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
It'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
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...
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...
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...
& 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...
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
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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
of our favorite Joseph Oregon restaurants is Calderas. They're
attracting quite a bit of attention including recent mentions in
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.