FivePine Lodge was built around existing trees using green technology.
TO DO Hoodoo Ski Area A small, friendly resort with slopes for every level of skier, plus the Autobahn Tubing Hill. Twenty miles northwest of Sisters on Highway 20, 822-3799, hoodoo.com. Sisters Folk Festival Everything from blues to bluegrass at the Winter Concert Series. Sisters High School, 1700 W. McKinney Butte Rd., 549-4979, sistersfolkfestival.org. Sisters Movie House Big-screen theater with wraps and pizza delivered to your seat. 720 Desperado Ct., 549-8800, sistersmoviehouse.com. Wanderlust Tours Naturalists savvy about local history serve as guides on snowshoe treks. (800) 962-2862, wanderlusttours.com.
SHOPPING Fly Fisher's Place Walls of rods and hand-tied flies evoke the bounty in nearby rivers. 151 W. Main St., 549-3474, flyfishersplace.com. High Desert Gallery Whimsical contemporary works by local artists. 281 W. Cascade Ave., (866) 549-6250, highdesertgallery.com. Stitchin' Post Finely crafted quilts hang as inspiration above bolts and bundles of fabric. 311 W. Cascade St., 549-6061, stitchinpost.com.
EATS Bronco Billy's Ranch Grill and Saloon Down-home burgers and barbecue in a historic hotel filled with Old West kitsch. 190 E. Cascade Ave., 549-7427, broncobillysranchgrill.com. Jen's Garden Rustic European fare (such as sage-brined pork chops) served in a cottage with a picket fence. Closed January 2 through February 10. 403 E. Hood Ave., 549-2699, intimatecottagecuisine.com. Sisters Bakery Homemade doughnuts, bubbling cobblers, cinnamon bread, and espresso in an old-fashioned general store. 251 E. Cascade Ave., 549-0361.
DRINKS Cork Cellars A nook of a bottle shop attached to a cozy winetasting room. Lunch is grilled panini or small plates such as fig-and-apple bruschetta. Closed January 5 through 20. 161-A Elm St., 549-2675, corkcellars.com. Three Creeks Brewing Co. Wash down coconut-crusted onion rings with local craft brews. 721 Desperado Ct., 549-1963, threecreeksbrewing.com.
SLEEPS Best Western Ponderosa Lodge From $90 for AAA members. Western-themed rooms just outside town. 505 Hwy. 20 W., (888) 549-4321, ponderosalodgeinsisters.com. Black Butte Ranch From $120. Condos, cabins, and rental homes beside wide-open fields and lakes. Eight miles northwest of town on Highway 20, (866) 976-4339, blackbutteranch.com. FivePine Lodge From $149. A complex of spacious modern cottages and other amenities nestled among tall pine trees. 1021 Desperado Trail, (866) 974-5900, fivepinelodge.com.
GET GOING Request the Central Oregon and Bend maps at AAA.com or your local service center. For more information, visit the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce: 291 E. Main St., 549-0251, sisterscountry.com
Photography by Don Frank
This article was first published in January 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.