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 specifically address an issue raised by a guest in a review on TripAdvisor about our Eastern Oregon bed and breakfast. The guest wrote:
[T]he WI-FI is too fussy. The coverage is spotty and the need to log on for each session is annoying. Also, there is insufficient capacity to watch the news or a movie. Since there is no TV at this location, better Internet access would be appreciated.
We originally installed a very secure login process to ensure that neither guests nor innkeepers would get hacked, nor would we be vulnerable to someone pulling up in our parking area, hopping on our wireless, and downloading inappropriate information. But times have changed. In response, we've now changed our security settings so that the guest uses one password one time only to cover all "sessions" here at our Wallowa Lake lodging. The internal changes made to our signal routing have increased our download speed by about a factor of four. And we are reevaluating the position of our router to maximize performance throughout the property (which is already very good inside the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast building).
One thing about living in a very rural location is that internet access isn't the quite same as it is in more populated communities. Could we have DSL? Not currently. Cable modem? Not available. And probably won't be in the foreseeable future. Our internet signal is entirely wireless--including how it is delivered to and leaves the property. We met the criticism head on and look forward to this guest returning (the guest also indicated that it wouldn't be the last visit to the Bronze Antler). We want to demonstrate that we take constructive suggestions seriously.
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 thrilled they included a scene from the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts (3:58), our juried fine art show that takes place every first weekend of June here in Joseph Oregon. And there are scenes from Hells Canyon Mule Days (3:04) that takes place every weekend after Labor Day in September in Enterprise Oregon (the weekend after the first Monday of September). You'll even have quick view of one of your Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast innkeepers in the introduction (0:57)--it's amazing what sorts of things I get roped into doing for our area!
You'll find other posts on our Bronze Antler blog about things you can see along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway--just type "Hells Canyon" (without the quotes) in the blog's search box and a whole list of them will appear. This image is of Harle Butte, one of the historic staffed fire lookouts along the rim of Hells Canyon. It's at the end of a dirt road leading from the byway and a fabulous view (recommended for trucks and other higher clearance vehicles).
Just a reminder: the center section of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (Forest Road 39 or the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road) is seasonal--it usually closes in early November and doesn't open again until May or June depending upon snowpack. If you're planning to drive the entire Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, check in with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Office at (541) 426-4978 or 426-5546 or by visiting their website
And be sure to call us to see about your Hells Canyon lodging while you're on your trip. Our phone is (541) 432-0230 or visit our website for more information.
See you along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway!
Okay, 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 if you're serious. We also provide a washing area and hose for touching up your car before the Show and Shine.
Call us at (541) 432-0230 or book online via our website today!
If 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 to order some tickets and win this beautiful quilt to give as a present to that man who has everything. . .
We're all sold out of lodging here at our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast but we're happy to refer you to other area Oregon bed and breakfasts of the Oregon B&B Guild. Click here for the other inspected and approved OBBG inns. And don't forget your raffle tickets!
The 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 following their storyline.
How: Book your reservation today through Alegre Travel at (800) 323-7330 or (541) 963-9000. Don't delay as this event sells out quickly.
Robbers have done this heist once before--the train travels through remote, roadless area along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers, making it a perfect location to hold up the train and made a getaway before the sheriff arrives.
Once the robbers have made off with their loot and the train is safely back in the station, continue your Eastern Oregon vacation with a stay near Wallowa Lake at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph Oregon. No train robbers here but we do have our share of excitement. See you in Eastern Oregon!
Yahoo! 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 right along the river through mainly roadless areas. Basalt cliffs and forested ridges are part of the view, plus wildlife and the beautiful rushing waters.
Ready to book your Mother's Day Brunch trip? Contact Alegre Travel for reservations at 800-323-7330. This trip often sells out so don't delay.
And to make your Mother's Day trip really special, treat her to a stay at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph, Oregon at the conclusion of your train trip. Our romantic lodging might be just the thing for her with three rooms and one over-the-top suite to choose among. Joseph Oregon hotels (if there were any) would be hard pressed to compete! Visit our website or call us at (866) 520-9769 and let us help you show Mom a weekend to remember.
BAKER — Downed trees block many trails in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest because of last’s year’s heavy snowfall and strong winds.
Forest trail crews and volunteers are working in priority areas but late snow and high creek crossings have made some trails difficult to access.
Many lower elevation trails in the Elkhorn Mountains are now free of snow, however blow-down from winter storms remains on several trails.
Visitors should use caution while traveling on unmaintained trails. Many high lakes are partially frozen and several trails remain snow-covered.
To check the most up-to-date trail conditions, visit the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman.
No 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 this eagle all plumped up keeping his toes warm--kinda like a penguin. Not a bad idea as it was below freezing!
Heather shot a little video about two miles short of the confluence.
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 Mountain and the Eagle Cap Wilderness. With our recent snowfall and winter-like temperatures, you'll get a taste of winter in the Wallowas ahead of schedule.
We haven't set a price yet for dinner but it will be reasonable. Pacific Northwest wines are available in our cellar or bring your own (and no corkage fee).
Plus, you'll be positioned for starting your holiday shopping on Friday with Jingle through Joseph events at various downtown Joseph Oregon shops and boutiques!
Skip the Joseph Oregon hotels (there aren't any anyway) and stay with us at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.
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 we opened the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast and it's only taken me 10 years to get it!
It might not excite you, but the beauty of this baby is that is has a gas top and two electric ovens--the best of both worlds. And it fit in the bed and breakfast kitchen without getting out my Sawzall!
Having the ability to quickly control the temperature on the range with the gas is awesome! I tried it out Thursday night with lamb chops. They were seasoned only with salt and pepper and seared in the skillet, then rested in the oven while I made a reduction sauce. I sweated some shallots and threw in some small crimini mushrooms with a little butter, and added a cup and a half of exquisite $3.95/bottle Merlot. Once the liquid reduced to about half, I added a couple of tablespoons of butter.
While the sauce was reducing, I boiled up a big pot of water and cooked rice noodles. I then pan-fried them with scallions and tamari.
Heather & I had a very delicious dinner. We were so excited with the new stove that we forgot to take photographs of the stove in action or of our dinner before we ate it.
Now we're ready for the Eastern Oregon vacation season. C'mon guests!