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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Another Wedding Venue Suggestion for Wallowa Lake and Joseph Oregon Area

Wallowa Buddhist Temple near Joseph OregonLately I've been offering ideas about where to hold your wedding at Wallowa Lake or Joseph, Oregon.   There are some new venues as well as some established locations that you can read about in previous blog posts on the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast blog.  Here's another one I haven't mentioned previously.

The Wallowa Buddhist Temple is located outside of Joseph, OR, on a rural 5-acre property near Hurricane Creek.  Set back amidst the pine and aspen trees in the Wallowa Mountain foothills, the...

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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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And He Doesn't Do Dogs and Ducks!

"Harvest" 2012 bronze sculpture by Patrick BlytheOne of the really great things about owning a bed & breakfast in Joseph Oregon is meeting artists.  With so many artistic bronze foundries in the area plus drop dead gorgeous scenery, they like coming to Eastern Oregon to work. And we love it when they choose to stay at our Joseph bed and breakfast

This morning Patrick Blythe was at the breakfast table.  Patrick is a glass and (more recently) bronze sculptor, turning out beautiful abstract works from his solar-powered studio in the California...

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A New Wedding Venue in Joseph Oregon / Wallowa Lake Area

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph Oregon is a perfect wedding venueWinter seems to be the time that many brides are planning their upcoming weddings.  We have a new venue available right here in Joseph Oregon: the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture.  This building is located right on Main Street at the north end of Joseph (on the way to Enterprise), about a 10 minute drive from Wallowa Lake.  

Yes, it has a lot of angles to the roof line, which makes for some interesting spaces inside.  Big wedding? Go for the Gold Gallery on the main floor (seats up to...

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2013 Ideas for planning your wedding at Wallowa Lake or Joseph Oregon

A springtime view of Chief Joseph Mountain from the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph Oregon. The Mt Joseph Ranch lies at the foot of this mountain in the upper Wallowa Valley.Back in March 2010 I wrote a blog post about planning your wedding in Joseph Oregon or at Wallowa Lake (you can read that post in full here.  It's amazing how many people have read that post!  Nancy's blue barn and the Wallowa Lake Tramway are still very nice locations for a Wallowa Couny Wedding and we've hosted guests who've participated in weddings in these venues..

Here's another great wedding venue that keeps a website with plenty of great photos and information for wedding planning out here...

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Amenity Not Provided - Screaming Meanie

Ferguson Ridge Room bath at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph OR is comparable to any Joseph Oregon hotels or Wallowa Lake hotel bathOne thing guests here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast often comment about is the attention to detail found at our Joseph Oregon lodging.  When you check in you'll find pretty much everything you'll need from high end toiletries, comfy spa robes and slippers, a blow dryer, magnifying make up mirror, corkscrew and hand-painted wine glasses, to more items we won't mention here (except for the rubber ducky and the bubble bath).

But the one thing you definitely will never find at our...

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Reserve Now for Your New Years Eve Celebration!

The Alibis Band is based in LaGrande Oregon and plays original Americana, rock and bluesLooking for something to do on New Year's Eve?  Here's a great feel good idea. . .

New Year's Eve in Wallowa County, Oregon, just got kicked up a notch. The Alibis will be performing New Year's Eve at the AAUW New Year's Eve fundraiser party!   For the 2012-2013 New Year the party's happening at the Elks Club in Enterprise, Oregon--only a 10 minute drive away from the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.

Details are still unfolding, but there will be food, a cash bar and plenty of great dancing music. ...

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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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Where to find the best Joseph Oregon weather report

Want to know where to find the best Joseph Oregon weather report?  It's the same one we use nearly every day here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast and you'll find it at josephoregonweather.com  

A view to the south from the Joseph Oregon Weathercam showing Mounts Howard, Bonneville & JosephWhy is it so special?  Because you'll not only find the current weather and the five day forecast, but you'll also get two live webcam feeds that give you a view of what's happening to the south (looking toward Wallowa Lake and Chief Joseph Mountain) and to the west (looking farther away at the...

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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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The Best Buffalo You've Ever Seen or Your Money Back

View of Stangel buffalo on the hillside of Oregon Highway 3 with the Wallowa Mountains in the background. Here at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph Oregon we send our guests out for all sorts of wildlife viewing opportunities.Well, I'm not quite sure how you'd get your money back from these buffalo as the viewing is free--but aren't they the best buffalo you've ever seen?  Joseph Oregon resident Mark Lacey recently posted this gorgeous photo to his Facebook account and I couldn't help but share.  When you visit Wallowa County in Eastern Oregon in the spring you might just see buffalo up on "the North Highway" (aka Oregon Highway 3 north of Enterprise, Oregon).

It's quite a sight to see these buffalo that are part of...

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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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If You Don't Try Mountain Biking on Mt Howard, You'll Hate Yourself Later

Mount Howard rises up at the southern end of Wallowa Lake in Northeastern Oregon.  From Memorial Day through the end of September each year, the Wallowa Lake Tramway whisks you and your mountain bike up to the top (over 8,000 feet) for the beginning of your ride.

Here's a recently posted YouTube video of a mountain biker with a chest cam taking you on his trip down the back side of Mount Howard.  The video was taken in September 2010 and posted by Gonkolater in April 2012:  

 

 

Planning your Joseph...

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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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Train Robbery Tips: Book Your Train Robbery Now!

Elgin Stampeders plan to rob the Eagle Cap Excursion Train in June 2012 in Northeastern OregonThe 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...

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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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Joseph Oregon Car Show 2012 Reasons to Stay at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast

Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Show in Joseph Oregon second weekend in JuneBefore you know it the Joseph Oregon Car Show aka "Oregon Mountain Cruise" will be here for 2012.  It's always the second weekend in June here in Joseph Oregon.

Here are the top reasons to book your room now at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast:   

  1. We still have availability!  The Chief Joseph Mountain Room is still open for Friday & Saturday nights, June 8 & 9, 2012.  Pretty unusual. Book here.
  2. Our Joseph bed and breakfast is located right on Main Street one block walking distance to the Oregon...
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