Built in 1889, the stately Gesier Grand sits like the dowager duchess of Main Street, her cupola clock tower cutting a sharp figure against a wide Baker City sky—the Italianate Renaissance Revival beauty was once known as the finest hotel between Portland and Salt Lake City, and it's still one of the best. The rooms still have those 14-foot ceilings, old-fashioned transoms above the door, and 10-foot-tall windows. But of all the fascinating features, it's the custom-built
stained-glass ceiling in hues of green, blue, purple, and red that takes center stage. The fact that it was created from photographs and an old timer's memory makes it even more astounding. There's a lively saloon and a classy restaurant serving decent (if predictable) traditional American fare.