Saturday, November 26, 2011 by
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
. (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...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by
another good reason to visit North Eastern Oregon in December:
Jingle Thru Joseph
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
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by
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
Friday, September 2, 2011 by
Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, here's your chance to make it up.
We have last minute availability
through Sunday nights, September 2, 3 & 4, 2011, in
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
check out this room.
And since it's so last minute, we'll offer a 10% discount with...Read More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by
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
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...
Saturday, August 13, 2011 by
don't get many scuba divers or snorkelers at Wallowa Lake--I'm
guessing it's because the water is so cold
in summer) and the lake is at elevation
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
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by
It's nearly time for Labor Day Weekend and the last hurrah of
summer. If you're thinking about a Joseph Oregon vacation,
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
Saturday, July 30, 2011 by
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...
Saturday, July 30, 2011 by
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
Stephanie D. from Sacramento, CA, recently reviewed the Wallowa
Lake Marina on Yelp!
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
Monday, July 25, 2011 by
something to do at Wallowa Lake: ride up the Wallowa Lake Tramway
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
Saturday, July 23, 2011 by
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
Friday, July 8, 2011 by
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
We supplied Boni and Sarah with names of local potters they might
Jim and Anne Shelly of
FireWorks Clay Art
Thursday, January 1, 1970 by
you looking for the only
Diamond rated lodging in Joseph Oregon or at Wallowa Lake?
You've found it right here at the Bronze Antler Bed &
! 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
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
Saturday, June 25, 2011 by
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
Sunday, June 19, 2011 by
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
If part of your romantic getaway Oregon...Read More
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by
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.
Renee 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
Friday, April 29, 2011 by
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:
and the Bronze Antler Bed &
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
Monday, April 25, 2011 by
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
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 damage
in a few places from spring runoff. The roadbed was repaired
by Fall 2010 but not paved in those damaged places....Read More
Sunday, April 24, 2011 by
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
to name a few from Oregon. There
are also some very nice wines from L'Ecole No. 41 and Zerba...Read More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by
don't really think about vineyards and wineries near Wallowa Lake
or Joseph Oregon. We're at 4,200 feet of elevation with a
short growing season (USDA Zone 5), so there isn't much happening
with grape growing up here.Read More
But this week we hosted Tim & Lori Kennedy, owners of
Don Carlo Vineyard in
Milton-Freewater at our Joseph bed and breakfast.
Milton-Freewater is less than two hours drive from
Joseph on the way to Walla Walla, Washington. I'd always
thought of Walla Walla as a big wine...