Cory Carman, Stanford grad and fourth generation Oregon rancher
Taking in the view at Buckhorn Springs lookout
Imnaha River in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Located at the base of the magnificent Wallowa Mountains, Joseph is nationally known for its bronze foundries and art galleries.

Cory Carman – Fourth generation rancher:

Cory Carman grew up in paradise, albeit not the tropical kind. In the shadow of the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon, she spent her youth riding horses on the family’s 3,500-acre cattle ranch. After college at Stanford, Cory felt the pull of the family farm amid its wide-open spaces and jaw-dropping vistas. She’s now the fourth generation to oversee the ranch, which supplies grass-fed beef to many of Oregon’s top chefs. Here is Cory’s Trail to Feast for her stomping grounds. This trip takes you from Bend to Baker City to Joseph.

Start your day:
Before hitting the road in Bend, grab a Fair Trade Certified coffee and a breakfast burrito at Strictly Organic Coffee.

Grab your camera:
Four miles east of Prairie City on the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, a big Conestoga wagon commemorates the Oregon Trail and marks a viewpoint into the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.

Unique sleeps:
Revisit the service and style of 1889 without giving up creature comforts at the Geiser Grand Hotel, a National Historic Landmark in Baker City.

Meet the maker:
Stop by Stein Distillery on Main Street in the picture book town of Joseph to sample their excellent handcrafted spirits made onsite with locally grown grains in a magnificent copper still.

A treat worth the drive:
A dark chocolate mocha from Arrowhead Chocolates in Joseph will help fuel your explorations, and don’t forget some salted caramels for the road.

You’ve gotta see this:
Watch 10,000 years of Native American history come to life through exhibits, storytelling and dance at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute Museum, 10 miles east of Pendleton.

Can’t-miss dinner:
Order the Pit Boss burger made with local grass-fed beef, bacon and barbeque sauce to go with one of the eight rotating handcrafted beers on tap at Pendleton’s best brewery and pub, The Prodigal Son.

Want some inspiration to help create your own tasty trail? Download our Trails To Feast booklet featuring seven culinary paths throughout Oregon.

This Itinerary includes one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders. See one, or better yet, see them all!

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  1. BeckyJ says…

    You might think of putting together trips from Boise, Idaho. A lot of us drive from Idaho across Oregon. From Boise to Bend where would you stop for coffee in Ontario, lunch? Bend is foodie heaven all by itself. Where would you stop if you are drivng from Boise to Portland? Great seafood without going all the way to the coast? Great stops along the coast. Friends and I spent a weekend eating our way up and down the coast. Stopping for single items at favorite locations and then taking a feast of very fresh items home for one last pig out. I think we all ate salads for the next week.

    Written on May 4th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  2. Zolu Handson says…

    WHY is there nothing in this article about La Grande.
    There are resturants and Local beer and many more things to do. Who wrote this story?

    Written on May 4th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  3. JC Thompson says…

    Really great website! Illustrations are dynomite.

    Written on May 4th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  4. Deb says…

    I’m from the Upper Midwest. I want to visit Oregon, maybe move, and I want to know what I should see and do to help me get a feel for the place. I like this article’s tone and I like the breezy openness of the suggestions. Please keep the articles coming!

    Written on May 9th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  5. Greg Robeson says…

    The tips for eastern Oregon — as well as the other six Trails to Feast features you’ll see soon — were provided by “guides” who shared their favorite spots and experiences. In this case, rancher Cory Carman took us on a tour of this part of the state. I do know there are some great spots in La Grande (I enjoy Foley’s, Mt. Emily Ale House)… we just had limited space to cover a big part of the state. What’s your favorite spot in La Grande?

    Written on May 10th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  6. William Morrise (Sr.) says…

    Today I received in the mail About the Feast and a Free Airfare an 8 days of feasing FREE just enter..
    I attempted that NO LUCK..SO…Now What?

    Written on September 1st, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  7. bob igram says…

    thank you for an interesting travel route suggestion… new to Oregon, having only lived here 2-1/2 years. im in Grants Pass, and i still havent explored the Northeast corner of the state, Spring of 2016 should be a good time to give this a shot

    Written on October 30th, 2015 / Flag this Comment
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