Who is Inside the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast

There are four of us in addition to Heather that keep the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast up and running strong. 

Bill, Heather's husband, is the primary chef and logistician plus all around handyman.  Bill is a Rotarian and is president-elect fof the Wallowa County Rotary Club #317 (District 5100) for 2009.

Joanna is our stalwart housekeeper--she who keeps everything lovely in the bed and breakfast.

Tiffany is Joanna's daughter and helps out with the housekeeping when she can.  She's a sophomore at Joseph High School and hopes to go to Japan next year as part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program.

Madigan, our resident feline, has her own opinions about how the Bronze Antler should be run.  She drops in her comments on life, guests, the weather, and what it's like to be a bed and breakfast cat.

You'll see comments from each of them listed with "___sends:"
Bill sends:

My contribution to the bed and breakfast revolves around the kitchen.  Heather & I assess the upcoming week's menu, taking into consideration guests with specific food allergies, religious restrictions or preferences.  We serve breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. to give the early-birds a jump on the day.  Those that want to snooze to the last minute can do that too.  We usually alternate our menu from savory dishes to sweet dishes. 

I am surprised at the number of people who typically start the day with little or no breakfast.  But here at the Bronze Antler, I try to give them a full, balanced and tasty experience.
Joanna sends:

My name is Joanna and I have lived in Wallowa County for 6 years.  I have lived all the way from the base of Chief Joseph Mountain to the Imnaha Canyon where I live now.  I enjoy an orchard with Pears, Apples, Cherries, Plums and Apricots.  I also enjoy a healthy Vegetable Garden every year and my Berry and Flower beds grow bigger each year.

The Imnaha Canyon has many species of wildlife including Bears, Cougars, Coyotes, Turkeys, Deer, Elk and Big Horn Sheep for starters.  The Imnaha River usually has 2 Steelhead seasons a year and this year, 2008, had a very good salmon season.

I am happily married to an avid hunter and fisherman.  I have a 16-year old daughter who is preparing to go to Japan for her Junior  year of school and a 13-year old son who plays defensive nose tackle on the Joseph Oregon Junior High School Football team.

I shot my first Buck Deer this year.  A non-typical 3x4 with double eye guards.  He was HUGE!!  I will be back out hunting with my son at the end of November, trying to bring home a Cow Elk.

I have worked at the
Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast for 4 years.  I have been through interesting upgrades to the rooms and the entire construction of the newest add-ons, the Mirror Lake Suiteand the new private den.  Bill and Heather have proven to be fun and relaxed innkeepers and employers.
Tiffany sends:

Hey everyone. My name is Tiffany and I've lived with my Mom in Wallowa County for two years. I am in the 10th grade in Joseph High School and am looking forward to going to Japan in August for Rotary Exchange.

I am currently going into Softball this spring and am making a 4.0 GPA. I've been going to school in Joseph Oregon for almost two years and have made many good friends. I am also currently taking AP classes, Algebra 2 and advanced Art.

Madigan sends:

Every bed and breakfast ought to have a cat and I'm the cat-in-charge around here.  So what that I'm the only cat.  Everyone does my bidding, especially the two that live here full-time. 

She prepares my breakfast, then I spend the morning on the back of the couch.  Later, I'll move to my bed for a late-morning to mid-afternoon nap.  It's so tiring supervising this place!  In the evening, I'll be back on my couch on the cushion.  Unless, there's a guest in the way, then I'll scowl and make smart remarks until they leave.

I enjoy surfing the Internet (I watch over her shoulder).  I'm also thinking about a literary career but haven't pursued it yet.  Something about opposable thumbs and keyboards that just doesn't work that well.

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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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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Hells Canyon Scenic Byway: A Video You Won't Want to Miss

Never traveled on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway?  Here's a really good taste of what you can experience.  The Oregon Department of Transportation film crew came through a little while ago and shot a lot of footage to create this comprehensive video about the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway.  What's nice about this particular video is you'll see the byway in all seasons.


It's a little bit lengthy at 8 minutes, but it really takes that long to see the scenery and some of the sights along the way.  I'm...

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Last minute availability for Car Show Weekend in Joseph Oregon!

Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Show in Joseph Oregon at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains is always the second weekend in JuneOkay, procrastinators, it's your very lucky day!  The Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph OR just had a cancellation in the Mirror Lake Suite for Friday & Saturday nights, June 8 and 9, 2012.  If you are planning to attend the Joseph Oregon car show 2012 (known as the Oregon Mountain Cruise) and you want lodging that's walking distance to your show car, then this is your lucky break!

This top-of-the-line suite rarely comes available during car show weekend.  You'll want to snap it up quickly...

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What the heck is the 2012 WMQG Raffle Quilt and why would I want it?

Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild 2012 raffle quilt with Montana Log Cabin design and silhouetted images of wildlifeIf you're a guy and into wildlife, you might just want the 2012 Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild raffle quilt for your bed or as a blanket on the leather couch in your den.  And the raffle's still on until June 9, 2012 so buy your tickets now!  $1 per ticket or 6 for $5--and you can order them through the mail too.  This year's quilt is a Montana Log Cabin style with black silhouettes of birds, moose, deer, foxes and other wildlife.  Very masculine and very striking.

Gee, might even be a good idea...

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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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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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Hiking in the Wallowa Mountains

Maxwell Lake in the High Wallowa Mountains from the Lostine River Road. This year Maxwell Lake was still snowed in during July.Summer 2011 is going down as the year of late hiking in the Wallowa Mountains.  Seems like the late snows are affecting quite a few of the trails.  Last week one of our guests changed her plans about hiking to Ice Lake because the bridge was removed and the Wallowa River is too high for comfortable fording.  The week before that some of our guests hiked to Maxwell Lake, only to discover that it's still snowed in--and it's almost August!

I was reminded of this when I read this article at the East... Read More

Lazuli Bunting Makes His Appearance in Eastern Oregon

Lazuli Bunting image copyrighted by Tom Munson as seen on the Idaho Fish & Game websiteI have to say that I saw the bird before she did.  Here we are in mid-June and we saw our first male Lazuli Bunting at the feeder.  Haven't seen any females yet but they're not as dramatic as the males.

This is our first sighting of this bird since we started keeping track of what birds are coming to the feeder.  He seems to prefer the cracked corn mix to the sunflower seeds.

What a gorgeous blue color against the backdrop of snow on the Wallowa Mountains!

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Lower Imnaha River in Winter not far from our Joseph Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Bald eagle keeping toes warm in winter along the Imnaha River near Joseph OregonNo guests on the afternoon of January 2, 2011, so Heather & I took off for a lower elevation hike along the Imnaha River.  We hoped to get to the confluence of the Imnaha and the Snake River in Hells Canyon, but got too late of a start (we did serve breakfast this morning).

If you're here for an Eastern Oregon vacation in winter and are tired of snow, then the drive down through Imnaha and on the Dug Bar Road leading to the trailhead at Cow Creek is pretty refreshing.  Plenty of wildlife.  We saw...

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Joseph Oregon for Thanksgiving?

How about Joseph Oregon for Thanksgiving?  Here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast we're planning a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings on Thursday afternoon.  Featured will be heirloom turkeys from Hidden Springs Farm here in our own Wallowa County.

There are four seats left at the dinner table and two rooms available at the inn.  You have your choice of the Chief Joseph Mountain Room or the Mirror Lake Suite.  Both have stunning south-facing views towards snow-covered Chief Joseph...

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Observing Literacy in April

Madigan sends:

Okay, need to get back on my Observing Literacy project.  I observe what books people are reading here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast and tell you about it.  What a cush job for a bed & breakfast cat.

The Losses of Our Lives by Dr. Nancy Copeland-PaytonA few days ago we had these guests.  She said she's an author an' left us some of her books.  The Losses of Our Lives: The Sacred Gifts of Renewal in Everyday Loss by Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton.  She was a pretty nice lady--got a neat website too--www.spiritlistening.com.  She and... Read More

Terminal Gravity Beer Tasting Workshop!

Terminal Gravity Brewing near Joseph OregonGood beer?  Bad beer?  Is it just the taste or are there other things you should be looking for?  Terminal Gravity Brewing is putting on a beer tasting workshop.   Tuesday, April 27th, 5:15 p.m. in the pub.  If you work at Terminal Gravity it's free.  All the rest of us pay $15 each.  If you want more information, call Steve or Shelley at TG at (541) 426-0158.

Many of us grew up with only one beer.  Growing up in the Tri-Cities, mine was Olympia (mainly because of the labels--four dots.  Need I...Read More

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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A cheesy blog post from your favorite Joseph Oregon lodging

Madigan sends:

Okay, this is just too cheesy not to blog about.  it's not just mice that love cheese.  Everyone knows that dogs (ugh) love cheese.  And cats love it too.  She was on my couch again this morning watching a video about Tillamook cheese--that got me interested.  Looks like they're takin' these funny little chopped up VW buses an' dressed 'em up like Baby Loaf Tillamook an' they're drivin' them around the country getting people to sample Tillamook cheese.  Something about a "Loaf... Read More

Slow guest days and maintenance on the private baths

Sawtooth Mountain Room at our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast. The window looks north towards downtown and towards Enterprise. All our upstairs private baths include pedestal sink, Toto toilet and bidet, and a deeper style bath tub with shower fixture.Bill writes: 

Slow guest days gives me an opportunity to do a little maintenance in the private baths of our Joseph bed and breakfast.  Today's mssion was to replace a ceramic cartridge that was causing a leaky faucet.  An easy job for a professional plumber.

After I enlisted Heather's aid, it only took us only an hour.  Heather hanging on one end with a wrench and me applying a little muscle.  What a sight. . .

While up close and personal with the sink, I noticed that it's time to replace the...Read More

Observing Literacy at our Joseph Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Madigan sends:

Observing Literacy at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast Eastern Oregon So, last year I resolved to start an Observing Literacy Program and wrote about the books I observed our bed and breakfast guests reading while staying here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.  It was such a success that I decided to continue it for 2010.

Recent books:

Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound by David Rothenberg
Many World in One by Alex Vilenkin
Conscious Dreaming: A Spiritual Path for Everyday Life by Robert Moss
You Know Your Way Home by Suzanne Jauchins

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Guests at our Joseph Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Madigan sends:

Madigan, official bed and breakfast cat at the Bronze Antler B&B in Joseph OR Well, it's hard to predict just when people are going to show up at the door.  But last night we had guests at our Joseph bed and breakfast.  They weren't here for the Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race (currently underway).  They were just looking for a nice place to stay and get out of the cold.

They really liked me.  How can you not like a bed and breakfast cat?  They have cats of their own at home.  I let them scratch under my chin, and she told them if they were to stick a...Read More

Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race in Joseph OR, Jan 13-16, 2010

Rick Katucki starts at the Eagle Cap Extreme 2009Madigan sends:

Time for another Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race update.  (You understand that a bed and breakfast cat is reluctant to report on these things. . .)

Looks like 12 teams are entered for this Eastern Oregon annual event.  The fun starts with veterinary checks on Wednesday, January 13th.  The race itself starts on Thursday, January 14th, near Joseph Oregon (probably at Ferguson Ridge Ski Area, weather depending).  And the awards banquet and Musher's Ball will be Saturday, January 16th...Read More

Innkeepers searching for Minnie & Mickey

grandkids getting ready for Disneyworld!For a short time in December, the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast staff will become innkeepers searching for Minnie & Mickey.  We're going to Orlando for a family reunion and get a dose of grandkids like the two pictured here.

Madigan's staying home, but she not very fond of cooking breakfast for guests, so we decided to give her some time off too.  We just don't think she'd do complete justice to our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast.  Tuna in the morning can be difficult to stomach!

If you're...Read More