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How the Oregon Trail could change and no one will have known what happened
Stop B2H Coalition, a small nonprofit centered in La Grande is working day and night to preserve the Oregon Trail
Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail, 175 years later — Gravel Bikes, Running Shoes & Great Brews & Views
  written by Kevin Max regon gives a lot and sometimes, when you’re retracing the Oregon Trail on bike and
The Secret WWII Mission of Oregon’s Triple Nickles — Seventy-five years later, the Triple Nickles leave a lasting legacy in
The Triple Nickles were Americas
Union County Oregon
Trip Planner — Union County
Union County is a mix of rugged beauty, farmland hospitality and a few surprises written by Catie Joyce-Bulay Of Oregon’s
My Workspace — Blue Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center
Rehabilitating wildlife is a way of life for this former vet tech written by Catie Joyce-Bulay photography by Joni Kabana
Wallowa Lake Tramway
Travel Spotlight — Wallowa Lake Tramway
written by Sheila G. Miller Head for the hills this summer in Eastern Oregon. There is no shortage of mountains
romantic getaways
Wild and Romantic Outdoor Getaways
Getting outside can be an aphrodisiac— turn up the heat this summer with an outdoor adventure written by Kevin Max
Best places for a bountiful brunch
BEST PLACES FOR BOUNTIFUL BRUNCHING HUNNYMILK With both a West Burnside brick and mortar and an eastside weekends-only pop-up, this
Sel's Brewery
Canyon City’s Sel’s Brewery opens the bar just once a year
by Joni Kabana Oregon is full of spirited breweries, but have you ever heard of a bar operating just one
Paddleboarding in Brookings
Oregon’s Best Places to Retire
written by Lee Lewis Husk Retiring with visions of sitting on a beach sipping Mai Tais? Well, maybe not in
The Jennings Hotel: A Superbly Stylish Passion Project
The Jennings Hotel is a superbly stylish passion project in the lively town of Joseph written by Jen Stevenson As
Hells Canyon Fifty-Year Anniversary
In the late 1960s, a small band of passionate, committed conservationists battled to save Hells Canyon from additional dams on
Travel Spotlight: Joseph Branch Railriders
Take a ride through the Wallowa Valley with The Joseph Branch Railriders
My Workspace: Saddle Up with Rod Retherford
Rod Retherford is no dilettante when it comes to leatherwork. He's been building saddles for more than twenty years. His
Eagle Cap Wilderness
Exploring the Eagle Cap Wilderness
More than 6 miles in, the straps of my backpack begin to dig heavily into my hips and collarbone. The
Oregon Rodeo Roundup
Five rodeos not to miss this summer.
Alvord Desert
Alvord in Winter: Big Sky and Silence
Getting to the far reaches of Oregon in the middle of winter has its challenges, but I'm always happy to
pioneer saloon, paisley
The Pioneer Saloon: Oregon’s 134-Year-Old Bar
One of the oldest pubs in Oregon—it first started serving drinks in 1883—the Pioneer Saloon in Paisley has an effect
Hot Lake Springs Hotel
Travel Spotlight: Hot Lake Springs Hotel
Hot Lake Springs Hotel is an Oregon travel destination steeped in beauty and local lore. An Oregon getaway with tales
kam wah chung, john day
The Story Behind Kam Wah Chung
The Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site in John Day offers a look Oregon's Chinese population in the 1800s.
Oregon Travel: Joseph
Joseph is an out-of-the-way place in northeastern Oregon that rarely shows up on maps, but frequently appears in travel writing
cycling, painted hills scenic bikeway
The Painted Hills Oregon Scenic Bikeway is an Uphill Battle
One couple with two panniers and four wheels take to the Painted Hills Oregon Scenic Bikeway.
Oregon Travel: Pendleton
For a week every September, Pendleton is the epicenter of the national rodeo universe.
Oregon Travel: La Grande
Early emigrants scurrying toward the Willamette Valley on the Oregon Trail barely gave the Grande Ronde Valley a nod. By
Highway 20: Bend to Burns
Wake up your recondite historian and geologist and the events of Highway 20 are perhaps Oregon’s most interesting combination of

Best of the Region

Stunning views next to the Bridge of the Gods—Bridgeside (formerly Charburger) still serves tasty char-broiled burgers plus an extensive menu of breakfast items, chowders, fish and chips, a fresh salad bar, sandwiches, and desserts. New name, new management, but historic charm and Western artifacts remain. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
BGood Bars
BGood Bars are not your ordinary energy bar. They are Artisan-made & hand dipped in Fair Trade dark chocolate in small batches to bring you the best quality healthy snack. Six Gluten-Free varieties are made with organic & quality natural ingredients, sweetened only with local honey & the naturally occurring
Virgil’s at Cimmiyotti’s
Cimmiyotti’s is born again. Founded in 1959, the restaurant was an Eastern Oregon favorite for decades, owner Paul Cimmiyotti personally greeting each guest at the door. After the restaurant sold in 1994, it went through many owners, fell into disrepair and eventually shuttered. Fate intervened in 2009 when Jennifer Keeton,
Winding Waters River Expeditions
Take the family to Joseph to raft the Grande Ronde River. Winding Waters River Expeditions, based in Joseph, provides an all-inclusive whitewater experience that is fun for all ages. The Grande Ronde flows through a deep canyon lined with Ponderosas, providing a gorgeous backdrop as you float through class II
Del Sol Wilderness Adventures
Adventuring into the Wilderness on horseback is a memory that will last a lifetime. The Wallowa Mountains in Northeast Oregon, have many enriching experiences to offer. Characterized by their high granite peaks, alpine lakes, meadows, and glacial shaped valleys, the Eagle Caps and Hells Canyon offer some of the best
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort
Boasting a base elevation of 7,100 feet, high in the Elkhorn range of Eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is an unforget- table snow rider’s experience. Affordable and family friendly with little to no lift lines, endless powder, scenic Nordic trails and breathtaking views, Anthony Lakes is love
Beecrowbee was started by Will Roundy in 2004. While living near beautiful Wallowa Lake in Northeast Oregon, Will was inspired by the natural beauty surrounding his hometown of Joseph. He set out to create a full line of carefully handmade bath & body products that would lead to healthy &
The Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
Pendleton, Oregon. A small agricultural town located at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Mountains. And now home to some of the best beers in the state. They’re passionate about fermentation and it shows in their brews. Whether it’s a dry-hopped Northwest IPA or a malt-heavy Porter, the Prodigal Son
Mutiny Brewing Co.
In a land where a burger means a factory-made quarter-pound patty, the hand-formed, loaded 6 Ranch Burger at Mutiny Brewing Company is worth coveting. Four years old in June, this airy, blonde-wood eatery sets a higher bar by sourcing its meat from just eight miles away and making most menu items in