Tuesday, June 1, 2010 by
So here we are at the end of May 2010 and the Hells Canyon Scenic
Byway is now unofficially open! Checked with the Forest
Service this week and, although there are parts of the road that
are down to one lane because of snow, the road between Joseph and
Hells Canyon is passable. What a relief!
My contact at the Forest Service tells me that the road will be
officially open once the snow is all melted and any rocks and
debris are cleared from the road (which will be soon).
So, if you've wanted...Read More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 by
You just never know who will walk through the door when you own a
bed and breakfast. This week Joachim Becker, president of
in New York, graced
our little Hells Canyon lodging with his presence.
Joachim was on his way to Portland and decided to see a little
of our fantastic Eastern Oregon countryside on his way. I
wish we could've gotten him the spectacular view of
Hells Canyon from Hat Point
but the road is still snowed
in. Just a good excuse for another visit to our Hells...Read More
Friday, March 26, 2010 by
a night for a Pub Talk! Last night, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
hosted one of
their trade-marked Pub Talk programs at Mutinty Brewing Company in
Joseph, OR. The theme was "Marketing
from the Ground Up
" and three of us local businesses were
invited to present about some aspects of our marketing.
Paul Arentsen of Winding Waters
talked about how his company uses Picasa to
post pictures from his river trips and to encourage clients to
share pictures and experiences from...Read More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 by
If you're thinking about taking Highway 39, keep thinking. . .this
road connects the Oxbow and Brownlee Dam in Hells Canyon to
Enterprise and Joseph Oregon. Some people know it as the
Wallowa Mountain Loop Road. Or Forest Road 39. Or
the road from Joseph OR to Halfway OR. Or even the Hells
Canyon Scenic Byway.
Anyway you look at it, this road is seasonal
typically doesn't open until sometime in May or even June. It
all depends on the snow and how soon it melts.
Put this note on your to...Read More
Sunday, March 7, 2010 by
Everyone deserves a new toy every now and than. Thursday,
March 4, 2010, was an exciting day at the
Bronze Antler Bed &
Breakfast. The bed and breakfast Executive Chef and
co-owner (that's me) was the happy recipient of a new GE
dual-fuel range.Read More
See, Joseph Oregon is not anywhere close to natural gas
lines. That's one of the reasons we decided to open
our Hells Canyon Byway lodging way out here where we're
somewhat remote from things like natural gas. I've been
wanting a gas range ever since...
Friday, January 29, 2010 by
We've been steadily blogging about the Bronze Antler Bed and
Breakfast since November 2008. I stopped to count the number
of posts recently and we're now at 212 posts!
If you search this blog (see the Search This Blog
field at the right?) --->
you'll find information about subjects like:
- Joseph Oregon and what to do in Joseph Oregon
- Wallowa Lake and what to do at Wallowa Lake
- Joseph Oregon and Wallowa County events
- Planning an Eastern Oregon Vacation
- Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, Highway 39 and Hells...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by
staying with us recently wanted to visit Hells Canyon and planned
to drive to the Hells Canyon Overlook. I found a
youTube video of the Overlook and
blogged about it last August
. It's a nice drive to get
there and a well kept overlook, but the view isn't as spectacular
as that from Hat Point.
Since our guests were driving an extended cab pickup truck, we
recommended they visit the Hat Point Lookout
instead. The two couples thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the
views. They intend to...Read More
Sunday, October 25, 2009 by
Hat Point Lookout is not very far from our Hells Canyon
lodging. The problem with getting to Hat Point, just like
most places in Hells Canyon, is not the distance (only 52
, but the driving time (about 2
But it's worth the effort to get there!
The Hat Point Road will close during the winter because of snow,
but it often stays open well into November. It usually opens
all the way to the lookout tower by mid or late June.
If you're thinking about an autumn romantic getaway...Read More
Sunday, October 18, 2009 by
the rest of this month we're offering our October lodging
in Joseph Oregon. The popular Mirror Lake
Suite is $50 off per night. All of our second floor rooms
(Chief Joseph Mountain Room, Sawtooth Mountain Room and Ferguson
Ridge Room) are 20% off per night.
No two-night minimum on the weekends, either. . .which makes this
the perfect time
to experience Wallowa Lake,
Joseph Oregon, or just plan a quick romantic getaway Oregon style
to our Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.
There's some...Read More
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 by
something to do in Joseph Oregon: hike the Wallowa Lake
moraines. This week was punctuated by an early, wet autumn
snow. My friend Christine & I took a couple of hours
and hiked up the east moraine of Wallowa Lake. It's a good
walking road to get up there (took us only about 45 minutes).
And what a view! The Seven Devil Mountains across Hells
Canyon in Idaho are readily visible once you crest the east
moraine. This is a photo of view once we reached the
The trip back down the...Read More
Monday, August 31, 2009 by
Madigan sends:Read More
Literary events in September in Wallowa County
Oregon? Geez, an' I thought I had the corner on the literary
end of Wallowa County with my Observing Literacy program here at
the bed and breakfast.
But she was surfing on my couch today an' reading her email, and
read this from Rick Bombaci, the director at Fishtrap:
"While I was 40 miles north of town, dancing under the moon, those
storm clouds were pummeling Enterprise with hail. But locals
shouldn’t complain. In 1903, a...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 by
The Hells Canyon Overlook along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is a
favorite stopover for our guests travelling from Idaho to Joseph
Oregon, or for guests taking the scenic route to Baker City
I recently came across this short video that give a quick
overview. The Hells Canyon Overlook is on Forest Road
39 (Wallowa Mountain Loop Road) and will be accessible until
probably November when the road closes for the winter. Worth
the trip? Yes--especially in an RV or on a motorcycle.
Saturday, August 22, 2009 by
about what things to do near Joseph Oregon? How about swim in
the Blue Hole of the Upper Imnaha River? Bill & I
took a midday off with visiting friends to drive out to the Indian
Crossing trailhead on the Upper Imnaha River. It was a
90-degree day and a dip in the Blue Hole sounded like a good
The Indian Crossing trailhead is about an hour's drive from Joseph
Oregon on the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road portion of the Hells
Canyon Scenic Byway. From the Indian Crossing...Read More
Saturday, June 27, 2009 by
Madigan sends:Well, here's another installment in my observing literacy
program. It's been pretty busy this week at our Joseph bed
and breakfast now that the rains are over. I'm thinkin' it's
really summer for a change--nice and sunny, dry, and not too
hot. The guests are liking it too. Plenty of hiking and
some of them are riding the Wallowa Lake
Tramway to take in the view from the top of Mount
here's what they're reading:
The Google Way: How One Company is Revolutionizing...
Saturday, June 20, 2009 by
Mutiny Brewing Company
is finally open here in
Joseph Oregon! We're excited--yesterday was their opening, so
we wandered down for dinner and to congratulate Kari.
At this point, they're in a two-week holding period until they can
serve beer. Looks like 4th of July
will have more than fireworks--the beer should be
There's outdoor seating that should be great once the weather warms
up a little for summer. The pub will be open 7 days a week
through summer--another...Read More
Sunday, June 14, 2009 by
you're looking for some June or September quilting entertainment,
you can start with the Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild Show in
Joseph Oregon. Always held during the second weekend of June
at the Joseph High School, the Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild Show
complements the Oregon Mountain Cruise
Classic Car Show taking place on the same weekend.Read More
There's been more than one couple staying at our bed and breakfast
where HE takes in the cars and SHE takes in the quilts!
Then in September, you'll...
Saturday, May 23, 2009 by
I heard her talking to newly arriving guests from Boise
Idaho today. Apparently they came to Joseph on the
Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (aka Forest Road 39 aka center section
of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway).
So, the road is open for the season! Now the guests can drive
the full length of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway from Baker City to
LaGrande with our little Hells Canyon lodging about
halfway through the trip.
I can hardly wait for the guests on motorcycles to start arriving.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 by
We've been receiving quite a few inquiries at our Joseph bed and
breakfast from guests about Forest Road 39
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. Forest Road 39 is also known as
the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road and is the central portion of the
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. It connects the eastern part of
the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway around Idaho and Halfway, Oregon,
with the Wallowa Valley portion of the Byway.
The office with the most current information
this road is the Wallowa-Whitman...Read More
Sunday, May 10, 2009 by
just never know what people will do when making an Eastern Oregon
vacation. Our bed and breakfast sign and bronze deer out on
Main Street are important ways for our guests to find
us. And drop-in guests certainly wouldn't know we're here
without our sign. The bronze deer encourages drivers to slow
down since its so life-like.
We recently hosted a couple that dropped in on our bed and
breakfast without making a reservation (a "friendly drive-by" is
the term we've come to use)....Read More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 by
We recently hosted a guest who was looking forward to driving along
the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
between Joseph and Halfway. Unfortunately, I was faced with
the task of informing the guest as he made his reservation that
this road typically doesn't completely open up until early to
mid-May, weather depending.
But, he was bent on making this a Hells Canyon vacation and making
us one of his Hells Canyon lodging destination. So here he
came. . .
He did, however, drive out of Joseph Oregon along...Read More