Friends who have stayed here loved it. It has 22 rooms on three floors, plus eight cabins, sited on eight acres, and has kept the ambience of a 1920s lodge, with a lot of period pieces and art.
Unique Quality: The rooms on the lake side of the lodge have beautiful views of Wallowa Lake, and no two rooms are alike. There's a dining room that serves breakfast (hazelnut pancakes are delicious) and dinner during season. It's open only on weekends and holidays during the winter months.
The lobby/sitting room has a big stone fireplace and lots of places to sit and read or play games.
Directions: Six miles south of Joseph at the head of Wallowa Lake. (The highway is two-lane, between the lake and a high glacial moraine. Watch out for deer)
This park is only a few miles from my house and was the very first place I took my kids camping (it has a playground and is fun for kids to run around).
It is one of the nicest state parks in Oregon, I think, and is like a small outdoor village in the summer. It's not exactly roughing it, if that's what you're looking for. But if you like camping out, with a campfire ... and a flush toilet and hot showers nearby ... this is for you.
Unique Quality: The park has 121 full hookup spaces, 89 tent spaces, one cabin; 2 yurts; and a place for group tenting (3 areas, 25 people each).
The day-use area includes lots of grassy space, picnic tables and barbecue grills and along with the boat ramp opens at 6 a.m. each day.
Most campsites close for the winter, but four sites stay open (with no water service), and the yurts are available all year.
There's a playground, evening program, and marina with boat rentals on the lake
For information only, call Prices in the summer range from about $17 per night for a tent site, to $29 per night for a yurt and $79 for the deluxe cabin. Cheaper rates between October to April 30.
60060 Wallowa Lake Highway, Joseph
309 South Main Street, P.O. Box 74, Joseph
101 S Mill Street, Joseph