In Good Company

 

What a nice surprise this morning!  I opened up the email and discovered that the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast, along with another Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast--Creekside Country Haven--and the 1910 Historic Enterprise House Bed and Breakfast in Enterprise Oregon, have all received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

(Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance. . . .)

Here's a little bit of background about how TripAdvisor decides which lodging will receive this annual award...

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Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend in our Destination Art Town

Antique Swiss Rose Engine at Stewart Jones Designs on Main Street in Joseph OregonMother's Day 2014 is just around the corner and the art galleries of Joseph Oregon are ready to host another fabulous event!  The 7th Annual Joseph Art Walk for Mother's Day Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 & 11, 2014.  

The Art Walk hours are Saturday from 3 pm to 7 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.  You'll have opportunities to meet many of the artists who are represented by the galleries along Main Street, see artist demonstrations and new works of art, and all while enjoying...

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What Will You Have on Fridays at Vali's Alpine Restaurant?

Hungarian Hunters Platter at Valis Alpine Restaurant in Wallowa Lake Oregon with three juicy grilled sausages, Hungarian pickled cabbage salad and crispy garlic herb potatoesVali's Alpine Restaurant at Wallowa Lake will open soon for its 2014 season.  Just like 2013, Michael and Dionne Vali have decided to mix it up a bit in the kitchen and serve a variety of dinners on Friday nights.  But, only one entree per night just as always--don't want to make the front end of the restaurant too liberal.  Michael's mother, Maggie, controls the dining room with a (powderpuff) fist.  One entree per night, Wednesday through Sunday, and Friday nights rotate.  So plan accordingly!

A...

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CNN Travel Recognizes Hells Canyon

Jet Boat on Hells Canyon originally produced by Kyle Hill of the Lewiston TribuneIf you're planning your spring and summer travel schedule, here's a great article from CNN Travel about the tallest, deepest, longest, etc., record-setting places in the United States to visit.  Feature writer Helyn Trickey Bradley has come up with 10 superlative sights for US travel.  Two are in Oregon.  And one is right here in Wallowa County!  She writes:

The Grand Canyon in Arizona may be immense, boasting nearly 277 river miles in length, but for sheer depth, Hells Canyon in eastern Oregon,...

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2014 Frostbite Film Festival in Enterprise OR on Feb 20th

announcement for Backcountry Film Festival Celebrating the Human Powered Experience

Join us here in Wallowa County, Oregon, for the 7th Annual Frostbite Film Festival on Thursday, February 20, 2014!  It's one of the coolest (pun intended) fundraising events for all the wonderful outdoor winter sports here in Northeastern Oregon.  Plus it's a really good time on an odd night.  And Lynne Curry is providing the food!

Who:  Organizers of winter sports in Wallowa County, Oregon (Ski Fergi, Ice Rink, Nordic Club, Wallowa Avalanche Center)

What:  2014 Frostbite Film Festival, this...

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Reserve Your Summer Fishtrap 2014 Rooms and Lodging Right Here Right Now

Summer Fishtrap 2014 at Wallowa Lake Oregon postcard imageAre you attending Summer Fishtrap 2014 at Wallowa Lake, Oregon?  Still trying to decide where in Eastern Oregon to stay for the week?  If you don't want to stay "on campus" in one of the yurts or in the bunkhouse at the Wallowa Lake Camp and Retreat Center (affectionately known to longtime Fishtrappers as the "Methodist Camp") and you're used to staying in nicer bed and breakfasts or hotels when you travel, then allow us to propose a stay at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast nearby in Joseph...

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Winter Things to Do Near Joseph Oregon and Wallowa Lake Include Tunesmith Night

Gregory Rawlins performs at Tunesmith Night at Lear's Main Street Grill in Enterprise Oregon in February 2014People are always wondering whether there's anything to do out here in the Eastern Oregon winter besides enjoy downhill skiing, backcountry skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and other classic wintertime outdoor activities.  Nothing wrong with any of them, but what do you do once it's time to come in at dark?

How about intimate music experiences?  Every second Saturday of the month throughout the winter season, the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance hosts Tunesmith Night, a showcase of original music in...

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Opera Night Fundraiser and Food on Friday, Feb 28th

Benvenuti!

You've got to give Chuck Anderson, our honorable Alpenmeister, some credit for very creative fundraising to support the Oregon Alpenfest celebration.  Even though Alpenfest doesn't happen until late September, he's out here in February with an Opera Night! 

And what do you get?  Opera classics in practically the most remote corner of Oregon, performed by very talented young people, a great dinner, and the opportunity to get out of the house in the middle of winter.  What's better than...

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Winter Things to do Near Joseph Oregon: Visit the Zumwalt Prairie

When most of our guests visit The Nature Conservancy's Zumwalt Prairie Preserve here in Wallowa County, they do it in the spring and summer to see the wildflowers and (hopefully) the raptors, deer, elk, and other wildlife that populate the prairie in warmer times of year.  It's a very photogenic place.

Bill on The Nature Conservancy Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in December 2013The day after Christmas we had no guests in the house, so Bill & I decided to take a drive out to the Zumwalt Prairie to see if we might be able to hike one of The Nature Conservancy's...

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Never Too Early For Wallowa Lake Wedding Planning

Snow on the ground now but summer will be here before you know it!In the depths of winter there are people getting engaged and thinking about a summer wedding at Wallowa Lake or in Joseph Oregon.  How do I know?  Because, when I take a look at the analytics behind our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast blog, there are people searching for terms like "joseph oregon wedding" and people reading blog posts I've written about where to get married near Wallowa Lake or where to get married in Joseph Oregon.

So here we are, nearing the end of December 2013, and...

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Good looking athletic sled dogs in Oregon

Sol Neelman photo for Portland Monthly Magazine Dog Stars of the Eagle Cap Extreme

Wow!  The Portland Monthly Magazine is featuring an article this month on the "Dog Stars of the Eagle Cap Extreme" and what a good looking bunch of athletes they are.  Of course, these are photos of the dogs from the January 2013 event--many of whom will be back for 2014.  The next Eagle Cap Extreme, Oregon's only qualifying sled dog race for both the Alaskan Iditarod and Yukon Quest, will take place in January 2014.

But these dog photos (and the people and scenery in them too) are wonderful. ...

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What is the Closest Airport to Joseph Oregon

Planning to fly to Joseph, Oregon?  If you have your own plane you can land right here at the Joseph State Airport. And we provide complimentary transportation to our Joseph Oregon lodging for our pilot guests so you don't need a courtesy car.

But if you're going to fly commercially, you'll need to think about renting a car once you land.  We're only two hours away from the closest commercial airport in Lewiston, Idaho, but that might not be the least expensive airport depending upon your...

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Luxury Joseph Oregon Car Show Lodging

Still looking for a luxury lodging option during the Joseph Oregon Car Show?  The local car show, also known as the Oregon Mountain Cruise, celebrates 25 years of classic cars on June 7 and 8, 2013.  And have we got the lodging for you!

The Mirror Lake Suite, our romantic getaway Oregon lodging right here in Joseph, is still available.  This room competes against finer regional hotels in terms of style and amenities. And better yet, it's located one block away from downtown Joseph so you...

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Professional Photography at our Eastern Oregon Lodging

Bocce court in the pre-dawn light at our Joseph Oregon lodgingMarcus Berg, owner & professional photographer at Unique Angles Photography, is returning to our Eastern Oregon bed and breakfast in early June to update our portfolio of high quality images.  Sure, we can always capture images on our digital camera or our smartphones and they'll look fine on the Facebook page, but it's also important for the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast to have high quality "dense" images for magazines and other print advertising.

We're excited to have Marcus out with us for a...

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2013 Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Show in Joseph Oregon Turns Silver

This year the Oregon Mountain Cruise celebrates its 25th anniversary.  And here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast we've just confirmed that we still have three rooms open (lucky procrastinators--now's your chance).

If you need any persuading as to why you should choose our Joseph Oregon lodging, here are a few good reasons:

1.  Our lodging provides hotel quality accomodations walking distance to the car show (only one block from downtown Joseph Oregon).

2.  You can spiffy up your car right here...

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Uphill Skiing Anyone? Or Ski Mountaineering in Eastern Oregon?

Wall Street Journal writer Tess Weaver recently wrote about ski mountaineering for the Wall Street Journal (published February 27, 2013), noting that skiing uphill is gaining in popularity around the United States and might even make the 2022 Winter Olympics.

You can find plenty of that kind of activity out here near Joseph Oregon.  And you won't have to worry about purchasing a lift ticket or competing with downhill resort skiers.  The Wallowa Mountains are a tucked away corner of Oregon with...

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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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Rare Little Bunting seen in Joseph Oregon!

Image of retro man with binoculars courtesy of Clipart by Picsburg at http://free.clipartof.com/This morning I took a same-day reservation from a Portland, Oregon-based birder who is coming out today on short notice to see a bird.  Apparently a Little Bunting was found here in Joseph Oregon over the past few days.  Looking at the ABA Birding News, it appears this Siberian bird has only been seen twice in the continental United States, both times in California.  What a great find right here in Eastern Oregon!  For a look at this bird, here's a nice photo from the Surfbirds website. For an...

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