Loved this place!!! A review of McMenamins Edgefield
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.