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La Grande Trip Ideas

Activities to do in La Grande, Oregon

When it comes to embarking on adventures in Eastern Oregon, La Grande stands out as the perfect base camp. Embraced by breathtaking natural landscapes, this vibrant town offers a thriving community that celebrates the arts, outdoor recreation, and a delightful array of local eateries.

Things to do in La Grande, Oregon

Upon arriving in La Grande, Oregon, treat yourself to a delightful culinary experience at The Smokehouse Restaurant. Indulge in their delectable smoked food and homemade breakfast fare that will energize you for the adventures ahead. If you're in the mood for a relaxing drink, head over to Tap that Growlers, where you can choose from 40 taps of craft beer, hard cider, kombucha, and brewed root beer. While you're there, savor a mouthwatering custom pizza from their brick oven, along with other tempting options like custom pasta, wings, pretzels, and salads.

Before embarking on your outdoor activities, make sure to stop by Blue Mountain Outfitters and Mountain Works Bicycles. These fantastic resources offer gear for hiking, biking, and more, as well as valuable insights from their knowledgeable staff about the surrounding sites and local tips. For those seeking extraordinary wilderness experiences, Go Wild: American Adventures can arrange gourmet adventures in Northeast Oregon for groups of almost any size.

Nature enthusiasts should not miss Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA), a former private timberland transformed into a park in 2008. With over 85 miles of trails and nearly 2,700 feet of elevation change, MERA in the Grande Ronde Valley and Blue Mountains invites you to run, ride, camp, cross-country ski, and enjoy pet-friendly outdoor activities throughout the year.

When you're ready to unwind and freshen up, consider staying at The Landing Hotel. This charming boutique hotel offers spacious rooms and intimate spaces, including a roomy community balcony with food service. Alternatively, The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs overlooks a reservoir supplying its spa and soaking pools with spring water, providing a rejuvenating experience for guests. While there check out the Thermal Pub & Eatery, open to the public every day, 2pm-9:30pm.  The 60-seat movie theater is open every Thursday-Sunday, tickets only $5.00!

Start your morning with a leisurely stroll to Liberty Theatre Café or The Press Room, where you can soak in the small-town charm of La Grande while enjoying their delightful breakfast menus and grab-and-go options. These cafes are known for their incredible breakfast pastries, delicious coffees, yummy sandwiches, and refreshing ice-cold drinks.

For a dose of art and creativity, explore Art Center East, a hub for regional artists offering classes in pottery, watercolors, and macrame. The space also features a rotating art gallery and hosts free public events. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the art of glassblowing at Birddog Glass, and while you're at it, browse the charming Bout Time Boutique, which showcases a fantastic selection of affordable and stylish items, including locally made treasures.

If you're looking to quench your thirst, Side A Brewing is a must-visit. With its craft tap list and irresistible fried chicken sandwich, this spot is a favorite among both locals and visitors, making it a popular stop along the Eastern Oregon Brews Byway. For a taste of fresh, healthy, and vegetarian-friendly options, Thai Fresh Gardens  is the go-to destination, drawing diners back with their flavorful offerings time and again.

Finally, during the summer season, relive a classic American tradition at the La Grande Drive-In. Gather outdoors and enjoy an evening of cinema under the stars while tuning your car stereo to the movie's audio for a nostalgic and memorable experience.

Embrace the charm of La Grande, Oregon, and make the most of your visit by exploring its diverse culinary scene, abundant outdoor activities, creative arts, and warm hospitality.

@thestolenword - side a brewing

Where to Eat and Drink

Tap That! Growlers
1108 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 663-9010

Side A Brewing
1219 Washington Ave, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 605-0163

Thai Fresh Gardens
1101 Washington Ave, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 663-0700

Raul's Taqueria & Cantina
1302 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 605-0622

4th Street Bistro
1912 4th Street, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 541-962-7500

Liberty Theater Café
1012 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 963-5413

What to Do

Morgan Lake Park
1124 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850

Mt. Emily Recreation Area
63571 Owsley Canyon Rd, La Grande, OR 97850

Art Center East
1006 Penn Ave, La Grande, OR 97850  •  (541) 624-2800

Fire Arts Blacksmithing School
702 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850  •  (541) 605-8286

BirdDog Glass
702 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850  •  (541) 910-3510

La Grande Granada Theater
1311 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850  •  (541) 963-3866

@seanlerner - MERA

Where to Stay


The Lodge at Hot Lake
66172 OR-203, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 963-4685

Grande Hot Springs - RV Resort - Yurts - Cabins
65182 Hot Lke Lane, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 963-5253

The Landing Hotel
1501 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 663-1501

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