force you into anything or tell you what to do,” Boles recalls. “He was the kind of person that would come alongside you and say ‘Maybe you should look at it this way.’” That’s the way Boles conducts himself to this day. “I never speak at them,” he says. “I speak with them.” Boles connects with kids in a variety of venues: He conducts the middle school youth ministry Collide on Wednesday nights; conducts Sunday school at Vast Church; and works with the high school-aged ministry of Young Life on Sunday evenings. “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than being in the middle of middle schoolers who are wanting to learn about who they are and who God is in comparison to who they are,” Boles says. “That’s the greatest.” Boles — who was a competitive runner though high school and into YOUTH continued on page 100

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From their High Lakes Health Care clinic in Sisters, Drs. Kevin and Eden Miller have reached out internationally to share their expertise in cutting-edge work in chronicdisease management and prevention. Dr. Eden Miller has turned her own experience with Type 1 diabetes into a mission to educate and innovate in diabetes care. She has given more than 900 lectures on chronic-disease care and management, including a recent trip to Germany and a position on a panel at the inaugural Wall Street Journal



health technology conference. She frequently sits on advisory boards for companies leading innovation in diabetes. Dr. Kevin Miller has served on local, state, and national advisory boards. He emphasizes the need for prevention for our nation, our community, and for each patient. He is also fellowship-trained in Osteopathic Manipulation.  With their credentials and experience, the doctors have been offered positions at universities — but they have chosen to live and practice in Sisters because they care deeply

about serving the community where they are raising a family. The couple met in Michigan and moved to Portland, where Kevin was working, while Eden completed her residency. At some point, as Kevin recalls, they thought, “I want to know my neighbor.” Eden had grown up in the Willamette Valley and fished the Metolius River with her dad. She knew the place where she wanted to be. So in 2001, the couple moved to Sisters and established a practice that allowed them to work in their craft and calling and raise a COMMUNITY continued on page 102

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Sisters’ Big Heart

Provides the fact that 12 children starting school in Sisters in the fall had no permanent home and were living in the forest in tents and RVs with their parents. That fact spurred Myers and Weed to set up a meeting the next week and invite a few people whom they

Before long, there was a committed group consisting of Myers, Weed, and Cooper, plus Lois Kaping, Betty Shuler, Jen Binks, Pastor John Collins, Mandee


“Sometimes we have to do something meaningful,” said Sisters resident Sue Purcell when asked why she became involved with the Sisters Cold Weather Shelter. In her youth, she experienced being without a home on the streets of Berkeley, California, and learned the hard way the importance of people in a com-

— by Sue Stafford

munity reaching out to those who have fallen on hard times. In the summer of 2016, a chance encounter between Dawn Cooper, the local Family Access Network representative, George Myers, contract coordinator for the Homeless Leadership Coalition in Bend, and Sharlene Weed, long-time executive director of Sisters Habitat for Humanity, led to Cooper sharing



thought might have an interest in ensuring there would be warm places available in Sisters when winter arrived. With only five or six at that first meeting, within a month they were able to upgrade some people from tents to RVs, find places to park RVs, and put people in rentals through the NeighborImpact voucher program. During that first meeting, there was talk of establishing a local cold weather shelter.

Seeley, John Miller, Pastor Ron Gregg, Ronni Duff, Barbara Seacrest, Gayla and Roger Nelson, and Linda Wolfe, all Sisters residents. They decided to go ahead with the idea of establishing a winter shelter. Myers reached out to all the churches in town via email, and invited representatives of Shepherd’s House and Bethlehem Inn in Bend. “The churches were the key to making the shelter a reality, and both the shelters offered advice, SHELTER continued on page 102

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A Life in Art

By Jim Cornelius


Artist Paul Bennett has released a new book extolling the night sky. Paul Bennett figured he’d stay in Sisters for about a year. That was 29 years ago. Over three decades, Bennett has raised a family in Sisters — and become one of the leading lights of a burgeoning arts community. Bennett knew that he wanted to be an artist when he was nine years old, and he pursued that dream with fierce dedication. He refused to take on part-time work outside the arts because he must jealously guard his creative time. “I can cut back on everything else, but my time is my own!” he said. He was willing, however to teach art to others. He took work for the Oregon Arts Commission, traveling across the state to pro-

vide arts education opportunities to underserved schools. The program hosted a conference at Suttle Lake so that the traveling teachers could meet each other — and it proved to be a fateful moment. “That’s where I met Carolyn,” Paul recalled. An artist and teacher herself, Carolyn Platt stayed up late at the campfires with Paul and the two formed a bond. But Paul lived and worked in Portland and Carolyn was in Central Oregon. “My lifestyle was more portable, I felt, and we knew we wanted to be together, so I came down here,” Paul recalled. “I thought I’d only be here a year.” But Bennett started teaching art history at Central Oregon

Community College and began connecting with a Sisters arts community that was just beginning to bloom. “We found we could survive here between the art and the teaching,” he said. Travel to the Greek Islands and Turkey have had a profound and lasting impact on Bennett’s art. A colorfully patterned knit glove purchased in the Great Bazaar in Istanbul helped him create his signature style. “I was curious to see if I could paint one of them,” he recalled. It was another fateful moment, for in creating a “knit” pattern in paint, Bennett discovered something that proves elusive to many a capable artist: ART continued on page 100





ART from 98 “Developing a style is one of the hardest things for any artist,” Bennett said. “How do you set yourself apart from other artists?” He’d found his. The knit pattern resonates across many cultures and makes Bennett’s work instantly recognizable — and, while he does not confine himself to that style, he returns to it as a touchstone. And it has led to many artistic milestones. The artist credits the nowdeparted High Desert Gallery operated by Todd and Myrna Dow in Sisters for significant efforts in promoting his art and raising his profile. He created greeting cards that got the attention of Pendleton Woolen Mills — and that led to a fertile decade of creating tapestries for that venerable Oregon company. He has also ventured into fashion, producing one-of-a-kind leggings, skirts and handbags with artofwhere.com. Versatility and an ongoing commitment to his work have

made Bennett a leader in a Sisters arts community that continues to flourish and grow stronger. “I think the arts are really valued here,” the artist reflected. However, he notes, “there is a gap between it being really valued and people buying art.” Consumer culture and an array of tempting gadgets compete for people’s disposable income. But Bennett believes deeply in the value of surrounding oneself with one-of-a-kind, hand-made creative work. “I would certainly like to see more people buying art and having it in their homes,” he said. Bennett’s latest venture makes it very easy indeed to have his art in your home — and in your hands. He has combined a lifelong fascination with the night sky — which he has depicted often in his art — and his love for Greek mythology in a new book titled “Night Skies.” The book features 44 paintings with text that feature the night sky.

Bennett plans to tour Oregon bookstores in support of “Night Skies,” — and playing related original songs on his ukulele, yet another of his artistic passions. Though he had grown up in a musical family, Bennett had set his musical proclivities aside to pursue his other work. At 64, he created a “bucket list” — and music imposed itself. It was “like somebody yelling in my ear,” he recalled: “Learn a musical instrument and start writing your own songs!” so he did — and his instrument of choice was the ukulele, which finds its way into his hands in his studio almost as often as his paint brush. It’s all part of living a creative life, which Paul Bennett has pursued since early childhood, and the passion continues unabated as he approaches 70. “You just keep doing it, because it’s what you identify with,” he said. “This is who I am. This is what I do.” For more information visit www.paulalanbennett.com.

community helped sustain them through loss when Galen took his own life in 2018. The Boles’ loss has lent urgency to his ministry. “It’s being honest and keeping track of your friends,” he says. “I talk about that way more than I ever did.” Doubling down on his calling not only helps Kent face loss, it is a way of honoring his son. Quitting his work was never an option. “If I would have stopped doing youth ministry, it would have made the loss of him so much bigger,” He says. “Youth ministry in honor of him is such a great

thing.” Boles is a painter by trade, and he and Cara are about to start building a new house in Sisters. He keeps running when he can find the time. “I actually did run with the kids the other day, which surprises them,” he said, laughing. “They look at you like, ‘Are you going to have a heart attack?’” And through it all, they cherish a sense of connection — with their church and its youngsters and with the community at large. With that broad smile expressing his sincerity, he says, “I love that part of Sisters.”

BOLES from 92 college and ran an ultra marathon a couple of years ago — also coaches middle school track. He works hard to keep sports joyful, with a coaching style he defines as “light and encouraging.” From his standpoint, sports should be fun — especially in middle school — and it’s probably more fun for him than for anybody on the track. “I had one of my kids say ‘You’re the oldest 12-year-old I’ve ever met,” Boles said with a laugh. Boles and his wife, Cara, moved to Sisters a decade ago with their children Sarah, Hannah and Galen, struck by “the positiveness of the Sisters community.” The



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COMMUNITY from 94 family that would include two daughters — Michaela, now 21, and Lexie, 15. “I never thought we would work together,” Eden says. “That was not our goal — it just worked out that way.” And it’s worked out well. “We have very different practice styles,” Eden says. “That’s a nice piece to offer a town.” The small-town feel is fundamental to the Millers’ approach to the practice of medicine. Kevin has done significant work in regional quality improvement and he believes that the ills of the modern healthcare system “are all about disconnection.” So much of our healthcare resources are focused on administration that the critical patient-doctor relationship gets pushed aside. “Someone should know everything about that patient, from head

to toe,” Kevin says. “We have to remember our calling again.” “The family physician used to be part of your family,” Eden says. “When I’m part of the family, they trust me — and not because I’m a doctor; my credentials mean nothing.” The way things are in most places, people are seeing strangers for their medical care.” The Millers place a strong emphasis on early screening and prevention to prevent or manage chronic conditions. And they are busy reaching out across the world to improve chronic-disease management. “We’ve essentially taken it on the road,” Eden said. The couple will participate in a Harvard Fellowship in Obesity and Metabolism in June. The Millers have been able to manage their busy practice and

their broader role while retaining the family focus they sought when they came to Sisters. Kevin is grateful for the connection he has with his daughters. “I’ve been able to invest in them and a lot of physician dads aren’t able to do that,” he says. In his “downtime,” he is an avid student of history. “I love history,” he says, and lately I guess I want to see what we can learn from history for our time.” Eden was a four-time all-American in the heptathlon, and for the past eight years she has brought that experience to the Sisters Outlaws track team as an assistant coach. It’s not an easy fit with a busy practice — but it’s worth it. “It’s not convenient; it’s stressful,” she says. “And I love every minute of it.”

his car in Sisters. Since the shelter opened, there has not been another death due to weather among the unhoused. Lois, and Ron Gregg, pastor of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, served as co-chairs of the shelter steering committee that first year. According to Weed, “Lois really made it all possible … reaching out to Shepherd’s House, getting the sleeping mats from the Deschutes County jail, opening the church. She did a lot of running that first year.” This past winter of 2018-19 marked the third season for the shelter, now open from November 1 through March 31. Even if someone doesn’t need to stay overnight in the shelter, they

are welcome to join in the familystyle dinner provided each evening by volunteers. They can stay to enjoy socializing with volunteers and other guests, play games, or watch movies. In the morning, before leaving at 7 a.m., guests are provided with breakfast, also provided by volunteers, and snacks to take with them for the day. “This group for me has been one of the most diverse, creative, and dedicated groups of people I’ve ever worked with or seen work together,” said Myers. “It has been a great experience to see it form and work and grow. Even though we now have a more formal structure, it still operates mostly by consensus and the table is always open for anyone to join us. It’s amazing.”

SHELTER from 96 support, and supplies to get us going,” Myers remembered. Lois Kaping’s husband Jerry is the pastor of Sisters Westside Church. “Lois and Westside stepped up first and said ‘bring it on’,” Myers said. “We confirmed the other locations (Sisters Community Church and the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration) and got organized to open January 1, 2017.” Each church housed the shelter for one month at a time. The timing for establishing the shelter couldn’t have been better. The winter of 2016-17 saw huge snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures. Unfortunately, just two weeks before the shelter was ready to open its doors, a young man died of hypothermia sleeping in




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Angeline’s Bakery & Cafe: 121 W. Main Ave. 541-549-9122 / angelinesbakery.com. Open 6:30 a.m. to close. Fresh, handcrafted baked goods made daily, all from scratch, using the finest, most natural ingredients. Offering a creative selection of lunch entrées and fabulous soups and salads. Come fuel up with a wide variety of fresh juices and smoothies! Specializing in gluten-free, vegan, and raw offerings. Don’t forget our outdoor summer music series! Check us out on Facebook for more details. $2.50 and up. See ad on page 31. BJ’s True Old Fashioned Batch Ice Cream: 170 W. Cascade Ave. in Barclay Square. Open daily. Premium homemade batch ice cream, ice cream cookies, ice cream parfaits, cheesecake on a stick, chocolate-dipped bananas, fudge, cold beverages, bakery items, caramel corn, Kookaburra licorice and a fun selection of candy. Mini party room available. Five generations of premium homemade batch ice cream since 1978. Pure old-fashioned goodness! See ad on page 93. Black Butte Ranch: 7 miles west of Sisters on Hwy. 20. 877-431-5738 / 541-595-1252. Offering outstanding dining options amidst the most spectacular views in Central Oregon. The iconic Lodge Restaurant features Northwest cuisine and





majestic views of the Cascades. The Aspen Lounge offers a scenic vista for inspired cocktails and light fare. Robert’s Pub is the perfect gathering place for families and golfers, featuring salads, burgers and microbrews. The Lakeside Bistro is the ideal spot to take in the beauty of the mountains and lake and enjoy espresso, fresh pastries, savory sandwiches and artisan pizza. BlackButteRanch.com/dining. See ad on page 43. Chops Bistro: 370 W. Cascade Ave. 541-549-6015. Upscale contemporary American cuisine featuring French & Italian specialties. Savor a distinctive dinner in our dining room, or relax with a cocktail in the lounge. Open at 4:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday, with live music in the lounge, Friday-Sunday. Cork Cellars Wine & Bistro: 391 W. Cascade Ave. 541-549-CORK (2675) corkcellarswinebistro.com Locally owned and operated. Serving lunch, dinner and everything in between Tuesday - Sunday, check website for hours of operations. Indulge in tapas, house-made soups and salads, paninis, flatbreads, pastas and chef-created dinner specials. Offering an extensive array of wine by the glass or bottle, cocktails and local craft brews. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Free wine tastings Thursday 5-7 p.m. Saturday evenings feature live music 7 to 9 p.m. See ad on page 107.

Faith Hope & Charity Vineyard: 70450 N.W. Lower Valley Dr., Terrebonne. 541-526-5075 / faithhopeandcharityevents.com. Close to Sisters. Far from ordinary. Nestled in the heart of Central Oregon, the vineyard is far from the ordinary wine-country experience. Using grapes carefully chosen for our mountain climate, we’ve crafted award-winning wines. Combined with the scenic beauty and captivating location, it all adds up to an unforgettable wine country experience. Tasting room open daily, noon to 5 p.m. Live music throughout the year. Vineyard estate home sites available. See ad on page 97. Good Day Café: 143 E. Hood Ave. (next to Bedouin) 541-904-4051/ www.SistersGoodDayCafe.com It’s all in the name, Good Day Cafe. That’s what we hope you have when you join us for breakfast or lunch. We are about fresh — serving delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. We offer gluten free options and we proudly serve Strictly Organic espresso. Indoor/outdoor seating and we offer a kidfriendly environment. Open Tuesday thru Saturday 9-4. See ad on page 11. Hardtails Bar and Grill: 175 N. Larch St. 541-5496114 / hardtailsoregon.com. Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Full bar; 16 brews on tap. Live music, large dance floor, indoor/outdoor seating on the patio. Outdoor concert venue. Pool tables, video poker, darts, karaoke and video lottery. Watch your favorite sports on our 7x7 JumboTron. Delicious specialty burgers including elk, buffalo and our “Fat Boy Burger” for hearty appetites. Prime Rib Fridays! Always open late! See ad on page 67. Hola!: 25545 S.W. F.S. Road 1419, Camp Sherman. 541-595-6420 / holabend.com. Open seasonally, call for hours. Serving innovative Nouveau Mexican and Peruvian cuisine for lunch and dinner. This awardwinning restaurant has transformed the landmark building that was previously the Kokanee Café, a cabin-style, homey hideaway featuring a laid-back atmosphere alongside the pristine Metolius River. See ad on page 67. Lake Creek Lodge Restaurant: 13375 S.W. F.S. Road 1419, Camp Sherman. 800-797-6331 lakecreeklodge.com. Quickly becoming a local hotspot, our home-style meals using fresh ingredients are available year-round. Join us in our historic knotty pine dining room or outdoors on our deck for a delicious experience. We also can

accommodate large groups such as weddings or retreats. Call for hours and menu options. See ad on page 61. Melvin’s by Newport Ave. Market: 160 South Fir Street. 541-549-0711 | melvinsbynam.com Melvin’s by Newport Ave. Market is the best grocery store in Sisters for local and organic produce; specialty items; sushi made on the spot; homemade soups, sandwiches, and delicious meals; beer and wine. We are an employee and locally owned grocery store in Sisters that delivers all the amazing service and selection of natural and organic products but with fun, flavor, and flair! See ad on page 33. The Porch: 243 N. Elm St. 541-549-EATS (3287) / theporch-sisters.com. Crazy good comfort food in a relaxed atmosphere with amazing flavors. Offering fresh salads, playful appetizers and amazing entrées, weekly specials that are worth checking out. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available. Full bar with creative Northwest cocktails and wine list. Open Wednesday through Sunday at 5 p.m. See ad on page 21. R Spot: 161 N. Elm St. Suite #A 541-549-SPOT (7768) Dine in restaurant with take-out and cold case for heat at home. Featuring fresh signature pastas, paninis, salads, desserts as well as 50+ craft beers, ciders and wine. Happy hour 3 to 6 p.m. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday. Rancho Viejo: 150 E. Cascade Ave. 541-549-3594. Open daily at 11 a.m. Mexican Restaurant and Cantina in the heart of downtown Sisters. Come try our delicious dishes, including some of the finest steak, pork, chicken and seafood platters. The best in authentic Mexican cuisine, a favorite in Central Oregon! And don’t forget to try one of our great margaritas that everyone raves about! See ad on page 107. Shulers Pizzeria: 442 East Hood Ave. 541-549-1960. Located at the end of Sisters heading to Bend, in the same parking lot with Dutch Bros. Full menu & specials — ShulersPizzeria.com Family owned pizzeria! Crust & sauce made in house daily. We offer pizza by the slice, salads, appetizers, beer & wine. Large outdoor patio and comfortable indoor Continued on page 106



seating. Dine in, call ahead for pick up or if you don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your home or hotel … we’ll deliver! See ad on page 107. Sisters Bakery: 251 E. Cascade Ave. 541-549-0361 / Open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 7 Days a Week. Get hooked on our Famous Scones: Marionberry, Lemon Blueberry, Spinach Feta, and Bacon Smoked Cheddar. Bearclaws, Savory Croissants, Cinnamon Rolls, and Pies baked daily. Now offering English Muffins, Sourdough, & Ciabatta. Breakfast sandwiches on weekends. New remodel, more seating, quicker service. Now accepting debit/credit cards! Follow us on Instagram & Facebook @ sistersbakeryoregon. See ad on page 59. Sisters Coffee Co.: 273 W. Hood Ave. 541-549-0527 / sisterscoffee.com. Sisters Coffee Company is a familyowned and operated roastery and cafe, based in Sisters since 1989. We focus on sourcing, roasting and serving high quality craft coffees in both our cafes and regional wholesale program. Our flagship cafe in Sisters features an expansive food menu, serving breakfast until 1 p.m. Our Portland cafe, located in the Pearl District at 1235 NW Marshall St. has been recently renovated and is open again with new drinks and food items on the menu. Whether you’re in Sisters or Portland, we’d love to see you! Free Wi-Fi, open daily 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. See ad on page 11. Sisters Meat and Smokehouse: 110 S. Spruce St. / sistersmeat.com. Top-quality, Oregon-first products, locally sourced when possible. Smoked on-site, meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free, and prepared by third-generation meat experts. Wild game, pork, poultry, lamb, beef, line-caught Alaskan seafood, and complementary products. Wine, cider and craft beer on tap. Menu features exclusively Sisters Meat and Smokehouse products: meats, cheeses, sauces, sandwiches, entrées & more. Dine-in, relax on the outdoor patio, or to go! Sisters Saloon & Ranch Grill: 190 E. Cascade Ave. 541-549-RIBS (7427) / sisterssaloon.net. Located in the historic Hotel Sisters, restored to its 1912 Old West charm. Experience locally raised 100% grass-fed beef burgers, Double R Ranch steaks, salads with fresh local produce, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. This family-friendly eatery offers a kids’ menu. Serving great food 11 a.m. to midnight every day, and brunch buffet every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. The fullservice bar offers saloon specials from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Poker and Trivia nights in the game rooms upstairs.



Sno-Cap Drive In: 380 W. Cascade Ave. 541-5496151. Since 1952, a slice of Americana and a Sisters classic! Open daily; summer hours 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., until 9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; winter hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., to 7 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. Featuring 100% high-quality beef ground chuck burgers cooked the old-fashioned way, yummy fries, onion rings, chicken strip baskets, chili dogs and more, with incredible homemade ice cream and milkshakes, including soft-serve. Families have been returning for decades! See ad on page 111. Spoons: 281 W. Cascade Ave. 541-719-0572 / Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. (closed Sundays). Serving up spoonfuls of sweetness, with the most delectable soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches – including our gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich specialties! Top off your visit with the best frozen yogurt in Sisters, and check us out on Facebook for daily specials and more! See ad on page 7. Takoda’s: 425 W. Hwy. 20 (next to Bi-Mart). 541549-8620. Full service restaurant & lounge offering lunch, dinner and take-out. Family friendly, and accommodates large groups easily. Some menu items include awesome pizzas, PNW Ray’s Meat products, fresh locally baked Big Ed’s Focaccia sandwiches, our always-fresh salad bar, house-made soups, homemade desserts, local microbrews, a variety of wines & more. Enjoy our beautiful outdoor patio dining with our live fire pit, or challenge friends to a round of horseshoes in our pits. Video lottery machines & big screen TVs in our lounge. Open daily. See ad on page 71. Three Creeks Brewing Co.: 721 Desperado Ct. 541-549-1963 / threecreeksbrewing.com. Fashioned after an Old West livery stable, this family-friendly brew pub offers a wickedly good menu of chef inspired comfort food and hand-crafted ales. Menu items include salads, fish & chips, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and more. Free Wi-Fi, free pool, and five flat screen TVs. Enjoy the warm cozy fire in the winter and the dog-friendly patio in the summer. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. Located on the FivePine Campus. $6-$25. See ad on page 57.

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Lodging Alpaca Country Estate: 70397 Buckhorn Road, Terrebonne. 541-504-4226. alpacacountryestates.com. Located only 20 minutes from Sisters, our 134 acre alpaca ranch is the perfect place to enjoy the sights and sounds of over 1,000 fuzzy alpacas while staying in one of our beautifully decorated Bed & Breakfast suites, complete with private spacious living, kitchen and sleeping areas with baths, and relaxing decks to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. Whether for a romantic getaway or a family adventure, take a tour of the beautiful grounds, get an alpaca nose kiss, and hold the baby alpacas. We provide a peaceful setting with majestic views for a night or longer. Rates start at $88 per night. Shop our Magical Strands boutique for toys, clothing, rugs, blankets and more. Go to our website for classes and workshops or to order online. See our ad page 13. Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort: On Hwy. 20, 3-1/2 miles east of Sisters. 541-549-3021 or toll-free 888503-3588 / BendSistersGardenRV.com. Featuring RV full hookup with 50-amp service, camping cabins, furnished cottages, DVD rentals, grocery, laundry, bath houses, wireless Internet, miniature golf, heated pool and spa, and off-leash dog park. Big Rig-friendly! See ad back cover.



Best Western Ponderosa Lodge: 500 Hwy. 20 West, Sisters. 888-549-4321 or 541-549-1234 ponderosalodgeinsisters.com. Join Best Western Rewards for special offerings and promotions. AAA, Military and Senior discounts. Enjoy oversized lodgepole guest rooms, or deluxe suites featuring two-person Jacuzzi tub, river-rock gas fireplace, and walk-in rain shower, all non-smoking. Outdoor pool (May-October) and large hot tub year-round. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. This 14acre tranquil setting is just a short stroll to downtown. Interact with resident llamas; birds, mule deer, and wildlife abound. See ad on page 4. Black Butte Ranch: 7 miles west of Sisters on Hwy. 20, BlackButteRanch.com. Our 1800 pristine acres hold something for everyone in your family, with 36 holes of championship golf, a spa, award-winning restaurants, pools, exercise facilities, biking, tennis, horseback riding, fly-fishing and more. In winter, explore by snowshoe or cross-country ski. For off-Ranch fun, we’re conveniently located near various hiking and mountain biking opportunities and close to Hoodoo Ski Area. We can also direct you to whitewater rafting experiences, cave tours and cultural sites. Adventure awaits! 877.431.5738 | BlackButteRanch.com See ad on page 43.

Cascade Home and Vacation Rentals: Serving Sisters since 1993. We are committed to professionally manage, rent and maintain properties for short- or long-term stays in Sisters Country. Offering furnished and unfurnished homes for permanent stays or vacations, $185-$240 per night. We also offer month-to-month. 541-549-0792 / 541-549-1086 / cascadevacationrentals. net. See ad on page 61. Cold Springs Resort: 25615 Cold Springs Resort Lane, Camp Sherman. 541-595-6271 / coldspringsresort.com. Cabins are $145-$198 (winter) to $188-$228 (summer), based on double occupancy. RV rates are $45 (winter) to $50 (summer) for full hookups, 50 or 30 amps. Six riverfront cabins and 10 beyond river, fully equipped on a 1+ acre lawn with private footbridge to Camp Sherman Store and hiking trails. 15 full-hookup RV spaces by the day or week. Wi-Fi! Pets welcome; pet-free cabins also available. See ad on page 19. DreamLife Vacation Rentals: Sisters and surrounding areas. 541-410-5917 / dreamlifevacationrental.com. DreamLife proudly offers spectacular lodging in Sisters Country and beyond, specializing in furnished vacation and monthly rentals. Experience the Central Oregon DreamLife in one of our exceptional properties! FivePine Lodge: 1021 Desperado Trail, Sisters. 541-549-5900 or 866-974-5900 / fivepinelodge.com. Romance and adventure await at FivePine Lodge’s Craftsman-style suites and luxury cabins. Rooms feature pillow-top king beds, gas fireplace, couples soaking tub, and 49-65" flat screen TV. Guests enjoy a complimentary wine and beer reception, deluxe morning coffee and tea service,Wi-Fi access to Sisters Athletic Club and outdoor heated pool (seasonal). FivePine Campus features two restaurants, movie theater, luxury spa and easy access to downtown Sisters. Rates start at $159. Meeting/Event & Wedding site available. See ad on page 56.    GrandStay Hotel & Suites Sisters: 1026 West Rail Way, Sisters. 855.455.7829 or 541.904.0967. www. grandstayhospitality.com. Enjoy the area’s newest hotel featuring superior guest rooms and extended stay suites with kitchens. Start your morning off with a free hot Grand Start® Breakfast. 24/7 gourmet coffee & tea available. Large indoor pool and whirlpool. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Meeting room. Outdoor patio. Grand Returns™ guest loyalty program. AAA, military and senior rates. All non-smoking. See ad on page 21.

Hoodoo’s Camp Sherman RV Park & Motel: 25635 S.W. F.S. Road 1419, Camp Sherman. 541-595-6514 / campshermanrv.com. Motel rates: summer, $89 and $99; winter, $79 and $89. RV Park, $32 and $34; weekly $189 and $199; monthly $425. Enjoy quiet strolls alongside the Metolius River, and excellent fishing. Rooms offer kitchenettes and sleeping up to four; RV sites range from complete hookups to electric and water with RV dump available. Gathering room for groups. Pets welcome. Winter ski packages available for nearby Hoodoo Ski Area! See ad on page 41. Hoodoo Mountain Resort: Hwy. 20, Box 20, Sisters. 541-822-3799 hoodoo.com. Rates vary upon size of group but start at $30 per hookup. Reservations are encouraged. Hoodoo’s five acres of parking and 32 RV hookups are the base for small or large RV groups. Hoodoo’s lodge can accommodate large groups of up to 1,000 people for day-use activities. Tiled bathrooms with pay showers are available 24/7 from November through April. Pet-friendly. See ad on page 41. House on the Metolius: F.S. Road 980, Camp Sherman. 541-595-6620 / metolius.com. A private resort on the Metolius River with meadow views and panoramic backdrops of snow-capped mountains. A place to unwind and reconnect. Seven classic cabins, each with a fully-equipped kitchen, living space, fireplace, deck, meadow, mountain or river views: exclusively yours. The Main House is the ideal location for weddings, family and corporate gatherings. Featuring eight guest rooms, queen and king beds, private bathrooms, abounding in natural light and ample space for your special event. Rates start at $269. See ad on page 49. Lake Creek Lodge: 13375 S.W. F.S. Road 1419, Camp Sherman. 800-797-6331 / lakecreeklodge.com. Our historic resort features 21 unique 2- and 3-bedroom cabins, plus swimming pool (summer), trout pond, game room, outdoor activities and game area, plus great food in our restaurant. Generations of families have been returning year after year to enjoy the beauty and ambiance of our 42-acre property and its comfortable cabins mixing modern amenities with the look of yesteryear. Pet-friendly. Call or go online for your “home away from home.” See ad on page 61.

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Long Hollow Ranch: 71105 Holmes Road, Sisters. 541-923-1901 / lhranch.com. B&B rates: $139 to $189. An historic guest ranch with a homey atmosphere, cozy guest rooms and delicious home-cooked meals. Offering B&B, ranch vacations, weddings, horseback riding, rainbow trout fly fishing, bass pond fishing, barbecues and hiking. See ad on page 69. Metolius River Lodges: 12390 S.W. F.S. Road 1419, Camp Sherman. 541-595-6290, fax 541-595-5342 / metoliusriverlodges.com. $125 to $345. Open all year. Located in the heart of the Metolius Recreation Area. Our cottages sleep 1-8 and offer the ability to be a picture window away from the clear spring-fed Metolius River. Come experience the river’s magic away from TVs and noise. Fully equipped, WiFi, most have kitchens and fireplaces. Firewood available. Walk to Hola! Restaurant and the Camp Sherman Store. No pets. See ad on page 61. Metolius River Resort: 25551 S.W. F.S. Road 1419, Camp Sherman. 541-595-6281 / metoliusriverresort. com. Call for rates. The wild and scenic Metolius is only steps away and offers a challenge to the most skilled fishing enthusiast. All cabins have fireplaces,

and Wi-Fi. Most have satellite TV, DVD, and CD players. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you sit, read, or just lose yourself watching the river from your back deck. No pets. See ad on page 73. Sisters Motor Lodge - Est. 1938: 511 W. Cascade Ave., Sisters. 541-549-2551 or 877-549-5446 / sistersmotorlodge.com. Charming boutique motel in the heart of Sisters that blends Old World charm and friendly hospitality with modern comforts. Featuring deluxe pillow-top queen and king beds, free highspeed Wi-Fi, cable TV, kitchenettes, gourmet coffee and views of the Three Sisters. Enjoy flower gardens, patio with water feature, Jacuzzi, picnic tables and hammocks. A short walk to downtown. Locally owned, operated by Mary Fowler since 1993. See ad on page 71. Sisters Vacation Rentals: 541-977-9898 / sistersvacation.com. Enjoy the comfort, value, and flexibility of a vacation rental home. Share time and make some memories together with family and friends in an inviting gathering room or relax in the privacy of separate bedrooms. See ad on page 75. Note: Lodging information is subject to change.

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About Carol and Chuck...

The best part of working in real estate hasn’t been selling property – it’s been meeting all the wonderful people that have crossed our paths during the course of doing this business and volunteering. It’s truly rewarding to exceed the expectations of people making a significant life decision and, at the same time, to use the skills we’ve developed over the years to make sure the transition is smooth and hopefully… even fun! Our pledge to give back to the Sisters community and the wonderful friendships we have made during our years in this profession are our greatest inspirations. We look forward to cultivating many more!

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“Some realtors sell houses; ZoselHarper sells the entire community and lifestyle we live in and love.” “Their approach was the perfect blend of professionalism, can-do attitude, expertise, warmth, hardworking, attention to detail.” “As a team, they complement each other with a grab bag of experience and varied strengths and maintain a common thread of integrity that is refreshing and admirable.”



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