From the settlement of this rugged country to the Pendleton Round-Up held each September for over 100 years, Pendleton has deep Western roots.
Dip into this history by visiting the Pendleton Underground Tours or the Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. Pendleton Underground Tours covers our past as a railroad town and entertainment capital of Oregon on 90 minute tours. The Hall of Fame isn’t just cowboys, it also includes legendary livestock, rodeo royalty, American Indian leaders, and selfless volunteers.
To take a piece of the West home with you, visit some of our leatherworkers including Richard Stapleman at Stapleman’s Custom Boot Shop, Joe Meling at 23+, or Linda at L.L. Bevington. We also have a custom hat shop, Montana Peaks Hat Co. Don’t forget to stop into Hamley & Co.’s Western Store, a Pendleton mainstay for over 100 years. There’s nothing like the feel of wearing quality products handmade right here in Pendleton.
For a Western dining experience, within one block of Hamley’s Western Store are two steakhouses, Virgil’s at Cimmyotti’s and Hamley Steakhouse, each with their own Western atmosphere. The Rainbow Café is right there too, check out the old cowboy memorabilia hanging on the walls.
Arts & Craftsmanship
The wide open spaces of Eastern Oregon give way to artist inspiration in Pendleton. Whether you want to stretch your own artistic side or enjoy someone else’s craft, we have you covered.
Find a wide array of exhibits and art classes around town and at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts and the Pendleton Center for the Arts throughout the year.Get moving and enjoy the outdoor art around town, including our Bronze Trail. You can go to www. pendletonbronzetrail.com on your phone and take a walking tour that includes recordings on the statues you will see.
The Pendleton Woolen Mills have been in the same location since 1909 and still weave blankets here featuring classic and new designs. They offer four tours each day Monday through Friday. Pendleton Woolen Mills Heritage Collection highlights the wide array of American Indian artifacts that have been given to the Bishop family, the owners of the woolen mills. Top off your day with live music. Hamley Steakhouse and Saloon has live music on weekends and the Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Company has music performances or jam sessions throughout the week. Check Wildhorse Resort & Casino for entertainment and see if the Oregon East Symphony or the College Community Theatre has a performance while you are here!
Whether you are planning a family get-together or a large corporate event, Pendleton offers you a wide variety of event spaces and caterers. From the intimate backyard and home at Pendleton House Historic Inn to the gorgeous red barn at Winn Homestead Events nestled into the Blue Mountain foothills, not to mention meeting rooms of various sizes at Pendleton Convention Center and Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
Travel Pendleton is here to help you plan your event, large or small. Visit travelpendleton.com for a list of event facilities and their contact information.