Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (unofficially) Open!

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!

Hat Point in Hells Canyon in summerMy 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

Zoho Music Visits our Hells Canyon Lodging

You just never know who will walk through the door when you own a bed and breakfast.  This week Joachim Becker, president of Zoho Music in New York, graced our little Hells Canyon lodging with his presence.

Zoho Music Tribute to JJ Cale Volume 1: The Vocal SessionsJoachim 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

Pub Talk at Mutiny Brewing Company in Joseph Oregon

Oregon Entrepreneurs NetworkWhat 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 River Expeditions 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

Is Highway 39 Open Yet to Joseph and Enterprise from Halfway Oregon?

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 and typically doesn't open until sometime in May or even June.  It all depends on the snow and how soon it melts.

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New Toy for the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast chef

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.

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...

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Our Joseph bed and breakfast turns 200 (blog posts)

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!

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  • Joseph Oregon and Wallowa County events
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Hells Canyon and Hat Point

Hells Cayon from the Hat Point Lookout near Joseph Oregon. Photo credit HTGuests 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 Lookoutinstead.  The two couples thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the views.  They intend to...Read More

Hat Point Lookout: Not (very) far from our Hells Canyon lodging!

Bill taking in the view of Hells Canyon from the Hat Point Lookout near Joseph OregonThe 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 miles), but the driving time (about 2 hours).

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

October Lodging Specials in Joseph Oregon

Chief Joseph Mountain Room and a view of the Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern OregonFor the rest of this month we're offering our October lodging specials 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

Things to do in Joseph Oregon: Hike the Wallowa Lake Moraines

Hells Canyon Seven Devil Mountains from the East Moraine of Wallowa LakeHere's 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 top. 

The trip back down the...Read More

Literary Events in September in Wallowa County Oregon

Madigan sends:

Fishtrap in Enterprise OregonLiterary 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...

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Hells Canyon Overlook along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

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 Oregon.

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.  The...

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Things to do near Joseph Oregon: Swim in the Blue Hole!

Blue Hole in the Upper Imnaha River near Joseph OregonWondering 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 idea.

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

Observing Literacy at our Joseph bed and breakfast

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 Howard.

The Google Way available at Amazon.comSo here's what they're reading:

The Google Way: How One Company is Revolutionizing...
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Mutiny Brewing Company open in Joseph Oregon!

Mutiny Brewing Company in Joseph ORThe 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 Weekend will have more than fireworks--the beer should be available too!

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

Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild Show in Joseph Oregon

Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild Quilt Show in Joseph OregonIf 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.

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...

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Forest Road 39 is open for the 2009 season!

Madigan sends:

Ride the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway with the windows down 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. ....
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Anxiously waiting for the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway to open. . .

We've been receiving quite a few inquiries at our Joseph bed and breakfast from guests about Forest Road 39 and the 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 about this road is the Wallowa-Whitman...Read More

Comments on an Eastern Oregon vacation

Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast sign on the way to Wallowa Lake. Photo by Uniques Angles PhotographyYou 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

Hells Canyon Lodging (even if the Scenic Byway's not open yet)

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