CNN Travel Recognizes Hells Canyon

Jet Boat on Hells Canyon originally produced by Kyle Hill of the Lewiston TribuneIf you're planning your spring and summer travel schedule, here's a great article from CNN Travel about the tallest, deepest, longest, etc., record-setting places in the United States to visit.  Feature writer Helyn Trickey Bradley has come up with 10 superlative sights for US travel.  Two are in Oregon.  And one is right here in Wallowa County!  She writes:

The Grand Canyon in Arizona may be immense, boasting nearly 277 river miles in length, but for sheer depth, Hells Canyon in eastern Oregon,...

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Wow! Travel Oregon and the Wallowas

Videos and other materials are just starting to roll out about the Seven Wonders of Oregon, a new campaign hosted by Travel Oregon to introduce some remarkable places in our gorgeous state.  The Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon and the surrounding area were lucky (and naturally) chosen to be one of those.  Here's Travel Oregon's video about the Wallowas.  She's not named, but our friend Alice is the rider seen in the footage:

Great teaser footage for the town of Joseph Oregon too!  The...

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Reserve Your Summer Fishtrap 2014 Rooms and Lodging Right Here Right Now

Summer Fishtrap 2014 at Wallowa Lake Oregon postcard imageAre you attending Summer Fishtrap 2014 at Wallowa Lake, Oregon?  Still trying to decide where in Eastern Oregon to stay for the week?  If you don't want to stay "on campus" in one of the yurts or in the bunkhouse at the Wallowa Lake Camp and Retreat Center (affectionately known to longtime Fishtrappers as the "Methodist Camp") and you're used to staying in nicer bed and breakfasts or hotels when you travel, then allow us to propose a stay at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast nearby in Joseph...

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Winter Things to Do Near Joseph Oregon and Wallowa Lake Include Tunesmith Night

Gregory Rawlins performs at Tunesmith Night at Lear's Main Street Grill in Enterprise Oregon in February 2014People are always wondering whether there's anything to do out here in the Eastern Oregon winter besides enjoy downhill skiing, backcountry skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and other classic wintertime outdoor activities.  Nothing wrong with any of them, but what do you do once it's time to come in at dark?

How about intimate music experiences?  Every second Saturday of the month throughout the winter season, the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance hosts Tunesmith Night, a showcase of original music in...

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Opera Night Fundraiser and Food on Friday, Feb 28th

Benvenuti!

You've got to give Chuck Anderson, our honorable Alpenmeister, some credit for very creative fundraising to support the Oregon Alpenfest celebration.  Even though Alpenfest doesn't happen until late September, he's out here in February with an Opera Night! 

And what do you get?  Opera classics in practically the most remote corner of Oregon, performed by very talented young people, a great dinner, and the opportunity to get out of the house in the middle of winter.  What's better than...

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No Joseph Oregon Car Show in June 2014

Oregon Mountain Cruise in Joseph Oregon is the second weekend in JuneNews flash!  We just learned yesterday that the popular Oregon Mountain Cruise classic car show in Joseph Oregon will take a break for June 2014.  This particular event is one of the big kickoff weekends of summer since it holds the 2nd weekend of June slot right after the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts

From the cruise's website:

It's been 25 years since a group of family & friends from all over the northwest joined together to organize and host the "Oregon Mtn. Cruise Car Show" in...

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Never Too Early For Wallowa Lake Wedding Planning

Snow on the ground now but summer will be here before you know it!In the depths of winter there are people getting engaged and thinking about a summer wedding at Wallowa Lake or in Joseph Oregon.  How do I know?  Because, when I take a look at the analytics behind our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast blog, there are people searching for terms like "joseph oregon wedding" and people reading blog posts I've written about where to get married near Wallowa Lake or where to get married in Joseph Oregon.

So here we are, nearing the end of December 2013, and...

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Sunny Winters in Joseph Oregon

We handle a lot of phone calls from prospective guests who want to know if the winters are sunny in Joseph, Oregon.  I'm guessing a lot of these folks are from the Seattle, Washington, or Portland, Oregon area, where we hear that the sun shines but the winters are pretty gray..  

The answer:  Yes!  Our winters are definitely sunny!  Because we're in Eastern Oregon we don't have the clouds that seem to hang on the western side of the Cascade Mountains.  It seems as though we have only a handful of...

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Professional Photography at our Eastern Oregon Lodging

Bocce court in the pre-dawn light at our Joseph Oregon lodgingMarcus Berg, owner & professional photographer at Unique Angles Photography, is returning to our Eastern Oregon bed and breakfast in early June to update our portfolio of high quality images.  Sure, we can always capture images on our digital camera or our smartphones and they'll look fine on the Facebook page, but it's also important for the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast to have high quality "dense" images for magazines and other print advertising.

We're excited to have Marcus out with us for a...

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Uphill Skiing Anyone? Or Ski Mountaineering in Eastern Oregon?

Wall Street Journal writer Tess Weaver recently wrote about ski mountaineering for the Wall Street Journal (published February 27, 2013), noting that skiing uphill is gaining in popularity around the United States and might even make the 2022 Winter Olympics.

You can find plenty of that kind of activity out here near Joseph Oregon.  And you won't have to worry about purchasing a lift ticket or competing with downhill resort skiers.  The Wallowa Mountains are a tucked away corner of Oregon with...

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Amenity Provided: Free and Secure Wireless Internet at our Joseph Bed and Breakfast

Wireless Internet Access at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph, OR, is provided by Eastern Oregon Networks, Inc (EONI)One thing that separates the bed and breakfast community from many other lodging options (especially hotels) is free wireless internet. There is no additional daily charge at most bed and breakfasts for wireless internet. And certainly not here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast!

Here at our Joseph Oregon lodging we just upgraded our internet service by making some changes to our existing infrastructure.  We did this to make our wireless internet service easier to access, faster, and to...

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Rare Little Bunting seen in Joseph Oregon!

Image of retro man with binoculars courtesy of Clipart by Picsburg at http://free.clipartof.com/This morning I took a same-day reservation from a Portland, Oregon-based birder who is coming out today on short notice to see a bird.  Apparently a Little Bunting was found here in Joseph Oregon over the past few days.  Looking at the ABA Birding News, it appears this Siberian bird has only been seen twice in the continental United States, both times in California.  What a great find right here in Eastern Oregon!  For a look at this bird, here's a nice photo from the Surfbirds website. For an...

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And He Doesn't Do Dogs and Ducks!

"Harvest" 2012 bronze sculpture by Patrick BlytheOne of the really great things about owning a bed & breakfast in Joseph Oregon is meeting artists.  With so many artistic bronze foundries in the area plus drop dead gorgeous scenery, they like coming to Eastern Oregon to work. And we love it when they choose to stay at our Joseph bed and breakfast

This morning Patrick Blythe was at the breakfast table.  Patrick is a glass and (more recently) bronze sculptor, turning out beautiful abstract works from his solar-powered studio in the California...

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A New Wedding Venue in Joseph Oregon / Wallowa Lake Area

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph Oregon is a perfect wedding venueWinter seems to be the time that many brides are planning their upcoming weddings.  We have a new venue available right here in Joseph Oregon: the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture.  This building is located right on Main Street at the north end of Joseph (on the way to Enterprise), about a 10 minute drive from Wallowa Lake.  

Yes, it has a lot of angles to the roof line, which makes for some interesting spaces inside.  Big wedding? Go for the Gold Gallery on the main floor (seats up to...

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2013 Ideas for planning your wedding at Wallowa Lake or Joseph Oregon

A springtime view of Chief Joseph Mountain from the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph Oregon. The Mt Joseph Ranch lies at the foot of this mountain in the upper Wallowa Valley.Back in March 2010 I wrote a blog post about planning your wedding in Joseph Oregon or at Wallowa Lake (you can read that post in full here.  It's amazing how many people have read that post!  Nancy's blue barn and the Wallowa Lake Tramway are still very nice locations for a Wallowa Couny Wedding and we've hosted guests who've participated in weddings in these venues..

Here's another great wedding venue that keeps a website with plenty of great photos and information for wedding planning out here...

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Amenity Not Provided - Screaming Meanie

Ferguson Ridge Room bath at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph OR is comparable to any Joseph Oregon hotels or Wallowa Lake hotel bathOne thing guests here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast often comment about is the attention to detail found at our Joseph Oregon lodging.  When you check in you'll find pretty much everything you'll need from high end toiletries, comfy spa robes and slippers, a blow dryer, magnifying make up mirror, corkscrew and hand-painted wine glasses, to more items we won't mention here (except for the rubber ducky and the bubble bath).

But the one thing you definitely will never find at our...

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Reserve Now for Your New Years Eve Celebration!

The Alibis Band is based in LaGrande Oregon and plays original Americana, rock and bluesLooking for something to do on New Year's Eve?  Here's a great feel good idea. . .

New Year's Eve in Wallowa County, Oregon, just got kicked up a notch. The Alibis will be performing New Year's Eve at the AAUW New Year's Eve fundraiser party!   For the 2012-2013 New Year the party's happening at the Elks Club in Enterprise, Oregon--only a 10 minute drive away from the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.

Details are still unfolding, but there will be food, a cash bar and plenty of great dancing music. ...

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Picture Perfect Landing at the Joseph State Airport

We're wrapping up the Bronze Blues & Brews Festival 2012 here in Joseph Oregon.  Two sets of guests flew themselves & their spouses to Joseph State Airport (also knows as KJSY) in their private aircraft.  We were fortunate enough that one guest, Ken, took a short video on his phone of Chris making a picture perfect landing on Saturday morning before the festival started..  

Joseph State Airport was renovated within the last couple of years and has new paving on the taxiway and the parking skirt. ...

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Where to find the best Joseph Oregon weather report

Want to know where to find the best Joseph Oregon weather report?  It's the same one we use nearly every day here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast and you'll find it at josephoregonweather.com  

A view to the south from the Joseph Oregon Weathercam showing Mounts Howard, Bonneville & JosephWhy is it so special?  Because you'll not only find the current weather and the five day forecast, but you'll also get two live webcam feeds that give you a view of what's happening to the south (looking toward Wallowa Lake and Chief Joseph Mountain) and to the west (looking farther away at the...

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