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Summer Fishtrap 2016 Lodging Specials


Registration for Summer Fishtrap 2016 opens on March 1, 2016. This year, the workshop will be held from July 10 though 16, 2016, at the Wallowa Lake Camp and Retreat Center (also known as the Methodist Camp). Here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast, only 10 minutes away from the Summer Fishtrap site, we’re offering a selection of lodging specials tailored to fit you, the Summer Fishtrap participant.

Want to stay in Joseph rather than at Wallowa Lake? Stay with us for seven nights (either July 9-15 or July 10-16) and you’ll receive one night free (stay for seven but pay for only six).

Want to stay in Joseph but take your breakfast meal at the camp? We’ll deduct $10/night from your room rate.

Sound interesting? Read on.

Why would you choose to stay at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast?

  • If you’re traveling with a spouse or friend who is not attending Summer Fishtrap, they’ll be right in Joseph and close to all the shops, galleries, and activities that our town has to offer. If you take your vehicle to the camp, your traveling companion can still catch the community bus that runs regularly between Joseph and Wallowa Lake.
  • If you’re traveling alone, our single room rates are lower than our double occupancy rates.
  • You might want more privacy than offered in the one or two bedroom yurts or the bunkhouses at the camp.
  • Each morning, freshly brewed organic Costa Rican coffee is available starting at 6 am. The tea box features a variety of herbal, green and black teas. If you choose to include breakfast with your stay, we serve a plated hot breakfast to you at the time of your choosing. Fresh fruit and protein (meats or vegetarian options) are always included. We also pride ourselves on accommodating dietary restrictions (please make sure we know in advance).
  • Each of our guestrooms is equipped with a dedicated air conditioner so you can dial it up or down depending upon your preference.
  • Each guestroom at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast has its own attached private bathroom, outfitted with luxury towels, amenities, blow dryer, bidet, and unlimited hot water.
  • Each guestroom has its own writing desk and lap desk so you can write in the comfort of your guestroom, or perhaps out on the shaded porch, in the garden, at the spacious dining room table, or cozied up in the living room.
  • Our comfortable mattresses and luxury cotton linens contribute to a very good night’s sleep. Down pillows are provided; foam pillows available on request.
  • We have two secure wireless internet access points that are accessible throughout the property.
  • After a full day at Summer Fishtrap, relax with a cup of herbal tea (available anytime) or a glass of cream sherry from the dining room decanter. We also stock a variety of wines available for purchase.

The Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast features a variety of lodging options: three comfortable, thoughtfully appointed second floor guestrooms and one over-the-top ground floor suite. Currently, all four are still available for Summer Fishtrap 2016 and are bookable through our website or by calling us at (541) 432-0230.

We invite you to visit our website and take a look at what the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast can offer you. Several Summer Fishtrap participants have enjoyed their stay with us in previous years.

We know if you’ve found this blog post that you’re very interested in attending Summer Fishtrap. If you’re a writer or a writing lover, Summer Fishtrap is an event not to be missed. But, many of the Summer Fishtrap lodging options at the Wallowa Lake Camp will go quickly once registration opens on March 1, 2016. Be prepared!

Up and Coming Lodging in Joseph Oregon


Back in 2000 when we decided to open the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph, Oregon, we were fortunate enough to purchase a home, remodel it, and get the doors open to guests within 9 months–all self-financed and ready to go. And we’ve kept improving our bed and breakfast over the 15 years we’ve been operating.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported about high-end hostels arriving in the United States. We think Joseph, Oregon, could be on the cutting edge of this movement, thanks to a forward-thinking individual who’s investing himself in our small town.

Now, an amitious entrepreneur has taken on the project of rehabilitating the old Jennings Hotel on Joseph’s Main Street and turning second floor apartments into a self-catering lodging property. Portland-based Greg Hennes is enlisting the help of modern designers and craftspeople to help him not just restore this hotel, but turn it into an exciting lodging with individually themed rooms, a sauna, and wall murals created by talented artists. We’ve toured his project and are thrilled he’s doing something so interesting with a landmark building in downtown Joseph. If you’ve stayed with us, you already know it as the location of Arrowhead Chocolates and La Laguna Mexican Restaurant on the ground floor.

But not everyone could take on a project of this magnitude without some assistance. Greg tells his story in a video on Kickstarter and he’s hoping to raise funds to get this remodel done sooner than later. He’s offering some unique appreciation gifts in addition to future lodging at the Jennings Hotel in exchange for financial support. Kickstarter wasn’t around when we were working on our Joseph Oregon lodging or we might’ve used it. If you’re interested helping restore in a piece of Eastern Oregon history, give his project a look see. And even if you don’t choose a night’s lodging at the Jennings Hotel, he’d most certainly appreciate the support and the awareness. Find out more on social media via #theJenningsHotel

In Good Company


  • Read reviews on TripAdvisor

What a nice surprise this morning!  I opened up the email and discovered that the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast, along with another Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast–Creekside Country Haven–and the 1910 Historic Enterprise House Bed and Breakfast in Enterprise Oregon, have all received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

(Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance. . . .)

Here’s a little bit of background about how TripAdvisor decides which lodging will receive this annual award (information from TripAdvisor): When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

So, a big shout out to all the guests of Enterprise House, Creekside Country Haven, and the Bronze Antler B&B for taking the time to write a review about your stay.  Bill and I are humbled by your efforts and thrilled by the recognition.  And I’m sure that I speak for all three of our Wallowa County lodging properties when I say that we all appreciate it very much!

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend in our Destination Art Town

Antique Swiss Rose Engine at Stewart Jones Designs on Main Street in Joseph OregonMother’s Day 2014 is just around the corner and the art galleries of Joseph Oregon are ready to host another fabulous event!  The 7th Annual Joseph Art Walk for Mother’s Day Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 & 11, 2014.

The Art Walk hours are Saturday from 3 pm to 7 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.  You’ll have opportunities to meet many of the artists who are represented by the galleries along Main Street, see artist demonstrations and new works of art, and all while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at nine different locations around town.  Here are the participating galleries:

  • Aspen Grove Gallery
  • beecrowbee
  • Josephy Center for Arts & Culture
  • Kelly’s Gallery on Main
  • Norman Arts Gallery
  • Stewart Jones Designs
  • to Zion
  • Uptown Art
  • Valley Bronze Gallery

Questions?  Call Kelly Wick at Kelly’s Gallery on Main at (541) 432-3116. More information about our town, the galleries, restaurants and more at the Joseph Oregon website.

Worried about the weather in Eastern Oregon?  Don’t be.  Check Joseph Oregon Weather for the forecast.

Need Joseph Oregon lodging? Two upstairs guestrooms with attached private baths are available at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.  And walking distance to all the action!  Click the Book Now button to see our rooms and availability.

Hi, I’m Heather!

Heather Tyreman owner of the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph Oregon sitting in a coffee shop and smiling for the camera phone.

Heather Tyreman owner of the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph Oregon

My name is Heather Tyreman. My husband and I are the innkeepers of the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast here in Joseph Oregon near the shores of Wallowa Lake.  We purchased this Craftsman bungalow in 2000, spent 9 months remodeling, and opened our retirement dream job in June 2001 on Main Street.  And it has been and continues to be a lot of fun!  We enjoy meeting new people, introducing them to our beautiful Wallowa Valley, providing them the best hospitality experience we can, and watch them relax as they slow down to their Eastern Oregon vacation pace.

When I’m not busy with our Joseph Oregon lodging, you’ll find me outside working in the perennial gardens or on my way to rehearsals and performances with regional music groups.  I play oboe and English Horn with the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon East Symphony, Wallowa Valley Orchestra, and smaller ensembles when we can put them together.  The musical life in Eastern Oregon can be challenging but definitely worth it.

In this blog I highlight local events and information as well as stories about our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast.  I hope you’ll come back often to read the latest–and either come see us in person or enjoy your vicarious Joseph Oregon vacation.

Reserve Your Summer Fishtrap 2014 Rooms and Lodging Right Here Right Now

Summer Fishtrap 2014 at Wallowa Lake Oregon postcard imageAre 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 Oregon.

The writers conference Summer Fishtrap 2014 starts on the afternoon of Monday, July 7th, and concludes at brunch on Sunday, July 13th.  As of today, February 12, 2014, we still have two guestrooms and our fabulous Mirror Lake Suite available for a 6-night stay (nights of July 7-12, 2014, departing on July 13, the closing day of Summer Fishtrap 2014).  What can that mean for you as a Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers attendee?  A really comfortable, air-conditioned, private place to stay at good price.  And we can offer you a without breakfast option in case you’d prefer to take your breakfast meals at the Wallowa Lake Camp.  And since we’re rated 3-Diamonds by AAA, we also offer a 10% discount to current AAA members.  What’s not to like?

For example, these are the prices for lodging and meals during Summer Fishtrap 2014 (taken from the Summer Fishtrap 2014 brochure):

  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 one-bedroom deluxe yurt (includes private bath): $795 per cabin
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 two-bedroom deluxe yurt (includes shared bath): $595 per bedroom
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 bunkhouse (bring your own bedding, bath house nearby): $130 per person
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 Lunch only package (Tuesday through Saturday): $60 per person
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 Lunch & Dinner package (Tuesday through Saturday): $160 per person
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 All Meals package (Monday dinner through Sunday brunch): $225 per person

Here are options at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast (full price quotes with lodging taxes included) in our Ferguson Ridge Room (other currently available guestrooms are higher):

  • Single occupancy with breakfast: $840.56
  • Single occupancy without breakfast: $775.16
  • Single occupancy with breakfast and 10% AAA membership discount: $756.44
  • Double occupancy with breakfast: $943.60
  • Double occupancy without breakfast: $812.80
  • Double occupancy with breakfast and 10% AAA membership discount: $849.26

Garden scene at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph Oregon with bench and bottle of wine and wine glass near the bocce courtIt’s true there are some conveniences to staying at the Wallowa Lake Camp.  You’re right there and don’t need to drive home once the evening open-mic session is over.  You’re in the middle of the action.  You’re close to the Bailey Lodge dining hall where meals are served cafeteria style.

But, we’re only 10 minutes away by car at the other end of Wallowa Lake.  You’re in your own space with your own attached private bathroom, with or without your traveling companion (if you have one). Your room is comfortably air-conditioned to your liking  Your breakfast, if you choose to have breakfast, is served in our dining room plated and accompanied by your choice of fruit juices and hot beverages.  And we do our best to accommodate special meal requirements (gluten-free, dairy-free, food allergies, etc.)

And if you’re bringing along someone who is not participating in Summer Fishtrap 2014, they’re right here in Joseph to see and do all that the town has to offer in summer (shops, art galleries, foundries, artist tours, or just hanging out here on our grounds under the apple tree with the bocce court nearby (see the photo).

There are a limited number of yurts available at the Wallowa Lake Camp.  If you miss your opportunity to reserve one on February 20, 2014 (the day that online registration opens for Summer Fishtrap 2014), then you might want to consider spending your nights with us here at our (nearly a) Wallowa Lake hotel.

And who knows what summer 2014 will be like?  You might be very glad you have air-conditioning!

Don’t forget:  Summer Fishtrap 2014 online registration opens on February 20, 2014, at 9 am Pacific Time!

Winter Things to Do Near Joseph Oregon and Wallowa Lake Include Tunesmith Night

Gregory Rawlins performs at Tunesmith Night at Lear's Main Street Grill in Enterprise Oregon in February 2014

Gregory Rawlins performs at Tunesmith Night at Lear’s Main Street Grill in Enterprise Oregon

People 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 a warm, friendly environment.  The venue is something between a club and a small restaurant with booths and tables facing towards the stage area where the performers set up with their gear.  Each month, three different singer songwriters are invited to share their original music with a willing audience at Lear’s Main Street Grill in Enterprise.  The format is a round-robin sort of thing–each musician performs one piece, then the next performer has a turn, etc.  After a couple of rounds, there’s an intermission, then the whole thing repeats for the second round.  Each performer brings their own style, voice and instruments–it’s almost like a concert sampler.  As one Tunesmith attendee noted, “It was a blast! Great music!”

So, who might you see performing at Tunesmith Night?  They’re not necessarily just local Wallowa County musicians as Tunesmith Night is a sought after opportunity in the Pacific Northwest singer songwriter community.  Last night’s Tunesmith Night performers were Heidi Muller, MidLo and Gregory Rawlins.  The performers scheduled for the rest of the 2013-2014 season are:

  • March 8, 2014: Bart Budwig, Joey Carper, Colton Elwood Haney with Moorea Masa
  • April 12, 2014: Kory Quinn, Alexa Wiley, Dan Weber

The singer songwriters who performed earlier in the 2013-2014 season include: (October 2013) Travis Ward, Wayne Marvin Callahan, Steve Hines; (November 2013) Bre Paletta and Justin Bennett, Jacob DeBoie; (December 2013) Simon Tucker, Janis Carper, Al Bell; (January 2014) An American Forrest, Edmund Wayne, Rodd Ambroson

Tunesmith Poster for February 8, 2014Location:  Lear’s Main Street Grill, 111 W. Main, Enterprise, Oregon

Time:  Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. (usually ends before 10 p.m.)  Come early and enjoy dinner at Lear’s before the show!

Admission:  $10 at the door

More information:  Janis Carper, Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, 541-426-3390.  Or check out Wallowa Valley Music Alliance events and news on Facebook

Last night we hosted a LaGrande couple here at our Joseph Oregon lodging.  They drove the wintry 90 minutes to the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast knowing that they could enjoy Tunesmith Night, have a great night’s stay only 10 minutes away in one of our cozy guestrooms, and have a leisurely, delicious breakfast the next morning before ambling their way up the road for the short drive home.  How’s that for a quickie Eastern Oregon vacation?

Hope to see you at Tunesmith Night before the season ends!

Cake for Two at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast? Yes!

German Chocolate cake with a blue rose on top from Melanee's Cakes in Joseph Oregon

German Chocolate cake with a blue rose on top from Melanee’s Cakes

We enjoy helping our guests plan the perfect getaway–romantic or otherwise–when they stay at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast.  And we enlist as many local Joseph Oregon businesses as we can to procure items for our guests.

Melanee’s Cakes is one of those providers.  Melanee creates all sorts of cakes,  large or small, in a variety of flavors and with great enthusiasm for the decoration.  Small birthday cakes suitable for a couple are pretty popular.  As are special anniversary cakes.  But she’ll create a cake for any occasion and deliver them right here in Joseph, Oregon, so you don’t have to worry about making a surprise.  Let us know what flavor you’d like, what inscription (if any), what type of frosting, and your budget–and let Melanee run loose!

We’ll have the cake awaiting you in your guestroom complete with plates, forks & napkins (although I think we might’ve had a few guests opt for the romantic  “eating cake with their fingers” option).

One of our oft-returning guests, Teri, commented about the birthday cake she selected for her husband’s surprise, “She does beautiful work and her cakes are scrumptious.”  Unfortunately we don’t have a photograph of said cake–it disappeared too quickly!

Melanee’s Cakes doesn’t have a website, but if you’re a Facebook user, you’ll find Melanee’s Cakes on Facebook.  Her latest creation: Superbowl Denver Broncos versus Seattle Seahawks!


Opera Night Fundraiser and Food on Friday, Feb 28th


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 that?

Who:  Eastern Oregon University music major students from LaGrande, Oregon, are performing two hours of classic opera selections.

What:  A fundraiser for Oregon’s Alpenfest, a family-friendly, polka-crazy, Swiss-yodeling event that takes place in late September (Sept 25-29 for 2014) in Wallowa County, Oregon, a place that comes closer than anyplace in Oregon to looking like the Swiss Alps.  The towns of Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa Lake are all involved in Alpenfest.

When:  Friday night, February 28, 2014, 7 pm to 9 pm,

Where:  Lear’s Main Street Pub & Grill, 111 W. Main Street, Enterprise, OR,

Cost: Admission including dinner is $25 for adults (drinks extra)

Notes: Reservations at Lear’s are advised.  Phone is (541) 426-3300.

Coming from out of town?  Our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast has plenty of room available.  Click the Book Now link on the left of this blog to find the perfect lodging for your Eastern Oregon opera night or call us at (541) 432-0230.



Winter Things to do Near Joseph Oregon: Visit the Zumwalt Prairie

When most of our guests visit The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve here in Wallowa County, they do it in the spring and summer to see the wildflowers and (hopefully) the raptors, deer, elk, and other wildlife that populate the prairie in warmer times of year.  It’s a very photogenic place.

Bill on The Nature Conservancy Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in December 2013

Bill on The Nature Conservancy Zumwalt Prairie Preserve

The day after Christmas we had no guests in the house, so Bill & I decided to take a drive out to the Zumwalt Prairie to see if we might be able to hike one of The Nature Conservancy’s designated trails.  Fortunately, Patti’s Trail (2.3 miles), one of the public-access areas designated on The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie map, looked to be feasible given the time of day, the temperature, snow pack, etc.  We were hoping to see some of the elk population now that the rut is over.

It turned out to be a beautiful day for a hike for these two bed and breakfast innkeepers, though nary an elk showed its shaggy cape.  And the birds were few and far between although there was a hawk that led us from fence post to fence post.

But it was quiet, other than the constant breeze coming from the south, and it was very sunny.  We’d taken the snowshoes along but didn’t need them on Patti’s Trail–just enough snow to need boots or Bogs.

The drive from our Joseph Oregon lodging can be a little harrowing in winter compared to summer.  Guests with trucks or higher-clearance all-wheel drive vehicles will most likely be fine.  Most of the Zumwalt Road is not paved and, like many rural Oregon locations, is something to be undertaken with plenty of respect for the conditions.

Here at our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast we keep maps, binoculars, etc., to help our guests enjoy the surroundings.  Hope to see you sometime in the winter!