April 2018

Spring Is Upon Us

Hi, everyone!

Greetings from Black Butte Ranch, where spring is upon us! Once we cross the Easter threshold it is without a doubt time to dust off the golf clubs and wheel the grills onto the decks. Over the next couple months the hum of outdoor activity on the Ranch's trails, courts and courses will grow until, before you know it, summer's smiling down upon us.

A Glance Back at Winter

As usual, we spent our fair share of time in awe of the snowy beauty of the Deschutes National Forest as we hiked its endless, enchanted trails. And, of course, we put our time in zipping down the slopes of Hoodoo Ski Area and Mt. Bachelor. Speaking of Hoodoo, if you're able to make it next year, do come out to Sisters for Hoodoo's Winter Carnival, held in early February. It's a wildly fun daylong celebration of the magical outdoors of Central Oregon.

The Winter Carnival has, no doubt, an event with your name on it: ax throwing, frisbee golf, musical chairs, three-legged and snow tube races, hoola-hooping, pie gobbling, javelins, archery, snow sculptures, and even bingo. Hoodoo's right down the road from Black Butte Ranch, so remember to book your perfect rental with Black Butte Vacations if you're considering checking out next year's carnival. And you should be. Because it's awesome!

Good Times Ahead

One of the premier events in Sisters is, of course, the Sisters Rodeo and Parade. Believe it or not, this event is in it's 78th year, stretching back all the way to its 1940s origins. Well, it's only gotten better with age: more exciting, more fun, and more popular than ever. Bigger bulls, bolder riders, and more ornery broncos! This year, you can experience the legendary bull riding, barrel racing, and steer wrestling June 6-10. And Saturday morning June 9 is the famous Rodeo parade right in downtown Sisters.

If you want a little respite from the dust and adrenaline, though, we've got just the thing. This year, Sisters Art in the Park will be taking place the same weekend as the Rodeo, Saturday June 9 (10am-5pm) and Sunday June 10 (10am-4pm). For 15 years, Arts in the Park has been benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation with its delightful array of arts, crafts, food, and entertainment. It's a wonderful time for a great cause. This event takes place in Sisters Creekside Park (Highway 20 & Jefferson Street).

Featured activity: Sisters Tie Trail

As it's early in the hiking season – and we want to protect your hamstrings from your own ambitions – we wanted to share this easy, local tune-up hike. The Sisters Tie Trail runs roughly 6 miles with little elevation gain, starting at the main trailhead located just north of the intersection of North Pine Street and Barclay Drive.

The trail winds for six miles through the local woods to Indian Ford Campground – there you'll be able to connect to other trails if you want to continue exploring the area around Black Butte. Along the way, you'll stroll through pleasant pine groves, pass a lava outcrop, and discover the other endless pleasures of the local forest. It's a very pleasant and peaceful walk in the woods, great for families, and a good warm-up for the more strenuous hikes you might be eyeing.

The Sisters Tie Trail is one of the more popular trails in the area since it's a multiple-use path enjoyed by walkers, bike riders, and equestrians alike. So, as with many popular local trails, going during the week or early on weekends can help you avoid the crowds.

See You Soon!

That’s all for now! If you’re coming out this way for a visit, remember to check in with us soon to secure the rental that best fits your needs. We're getting close to the high season now, so rental dates tend to disappear much faster – and Sisters Rodeo weekend always fills up fast. So if you've got your eye on a particular rental, book today.

Best wishes,

Your Friends at Black Butte Vacations


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