JACKIE BURGOYNE CALLS IT HER SEVENTY-SIX-MILE OFF-RAMP. Her turn-of-the-century bed and breakfast lies near its eastern terminus in Enterprise. Highway 82 snakes east from la grande at interstate 84 to its terminus in Joseph, at the foot of the scenic Wallowa Mountains and the head of Wallowa Lake. The Enterprise House that Burgoyne and her husband operate is just one of the many eclectic attractions on this road that transports you from the Old West to a modern art haven six hours from Portland. Wildlife, pristine rivers and iconic symbols of rural life are the backdrop for this trip. These are just some reasons to hit Hells Canyon Scenic Byway.
The new brewery in town not only has a solid beer list, but a menu that surpasses most brewpubs.
Embers Brewhouse | embersbrewhouse.com
Summer in Joseph is practically defined by sitting on the patio with a beer and a pizza at this local brewhouse. Live music on the outdoor stage is a nice compliment to the unobstructed view of the mountains.
Old Town Cafe | 541.432.9898
The wait can be long, but breakfast in this tiny cafe is worth the wait.
R& R Drive-In | 541.432.9000
Fast food never tasted so good. The independently owned burger and ice cream joint serves cones this size of the Wallowas for less than a buck.
Vali’s Alpine Restaurant | valisrestaurant.com
Fine dining, alpine style. Check the website and make a reservation, because this cozy restaurant is tiny and only serves one Central European dish per night.
Wallowa Lake Lodge | wallowalake.com
Located at the head of the lake, the 1920s-era lodge is a classic mountain getaway hotel and restaurant.