If These Walls Could Talk

Walk the halls, explore the lobby, get the inside scoop on locals, eat, drink, and be merry when you stay at a McMenamins Hotel!

Each room door features a name which represents an individual that has a notable association with the hotel or the surrounding community. Post half-marthon we opted to stay at McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville (say that 3 times fast) which is located in beautiful wine country.

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Here you’ll find 42 European-style guest rooms, hallways filled with artwork and posters, a rooftop bar, a cozy courtyard, and a full service restaurant. Similar to many B&B’s you can choose a room with a private bath, shared bath, or a room located near the common bathrooms.

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By the time we got around to booking our stay the only option was a room located near the common bathrooms, which wasn’t the end of the world. The bathrooms are separated based on gender, accessible by key card access only, and cleaned several times a day to ensure comfort and cleanliness. Once inside you’ll find stalls, showers, and a sink area with blow dryers and your typical hotel amenities (shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and lotion).

We checked in after the race and wine party and found our room located facing the cozy little courtyard. Inside the armoire hung robes and towels to use when going to and from the common bathroom. The walls were decorated with cool artwork and info on our historic, local representative – Dr. James McBride (room 410), an early settler and organizer of Linfield College.

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Other really interesting historical locals you’ll find in the hotel are:

  • The Jake Blair Band (room 202) – Jake and Matt Seymour launched their band at the hotel in 2000
  • Bruce Maccabee (room 311) – The 1950 McMinneville UFO case expert, he spoke at the first UFO Fest
  • Dick Donnelly (room 315) – He managed the hotel during the booming WWII years
  • The UFO Room (room 416) – A commemoration of McMinnville’s 1950 UFO sightings and photos.

That night we enjoyed drinks on the rooftop and dinner at Los Molcajetes. This place has some of the BEST Mexican food I’ve ever had. I was definitely quite surprised to find it located in Oregon’s wine country, and the second surprise came when we ordered large margaritas and they came out in these gigantic glasses and for only $9! Definitely a great place to try for lunch or dinner if you are in the area.

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The next morning before heading off for wine tastings I walked along 3rd street watching as shop owners began to open their doors, wandering around in the shops already open, packed, then had breakfast in the hotel. I’m always happy to see vegetarian/vegan options on menus, so I ordered the scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, veggie sausages, potatoes, fresh fruit, and split yummy vanilla bean french toast with my bestie.

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Looking for an inexpensive place to relax and explore wine country, or to rest up before continuing your journey out to the coast? Hotel Oregon is the place to be!

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Explore additional McMenamins hotel and pub locations- They’ve been offering handcrafted ales, wines, spirits and Northwest pub fare for more than 25 years.:

Back Stage Bar (Portland, Ore.)

Bagdad Theater & Pub (Portland, Ore.)

Barley Mill Pub (Portland, Ore.)

Black Rabbit Restaurant (Troutdale, Ore.)

Blue Moon Tavern & Grill (Portland, Ore.)

Boon’s Treasury (Salem, Ore.)

Broadway  (Portland, Ore.)

Cedar Hills (Beaverton, Ore.)

Chapel Pub  (Portland, Ore.)

Coffee Roasters (Portland, Ore.)

Cornelius Pass Roadhouse & Imbrie Hall (Hillsboro, Ore.)

Corvallis (Third Street, Corvallis, Ore.)

Courtyard Restaurant @ Kennedy School (Portland, Ore.)

Crystal Ballroom (Portland, Ore.)

Crystal Hotel  (Portland, Ore.)

East 19th Street Café (Eugene, Ore.)

East Vancouver (Vancouver, Wash.)

Edgefield (Troutdale, Ore.)

Fulton Pub & Brewery  (Portland, Ore.)

Gearhart Hotel & Sand Trap Pub (Gearhart, Ore.)

Grand Lodge (Forest Grove, Ore.)

Greater Trumps (Portland, Ore.)

Greenway Pub (Beaverton, Ore.)

High Street Brewery & Café (Eugene, Ore.)

Highland Pub & Brewery (Gresham, Ore.)

Hillsdale Brewery & Public House (Portland, Ore.)

Hotel Oregon (McMinnville, Ore.)

Ironwork Grill @ Grand Lodge (Forest Grove, Ore.)

John Barleycorns (Tigard, Ore.)

Kennedy School (Portland, Ore.)

Lighthouse Brewpub (Lincoln City, Ore.)

Lola’s Room @ Crystal Ballroom (Portland, Ore.)

Mall 205 (Portland, Ore.)

Market Street Pub (Portland, Ore.)

McMenamins Pub (McMinnville, Ore.)

Mill Creek (Mill Creek, Wash.)

Mission Theater & Pub (Portland, Ore.)

Monroe (Corvallis, Ore.)

Murray & Allen (Beaverton, Ore.)

North Bank (Eugene, Ore.)

Oak Hills Brewpub (Portland, Ore.)

Old Church Brewery & Pub (Wilsonville, Ore.)

Old St. Francis Pub (Bend, Ore.)

Olympic Club Pub (Centralia, Wash.)

Oregon City (Oregon City, Ore.)

Pat’s Corner @ Grand Lodge (Forest Grove, Ore.)

Power Station @ Edgefield (Troutdale, Ore.)

Queen Anne (Seattle, Wash.)

Raleigh Hills Pub (Portland, Ore.)

Rams Head (Portland, Ore.)

Ringlers Annex (Portland, Ore.)

Ringlers Pub  @ Crystal Ballroom (Portland, Ore.)

Rock Creek Tavern (Hillsboro, Ore.)

Roseburg Station Pub & Brewery (Roseburg, Ore.)

Sherwood (Sherwood, Ore.)

Six Arms (Seattle, Wash.)

Spar Café (Olympia, Wash.)

St. Johns Theater & Pub (Portland, Ore.)

Sunnyside (Clackamas, Ore.)

Tavern & Pool (Portland, Ore.)

Thompson Brewery & Public House (Salem, Ore.)

Vancouver on the Columbia (Vancouver, Wash.)

West Linn (West Linn, Ore.)

White Eagle Saloon (Portland, Ore.)

Zeus Café @ Crystal Hotel (Portland, Ore.)

Soon they’ll be offering visitors the McMenamins Passport! Get your passport stamped as you visit each of their pubs for craft beers, live music, craft beer, and/or golf. As you visit each one and fill up your passport you’ll earn awesome freebies! Check their website for more details www.mcmenamins.com.

Have you ever stayed at a McMenamins Hotel before? Which one are you interested in visiting?

Until Next Time! -xo AGT

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