Train Robbery Tips: Book Your Train Robbery Now!

Elgin Stampeders plan to rob the Eagle Cap Excursion Train in June 2012 in Northeastern OregonThe Eagle Cap Excursion Train is up and running for the 2012 season.  Lots of changes this year, but one thing that hasn't changed is the Elgin Stampeders Train Robbery!

Where:  Train departs from Elgin, Oregon (North Eastern Oregon) and heads down into the roadless Grande Ronde River canyon.

When: Saturday, June 23, 2012

Why:  This annual train robbery draws attention to the Elgin Stampede PRCA Rodeo July 12-15, 2012.  The robbery unfolds like a movie with plenty of horses, excitement, laughs...

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We are proud to be a doily-free lodging alternative!

Proud to be Doily Free! Cast your vote at BetterWayToStay.comAll this kerfluffle about doiles.  We've been lambasted with unsolicited emails from the "Crochet for a New Day" Super PAC suggesting we should join the ranks of bed and breakfast inns supporting the motto of "A doily on every nightstand."

And we've seen our share of the opposing "Liberate our Furniture" Super PAC emails urging bed and breakfasts to "eliminate doilies from every bureau in the country."

 

Well, we've taken our stand.  Here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast we've had too many...

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A Special Order Breakfast To Be Proud Of

Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut OatsIt's not often that we get a special request for breakfast. Our typical rotation of "sweet" breakfast one day and "savory" breakfast the next satisfies the majority of our guests.  But every now and then a repeat guest asks for something special on the menu.  Since it was his birthday and there were no other guests scheduled into our bed and breakfast that morning we were happy to honor the request (of course, his wife was more than happy with the breakfast we'd planned).

And what was it the...

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Who Else Wants an Awesome Mother's Day Excursion Railway Trip?

View from the window of the Eagle Cap Excursion Train in Northeastern OregonYahoo!  The Eagle Cap Excursion Train in Northeastern Oregon is back in business for the 2012 season! First on the list is the annual Mother's Day Brunch train trip.  On Sunday, May 13th at 10 a.m., the train will depart from Elgin, Oregon, for the wild and scenic Wallowa River canyon.   Feast on a lovely Mother's Day brunch meal prepared by chefs of Ten Depot Street in LaGrande.

The early spring scenery in the Wallowa and Grande Ronde River canyon is full of spring color.  The train travels...

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African Drumming on 4/13/12 at Lears in Enterprise Oregon

African Drumming at Lears Restaurant in Enterprise, Wallowa County, OregonThe last African Drumming session of the 2011-2012 winter season takes place at Lear's Irish Pub (I know it sounds a little corny--African Drums & Irish Pub) on Friday, April 13, 2012.  Starts at 7 pm.  A good time to get out and dance and shake off the last of the winter blues!

We take African drumming seriously out here in Eastern Oregon.  This group meets regularly and then performs on occasion at Lears.  A not to be missed event!

If you plan to drop in for the drumming you'll need somewhere...

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Joseph Oregon Car Show 2012 Reasons to Stay at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast

Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Show in Joseph Oregon second weekend in JuneBefore you know it the Joseph Oregon Car Show aka "Oregon Mountain Cruise" will be here for 2012.  It's always the second weekend in June here in Joseph Oregon.

Here are the top reasons to book your room now at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast:   

  1. We still have availability!  The Chief Joseph Mountain Room is still open for Friday & Saturday nights, June 8 & 9, 2012.  Pretty unusual. Book here.
  2. Our Joseph bed and breakfast is located right on Main Street one block walking distance to the Oregon...
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Backcountry Ski in the Wallowas of Eastern Oregon

The Wallowa Mountains are picture perfect for backcountry skiing. One of the local outfitters running trips is Wallowa Alpine Huts.  I just couldn't resist this video from their "WAH TV" channel on YouTube.  Fantastic conditions, great skiers--you'll notice no one is skiing in anyone else's tracks.  And where are the crowds?  None.

Early Spring is still time for great skiing.  If you need one more dose of a snowy Eastern Oregon vacation, check out Wallowa Alpine Huts, or check our other blog...

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Bridal Show Like A Pro in Northeastern Oregon

Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers at the NE Oregon Bridal Show in LaGrande OregonBill & I spent St Patrick's Day this year at the Northeast Oregon Bridal Show in LaGrande, Oregon.  What a fun event--it's our second year participating.

Everyone was there.  Vendors with bridal party attire, wedding rings, DJs, wedding cakes, fine chocolates, even turtle doves!  Our booth showcased our romantic getaway Oregon style with two computer screens displaying images of our Joseph Oregon lodging.  Bill wore one of his Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast dress shirts.  I decided to dress up for...

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Attention Pacific Northwest beer drinkers: Beer hunting in Eastern Oregon through April 2012

Eastern Oregon controlled beer huntYeah, it's a gimmick, but so what?  Here's another reason to plan your Eastern Oregon vacation soon--the controlled hunt Beer Tag!  To fulfill the hunt, you'll need to visit four of the six (count 'em) microbreweries in Eastern Oregon by the end of April 2012.  

Who/where are they?
  • Barley Brown Brew Pub (Baker City)
  • Beer Valley Brewing Co (Ontario)
  • Mt. Emily Ale House (LaGrande)
  • Mutiny Brewing Co (Joseph)
  • Terminal Gravity Brewing (Enterprise)
  • The Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub (Pendleton)
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New Year Celebration in Joseph Oregon

BC and the Mos'ly Blues Band from their recent gig at Stewart Jones Designs in Joseph, ORStill looking for where to go for New Year's Eve?  If you're not into the big city excitement and crazy parties, then how about a trip to Northeastern Oregon?  The Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast still has three rooms available for ringing in 2012 (sorry, the Mirror Lake Suite's been taken).

What to do?  On New Year's Eve, BC & The Mos'ly Blues Band will play at the Joseph Community Center--WALKING DISTANCE from our Joseph bed and breakfast.  The evening's sponsored by the Wallowa County Branch...Read More
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More customer service than a Wallowa Lake hotel

Delightful photo of duct tape courtesy of Tillerman at the Proper Course blogHere at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast we make it a point to go out of our way with customer service.  I was recently reminded when glancing through the journal in the Chief Joseph Mountain Room.  (Each guestroom has its own room journal where guests often leave comments, poetry, sketches, etc., from their stay here near Wallowa Lake.)

An entry from September 2011:

Heather & Bill -- You are such great hosts that the Bronze Antler has sky-rocketed to the top of our all-time B&Bs. . .and that's... Read More
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Jingle Thru Joseph 2011 Promises to Delight

Swiss Rose Engine 18 Karat White and Yellow Gold Pendant Designed and Executed by Stewart JonesHere's another good reason to visit North Eastern Oregon in December: Jingle Thru Joseph is the signature event for Joseph OR holiday shopping and entertainment.

It all starts on Saturday, November 26th, with a Light Parade at 5 pm (well after sundown) on Main Street in Joseph Oregon.  All the entries are lighted--ranging from horses & wagons to the lady in the oversized martini glass encouraging holiday sobriety (you just never know what'll show up in the Light Parade).

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Spend "Black Friday" in Joseph Oregon!

Calderas Restaurant Gift Shop and Art Gallery in Joseph OregonIf you're contemplating the crush of crowds at the local mall on the day after Thanksgiving, we have a better suggestion. . .spend Black Friday in Joseph Oregon!  There won't be the crush and the shopping opportunities are much better and very personable.

One of our favorite restaurants--Calderas--is also an art gallery and upscale gift shop.  For  Black Friday 2011, Calderas is hosting the "Eat & Shop Till You Drop" Event.  From 11 am to 8 pm on Friday, November 25th, Calderas will feature 15%...Read More
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Progress on Joseph State Airport--Open Again in October 2011

Joseph State Airport near Joseph Oregon during September 2011. Photo courtesy of Elane Dickenson of the Wallowa County Chieftain.This Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast provides complimentary transportation from/to the Joseph State Airport for our bed and breakfast guests.  It's been a little difficult since August 2011, however, since the airport's been closed for repairs.

According to Elane Dickenson of the Wallowa County Chieftain, it won't be much longer until the airport is open for business again.  The 5200' runway in the process of being paved and refurbishment of the taxiway and apron is not far behind.

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Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa on October 1, 2011


We're already getting into fall in Eastern Oregon which means it's time for the 15th Annual Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa.  The 2011 event gets underway with the art show and auction from noon to 4 pm at the Wallowa Lake Lodge (the historic Wallowa Lake hotel), followed by dinner and a program at 6 pm in the hotel's dining room.  The show & auction are free to the public and the dinner & program are $45 per person.

As in many years, artwork by Native American artist George Flett will be...Read More
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Labor Day Weekend 2011 last minute availability

Eastern Oregon getaway on Labor Day WeekendOkay, Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, here's your chance to make it up.  We have last minute availability for Friday through Sunday nights, September 2, 3 & 4, 2011, in the Mirror Lake Suite here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph Oregon. 

This isn't just any old guestroom.  If you're thinking "romantic getaway Oregon" or perhaps "Wallowa Lake hotel" then you'll definitely want to follow the link and check out this room. 

And since it's so last minute, we'll offer a 10% discount with...Read More
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Wallowa Lake and the Wallowa Mountain Country from Joe's Point of View

Here's a wonderful video of stills shot by one of our favorite Wallowa County photographers, Joe Whittle.  Just bumped into this today and couldn't wait to share it through our blog.  Joe really captures the spirit of what it's like to be here in this Eastern Oregon wonderland.  Worth the view--and the music's good too.



Even autumn and winter can be a great time for vacationing in the Wallowas.  When you're looking for the Wallowa Lake hotel, don't forget to look about 5 miles down the road in...
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SCUBA Diving at Wallowa Lake is a Rather Chilly Proposition

Bluesman diver from LaGrande Oregon as seen on the Northwest Dive Club website with his impressions of diving at Wallowa Lake in NE OregonWe don't get many scuba divers or snorkelers at Wallowa Lake--I'm guessing it's because the water is so cold (even in summer) and the lake is at elevation (4400 feet above sea level).  However, a local (LaGrande, OR) diver with the moniker "Bluesman" posted a couple of years ago about diving at Wallowa Lake on the Northwest Dive Club website.

I especially like his comment about Wally.  Doesn't every lake have its own sea monster?  Rumor has it that the locals used to sacrifice a virgin to Wally...Read More
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Labor Day Weekend in Northeastern Oregon

It's nearly time for Labor Day Weekend and the last hurrah of summer.  If you're thinking about a Joseph Oregon vacation, now is the time to plan if you'd still like to take advantage of the widest availability of things to see and do at Wallowa Lake and Joseph Oregon.

Vali's Alpine Restaurant at Wallowa Lake Oregon is open for dinner from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend from Wednesday through SaturdayVali's Alpine Restaurant closes after Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.  If you haven't had the chance yet to have dinner with Maggie and Michael and Dionne then you'd best book your reservation soon!  They offer only one entree choice...Read More
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What's cooking at Calderas--food and entertainment for August 2011

Calderas Restaurant in Joseph OROne of our favorite Joseph Oregon restaurants is Calderas.   They're attracting quite a bit of attention including recent mentions in Sunset Magazine. 

The owners recently provided this update:

"This Saturday, August 13th Calderas will be closed due to the Bronze, Blues & Brews Festival in Joseph.  We hope this does not create an inconvieneince for any of you.  We will be open from 2-9:30pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday & Monday so be sure to come see us then.
 
The fresh produce from our...Read More
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