McMenamins is known for adopting castaway historic buildings and transforming them into adult playgrounds adorned with art and design elements that pay homage to the property’s history. Several McMenamins properties fit the bill, but Grand Lodge, in the small town of Forest Grove, Oregon, is a crowd favorite for many reasons.
A former retirement home and orphanage, the classic structure today houses a hotel, spa, various bars (each with its own vibe), a theater, restaurant, soaking pool, disc golf course, music venue and intimate event spaces.
Most guest rooms share baths, which are typical of many McMenamins properties. However, the newly opened attic rooms at Grand Lodge offer the privacy that some guests prefer with en suite baths.
A typical weekend at Grand Lodge might start with a taster tray of McMenamins ales in the Ironwork Grill bar. Then check out what’s playing at the dine-in Grand Lodge Theater. After the movie, get comfy in your bathing suit and robe and head down to the outdoor soaking pool to dissolve any remaining stress. Next day, indulge in one of the Ironwork Grill’s signature breakfasts, take your camera on a self-guided walking tour of the property (loaded with historic tidbits and a guide to the lodge’s commissioned art), stroll the gardens surrounding Grand Lodge and then head out to explore this corner of the north Willamette Valley. Come back in time for a treatment in Ruby’s Spa, cocktails in one of the other bars―the patio fire pit at Pat’s Corner is a nice spot―and dinner in Ironwork Grill. Fall is harvest time, so you’re sure to find items from the lodge’s own garden on the menu, and probably foods from the kitchen’s fermentation program as well.
Before you check out, you’ll be planning your return. Get a McMenamins Passport and visit all the McMenamins properties. Check for special events and musical entertainment and book your stay at Grand Lodge online at mcmenamins.com/grand-lodge.