The Best Eats, Things to Do & Places to Stay in Eastern Oregon
Use this page to jump start your Eastern Oregon dream. We've listed our favorite activities, places to stay, the most scrumptious eats, and other Eastern Oregon gems below. Have questions? Email us or follow the links to learn more about each recommendation.
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things to do
Eastern Oregon is BIG, and it has a lot of places to go & things to do. That means you can get stuck in a car if you're not careful. We can help you narrow down the options through itinerary planning, transportation, attraction booking, and accommodation reservations. All you have to do is show up.
Pendleton Downtown- rich in western culture.
Mt. Emily Recreation Area- nearly 4000 acres of MTB trails
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort- countless lakes & a rad ski resort
The Elkhorn Crest Trail- 21 mile point to point ridge trail
Wallowa Lake- gorgeous moraine-formed lake & resort
Oregon Trail Interpretive Center- award winning museum
Winding Waters- guided rafting and fly fishing
Hells Canyon Adventures- jet boating on the Snake
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute- museum of the Walla Walla,
Cayuse, and Umatilla Tribes
Sumpter Valley Railroad- vintage locomotive taking trips
through gold country
Wallowa Lake Tramway- open 9AM-4PM, lunch at top!
Wallowa Pack Station- variety of horseback rides
Joseph Rail Riders- explore Wallowa county by pedal rail car
Painted Hills- radical colored geological map of climate change
John Day Fossil Beds- world class stop for fossils & recreation
Steen Mountain Guest Ranch- horse riding
& cow wrangling at its most authentic
Malheur Wildlife Refuge- a birders paradise
Steens Loop Road- drive to 9000'
Owyhee Canyon Lands- red rock American west
Alvord Desert- an ancient alkali lake bed turned playa
Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge- out there, but so worth it
Pete French Round Barn- monument to one man's livestock empire
Diamond Craters- small but diverse area of basalt volcanism
Prodigal Son- Pendleton
Dragon's Gate- Milton Freewater
Terminal Gravity- Enterprise
Barley Browns- Baker City
Side-A- La Grande
Beer Valley- Ontario
1188- John Day
Steens Mountain- Burns
SPIRITS & WINE
Places to Stay
Listed here are accommodations we love for their location, their service, or the experience they provide. Call us to book a packaged trip with discounted stays.
Bar-M Ranch- Hot springs ranch resort outside of Pendleton
The Jennings Hotel- boutique stay in Joseph
Barking Mad Farm- pet friendly farm and B&B near Enterprise
Geiser Grand Hotel- Baker City's historic boutique hotel.
Urban Pine Properties- A great set of AirBnBs in Baker.
Ison House- boutique historic B&B and pub in Baker City
Antone Creek Lodge- rental cabins on the way to Anthony Lakes
Good Bear Ranch- giant guest house at the foot of the Blues
Grande Hot Springs- yurts and RV spaces at a natural hot springs near La Grande
Cornucopia Lodge- Start your guided backpack trip at this mountain lodge.
Hotel Diamond- historic hotel serving rad dinners
Steens Mountain Guest Ranch- wild west guest ranch & experience
Frenchglen Hotel- boutique hotel with a long history
FOR THE ADVENTURESOME
Minam River Lodge- wilderness luxury. fly or hike in. Contact us for packaged trips
Peavy Cabin- historic USFS cabin near the NF John Day Wilderness
Glamping- contact us for glamorous outdoor camping set ups
Barber Ranch- 250+ acre ranch on the Burnt River, perfect for hunters, fishers, and seeing big big skies. Contact us for star gazing parties here.
What's an Adventure Expert?
It's a name we made up for ourselves. We didn't pass any exams for this (well not exactly) and we don't have any framed certificates. Simply put, we've developed a knack for helping people explore and have fun in Eastern Oregon.
You gotta eat. Might as well eat well. Really damn well.
Summit Grill on Tramway- the NW's highest restaurant
Vals Alpine Restaurant and Delicatessen- classic dishes on a du jour menu. Donuts!
The Main Place- Halfway, great sammies
Cornucopia Lodge- on our "stay" list too, but food is worth the trip
1188 Brewery- John Day, more beer!
Dayville Cafe- Dayville, go for the pie!
Hotel Daimond- Daimond, famous family-style dinners
Cowboy Dinner Tree- Silver Lake, jumbo steak dinners
The Fields Station- Fields, the milkshakes are worth the drive