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We are perfectly situated in Joseph, Oregon, to provide you access to a variety of landscapes, scenery, and events. Wallowa Lake, Hell's Canyon, and the Eagle Cap Wilderness are all nearby. Our local chambers of commerce provide information on annual and special events. Here are some links you might enjoy for planning your trip. Be sure to check out our special links at the bottom of this page for wintertime activities:

  • Joseph, Oregon  Our hometown website. Events information, fantastic panoramic views, Joseph's famous Art Walk, the Bronze, Brews and Blues Fest, and the multi-million dollar downtown restoration project.
  • Wallowa Lake  Events calendar, things to do, and the lake of course!
  • Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce  Events calendar, touring information, lodging and dining for Wallowa County.
  • Local news, events, sports, etc., can be found on at least a couple of websites. Check out the on-line version of our county newspaper, the Chieftain, at www.wallowa.com. If you'd like to hear what's going on in Wallowa County and maybe some local musicians, check out our local radio station, KWVR, at www.kwvrradio.com. These sites provide a plethora of information, some useful to our guests and some just downright fun! Visit Eagle Cap Wilderness, the US Forest Service's information page about our beautiful mountains.
  • Artist Studio Tour.  New beginning June 2007, many Joseph area artists are opening their studio spaces for the public to tour.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our local artists in their homes and work spaces.  Please visit www.josephoregonartists.com and click "studio tours" for a complete listing of participating artists.
  • Eagle Cap Excursion Train is one of our newer attractions in Wallowa and Union Counties. The schedule is posted annually on the website and includes trips all the way to Elgin, plus special runs for Easter and Mother's Day, and a dinner train or two. Steelhead fishing trips may be available starting in February on Saturdays during the fishing season. Train enthusiasts should bookmark this site. The train runs along sections of the Wallowa, Minam, and Grande Ronde river canyons that are not easily accessible except by raft. What a trip!
  • Wallowa Lake Tramway is typically open for the season from Memorial Day Weekend until September 30th each year. Take the tram for the view, hiking, mountain biking, feeding the ground squirrels, or refreshment at the Summit Grill (altitude 8400 ft.--Oregon's highest restaurant!).
  • Artistic Bronze Foundries in the area: Bronze in Enterprise offers wonderful foundry tours Monday through Thursday at 10:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., and Fridays by arrangement. Call ahead at 541-426-4595 to arrange your tour. Valley Bronze in Joseph offers comprehensive tours throughout the summer. Call the Valley Bronze Gallery at 541-432-7445 to make a tour reservation. TW Bronze between Joseph and Enterprise offers tours by appointment only. Make your arrangements by calling Kelly's Gallery on Main in Joseph at 541-432-3116.
  • Wallowa Valley Music Alliance  sponsors a Thursday evening courthouse concert series in Enterprise (6 miles away) from June through August annually. During the rest of the year, the “Third Thursday” open house at the Woodshed, WVMA’s home, is a great opportunity to bring your voice or instrument for a drop in jam session. Everything from folk to classical, depending on the mix that evening. Not to be missed.
  • Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area  Information about Hell's Canyon, a short drive away from Joseph.
  • Hell's Canyon Scenic Byway and All-American Road www.byways.org or www.hellscanyonbyway.com . At the National Scenic Byways Program website you can get specific information about driving the Hell's Canyon Scenic Byway from Joseph and order a free map of All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways across the United States.
  • Hell's Canyon Mule Days  Undoubtedly one of the more interesting and entertaining rodeos in the West. If you haven't seen how agile and quick a mule can be then this rodeo is for you--plus local color, great food, and never ceasing entertainment. Mule Days is always in September, the first weekend after Labor Day Weekend.
  • Nez Perce Homeland Project  The non-profit corporation dedicated to telling the story of the Wallowa Band Nez Perce people. Information about the annual Tamkaliks celebration (next to last full weekend in July) and the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center.
  • Eagle Cap Fishing Guides Orvis-endorsed guided fishing trips and shuttle services. Mac writes the outdoors column for the Wallowa County Chieftain newspaper too.
  • Joseph Fly Shoppe Fishing adventures on the Wallowa, Grande Ronde and Snake Rivers, overnight trips, and a wonderful place to shop.
  • Fireworks Pottery Clay Art (www.fireworksclayart.com) Anne and Jim Shelly combine their talents in their pottery studio on Hurricane Creek Road.  Inspired by the shapes of the natural world around them, each handcrafted piece is unique in detail.  This gallery is within a 15 minute drive of the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.
  • Hurricane Creek Llama Treks  Plan in advance for a llama trek into the Wallowas or Hell's Canyon.
  • Rafting trips, etc.Multi-day guided whitewater rafting, fishing, and hunting expeditions are available on the Snake River through Hell's Canyon with Hell's Canyon Whitewater. Single and multi-day guided whitewater rafting and fishing adventures on the Grande Ronde of Northeast Oregon and the Lower Salmon of Idaho are offered with Winding Waters River Expeditions. Both companies are based out of Joseph, Oregon.
  • Hell's Canyon Adventures  Jet boat and float raft adventures down the Snake River rapids through the incredibly scenic and wild Hell's Canyon.
  • Fishtrap holds a major writing symposium annually in July plus a lecture series, Monday night film club, poetry readings and many other literary events. Check out the Fishtrap website for more information or call 541-426-3623. Fishtrap is a non-profit organization promoting clear thinking and good writing in and about the West--and a whole lot more.
  • Wolfe Fleece  "Outerwear, Underwear and Funwear!" You can shop online here or get a taste of Deve Wolfe's wonderful fleece designs. Her items are sewn locally by stay-at-home moms and only recently became available other than in person at her Joseph store.
  • Indigo Gallery Fine Art and Stewart Jones Jewelry Who says you can't have fun in a jewelry shop?  Stewart & Catherine run a truly wonderful gallery representing jewelers and artists from around the world. Stewart's hand-fabricated platinum and gold jewelry is remarkable and worth the visit. Be sure to ask Stewart about the antique Swiss Rose Engine he uses for some of his jewelry.  You can view the gallery's artwork and Stewart's jewelry on their website. Enjoy!
  • Imnaha River Inn Bed & Breakfast  A very special B&B in a remote corner of Wallowa County. You'll have to see it to believe it.
  • Wallowa Mountain Properties Real Estate  A full-service agency specializing in Wallowa County properties. View listings with photographs of Wallowa County homes, businesses, cabins and land. Check out Jeff Baird's incredible panoramic photography.
  • The Eastern Oregon Visitors Association  offers the traveler a wonderful website for planning your entire Eastern Oregon vacation. Use this website for travel information on your way to and from Joseph.
     

    Meghan enjoys the view from Salt Creek Summit with the Seven Devil Mountains in the distance.

    Winter in the Wallowas

Visit Wallowa County in the wintertime for fewer crowds and a special experience. Here are some local activities suited for winter: 

  • Wing Ridge Ski offers fantastic backcountry skiing opportunities for many skill levels. These guides have years and years worth of experience. Wing Ridge Ski Tours was featured in Autumn 2002 on the Oregon Public Broadcasting network's "Oregon Field Guide" TV program.

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  • Visit the Wallowa Mountain Visitor Center.
    The Center provides a regularly updated recreation report on snowmobiling and cross-country skiing at the Salt Creek Summit Recreation Site and other locations throughout Wallowa Valley. It's a great place to visit to learn more about our beautiful area. You can also reach them at (541)426-5546.

  • Ferguson Ridge  is a volunteer operated downhill ski area.  Where else can you find lift tickets for less than $15?  Suited for snowboarders, novice skiers and anyone who wants to enjoy a down-home ski hill.

  • Eagle Cap Sled Dog Race Sled Dog Race An Iditarod- and Yukon Gold-qualifying race bringing in mushers from around the United States. Every year this event only gets better and better, and more accessible to the public. The race takes place in mid-January each year.

  • Winterfest SnowCross takes place in mid-January each year. Pro-Snow-Cross races & drags, Poker Run, snow sculpture contest, all-u-can eat crab feed, dances with live bands and Loomix Tub Races are just some of the attractions surrounding this event. Bring your sleds and join the fun! Visit the most northeastern county in Oregon in January for a great time. Highways 82 and 3 in/out are kept maintained--check www.tripcheck.com for the latest road conditions.

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The Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast

Located in scenic Joseph, Oregon
on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

Heather Tyreman & Bill Finney, Innkeepers
309 South Main
P.O. Box 74
Joseph, Oregon 97846


Telephone: (541) 432-0230     Fax: (541) 432-6219
Toll Free: (866) 520-9769

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