by Rainbow Bobbins
We headed southeast from Pendleton to visit Union, Oregon. Union is located 10miles from La Grande — it is a small town that used to be along the Oregon Trail. Now it is a tiny town with buildings dating back to the 1890s. There is a old hotel of this era that rents out unique rooms at an affordable rate: The Historic Union Hotel. BTW there is a Kenny Rogers room. Down the street is Brewski’s – a brew pub with live music and a fun crowd. Near Union is the town of Cove which boast a hot spring pool and an annual dutch oven cook off. Also nearby is Hot Lake Springs — a natural spring that gushes out over 300 gallons of 200 degree water each and everyday. The site over the years has hosted Indian tribes, a tourist destination, a hospital, been and abandoned and is now the pet restoration project of bronze artist David Manuel.