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
Joseph State Airport was renovated within the last couple of
years and has new paving on the taxiway and the parking skirt.
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:
fine linens over a 3" thick latex foam topper (very...
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...
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...
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.
he did leave us with another parting gift. Zoho Music's 100th
CD release is Hendrik Meurkens and...
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.
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
It'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
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...
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...
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...
& 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...
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).
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
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
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
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
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
of our favorite Joseph Oregon restaurants is Calderas. They're
attracting quite a bit of attention including recent mentions in
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.
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.
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