Bend and Sisters
Our Central Oregon adventure in February brought us to Bend for a home-base, but on the way we also passed through Sisters. Jesse has childhood memories of camping on the Metolius River and stopping in Sisters for ice cream on the way home, while I’d never been there before.
A small town, Sisters is known for it’s western-themed buildings and facades, it’s once-a-year rodeo and nationally renowned quilt show, and for having such easy access to hiking, biking, and equestrian trails all over the Deschutes National Forest.
We spent a lazy afternoon wandering down the streets and poking in shops before swinging by Sisters Coffee Company. A spacious building with a log-cabin feel inside (and a fireplace!) I could tell this was a social hub for the community. If I lived in the area I could definitely see myself frequenting the place for their house-roasted brews.
In Bend, we mostly used the city for sleeping. This trip being an excuse to fully relax we found ourselves in bed by 9pm, but we were able to enjoy a few of the town’s restaurants before crashing each night! Jesse grabbed a map of the Bend Ale Trail and made a valiant effort to visit all 14 of the local breweries. (He fell a bit short, but four in three days isn’t bad!) And we discovered our favorite breakfast spot at The Sparrow Bakery, a well-known local spot, but new to us. They serve Ocean Rolls, a flaky rolled croissant pastry with cardamom sprinkled throughout. I’m not ashamed to admit we went back the second day, and probably would have again on a longer trip!
If You Go:
Sisters Coffee Company: 273 W Hood Ave, http://www.sisterscoffee.com/
Three Creeks Brewery: 271 Desperado Court, http://www.threecreeksbrewing.com/index.php
The Sparrow Bakery: 50 SE Scott St #22, http://www.thesparrowbakery.net/
10 Barrel Brewing: 1135 NW Galveston, http://www.10barrel.com/
Cascade Lakes Lodge Brewery: 1441 SW Chandler Ave Suite 100, http://www.cascadelakes.com/