Belle Pepper's Bed & Breakfast
101 S Mill Street, Joseph, Oregon, 97846, United States
More about Joseph
Looking down the East Lostine Valley from Upper Lk
A long ways to come on such little legs!
Eagle Cap getting closer now above the snowfields
Travel Tips for Joseph
Terminal Gravity microbrewery
Terminal Gravity was founded in about 1996 by a couple of guys (brother-in-laws) moving here from the Portland area with their families, and it has been a spectacular success story, putting us on the map in terms of great beer in a state where microbrews are cherished.
Just this year they expanded and the brewery's most popular brew -- India Pale Ale (IPA) -- is now offered in bottles.
The company ships to distributors in Eugene, Portland and La Grande, which are making IPA available to buyers outside the county. While the company has shipped kegs west for some time, the bottled beer is a new treat for fans.
There's also a popular Terminal Gravity pub in a great location on the edge of Enterprise adjacent to the brewery that serves great food. It also hosts musical groups, belly dancers and other performers at times. Terminal Gravity is located six miles west of Joseph in Enterprise: 803 School St., 541-426-0158.
Here's a few reviews of Terminal Gravity I found on a site called www.pubcrawler.com:
"Great beer. Small menu executed well with fresh ingredients. Best element is the friendliness of this small town. It's like having an excellent brewer in your tree house."
"The beer is some of the best in Oregon, which is the best in the country. While the menu is small, all the food is inventive, fresh and tasty. But what puts this place over the top is the atmosphere -- very friendly people, great details like hand blown glasses and a canine greeter, and an upstairs rumpus room with big screen TV. You must go there."
"A beer lovers' paradise among a stunning setting. The IPA is outstanding."
"My husband and I live in Eugene and have to travel far to actually visit the brewery. However, we are fortunate that so many places in Eugene carry the IPA!! My favorite!!"
Wallowa County is extremely lucky to be the home of a very successful nonprofit organization that promotes literary arts.
Fishtrap Inc. was founded about 15 years ago to host a summer writers workshop called Fishtrap Gathering at Wallowa Lake, which involved western writers and eastern publishers.
It was very successful and is still held around a theme every July; more about exploring ideas than the nuts and bolts of writing, though the panelists also give workshops during the week preceding the Gathering. Many of the Northwest's (and beyond) best and most well-known authors writers have taken part. Some up-and-coming writers who won fellowships have gone on to become published authors.
Fishtrap has grown and grown, and bought it's own house in Enterprise as a home base.
It now puts on a Winter Fishtrap and a Spring Lecture Series every year,sponsors a writer-in-resident in the schools who also gives a community workshop, hosts a writers retreat, has a storytelling group and story hour on the radio, and hosts numerous educational presentations and book readings/signings during the year. (And more)
Fishtrap adds immensely to the cultural richness of Wallowa County, which is very unusual for an isolated community our size.
For more info go to: www.fishtrap.org
Hurricane Ck. Campground
About five miles outside Joseph there is a little campground next to Hurricane Creek that I went tent camping with my kids, and sometimes with friends, numerous times over the years. It was close enough that if I had to go grab a photo for the paper during the weekend I was still close enough to do so, but it was still a great place to camp.
No water except the fast moving creek, a pit toilet, fire pit, picnic table -- the basics.
I think there may be a small fee now (it used to be free, but it's been several years since I've camped there.) Though I know the place lost its charm for the kids as they got older, I know they have many campground memories of Hurricane Creek. We also went there sometime just to get out and walk along the creek or hunt for mushrooms.
It will always be special to me, and who knows, someday they may bring their own children back to Joseph to camp on Hurricane Creek.
It's a beautiful place, easy to get to, and a couple more miles up the road there's a trailhead into the wilderness.
Cowboys are the real deal in Wallowa County. Guys (and women) wearing cowboy boots and hats and driving muddy pickups aren't playing games. They really do feed cattle, ride horses, brand calves, drive their herds from summer to winter pasture.
In Wallowa County we've got cowboy poets, home-grown country bands (of course there are also classical musicians, but that's another tip), and hundreds of volunteers who put on rodeos, leads 4-H clubs, and chairs county fair events. Some of their ancestors settled in this corner of Oregon as long ago as 1872.
Of course not everyone's a cowboy (and we have some very well educated cowboys here) but they are an intregal part of the lifestyle here.
Lots of parades
The towns of Wallowa County enjoy holding parades along with their events with five or six planned every year. The largest is in Joseph during Chief Joseph Days when up to 10,000 people line the streets to watch about 100 entries, many with a Western theme. There's also a popular junior parade for kids only during CJD.
The town of Wallowa (pop 900) holds a great old fashioned 4th of July parade, the epitome of old time small time rural America.
There's also a Hells Canyon Mule Days parade in September, Summerfest parade in June and Lighted Tractor parade in December in Enterprise.