Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dinner at Edgefield's

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How to describe Edgefield's?  That is the challenge.  A hotel UNTO ITSELF perhaps.  Once you're lucky enough to actually get a reservation, there is no need to go anywhere else for a day or two or what the heck . . . three.  There are several restaurants, a winery, a distillery, a movie theater, spa and hot soaking pools, gardens with picnic tables, lots of art and often live music.  But since we live so close to this Troutdale, Oregon phenomenon, we've never spent the night there but we have stopped for dinner on our way back from Portland many times. We don't bother with a reservation.  We head straight to the Black Rabbit and plop down at a cozy table in the bar.  I always order the anti-pasta plate, loaded with a variety of meat and cheese.  Paired with one of the local red wines . . . yum , , , doesn't get much better.

Before driving the rest of the way home, we take a stroll through this bizarre amusement park of a place for adults.  ( How's that for a description?)  We let the alcohol wear off as we go in search of the details.  Because it's the details, those hidden funny little quirks, that make this place so much fun.  (Yeah, yeah . . . and the booze.)
The McMenamin Brothers saw the potential in this old massive brick structure which was originally the Multnomah County Poor Farm back in the early part of the 20th century.  It then became a nursing home, but was closed down in 1982 and destined for demolition.  These guys have transformed many of these doomed properties into amazing hotels throughout the Pacific Northwest, so if you ever have a chance to stay in one  . . . don't hesitate .  Simply put:  They are cool, man, very cool.











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