We were hoping for a nice relaxing getaway for a few days that would include lots of relaxing peace and quiet, some light hiking, and extraordinary scenery. We got some of what we were hoping for, but certainly not all.
We stayed in the Little Fir Cabin #6, and it was adequate for the most part. Bedrooms were very quiet and the beds were comfy - I had the best nights' sleep two nights in a row that I have had in a long time. The kitchen was stocked with the basic pots, pans, etc. Cable TV was advertised, but be forewarned... there were no channels over #38. Free WiFi was also advertised, but it was very weak... we were not able to use our tablets very much at all. We didn't think not having cable TV choices or adequate WiFi would be such a problem until one of us injured our achilles tendon... at the beginning of the trip. This meant lots of time being spent in the cabin and very little entertainment choice.
On top of those disappointments the cabin's back deck overlooks the bumper boats and putt putt golf areas. Everyday there was lots of squealing, yelling, and joyful screaming from people using the bumper boats. Glad they were having a good time, however it was quite annoying to us in the cabin.
Two days before we were to leave the microwave decided to go crazy on us... it would start up at random with nothing inside it and would not turn off. Had to unplug it and not use it. That really was the last straw for us and we decided to leave the very next day, cutting our stay short by a day.
As far as surroundings and scenery go...
The town of Joseph is just a few miles down the road and is very quaint... only a few blocks long but lots of gift shops and restaurants and lots of real estate businesses. We ate at La Laguna, the mexican restaurant in town our first night there, and it was very good.
We took a day trip to the Hells Canyon Overlook. The overlook was disappointing... could see part of the canyon but couldn't see the Snake River. However the drive to and from was gorgeous. There were few cars on the rough two lane road and it felt like we were all alone in another part of the world.
Wallowa Lake is a pretty moraine lake. But we were spoiled after visiting many moraine lakes in the Banff National Park a couple of years ago. Wallowa Lake is beautiful on its own, but cannot compare to Lake Louise or Moraine Lake in Banff.
All in all this whole trip seemed like a good idea in the planning stages, however repeated little disappointments kept getting in our way of having a really good time. Bummer... we had such high hopes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We provide fully furnished luxury rental homes and cozy cabins at Wallowa Lake. Amenities include an outdoor hot tub, wireless internet, king beds, Cable TV, wheelchair accessible units and lake/mountain/river views. Many cabins are pet friendly. Open year round. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wallowa Lake Hotel Joseph
- Wallowa Lake Resort Joseph, Oregon