La Grande Travel Guide

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    Overlooking part of La Grande
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    The first cabin...
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La Grande Things to Do

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    by JAFA-Rease Written Jul 6, 2004

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    On the outskirts of La Grande you can find it's first house.

    Copy of text from the monument next to it:
    La Grande was the first town permanently settled in Northeastern Oregon. Daniel Chaplin laid out the original "old town" in spring of 1862 and Ben Brown built the first house, a log cabin, alongside the Oregon Trail at the corner of B Avenue and Cedar Street.

    As the prime lands of western Oregon were settled, and then gold was discovered in eastern Oregon, a reverse migration used the Oregon Trail from west to east. The "old town" area grew quickly. James S. McClung noted in his diary on September 22, 1862, "we came to Legrande citty 5 houses 1 store and a blacksmith shop... some of the people were living in their tents & waggon beds until they could build houses." Just two weeks later Henry Herr wrote, "Oct. 9th. Grande Rounde valley city... This place is composed of 75 log cabins and emegrants with us are taking up claims and commencing to build houses. There are three stores."

    The post office was establish in May 1863 under the name of "La Grande." In 1884, the shape of La Grande changed dramatically when Chaplin donated 105 acres to the new railroad and the commercial center moved from "old town" to the tracks.

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La Grande Hotels

  • Best Western Rama Inn and Suites

    1711 21st Street, La Grande, Oregon, 96850, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Royal Motor Inn

    La Grande is not known for it's accommodations and lodging, BUT this place is clean, is usually...

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  • Super 8 Lagrande

    2407 E R Ave, La Grande, OR 97850

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Travelodge La Grande

    2215 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • La Grande Inn

    2612 Island Ave, La Grande, OR, 97850

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

  • Rodeway Inn La Grande

    I stayed here for two weeks this year (my parents ended up staying here for four days while...

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  • Quail Run Motor Inn

    2400 Adams Avenue, La Grande, Oregon, 97850, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • Best Value Sandman Inn

    I had to stay here for over two weeks while moving from New York. The rooms are of a decent size,...

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  • Stang Manor Inn

    1612 Walnut St., La Grande, Oregon, 97850, United States

La Grande Restaurants

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    by GCoop Written Dec 4, 2013

    Great old building with lots of history... The ambiance in the bar takes you back at least a 100+ years. The wait staff is ALWAYS friendly and the service is wonderful. Great live music 2-3 times a week and also a mixed, fun crowd. Dennis, Roger, Kim , Kasey, Kaci, Stacey OR Kevin will take care of you when you come in. I prefer sitting in a booth on the bar side, as it's a little darker...

    Favorite Dish: The steaks are really good and they run nightly specials!

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La Grande Local Customs

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    by GCoop Written Dec 4, 2013

    "Early to bed and early to rise". Well that's La Grande.. There is a whole community of hard working farmers and ranchers here....Most of those family connections go back generations.... The streets roll up at 9pm here, and for good reason; people have stuff to do the next day, like work!

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La Grande Warnings and Dangers

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    by Scotzman Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Traveling in North East Oregon during winter can be extremely hazardous, with blizzards and high winds closing all roads in and out of La Grande at a moments notice. If you do plan to travel to the area, check the weather for the upcoming week. Travel in the area during the winter will also require you to have either studded tires on your vehicle or at least having chains available.

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    by JAFA-Rease Written Jul 6, 2004

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    While on one of my walks through La Grande, we came across this sign. I just couldn't resist adding it as a warning to dog owners...

    My sister's dog (Scarlet) tempting fate ;)
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  • La Grande Hotels

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La Grande Tourist Traps

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    by GCoop Written Dec 4, 2013

    I have to admit, I don't think that there is one in La Grande....Just saying.

    Unique Suggestions: MAYBE the Hot Springs on the way to Union, coming from La Grande. I like it actually, AND I wouldn't call it a tourist trap by any stretch of the imagination!

    Fun Alternatives: N/A

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La Grande What to Pack

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    by GCoop Written Dec 4, 2013

    Luggage and bags: Backpack and one other small bag. That's all you need!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Fleece, scarf, gloves, board shorts, kilt, flip flops, sunglasses, T-shirt, Xtra TUFFS, jeans, cowboy boots and a little black dress!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toothbrush, floss, cologne/perfume!

    Photo Equipment: Black and white-always!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: French coffee press and a Jet-Boil!

    Miscellaneous: Anything that says .40 or bigger! ...And a knife.

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La Grande Off The Beaten Path

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    by oneonta_ni Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This photo was taken along an old road that I liked to cycle on. It is looking Southwest, towards the little town of Cove.

    La Grande is a great base if you like outdoor activities. There is a lot of fishing, hunting, hiking and skiing that can be done within a few miles of the town.

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