We had one day to explore around Baker. My main goal was to visit the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. I really wanted to walk along some of the wagon ruts but the day was already starting out hot and I didn’t think I wanted to walk 3 miles to see them. But first breakfast.
We did have a discount coupon for breakfast at the hotel but I wanted to explore downtown. Combing through the reviews on Yelp, Zephyr Bakery sounded like a good place. Unfortunately, it was Monday and it was closed. In fact, most everything was closed downtown. But we saw a few cars and people seated outside one building and went to explore. We were sure glad we did. It was the Lone Tree Cafe named after a famous valley landmark. The coffee was excellent and food very creative and excellent service. G had the Huevos Rancheros and I had the standard breakfast with homemade potato sausage which I loved. We ate inside and the decor was fun and funky along with a turntable and vinyl records available for playing. It was a winner.
We went for a walk around the the main downtown area. I fell in love with the creative old style display windows. Some were filled with interesting junk, others showcased local art or music. The best was the Ryder Brothers Stationery store filled with old office supplies – typewriters, staplers, adding machine, ink.
We also loved the architecture of the many stone building built around 1900. The Geiser Grand Hotel dominates one end of the main street. We drove around the near by streets and saw several other grand masonry buildings such as the city hall or the Catholic church.
Interesting-strange display – saddle, rubber chicken, mirror