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The weather was very warm yesterday and very, very warm today reaching 97 degrees here in this beautiful Columbia Gorge. We headed for our home on wheels after spending most of the morning completing our chores but did not completely escape the heat. The furry ones went for several walks, strolling in the shade of the many trees as much as possible but when returned to the cool air conditioned RV it was pant, pant Pant Pant ...
... she looked quite small, like nothing special at all. But when she decided she wanted to take the fish being offered up via the feeding stick, she was spectacular. Her tentacles were soooo long and stretchy and once she spread out, she was enormous. Very cool indeed. Following the aquarium, we hopped on a ferry and enjoyed an hour-long narrated cruise of Elliott Bay. The tour guide was hilarious, I think he was practising his stand-up routine. He had lots of anecdotes and knowledge on ...
... for eight hours, Bhimsen getting stronger by the song! He lived to within three weeks of his eighty-ninth birthday. The secret to his long life is no longer a secret.
Bhimsen Joshi, as he was most commonly referred to, wasn't the only but was one of the most-celebrated contemporary exponents of the khayal, a genre of vocal concert music whose texts can range over subjects including deities, the seasons, and love, and are highly ...
... Saturday sparkles. The flower beds need to be weeded and the tree rings need to be enlarged, then filled with bark dust. I don't expect that my job will be completed before our tour of duty is up on June 1st.
We had a lot of visitors this weekend. The weather was great, especially Sunday so why not visit a place as serene and beautiful as this? Almost all of our visitors were friendly and pleasant to speak with. We were surprised at the lack ...
Unsere Sommerpause neigt sich dem Ende. Familienbesuche in Deutschland und den USA liegen hinter uns. Es war ein ganz besonderes Geschenk, mit unseren Familien nicht nur kurz für einen besonderen Anlass zusammenzukommen, sondern gemeinsam ein Stück Alltag zu leben, wirklich miteinander Zeit zu haben und füreinander da zu sein!
Wir haben oft gehört, dass sich Freunde mit uns im vergangenen Jahr über die ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews McMenamins Edgefield Troutdale
Worth visiting, but stay overnight somewhere else!
Edgefield is a nice place to have a wedding, but the wedding party and guests would be much happier staying in a local AAA rated 3 star hotel. We opened our room door and could smell a musty odor. The carpets and furniture were filthy, it was stuffy, and there was no air conditioning. The room was dark & dingy and had old funky vinyl covered furniture-- a sofa and chairs--the kind you wouldn't buy at a garage sale. When we opened the window we were confronted with noisy guests on the landing immediately outside our room. We were disturbed many times, and late into the evening, but since the rooms don't have any telephones, we could not call the management (and they were all full up anyway). "European style guestrooms" is a euphemism for bath down the hall. The atmosphere at Edgefield is fun, but you'll be much happier driving 5 minutes to a hotel that's clean and has all the modern amenities that you'd expect in a hotel. We stayed in the Comfort Inn, and for $30 less got a clean room with a large in-room jacuzzi, phone, TV, AC, coffee maker, hair dryer, and extended CP breakfast with a waffle maker. The Best Western Rama is also a good alternative.
My daughter had her wedding at the Edgefield last weekend on 9/11. The grounds were beautiful. There was alot to do. The wedding coordinator was good as well as the servers. However, the front desk & the restaurtant head when they opened at 7:00 AM at the Black Rabbit were less than perfect. My daughter asked for breakfast in her room for mothers, sisters, etc. who were getting their makeup & hair done--what an attitude. This was all prearranged. You would think that with as much money as the bride spent and all the guests that stayed there spend they would have wanted to please the wedding group. We had a good time regardless but there are at least 4 of us writing letters of complaint. Maybe when they start to behave as professsionals---I will stay there again.
Loved this place!!!
We just spent five days at the Edgefield, and it was truly an amazing experience. The grounds are absolutely stunning, with all kinds of flowers, plants, trees, herbs, orchards, and vineyards. Interesting artwork covers practically every square inch of the walls, including pipe joints, doors, ceilings, stairwells, lightswitch plates, etc. There is no air conditioning, which was kind of unfortunate because we stayed there during a heat wave when it was 103 degrees outside. I'm sure that most of the year, though, it's just fine. The view from the numerous huge wooden balconies and porches is just gorgeous -- the place is kind of on a hill so you can look out across the trees and grounds. Stunning.
I'm sure that there were some children there, since we saw them in the restaurants, but the hotel area itself was surprisingly quiet -- nobody screaming through the halls or running up and down the stairs. There are lots of tour groups through the place, it seems. During the day there's a fair bit of traffic and people ooh-ing and aah-ing over the artwork -- also lots of weddings and the various people involved with that scurry through the halls. Many of the rooms are right off the balconies, but we didn't experience any sort of noise problems at night, even with our windows open.
The bathrooms are communal, although for women it's not that big of a deal because there are several private hotel-style "rooms" off the main women's lounge area. The men are stuck with dormitory-style bathrooms, poor guys. It takes some getting used to, especially if you need to use the facilities in the middle of the night and have to walk halfway across the hotel in your nightclothes, but they do provide comfy robes for that purpose.
The food in the restaurants is very good, although the portions are enormous and the food a bit on the hearty side (hello, grilled vegetables, anyone?). One entree is definitely enough for two people, unless you are very very very hungry. Beware the porter-buckwheat pancakes at the Black Rabbit restaurant. They are made with strong beer, and taste like it. Not a good experience first thing in the morning.
The Columbia River and the national scenic highway are just a few miles up the road. Definitely go to see the waterfalls -- Wahkeena Falls in particular. Multnomah Falls is cool too, but very touristy.
I would definitely stay here again. Gorgeous place, helpful staff, good food, fabulous part of the country. And very reasonably priced. Only a 15-minute drive from downtown Portland.
The lovly grounds are full of lush greenery.Trees
vines, flowers of all kinds.
The room large and accomadating. Restful and in and around my room, quite.
The wedding was held in beautiefull surroundings.
The reception hall was just right,exceptional buffett.
Our dinner in the Black Rabbitt restruant was the best. I would recommend your place to anyone, for one day stay, weddings,or a weeks vaction.
Just the relaxation I needed!
A few of my friends and I went down there in early May. I wasn't expecting much...heard there were no phones and no TVs! But the place has so much to offer. Great restaurants (the Power House is a fabulous little cafe/pub...with outdoor seating in the spring/summer). The rooms were nice and big, and the shared bathrooms weren't bad - private suites with a toilet, sink and shower. The grounds were perfectly manicured with beautiful flowers and wildlife. You can't beat the Little Red Shed for a late night drink! Great wine and beer. I'm going back in a few weeks I enjoyed it so much! Lots of people were there that weekend, but my boyfriend and I felt like we were the only ones around.
One Night is not enough!
Loved the place! Didn't have enough time to see everything we wanted though. Massage was wonderful... enormous room, no phones and TV a blessing! Hammerhead package is a steal! Don't miss the Little Red Shed. We'll be back!
The Best of places/the worst of nights!
I first saw the Edgefield during the summer. I was entranced by the artwork, the location, and the Bohemian quality of the place! Their brochure listed a "Rest And Relax" package that called to me -and a few weeks ago, I was finally able to answer the call. I reserved the "R & R" package for a Saturday night. My mother and I were driving to California the next day and it seemed the perfect way to start the trip. Our room was darling - a quaint combination of whimsical wall-paintings and austere furnishings. The queensize bed was comfortable and the fluffy white terrycloth robes were a nice touch. It would have been nicer if they'd fit...but I don't sweat the small stuff. The massage included in the R & R package was perfect - perfect room, perfect ambience, perfect massage therapist! The session started out, however, with a pagefull of medical history questions to be answered - and I hadn't brought my glasses! Also, I was annoyed at taking up my massage time by filling out this medical background. She gave me a full hour of massage anyway since mine was the last one of the day. I really appreciated that because she was very good! However, if you're getting a massage, ask for that medical history sheet when you check in-save yourself the time and annoyance. This package also included breakfast the next morning and that was a delight. The food arrived hot and delicious. I submit, though, that opera arias aren't the right music for a noisy breakfast crowd. All that could be heard was an occasional high-pitched screeching which added nothing to the otherwise tolerable level of human conversation. So, you're wondering where the "worst of nights" part comes in, right? On the night we stayed, there were three weddings and a birthday party in progress.
Depsite signs posted everywhere to please Be Quiet and Be Respectful of Other Guests, the place was unforgivably noisy! A group of young men sat on the fire escape outside our bedroom window talking and arguing till 3:30 A.M. I heard someone else ask them to be quiet and that person was booed and heckled by these young men, all of whom had been drinking for awhile. Someone else regularly went up and down the stairs next to our bedroom. I don't know how they managed it, but they sounded a lot like Frankenstein - a-rhythmic and incredibly heavy-footed! Young women went up and down the hallway (going to the bathroom, I assume) giggling and calling to each other in sleep-piercing falsettos. The icing on the cake was the Edgefield staff themselves - taking kegs to the party and dirty dishes to the kitchen - using carts with hard squeaky wheels that bumped loudly over the hardwood floors while the employees called out to each other - down the length of the hallway - what their next move was or should be. Why didn't I call the front desk and complain? There are no phones in the Edgefield rooms. They claim it's to promote a restful atmosphere! Would I go back? Absolutely.I've never seen anything quite like the Edgefield. But I'll make sure there aren't any parties or weddings planned for the same time I'm going to be there! The operators don't do enough to protect their non-partying clients from the party-goers.
Two of us from our office went to McMenamins in Troutdale and had a very fasinating time checking out all the art work...everywhere!! Wandering the grounds and checking out the buildings and history of the property was a very interesting experience! I hope the fact that not every room has a bathroom scares people off because the bath rooms are very comfortable and easily accessible to your room! They even had some old fashion claw-type bathtubs, if you like to relax!!We had a very fun time and made the time fly by...oh, yeah the meeting was good too!!
On a trip to Oregon in October, 2002, I stayed overnight in a commercial motel in Troutdale, on the eastern edge of Portland. The following morning I asked the motel clerk where she might recommend I have breakfast. She recommended McMenamins Edgefield, which was nearby. When I drove onto the McMenamins property, I felt I'd probably made a mistake. It didn't look anything like a Denny's. It was more like a 1920s resort, with large buildings and grounds that reminded me of a small college campus. I entered the main building, as I'd been instructed, and discovered a gift shop and the Black Rabbit Restaurant. The McMenamins property had once been a government-run orphanage and poor farm, I was told, and is today a winery, resort and hotel. There I was served a truly great breakfast, in an uncrowded and comfortable setting. The breads and jellies were exceptional. The eggs, bacon, coffee superb. I highly recommend the Black Rabbit, which reportedly got this name from an actual black rabbit once observed on the site.
McMenamins at Edgefield
We have stayed at McMemamins on five occasions and this year will be the sixth. Great place to relax and unwind. Staff is friendly and competent. This is not a formal place, but offers a lot of comfort and ways to relax. Onsite restaurants range from upscale restaurant with creative dishes, to a grill with burgers and sandwiches, and even a beer garden. All food is good quality and a good value. The onsite brewery makes great beer, the winery makes good wine, and the distillery does a good job as well. We have never had a bad experience here.The rooms are unique and the whimsical murals which cover the entire interior are worth a few hours of enjoyment.