Picture Perfect Landing at the Joseph State Airport

We're wrapping up the Bronze Blues & Brews Festival 2012 here in Joseph Oregon.  Two sets of guests flew themselves & their spouses to Joseph State Airport (also knows as KJSY) in their private aircraft.  We were fortunate enough that one guest, Ken, took a short video on his phone of Chris making a picture perfect landing on Saturday morning before the festival started..  

Joseph State Airport was renovated within the last couple of years and has new paving on the taxiway and the parking skirt. ...

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Two Nights Lodging in Joseph Oregon in August 2012

Ferguson Ridge Room at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph Oregon offers many of the same amenities as fine hotelsAre you looking for two nights of lodging in Joseph Oregon during August 2012?  If you're looking for something prior to August 25, we still have two nights available in the Ferguson Ridge Room for August 8 and 9 (Wednesday and Thursday nights).  Skip the Joseph Oregon hotels (as there aren't any anyway).  Plus the Ferguson Ridge Room is equipped as well or better than many hotel rooms.  Included are:

  • air conditioning
  • complimentary Wi-Fi
  • fine linens over a 3" thick latex foam topper (very...
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2012: Is the road from Joseph to Halfway Oregon open?

Photo of bikers along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway courtesy of HellsCanyonByway.comIt always amazes me how much people rely on our little Hells Canyon lodging for information about the road between Joseph Oregon and Halfway Oregon.  Everytime I look at the Google Analytics for the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast blog, I can see how often blog posts about this subject are searched for and read.  Forget the "Joseph Oregon hotels" or the "Wallowa Lake hotel" search--seems like everyone wants to know if the road is open!!!

So, here's what's going on in 2012 for Forest Road 39...

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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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Zoho Music and our Hells Canyon Lodging

It's been two years since Joachim Becker last visited our Hells Canyon lodging. Last time, the president of New York-based Zoho Music made us a gift of Zoho Music's upcoming release, Tribute to J.J. Cale.  And just like last time, Joachim's stay was too short!  We'd love for him to have the opportunity to drive the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway or take a run up to Hat Point for the incredible view.

Zoho Music Celebrando with Hendrik Meurkens Gabriel Espinosa Anat Cohen and Antonio SanchezBut he did leave us with another parting gift.  Zoho Music's 100th CD release is Hendrik Meurkens and...

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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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We are proud to be a doily-free lodging alternative!

Proud to be Doily Free! Cast your vote at BetterWayToStay.comAll this kerfluffle about doiles.  We've been lambasted with unsolicited emails from the "Crochet for a New Day" Super PAC suggesting we should join the ranks of bed and breakfast inns supporting the motto of "A doily on every nightstand."

And we've seen our share of the opposing "Liberate our Furniture" Super PAC emails urging bed and breakfasts to "eliminate doilies from every bureau in the country."


Well, we've taken our stand.  Here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast we've had too many...

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A Special Order Breakfast To Be Proud Of

Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut OatsIt's not often that we get a special request for breakfast. Our typical rotation of "sweet" breakfast one day and "savory" breakfast the next satisfies the majority of our guests.  But every now and then a repeat guest asks for something special on the menu.  Since it was his birthday and there were no other guests scheduled into our bed and breakfast that morning we were happy to honor the request (of course, his wife was more than happy with the breakfast we'd planned).

And what was it the...

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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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African Drumming on 4/13/12 at Lears in Enterprise Oregon

African Drumming at Lears Restaurant in Enterprise, Wallowa County, OregonThe last African Drumming session of the 2011-2012 winter season takes place at Lear's Irish Pub (I know it sounds a little corny--African Drums & Irish Pub) on Friday, April 13, 2012.  Starts at 7 pm.  A good time to get out and dance and shake off the last of the winter blues!

We take African drumming seriously out here in Eastern Oregon.  This group meets regularly and then performs on occasion at Lears.  A not to be missed event!

If you plan to drop in for the drumming you'll need somewhere...

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Backcountry Ski in the Wallowas of Eastern Oregon

The Wallowa Mountains are picture perfect for backcountry skiing. One of the local outfitters running trips is Wallowa Alpine Huts.  I just couldn't resist this video from their "WAH TV" channel on YouTube.  Fantastic conditions, great skiers--you'll notice no one is skiing in anyone else's tracks.  And where are the crowds?  None.

Early Spring is still time for great skiing.  If you need one more dose of a snowy Eastern Oregon vacation, check out Wallowa Alpine Huts, or check our other blog...

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Bridal Show Like A Pro in Northeastern Oregon

Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers at the NE Oregon Bridal Show in LaGrande OregonBill & I spent St Patrick's Day this year at the Northeast Oregon Bridal Show in LaGrande, Oregon.  What a fun event--it's our second year participating.

Everyone was there.  Vendors with bridal party attire, wedding rings, DJs, wedding cakes, fine chocolates, even turtle doves!  Our booth showcased our romantic getaway Oregon style with two computer screens displaying images of our Joseph Oregon lodging.  Bill wore one of his Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast dress shirts.  I decided to dress up for...

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Jingle Thru Joseph 2011 Promises to Delight

Swiss Rose Engine 18 Karat White and Yellow Gold Pendant Designed and Executed by Stewart JonesHere's another good reason to visit North Eastern Oregon in December: Jingle Thru Joseph is the signature event for Joseph OR holiday shopping and entertainment.

It all starts on Saturday, November 26th, with a Light Parade at 5 pm (well after sundown) on Main Street in Joseph Oregon.  All the entries are lighted--ranging from horses & wagons to the lady in the oversized martini glass encouraging holiday sobriety (you just never know what'll show up in the Light Parade).

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Spend "Black Friday" in Joseph Oregon!

Calderas Restaurant Gift Shop and Art Gallery in Joseph OregonIf you're contemplating the crush of crowds at the local mall on the day after Thanksgiving, we have a better suggestion. . .spend Black Friday in Joseph Oregon!  There won't be the crush and the shopping opportunities are much better and very personable.

One of our favorite restaurants--Calderas--is also an art gallery and upscale gift shop.  For  Black Friday 2011, Calderas is hosting the "Eat & Shop Till You Drop" Event.  From 11 am to 8 pm on Friday, November 25th, Calderas will feature 15%...Read More

Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa on October 1, 2011

We're already getting into fall in Eastern Oregon which means it's time for the 15th Annual Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa.  The 2011 event gets underway with the art show and auction from noon to 4 pm at the Wallowa Lake Lodge (the historic Wallowa Lake hotel), followed by dinner and a program at 6 pm in the hotel's dining room.  The show & auction are free to the public and the dinner & program are $45 per person.

As in many years, artwork by Native American artist George Flett will be...Read More

SCUBA Diving at Wallowa Lake is a Rather Chilly Proposition

Bluesman diver from LaGrande Oregon as seen on the Northwest Dive Club website with his impressions of diving at Wallowa Lake in NE OregonWe don't get many scuba divers or snorkelers at Wallowa Lake--I'm guessing it's because the water is so cold (even in summer) and the lake is at elevation (4400 feet above sea level).  However, a local (LaGrande, OR) diver with the moniker "Bluesman" posted a couple of years ago about diving at Wallowa Lake on the Northwest Dive Club website.

I especially like his comment about Wally.  Doesn't every lake have its own sea monster?  Rumor has it that the locals used to sacrifice a virgin to Wally...Read More

Labor Day Weekend in Northeastern Oregon

It's nearly time for Labor Day Weekend and the last hurrah of summer.  If you're thinking about a Joseph Oregon vacation, now is the time to plan if you'd still like to take advantage of the widest availability of things to see and do at Wallowa Lake and Joseph Oregon.

Vali's Alpine Restaurant at Wallowa Lake Oregon is open for dinner from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend from Wednesday through SaturdayVali's Alpine Restaurant closes after Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.  If you haven't had the chance yet to have dinner with Maggie and Michael and Dionne then you'd best book your reservation soon!  They offer only one entree choice...Read More

What's cooking at Calderas--food and entertainment for August 2011

Calderas Restaurant in Joseph OROne of our favorite Joseph Oregon restaurants is Calderas.   They're attracting quite a bit of attention including recent mentions in Sunset Magazine. 

The owners recently provided this update:

"This Saturday, August 13th Calderas will be closed due to the Bronze, Blues & Brews Festival in Joseph.  We hope this does not create an inconvieneince for any of you.  We will be open from 2-9:30pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday & Monday so be sure to come see us then.
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Last Minute Lodging for the Bronze Blues and Brews Festival in Joseph OR

Joseph OR blues festival in August 2011
Okay you last minute procrastinators or you folks that just discovered the Bronze, Brews and Blues Festival in Joseph, OR.  We now have the Ferguson Ridge Room available for Friday and Saturday nights, August 12 & 13, 2011 here at our Joseph Oregon lodging.

The Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast is only one town-sized block from Joseph City Park, site of the annual Bronze, Blues & Brews festival.  Perfect walking distance to the event.  No standing in lines for the blue port-a-potties either.

Ferguson Ridge Room at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph OR near the Joseph blues festivalThe...Read More

Things to do at Wallowa Lake: Ride the Tramway and Feed the Squirrels

Heather and a pal at the Royal Purple Overlook on Mt. Howard in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa MountainsHere's something to do at Wallowa Lake:  ride up the Wallowa Lake Tramway and feed the squirrels (oops, did I say that?).  Or ride up the Wallowa Lake Tramway and enjoy the views!  The Wallowa Lake Tramway is open (weather permitting) every day through the first weekend of October 2011.

And there's a lot to see from there!  Views over the Wallowa Valley, views to the Seven Devil Mountains in Idaho past Hells Canyon, views into the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

It's a great way to see nature without...Read More