Vali'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!
Videos and other materials are just starting to roll out about
the Seven Wonders of Oregon, a new campaign hosted by Travel Oregon
to introduce some remarkable places in our gorgeous state.
The Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon and the surrounding
area were lucky (and naturally) chosen to be one of those.
Here's Travel Oregon's video about the Wallowas. She's
not named, but our friend Alice is the rider seen in the
Great teaser footage for the town of Joseph Oregon too!
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...
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...
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...
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
So here we are, nearing the end of December 2013, and...
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!
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...
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.
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...
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
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,
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...
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
Here's another great wedding venue that keeps a website with
plenty of great photos and information for wedding planning out
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
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
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...
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:
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...
Now that it's summer are you thinking about cooler weather?
How about taking the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day at
Wallowa Lake? Brave souls from Joseph Oregon and surrounding
areas--plus anyone else who happens to be in town--are always
invited. Here's a quick video from the 2012 Polar Bear
Plunge. Enjoy! And if you'll need a really hot shower
afterwards, there's always plenty of hot water at the Bronze Antler
Bed and Breakfast.