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Union & Cove Trip Ideas

For getting off the beaten path, the communities of Union and Cove are your stops for soaking pools, fruit orchards, alpine trails, and farm stands.

From the popular outdoor playground of Anthony Lakes, where trails are open year-round, take advantage of adventures in any season. In winter, this alpine area is a great mix of runs ranging from beginner to expert. There are also groomed trails available for Nordic (cross-country) skiing. During warmer months, mountain bikers take to the trails for elevated climbs and downhill routes. Taking a break between runs? Stop by North Powder Cafe where they serve bigger-than-your-face plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this family-owned, uber-friendly spot.

 

For places to stay, head to Antone Creek Lodge, where a collection of outfitted cabins are just down the road from Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort. It’s a perfect sanctuary set in nature with the creek running nearby.

 

From North Powder head toward Union and pick up the Grande Ronde Farm Trail for a day exploring family farms and scenic sites. The orchards, ranches, and gardens of the Grande Ronde Valley invite you to stock up on seasonal produce, farm fresh eggs and protein, as well as handmade goods. Swing by RattleTale Coffee & Such, an eclectic and inviting coffee shop in the heart of town, for an afternoon pick-me-up.

 

Take your farm stand finds over to Catherine Creek State Park and spread a picnic under the ponderosa pines. When you’re ready to get moving again, enjoy an easy 3-mile hike over the creek and looping through the park. Anglers are welcome to fish for rainbow trout in the cool stream waters; be sure to pick up an ODFW permit at a nearby store before dropping in a line. Or if you’d rather stay in town, grab a table on the back patio at LJ Brewskis and choose from their daily specials, homemade desserts, and rotating list of craft beers and local wines. 

 

Let the evening lead you to cocktail hour at Steakhouse at Cove and then the toughest decision of the night – prime rib, New York strip or flat iron steaks.

 

Book camp cabins at Ascension School in Cove, perfect for hosting group and family gatherings. The grounds showcase the iconic Ascension Chapel, views of the surrounding valley, and a lush lawn, which makes this retreat center ideal for reunions and events. 

 

Continue exploring the Grande Ronde Farm Trail around Cove with its over 500 acres of orchards and delightful honey stands. If you’re craving classic fast-food – shakes, burgers, fries, and towering cones of soft-serve – Cove Drive-In has been a local favorite for generations.

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Where to Eat and Drink

Steakhouse at Cove
505 Main St, Cove, OR 97824  •  (541) 568-4000

RattleTale Coffee & Such
332 S Main St, Union, OR 97883  •  (541) 286-0886

North Powder Cafe
975 2nd St, North Powder, OR 97867  •  (541) 898-2868

LJ Brewskis
267 S Main St, Union, OR 97883  •  (541) 562-6286

Cove Drive-In
702 Main St, Cove, OR 97824  •  (541) 568-4764

What to Do

Grande Ronde Farm Trail
Union County, OR 97850 •  (541) 963-8588

Catherine Creek State Park
Medical Springs Hwy, Union, OR 97883  •  (800) 551-6949

Anthony Lakes
47500 Anthony Lakes Hwy, North Powder, OR 97867  •  (541) 856-3277

Union County Museum
331 S Main Street, Union, OR 97883 •  (541) 562-6003

Buffalo Peak Golf Course
1224 E Fulton Street, Union, OR 97883 •  (541) 562-5527

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Where to Stay

Historic Union Hotel
326 N Main St, Union, OR 97883  •  (541) 562-1200

Ascension School
1104 Church St, Cove, OR 97824 •  (541) 568-4514

Grande Hot Springs RV Resort
65182 Hot Lake Ln, La Grande, OR 97850  •  (541) 963-5253

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