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 and destination lists. It’s a place where the simple, rural life is part of the charm.

Bridgeside

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 (and did we mention views?) Amentities include gift shop, special event room and terrace

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 sugar of the fruit, & dark chocolate. Ultimately the best food choices will always be those that are closest to their original forms in nature. Bhappy, Bhealthy, BGood!

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, a waitress from Mariposa, California, happened upon the place, and fell in love with it. She spent months commuting and renovating it to its original splendor, adding “Virgil’s” in honor of her father. The restaurant is a trifecta—delicious food, enchanting atmosphere and outstanding service.

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 rapids. Locally-sourced gourmet meals are provided on the river, one of the many perks that make a Winding Waters rafting trip the ultimate relaxing weekend getaway.

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 wildlife viewing in the state with an array of plants and animals.

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 at first sight. Also offering front/backcountry yurt rentals and memory-making cat ski trips, Anthony Lakes is one you don’t want to over- look! For information, including snow reports, live music/events, cat-skiing and yurt rentals, call or visit the wbsite. Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort. Same as it ever was.

Oregon Travel: La Grande

Early emigrants scurrying toward the Willamette Valley on the Oregon Trail barely gave the Grande Ronde Valley a nod. By the 1860s, the enchanted valley—ringed by the Wallowa and Blue mountains and rivers running through it—called out to settlers. There was gold in the hills, decent soil and water for farming. Settling here meant no more arduous mountain crossings or rafting down treacherous rivers. Some stayed to build a thriving hub between Portland and Boise, initially dubbed Brownsville but incorporated as La Grande in 1865 after city leaders learned another town had already claimed the name.