By Eileen Garvin-TravelOregon –
Located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Pendleton was first
platted in 1868. The town has a rich history, including many local
businesses that have been in operation for more than 100 years.
Start your day with breakfast at the Rainbow Café. It’s the oldest business in town, first opened in 1883 as the State Saloon & Banquet.
Enjoy a morning tour of the original Pendleton Woolen Mills,
opened by the Bishop family in 1909. Watch a saddle craftsman at the
Hamley & Co. store. Founded in 1883, Hamley’s became known as the
maker of “the finest saddles man could ride.” They also make a great
steak at Hamley’s Steakhouse.
Next, stop at Montana Peaks Hat Company, which caters to the discriminating hat wearer, then head to the Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, the Heritage Station Museum and the Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
home cooking at the Main Street Diner. Continue a tour of Pendleton
history at the local Krusteaz factory. Sample delicious mustards, wing
sauces and other gourmet condiments at the Barhyte Specialty Foods Company.
If you are interested in the arts, don’t miss the Pendleton Center for the Arts,
Betty Feves Memorial Gallery at the Blue Mountain Community College and
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at the historic St. Andrews
Pause for lunch at The Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub, before enjoying the historic Underground Tour. End your day with a stroll down the Pendleton River Parkway to the Great Pacific Wine and Coffee Company and unwind with a glass of local wine.
More to see in Pendleton
The first Pendleton Round-Up
was held in 1910 and meant to be “a frontier exhibition of picturesque
pastimes, Indian and military spectacles, cowboy racing and bronco
busting for the championship of the Northwest.” More than 7,000 visitors
saw that first show, and today, 70,000 visitors enjoy the rodeo every
The Umatilla, Walla Walla and Cayuse tribes have lived in
the Pendleton area for thousands of years. Their traditions continue and
can be seen at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and by attending the Happy Canyon Pageant Night at the Pendleton RoundUp.