October 2016

Autumn Has Arrived At Black Butte Ranch

Hi, everyone!

A warm hello from central Oregon, where the first hints of fall are gathering after another marvelous and magical summer.

An Eventful Summer

Along with the usual canoe paddling, fish wrangling, and horseback riding at Black Butte Ranch, we partook in a couple of our favorite annual Sisters events. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show once again rolled into town on the second Saturday of July. As usual, it was a mind-blowing display of artistry both in terms of its quality and its volume. This year, there were over 1300 quilts on display from all over the world, drawing over 10,000 visitors from all 50 states. And earlier this month was one of our favorite events of the year, the Sisters Folk Festival. At ten diverse venues sprinkled throughout downtown Sisters – and seemingly every park, porch, and alleyway – there were fiddles and banjos singing for three glorious days. Both events are family-friendly and easy on the wallet. If you’ve never been, get both on your calendar for 2017!

Looking Forward to Fall

Autumn at Black Butte Ranch, like everywhere else, means changes are afoot. The first flecks of red appear in the maples, the swimmers transition to the indoor pools, and the golfers rush to squeeze in as many rounds as possible before old man winter fills the holes with Cascade snow. Golfing at our world-class courses, Big Meadow and Glaze Meadow, wraps for the year on October 18. But that means a shift into a whole host of autumn activities. Hunting season gets into full swing in October, and peak fall foliage watching hits Central Oregon in mid-October (remember, the leaves in Sisters/Bend usually turn a little sooner than the Gorge and Southern Oregon).

We’ve also got our eye on a number of upcoming events in Sisters and Bend, particularly the 13th Annual Bend Film Festival on October 6-9. BendFilm does a wonderful job celebrating independent cinema, and we always have an amazing time. If you envision any or all of these activities on your horizon, make sure to get in touch as soon as you can to line up your rental!

Featured Activity: Hiking McKenzie River

The trailhead for the McKenzie River Waterfall Loop Trail is only about a 30-minute drive from Black Butte Ranch, but that’s only one of the reasons we’re always sending visitors there. The trail difficulty is easy-to-moderate and family-friendly, and at 3 miles it's the perfect length if you’re looking to get into the woods but not make a day of it. The best part, though: on that three-mile loop you’re treated to TWO amazing waterfalls, Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls. Couple that exceptional mileage-to-waterfall ratio with the spectacular Willamette National Forest and the churning McKenzie River, and you’ve got yourselves a gem of a hike. The foot traffic can get heavy at the usual times – weekends and holidays – so go early if you can. It’s worth it! No fees or permits needed.

See You Soon!

That’s all for now from the lingering summer of Central Oregon. If you’re coming out this way for a visit, check in with us soon to secure the rental that best fits your group size, needs, and the activities and facilities you’re interested in. We’re leaving the high season now, so rental dates are more flexible, making it easier to match a rental to your schedule.

Enjoy the rest of your summer! We look forward to seeing you in the glorious Oregon autumn.

Best wishes,

Your Friends at Black Butte Vacations



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