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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.

On your way into Union, stop by several family farms and scenic sites on the Union County Farm Trail. 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.

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.

For places to stay, head to the Historic Union Hotel–established in the 1920s and restored to keep its homey, vintage touches including the parlor complete with a cozy fireplace where guests can gather. Or experience The Lodge at Hot Lake that overlooks the reservoir supplying its spa and soaking pools with spring water. This Northeastern Oregon destination has been newly renovated to receive guests.

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. Bright and early the next morning, swing by RattleTale Coffee & Such, an eclectic and inviting coffee shop in the heart of town.

From Union, head south to Anthony Lakes where the trails are open year-round. 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.

After a long day playing on the mountain, soak away the soreness at Grande Hot Springs RV Resort. In addition to RV hookups, lodging options include seasonal tent camping, a vintage airstream trailer, and yurts with private soaking tubs.

Knowing you’ve worked up quite an appetite, 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. 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.


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

Union County Farm Trail

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


Where to Stay

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

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

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

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