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Pendleton Roundup

OK, rodeo fans, I need some advice here. Have a chance to go to the Pendleton Roundup this September. I love rodeo, and will be in Portand for a conference a few days before it starts, so have to take it in as I live on the East Coast and may never get to Oregon again. Looked on Internet and cannot find a vacancy in town! Any suggestions of where to stay? Any other suggestions to make my rodeo experience more worthwhile? Will be dragging my husband along (we are in our early 50s), I love rodeo, he doesn't but he'll come along for the ride. We both love historical sights. Plan to stay in town three or four days. I welcome any suggestion as to other things to see and do. Right now, we really need to find some lodging. Apprecate any help anyone can give me.


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Rooms in Pendleton and vicinity book up the day after the Round-Up for the next years Rodeo... never been but would really like to go someday. Do you have tickets yet? You may need to hurry and buy some-Im not sure if they have sold out yet either. Apparently townspeople rent out RV/tent space in their driveways-some people rent out their houses too(dont know how youd find that though-you have to know someone who knows someone,etc). Check out some of the towns near by Hermiston comes to mind- not exactly vacation spot USA, but might have a room. Check out The River Lodge in Boardman-its pretty nice, but might be booked up. Since you'll be coming from Portland, not much as far as towns between Pendelton and The Dalles. You might have to go farther east on I-84 to LaGrande for lodging. Or North to Walla Walla, WA or Milton-Freewater, OR? In any case, you'll have to hunt to find a room...

As far as other things to see-dont miss the Pendleton Woolen Mills. This is the only place where you can get '2nds' Pendleton Blankets- I bought a few here and if you look through them you can really get some really good deals-like savings of 100 bucks or more. Plus they have a tour of the Mill.

Good LUck!

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Yes they do book up early, but I have known of more than one person who found lodging as late as early summer.

What I would do is make a list of hotels and then call them all. I know the internet is more convenient and quicker, but once you call and talk to a real person, you may have a much greater chance to find a room.

You probably have these lists:


This one has B&B's, which may not be booked yet:


Good luck :-)

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It's been years since I've been to the Pendleton Roundup, but they do put on a great show. Be sure to take in the Happy Canyon Night Show--great pageant.

Anything close to Pendleton that is not already booked is likely to be extremely overpriced. Suggest you try Walla Walla, WA or the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, WA) They are each an easy 1 hour drive from Pendleton and have a variety of accomodations.

Lots of history around Walla Walla and some great wineries in the Tri-Cities area.

www.VisitTri-Cities.com www.wallawalla.org

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You already have some good input on options. Tri-Cities might be best if Hermiston does not work. Hermiston is closer but tri-cities better place to stay. It is bigger and less thought of as next to Pendleton.

Calling is good idea if you have the patience. We had family gathering recently in Pendleton. I was getting rtather poor answers on internet. Found out there was a girl's bb tourney in town. and they were holding less expensive rooms for them. wife got on phone and found a room at a good price.

Not the same problem as Roundup where there really are often no rooms cause the regulars do book next year as they leave, and there are a lot of those.

I used to be regular at Round-up but that was when I lived in area, and could find family or friends to staye with or near. plus i did live in Pendleton for 4 summers. And exciting place to be during Round-up always something happening

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Each motel usually has one person assigned to booking rooms for the Rounnd-Up. Get that person's name & call at least once a week. Also, every motel has a cut off date for repeat customers to pay a deposit on the room. Rooms not getting a deposit become available to new people. Expect to pay $150 & up per night, many require a 3 night minimum. IF you are persistant you WILL get a room. There is no rodeo like the PENDLETON ROUND-UP, if you go you will never forget it. ps the WILDHORSE CASINO is about 5 miles East of town & has a shuttle. Sometimes people forget to call them.

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Thanks for tip. I did get a room at the Rodeo City Inn. I called them in person and they had rooms. Someone told me it used to be a truck stop but they assured me it was very clean. Not bad in price, $45 for Wed. night and $95 afterwards. Do you know this place? I gather it was closed for a while and is under new management now and people do not know it is open, that is why they had rooms. Now I am trying to get tickets to the North Grandstand so we can sit by the bucking chutes. All they had left were South Grandstand for Thurs. and seats not under cover for Sat. (the finals). I called the Chamber of Commerce and told them to put me on a waiting list for better tickets (someone told me that they will sell you tickets that people turn in). But if you know a better way to get North Grandstand tickets, please let me know. Can't believe stuff sells out this fast and it is still several months away. Looking forward to it. Heard it is one of the best. Went to Cheyenne Days last year and loved it. We did get good seats to the Indian pagent for Thurs. night.

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Don't hold your breath on North Grandstand tickets! 30-40 years ago when they built it, people spent the night in the park to line up for the tickets which are "owned" year to year by the same person. We have been on the wait list for 30-40 years, as people do not turn in their "ownerships." The tickets pass from generation to generation via wills. You can only buy these tickets from a family that owns them... and good luck with that! Some businesses own them and give them to their best customers, although you are probably too late for this upcoming year. Don't expect great things from your hotel. It is a dive quite aways from downtown Pendleton. You won't be in the town itself. I would keep calling.

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If you want a nice room at a nice price during Roundup, try the Morgan Inn in Milton-Freewater. 30 miles north of Pendleton, 10 miles south of Walla Walla. Surely much cheaper than anything in Pendleton during that event. 866-938-6369

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I have a 3 bedroom trailer, newer single wide for $100 a night, 3 day minimum stay, money due upon arrival or wired thru Western Union. located 5 miles east of town, next to shuttle stop, located 1 mile from Wildhorse Resort and Casino. reply to umatilla_23@yahoo.com

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