Joseph, Oregon

Highlighted for it’s local artists:

Beautiful bronze sautes line the street, while colorful flowers bloom at their feet. Locals chat animatedly about towns going on’s, as tourists snap photos and marvel at the views. Local pottery, handcrafted soaps and home made dream catchers adorn shop walls. While large paintings, skillfully designed hang in galleries. Jams and Jelly, caramel corn, veggies and intricately designed jewelry swaps hands at the locals farmers market. While local grass fed beef can be found at Mt. Joseph family foods. One thing is for certain, it’s not hard to shop locally in Joseph Oregon.

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Walk around Main Street:

Fred and I really enjoy the Copper Creek Mercantile. Succulents waiting to be plated in beautifully glazed pots, created by a local artist, call to me. While the small, fairy garden decorations beckon to Lily. Fred lingers through the tee shirts. While we all enjoy looking about the unique and thoughtful assortment of goodies. Who knows, maybe, we’re just huge fans because they have Bigfoot! 😉

We highly suggest stopping in for a rich, high quality chocolate coffee from Arrowhead Chocolates! Go ahead and splurge on a tasty treat. You wont regret it. I always enjoy their salted caramel, milk chocolate coffee, with a lavender truffle.  Yum!

Looking for outdoor sports gear? Fred recommends checking out, The Joseph Fly Shoppe and Sports Corral. Together they’ve got a little bit of it all with reasonable prices. Lily and I enjoy looking through To Zion, which offers a wide assortment of jewelry, neat rocks, groovy clothing, with hints of other local offerings.

Enjoy Joseph in the Spring and Summer: 

Late spring in Joseph offers melting snow and beautiful budding flowers. Sunny days began to thaw the sleepy town, as farmers start tending to the land. Thriving young wildlife emerges from their cozy shelters. Camping offers quite nights and crisp mornings with plenty to see. While town welcomes you with warm coffee, hot food and fun places to shop.

The last weekend in July is Chief Joseph Days. Grab your boots and prepare for some good old fashioned country fun! Enjoy a bucking horse stampede down main street. A kiddie parade and a grand parade. Finally, head over to the rodeo grounds and watch some good ol’ cowboys show you how it’s done!JH

Where to eat:

The Stubborn Mule, primarily a bar, does offer family seating. Only thing is, you should get there early, with its limited family seating. Drinking age crowd, need not fear, there is ample seating.  The Stubborn Mule offers large servings with tons of flavor. Come on prime rib night and you won’t be sorry!

Lily’s favorite is La Laguna. Offering tasty Mexican cuisine, with plenty of seating and friendly owners that are great with kids! Try any of their burritos and you’ll be happy. Just make sure to save room for some deep fried ice cream.

Fred’s favorite is Embers Brew house, with it’s live music, local beers and delicious pizza. Order a BBQ Chicken pizza while you enjoy the show! Sounds like a perfect night to me, after a long day of fishing!

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 Wonderful places to sight see:

Stop at Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site and take a walk back to Knights pond. Which has a few fish and is surrounded by beauty. A wooden bridge over a small river offers a great place for little ones to play. While maintained trails makes for easy walking.

Pack a late picnic dinner, grab a blanket and head to Wallowa Lake. Sit at the picnic tables and enjoy your dinner while the sun sets. Encourage kids to skips rocks as you spread out the blanket and lay under the stars. It will stun you how bright the stars are!

Enjoy a early morning drive through the Zumwalt Prairie. Keep your camera handy while taking in the 330,000 acres of the high altitude prairie. Be on the lookout for foxes, elk, cattle, and deer. Along with a wide assortment of birds.

Grab your hiking shoes, swim suites, lunch and gas up the car. A day trip through the Eagle Cap wilderness awaits. Blue hole’s trail head is located at the beautiful Indian Crossing Campground, which straddles both sides of the Imnaha River. A short hike through an old forest fire landscape, leads to a quite spot by the Imnaha River. Unpack your lunch and watch as the river rolls over the large rocks and rushes down, dumping  into a deep, clear hole. Better known as Blue Hole. Can you bear the cold waters of the Imnaha River?IMG_5288.JPG

Great ways to give back:

Embrace the opportunity to teach children about the Nez Perce tribe and Chief Joseph’s journey. Chief Joseph led his tribe during a tumultuous period in contemporary history. Where they were forced to leave their ancestral lands in Wallowa Valley, by the United States government. Chief Joseph and some of his tribe of Nez Perce held strong and refused to leave their ancestral land. Which eventually resulted in the 1877 Nez Perce War. Take a moment to visit Chief Joseph’s memorial by Wallowa Lake.

We create games out of picking up litter and cans, like who can collect the most money the fastest. Or maybe we’ll create an I Spy scavenger hunt for items. Added bonus is that, it’s a great way to teach kids about the effects of littering.

All our best and safe travels our friends!

Jenny, Fred and Lily

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