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Awe-inspiring, enchanting, captivating – no one word can capture the essence of this area.

As often as possible, our travels take us to Joseph, Oregon at the base of the Wallawa Mountains, my favorite spot in the world. Joseph is a charming historical town that has reinvented itself into a popular art and cultural center. Thanks to the bronze foundries that opened in 1982, and subsequent galleries, resort-worthy clothing stores, and restaurants, the town has been rejuvenated, boasting brick sidewalks, hanging baskets and gorgeous bronzes on most of its downtown corners.

Embers Brewhouse downtown Joseph with views of Wallawa Mountains

The vibrant energy has turned it into a must-go destination spot with offerings such as Chief Joseph Days Rodeo in July; the Bronze, Blues, and Brews festival in August; and Alpenfest in September. A constant draw is the beautiful Wallowa Lake, where our family has enjoyed camping, swimming, and boating for years.

The one, irresistible thing for me to do, however, is to drive through the rolling farms by myself and find a place to stop and gaze at the Wallowa mountains, dubbed the Oregon Alps. Each time, a powerful, creative force makes my entire being swell with longing. It’s like nothing I’ve experienced anywhere else.

Awe-inspiring, enchanting, captivating – no one word can capture the essence of this area.

How about you? Have you visited Joseph? Is there a place that creates a similar sensation for you?  If you are a writer, is there somewhere you can count on for inspiration?

Please share your special place with the rest of us.

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