Where to Eat and Drink in Baker City
“I really like the ‘shock and awe’ factor,” says WNBA player turned baker Jenny Mowe about the decadent creations at her shop, Sweet Wife Baking. Awe she does, with bacon-apple-maple scones, seasonal macarons, and a roll stuffed with egg frittata and topped with sriracha-infused cream cheese.
Mediterranean fare—think manicotti filled with lobster or crisp bruschetta spread with pesto—dominates the menu at Latitude 45 Grille, but the burgers hew to the area’s ranching roots: Choose from three different kinds of local, grass-fed beef.
The pub at Barley Brown’s Beer serves up a roster of medal-winning brews, including its Pallet Jack IPA and Shredders Wheat. In the brewery’s family-friendly restaurant, enjoy spicy fried pickles or beer-battered halibut atop a mountain of hand-cut spuds.
The Leo Adler Memorial Parkway hugs the Powder River for two miles just blocks from downtown. Stroll through two city parks, meander under leafy cottonwoods, and in the morning, watch for beavers splashing along the banks.
Spring is a prime birding time in Baker County, so bring your binoculars. Top spots include Powder River Interpretive Trail, Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area, and Virtue Flat Off-Highway Vehicle Area. You may catch sight of bald eagles, ospreys, Vaux’s swifts, and western meadowlarks.
Wish winter had lasted just a little longer? Head to Anthony Lake, a subalpine gem 35 miles northwest of Baker City. At an elevation of 7,100 feet in the Elkhorn Mountains, the lake is iced over through late May. Don’t let that stop you from exploring its scalloped edges and taking in stunning views of Gunsight Mountain from the easy, graveled Anthony Lake Shoreline Trail loop.