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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More customer service than a Wallowa Lake hotel

Delightful photo of duct tape courtesy of Tillerman at the Proper Course blogHere at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast we make it a point to go out of our way with customer service.  I was recently reminded when glancing through the journal in the Chief Joseph Mountain Room.  (Each guestroom has its own room journal where guests often leave comments, poetry, sketches, etc., from their stay here near Wallowa Lake.)

An entry from September 2011:

Heather & Bill -- You are such great hosts that the Bronze Antler has sky-rocketed to the top of our all-time B&Bs. . .and that's... Read More

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).

Many of the stores on...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

Labor Day Weekend 2011 last minute availability

Eastern Oregon getaway on Labor Day WeekendOkay, Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, here's your chance to make it up.  We have last minute availability for Friday through Sunday nights, September 2, 3 & 4, 2011, in the Mirror Lake Suite here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph Oregon. 

This isn't just any old guestroom.  If you're thinking "romantic getaway Oregon" or perhaps "Wallowa Lake hotel" then you'll definitely want to follow the link and check out this room. 

And since it's so last minute, we'll offer a 10% discount with...Read More

Wallowa Lake and the Wallowa Mountain Country from Joe's Point of View

Here's a wonderful video of stills shot by one of our favorite Wallowa County photographers, Joe Whittle.  Just bumped into this today and couldn't wait to share it through our blog.  Joe really captures the spirit of what it's like to be here in this Eastern Oregon wonderland.  Worth the view--and the music's good too.

Even autumn and winter can be a great time for vacationing in the Wallowas.  When you're looking for the Wallowa Lake hotel, don't forget to look about 5 miles down the road in...
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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

Hiking in the Wallowa Mountains

Maxwell Lake in the High Wallowa Mountains from the Lostine River Road. This year Maxwell Lake was still snowed in during July.Summer 2011 is going down as the year of late hiking in the Wallowa Mountains.  Seems like the late snows are affecting quite a few of the trails.  Last week one of our guests changed her plans about hiking to Ice Lake because the bridge was removed and the Wallowa River is too high for comfortable fording.  The week before that some of our guests hiked to Maxwell Lake, only to discover that it's still snowed in--and it's almost August!

I was reminded of this when I read this article at the East... Read More

Things to do at Wallowa Lake: Wallowa Lake Marina

Wallowa Lake Marina as photographed by Stephanie D on Yelp.comThe Wallowa Lake Marina supplies just one of the many things to do at Wallowa Lake in Northeastern Oregon.  Rent a motorboat, a paddle boat, canoe, kayak, rowboat, or the 21 foot pontoon boat!

Stephanie D. from Sacramento, CA, recently reviewed the Wallowa Lake Marina on Yelp! and had this to say: 

Wallowa Lake is a beautiful destination in North Eastern Oregon. The marina provides visitors with canoe, motorboat, kayak, rowboat, party boats, and paddleboats for reasonable prices. You can also... 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

Oregon Highway 39 or Forest Road 39 will be repaired!

A view of the Seven Devil Mountains from the Hat Point Road east of Imnaha Oregon. This road is accessible from the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway.News you can use from the Wallowa County Chieftain!

The center section of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (aka Forest Road 39 or sometimes incorrectly called Oregon Highway 39) in Northeastern Oregon will be repaired sometime starting in August 2011.  The road is currently open but there are small sections that are gravel only--the repairs made in summer 2010 after the road was damaged during the 2010 spring runoff.  Next month that will change (finally!).

The 13 sections that will be paved are...Read More

Artists in our Bed and Breakfast

Raku by Dave and Boni DealYou just never know who's coming through the door when you own a bed and breakfast.  We often have artists stay with us when they're visiting Wallowa County and Joseph Oregon.

We recently hosted raku potter Boni Deal and her daughter Sarah for a mother-daughter Eastern Oregon vacation.   Sarah's leaving soon for 2+ years in Africa to teach elementary school-aged children.

We supplied Boni and Sarah with names of local potters they might visit including:
Jim and Anne Shelly of FireWorks Clay Art
T...Read More

AAA 3 diamond lodging in Joseph Oregon

Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast the only 3 diamond approved AAA lodging in Joseph Oregon and Wallowa Lake OregonAre you looking for the only AAA 3 Diamond rated lodging in Joseph Oregon or at Wallowa Lake?  You've found it right here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast!   We've been sitting on this information for about a month, waiting for our official recognition plaque and outdoor signage but we just can't stand it anymore!

The road to becoming a AAA 3 Diamond property is not for those who want instant gratification.  Once you've made the decision you'd like to be considered by AAA, then you must apply,...Read More

Educational Vacation in the Homeland of the Chief Joseph Band of the Nez Perce

Nez Perce Homeland Project and Tamkaliks Site near Wallowa Oregon

There's the lovely Travel Guide to Oregon Indian Country, a beautiful travel guide put together by Travel Oregon and the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon.  But here in the Wallowa Country, we think that one tribe is missing from this publication.  The Nez Perce tribe is a federally recognized tribe in Idaho but not Oregon.  Yet, there is much Nez Perce history and influence in this northeastern corner of the state.

The Chief Joseph Band of the Nez Perce call this area home.  Visit here...Read More

Lazuli Bunting Makes His Appearance in Eastern Oregon

Lazuli Bunting image copyrighted by Tom Munson as seen on the Idaho Fish & Game websiteI have to say that I saw the bird before she did.  Here we are in mid-June and we saw our first male Lazuli Bunting at the feeder.  Haven't seen any females yet but they're not as dramatic as the males.

This is our first sighting of this bird since we started keeping track of what birds are coming to the feeder.  He seems to prefer the cracked corn mix to the sunflower seeds.

What a gorgeous blue color against the backdrop of snow on the Wallowa Mountains!

If part of your romantic getaway Oregon...Read More

Early Morning Photography in Eastern Oregon

This last week one of our guests disappeared about 5:15 a.m.  Bill just happened to be up and heard the front door close, then noticed that one of the guest cars was missing from the bed and breakfast parking area.

Breakfast at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph Oregon Eastern Oregon. Photo by Unique Angles PhotographyRenee Bryant, our guest, was out in search of the elusive morning light.  Renee is a naturalist photographer and has put together a wonderful website of her images.  You'll find it at  Lovely images of landscapes, nature up close, flowers and other images.  You can...Read More

A getaway for parents of young children

Relax a little and read a book in the Mirror Lake Suite at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph, OR. A perfect getaway for parents of young children.We all know the look--dragging, dark circles under the eyes, somewhat sleep deprived--parents of young children sometimes need a break.  Thank goodness for two things:  Grandparents and the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast

We recently hosted a Pacific NW couple who were conveniently able to drop off the kiddos with the doting grandparents.  They made their way to Eastern Oregon without a specific destination or reservation, perhaps thinking they'd find some Joseph Oregon hotels or maybe a Wallowa...Read More

Is the road open between Joseph Oregon and Halfway?

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Wallowa Mountain Loop Road between Joseph Oregon and Halfway Oregon is not yet open for the seasonSeems like every spring people start searching, wanting to know if the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway road between Joseph and Halfway is open.  Here we are after Easter 2011 and it's not yet open for the season--sometime in May is more like it.  This road is not plowed so the opening date is (among other things) weather dependent.

In late Spring 2010 the road suffered major damagein a few places from spring runoff.  The roadbed was repaired by Fall 2010 but not paved in those damaged places....Read More

Updating our Wine List

Medtrina wine is good for a picnic at Wallowa Lake. You'll find it in our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast wine cellar.It's springtime in Eastern Oregon which means it's time to update the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast wine list and get ready for the summer visitors to Joseph Oregon.

We've added quite a few new wines to our cellar this past year and retired a few as our guests enjoyed them.  In your guestroom now you'll find our newly prepared list, featuring wines from Sokol Blosser, Argyle and Lange Estate Vineyards to name a few from Oregon.  There are also some very nice wines from L'Ecole No. 41 and Zerba...Read More