When indulging wanderlust, even your accommodations can stand to have a little whimsy. Whimsy can take work and that work pays off when you are the McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. The historic hotel has unveiled its impressive renovations and additions that add not only whimsy, but added comfort and convenience to your stay in the Tualatin Valley. Plan a weekend to experience McMenamins Grand Lodge’s new rooms, art and secret passages.
New and Improved Guest Rooms
With 22 new guest rooms and 23 more renovated ones, you’ll have your pick of choice accommodations. Every new and renovated room includes a private bathroom. Though, there still are rooms with a European-style shared bath for those who want a more affordable or communally-minded stay. Take a look at the Grand Lodge’s hotel deals for even more benefits.
Deadheads can request the lightbulb room, which includes dozens of lightbulbs that are arranged like the musical notes to the Grateful Dead song Uncle John’s Band. Much of the new rooms are themed after treasured books. The homage to each text is dutifully expressed through hand-painted headboards, murals and quotes painted on the walls.
New Secret Passages
Seek out the “secret” stairwell that leads guests from the top floor to the second floor. The passageway is inspired by Lord of the Rings, with Gollum’s riddles written on the wall. To discover some additional surprises, try tapping the walls of the hallway—you might find a hidden reading room.
We feel certain that no one has ever complained of there not being enough libations at a McMenamins property. For good measure, though, the Grand Lodge recently added the new Billy Scott Bar. Located on the second floor with a cozy fireplace, impressive vinyl collection and a great view of the property’s garden, the bar is one of our favorite places to wait out the rain. As the bar’s namesake, Billy Scott, was a local poet in the 1940s, it makes sense to order “the spoken word” cocktail, which includes flavors of hazelnut, ginger, allspice and espresso.
Evolving from a masonic lodge built in the 1920s into a quirky, arts-infused hotel, come experience the ever-growing history of the McMenamins Grand Lodge.