McMenamin’s Edgefield, which is just 30 miles east of Portland, is definitely one of those places that you won’t want to leave. Especially if you’re into not having televisions or telephones, but dig lots of whimsical artwork and 11 onsite restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries, coffee houses, tea rooms, and wine tasting rooms. The hotel and grounds are covered in unique sculptures, paintings, and other artwork. It’s a fun pastime to meander peeking into corners and behind doors just to see what there is to discover.
The McMenamin brothers have a penchant for restoring historic properties around the Northwest, and the 74-acre Edgefield is their flagship locale. The brothers converted each outbuilding into its own destination, such as the tiny Jerry’s Ice House, which (you guessed it) was once the property’s ice house, but is now a pub dedicated to the memory of the Grateful Dead rock band. The Little Red Shed used to serve as the farm’s incinerator. It now seats 10 people, and still features flames in the form of fireplaces and outdoor firepits. The Power Station Theater & Pub (formerly the laundry and power facilities) offers a movie screen, beer, and lunch or dinner.
You can enjoy McMenamin’s ales, whiskeys, wines, and food anywhere on the grounds. There’s also a tea house, a soaking pool, a spa and salon, and two par-3 golf courses (9 and 20 holes) that meander throughout the Edgefield property and along the Columbia River Gorge for incredible views. Browse the organic flower gardens, herb garden, and vegetable garden, where a lot of the food for the farm’s menus comes from.