Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Show in Joseph--and We Have A Room!

Aerial view of Joseph Oregon during the Oregon Mountain Cruise Car ShowWill wonders never cease--the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast now has availability for the Oregon Mountain Cruise car show in Joseph Oregon--June 11-12, 2010. 

And we have no one on the waiting list.  The Chief Joseph Mountain Room can be yours--two night minimum.  Too bad the fellow that called a few days ago didn't want to be on a waiting list.  We'd be calling him tonight!

If you're still looking for the Wallowa Lake hotel or the Joseph Oregon hotels look no further.  The Bronze Antler B&B...Read More

Planning your wedding in Joseph Oregon? Planning your wedding at Wallowa Lake?

Thinking about planning your wedding in Joseph Oregon?  We recently hosted a couple that were doing just that--planning their wedding.  They came with the idea that they wanted to be married here in Wallowa County during March, but that was about as far as they'd planned.

A Wedding on top of Mount Howard near Wallowa Lake with the Eagle Cap WildnernessThey hoped to be married near Wallowa Lake on top of Mt Howard.  A lot of people hold their weddings up there at 8,000' with the glorious Eagle Cap Wilderness in the background.  A lot of people do during the summer, that is....Read More

Signs of Spring in Joseph Oregon and Wallowa County: Calderas Restaurant Announces 2010 Hours

Calderas in Joseph Oregon is one of our favorite places to eat. We send many of our bed and breakfast guests to Calderas for dinner because we know they will come back satisfied.We know it's getting on to Spring in Wallowa County when some of the restaurants come out of their winter hibernation and announce their new operating hours.  Calderas, one of our favorite Joseph Oregon restaurants, will open starting March 18, 2010.

(Calderas was open for a packed house on Valentine's Day.  All four couples staying at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast on February 14th enjoyed a romantic getaway Oregon style dinner at Calderas.  Yum!)

Nancy Lincoln informed us that Calderas...Read More

Wallowa Avalanche Center and Wallowa Mountain Snow Conditions

If you're looking for snow conditions in the Wallowa Mountains then look no further than the new Wallowa Avalanche Center.  This nonprofit organization of local folks fills an important gap of knowledge--there's no official avalanche advisory, forecast or prediction that covers the Wallowa Mountains of Northeastern Oregon.   But the Wallowa Avalanche Center staff and its qualified contributors provide their own observations so you, the winter outdoor adventure person, can make you own decisions...Read More

Our Joseph bed and breakfast turns 200 (blog posts)

We've been steadily blogging about the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast since November 2008.  I stopped to count the number of posts recently and we're now at 212 posts!

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  • Joseph Oregon and what to do in Joseph Oregon
  • Wallowa Lake and what to do at Wallowa Lake
  • Joseph Oregon and Wallowa County events
  • Planning an Eastern Oregon Vacation
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Things to Do near Wallowa Lake in the Winter: Relax!

Wallowa Lake in winter Photo courtesy of Wallowa Lake ResortWhat can you do near Wallowa Lake in the winter?  How about relax a little?  There's really no Wallowa Lake hotel (the lodge is closed for much of the winter), but just 6 miles away is Joseph Oregon and the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast.

And we love our wintertime guests!  The pace is slower.  Any couple booking a reservation at our Joseph Oregon lodging is bound to be the only couple in the house (besides us, of couse).  Lots of privacyBubble bath refilled daily.  Lots of attention from...Read More

Wallowa Lake and Colonial Williamsburg?

Aerial view of the Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg Virginia from websiteWallowa Lake and Colonial Williamsburg?  Eastern Oregon and Virginia?  Isn't that that place to go to learn about America's early history?  Is there a connection?  I wouldn't have thought so.  However, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, VA, holds a piece of art depicting Wallowa Lake.

From the museum's future events webpage:

The Art of Steve Harley


This exhibition showcases the life and work of Steve Harley (1863-1947) who traveled to the Pacific Northwest and was...

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Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa in Joseph Oregon: September 12, 2009

Nez Perce Art in the Wallowas from the Wallowa Band Nez Perce It's time again for the Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa celebration.  The 13th annual event will be held Saturday, September 12, 2009, in Joseph Oregon and at Wallowa Lake.

This is a wonderful art show, reception and auction featuring Nez Perce Indian artists and tribal artists of the Columbia River Plateau.

The event starts with an art show, reception, silent and oral auction from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wallowa Lake Lodge (the historic Wallowa Lake hotel).  This event is free and open to the...Read More

Nora The Piano Cat

Madigan sends:

I have to take a break from my observing literacy program at our bed and breakfast to comment about Nora The Piano Cat.   I'm truly impressed by this cat's command of the keyboard.  And the composer is so clever to capture her enthusiasm for her instrument.


Gee, if they got a piano for me, we might be able to turn this place into a Wallowa Lake hotel with me in the lobby on the keyboard. . .I could serenade the guests in the afternoon when they first arrive on their Eastern Oregon...
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Guest comments from a B&B "virgin"

Ferguson Ridge Room at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast Joseph Oregon lodgingSometimes we have a guest that has never stayed at a bed and breakfast before--we call that guest a "B&B virgin" for short.   Often, it's the husband who is reluctant to stay at a bed and breakfast.  His major concerns:

"The bathroom's down the hall and I have to share it with people I don't know."

"I have to talk at breakfast."

"There's too much lace and there are dolls or teddybears everywhere."

At the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast, each one of our rooms has its own attached, private bath.  There's...

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Observing Literacy in May at our Wallowa Lake lodging

Madigan sends:

The guests are reading about Wallowa Lake again.  Couple of guests had books that talk about Wallowa Lake--not the Wallowa Lake Hotel (there isn't one, but there's the Wallowa Lake Lodge).  I especially like it when they read on the front porch.  It's so cool out there in the afternoons with the light breezes and I can really snoop

The Shack available at Amazon.comThe Shack by William Paul Young.  Story starts at a cabin near Wallowa Lake.

The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest.  Classic by Alvin M....
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Another Sign of Spring: Wallowa Lake Lodge Dining Room Opens

The Wallowa Lake Lodge Dining Room just announced its Spring hours for April and May of 2009.  The lodge is open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8 am to 10 am.  These hours will change starting Memorial Day Weekend when the Wallowa Lake Lodge goes to its full summer hours (not yet announced).

Wallowa Lake Lodge Lobby. Photo courtesy of the Wallowa Lake LodgeWhen we considered moving to Joseph Oregon to open our bed and breakfast, we were struck by the architecture and...Read More

Innkeepers on the Road: Atlanta, Georgia

Bill sends:

Joseph bed and breakfast innkeepers in Atlanta GeorgiaIt's Sunday, March 29th, so it must be Atlanta and the Hyatt Regency.  We are on the 11th floor of a 23-floor building which has a whole lot more rooms than our little four room bed and breakfast near Wallowa Lake.  I wonder how many housekeepers they have?

And there might be more people in this hotel than there are in Wallowa County!  The skyscrapers in Atlanta are a fine view, but I'm already missing the Wallowa Mountains.

An early dinner this evening at Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill... Read More

Walk-ins and Drive-bys

One of the things Bill & I enjoy is pleasing the dickens out of people who least expect it.  This often happens with the guests we call "drive-bys" or "walk-ins"--folks that hadn't seen our website so they didn't know what to expect, or didn't have advance reservations with us and just showed up on the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast doorstep looking for lodging.

Sometimes they're looking for a Wallowa Lake hotel (there's the Lodge and it's often full in summer) or maybe they thought they'd just...

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A Satisfied Guest's Facebook Comments and Suggestions of What to Do in Joseph Oregon During the Winter

Facebook where one can comment upon their travel adventures

It always warms the cockles of our hearts when our guests take the time to tell their friends about their stay at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast.  These guests, H. & D., hadn't stayed in a B&B before.  Somehow we think they'll have problems settling for a hotel or motel after this experience. 

Here are facebook comments from H., our recent guest, talking about her trip to Joseph with her husband, D.  They were similar to many of our guests--a couple from a nearby metro area out for a 2 or...Read More

Wallowa Lake Freezes

Bill sends:

It's been below freezing for a week here now and Wallowa Lake is on the freeze.  Checked it out today and it looks a little thin to play on yet--and no official word--but the ice is starting to thicken rapidly.

Wallowa Delta in Winter photo courtesy of Wallowa Lake Resort

Heather & I went to LaGrande for shopping today and stopped at our favorite little bowling alley bistro for lunch.  When we returned to Joseph Oregon, we decided to pop over to Wallowa Lake and check out the ice.  It was quite spectacular as Joseph was fogged in tight.  But as...

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Enter a Rotary Raffle for Several Project Heartbeat Getaway Trips for Two

Rotary Club of Wallowa CountyBill sends: 

My Rotary Club of Wallowa County invites you to assist us in supporting the purchase of emergency medical equipment for Wallowa County.  This project is a partnership between the American Red Cross and the Rotary Club of Wallowa County, called “Wallowa County Project Heartbeat.”  This equipment, Automated External Defibrillators (also called “AED”) can be used by any trained layperson to assist victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  These victims must receive medical attention within...

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Around Oregon in 5 days and 1,300 miles

My husband, Bill, and I just returned from a meeting of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild board of directors.  I'm currently serving as the state treasurer; Bill is a "retired" board member and came along for the ride.

So, what do innkeepers do when they travel?  Stay at other B&Bs of course!  To the casual observer it may be a little surprising that we think of our B&B as "home" too, but most innkeepers also live in their bed and breakfasts--not the same as a hotel with staff.  Many beautiful...

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What it's like to own a bed and breakfast in Joseph Oregon

We've been innkeeping here in Joseph Oregon since 2001 when we opened the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast.  Joseph is a small, art-oriented town in Northeastern Oregon next to Wallowa Lake and the Wallowa Mountains.  You won't find any Joseph Oregon Hotels here (there are none).  This town features only one motel and a few bed and breakfast lodging establishments.  I hope this blog will give you a feel for what's going on here and what sorts of things innkeepers think about.

Tune in for more!

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