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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & beautiful skin, while also nurturing the mind & spirit. From the beginning, one of the most important aspects of the beecrowbee line was the emphasis on using only pure & natural ingredients found in nature. Through years of experimenting with new formulas and researching traditional methods, Will has perfected the precise combinations that have led to the unique lines of beecrowbee. Will remembers seeing a photograph of a commercial soap factory where the technicians were wearing haz-mat suits. He recognized that if those materials were so toxic, he did not want to use such a caustic product on his own…
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 is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of grain, hops and yeast. Creativity is something they value in their Ales and it’s their goal to incorporate regional ingredients into beers that go beyond convention. Brewing to style is not their objective; they prefer to focus their explorations on the potential of beer. But they’re more than just brewing, they’ve got good food to boot. The Prodigal Son features a menu that combines traditional pub fare with scratch cooking. Here you will find regional ingredients incorporated into handcrafted cuisine. They have a bona fide chef with an artist’s muse- and his work…
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 house. Four flavors of handcrafted beers on tap make the expansive views from its deck and patio sweeter.
Beer Valley Brewing Company is an award winning microbrewery specializing in the production of strong ales. Founded in 2005 by brewer Pete Ricks, the brewery started production in the summer of 2007. Six core brands representing a range of styles are currently being produced in 22 ounce bottles. All of Beer Valley Brewing’s beers are brewed with sparkling fresh Treasure Valley water, the highest quality 2-row barley from the Pacific Northwest, and fresh hops from the Willamette, Yakima, and Treasure Valleys. These fresh, high quality ingredients are combined with a proprietary yeast strain, brewing process, and bottle conditioning leave a crisp, clean finish on the beers that is flavorful, refreshing, and enjoyable.