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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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!
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...
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...
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.
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
She and...Read More
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
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
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...
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
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
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
So, last year I resolved to start anObserving Literacy Programand 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.
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
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
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
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
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