Almost Thanksgiving Dinner is Saturday

WALLOWA LAKE — Before the holiday season truly gets underway, the Wallowa Lake Lodge is getting a headstart with its Almost Thanksgiving Dinner Saturday.

Dinner tickets are $35 per person. The evening begins with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at
5 p.m., followed by dinner at
6:15 p.m. in the lodge’s Camas Dining Room.

The meal will feature roasted duck breast with spiced cranberry and pear chutney or a vegetarian option of baked ratatouille. Both dinner choices will be paired with roasted Brussels sprouts, wild rice and mushrooms, maple-glazed sweet potatoes, dessert and Northwest wines.

This is the second dinner hosted this season by Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC, the community entity purchasing the lodge. Besides offering a unique holiday meal, the Almost Thanksgiving Dinner is a chance to tour the historic Wallowa Lake Lodge and to learn about the future operational plans — to keep it as both an inn and restaurant as it has been for nearly 100 years.

According to the website,, the Mission of Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC is to “purchase Wallowa Lake Lodge and 8.5 acres of surrounding lands, including ancient forests, wetlands, and riparian woodlands.” The plan is to maintain it as a “family-friendly hotel at the head of the lake.”

The lodge was built in 1923 with two stories and seven bedrooms. Another story was added in 1926 and guest cabins were added in 1953. The lodge was featured in a PBS documentary, “Great Lodges of the National Parks and Monuments.”

The lodge is located at the base of the Wallowa Mountains, one of Oregon’s 7 Wonders, and draws visitors from around the world.

To RSVP, call 541-398-0305. To learn more about Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC, visit

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