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COMPASS PACIFIC NORTHWEST The best of Baker County “Baker City’s award-winning historical downtown is always a favorite stop for groups visiting eastern Oregon,” says Timothy Bishop, marketing director for Baker County Tourism. “We have over 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, making the downtown walking tour a great way to explore the region’s rich history. Or for those operators looking for a shopping break in their itinerary, the city is full of quaint locally owned shops and art galleries.” Beyond those options, Bishop recommends the following three things for groups visiting his area. Barley Brown’s Brew Pub Oregon is well known as a destination for craft beer, and Barley Brown’s is one of the state’s most awarded craft breweries—having won more than 90 U.S. and international awards for its beers. The brewery offers guided group tours, and travelers can sample from the more than 25 varieties on tap or enjoy a smaller selection over dinner at the adjacent brewpub. The Geiser Grand Hotel Bishop says whether groups spend the night, visit as part of the Step Back in Time tour or enjoy dinner under the stained- glass ceiling in its Palm Court, this beautifully restored historical Victorian hotel is a must-see. first full weekend in October, this event is perfect for groups want- ing to explore the local culinary scene. Restaurants from through- out the region set up on the downtown sidewalks and offer bite-size samples of their finest dishes. Taste of Baker City always coincides with the First Friday Art Walk and the Baker Artists Studio Tour, which also take place in the downtown area. For more information, contact Bishop at or visit 40 July 2017 Taste of Baker City Held the