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La Grande Trip Ideas

Activities to do in La Grande, Oregon

For adventuring in Eastern Oregon, there’s no better base camp than La Grande. Surrounded by natural beauty, it’s a thriving community for the arts, outdoor rec, and local eateries.

Things to do in La Grande, Oregon

When you arrive in La Grande, take an opportunity to refuel. JaxDog Cafe & Books serves sweet and savory homemade fare, like fresh cardamom rolls and house made soups. The same care for the menu goes into the curated selection of books, perfect for snagging a vacation read.


Before heading out for hiking, biking or more, Blue Mountain Outfitters and Mountain Works Bicycles serve as incredible resources. Stock up on any gear you accidentally forgot or need to tune up and benefit from the staff’s rich knowledge of the surrounding sites and local tips.  Check out Go Wild: American Adventures for the adventure experts. They create gourmet wilderness experiences In Northeast Oregon for almost any size group.


Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA)  the answer for your outdoor fix. Previously private timber land, this park opened in 2008 with 85+ miles of trails and nearly 2,700 feet of elevation change, in the Grande Ronde Valley and Blue Mountains. Open year-round and pet-friendly, you’re free to run, ride, camp, cross-country ski and more.


Check in at The Landing Hotel when you’re ready to freshen up and unwind. The Landing is a charming, boutique hotel offering a handful of spacious rooms and intimate spaces to gather, including a roomy community balcony and highly-rated restaurant on the floor level. Or experience The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs that overlooks the reservoir supplying its spa and soaking pools with spring water. This Northeastern Oregon destination has been newly renovated to receive guests.


In the morning, stroll down to Le Bebe Cakes Bakeryand take in the shop windows and small town charm of La Grande. With both a breakfast menu and grab-and-go options from the case, this cafe is known for incredible breakfast quiche, their delicious coffees,  yummy pasties, sweet ice cold drinks, flavorfull macroons, reative birthday cakes, beautiful wedding cakes and more.


Continue exploring at Art Center East a touchstone for regional artists, that features classes in pottery, watercolors, and macrame. The space includes a rotating art gallery and hosts free events for the public. Also visit The Potter’s House and Birddog Glass & Boylan Studios to experience the craftsmanship of stoneware and glassblowing respectively. Explore the vast collection of crafts and goods found at Marketplace Underground. In the style of a European village wander past storefronts and experience events in this unique downtown (and underground) locale.


Ready for refreshment? Side A Brewing’s craft tap list and fried chicken sandwich bring out locals and visitors alike, especially as a popular stop on the Eastern Oregon Brews Byway. A hidden gem with a menu worth seeking out, Thai Fresh Gardens offers fresh, healthy and vegetarian-friendly options that bring diners back again and again.


Finally, a classic American tradition available during the summer season – the La Grande Drive-In! A single screen set outdoors where moviegoers can set their car stereo to play the audio and enjoy an evening of cinema under the stars.

@thestolenword - side a brewing

Where to Eat and Drink

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

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

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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