Head Down Into the Cellar…

By History Department | May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

We just finished up the 19th Annual UFO Festival and will shortly begin planning the 20th. Mark your calendars now, it’s gonna be big: May 16–18, 2019. Over the past weekend, at the epicenter of the festival galaxy (a.k.a. Hotel Oregon), we spent some time in the Cellar Bar, that cool joint beneath the street…

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2018 UFO Festival Speakers

By History Department | May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Thursday, May 17 “UFO Secrecy: A Techtonic Shift” Presented by Jeremy Corbell So what’s the U.S. government really know about UFOs? Investigative filmmaker Corbell built up a network of sources — pilots, radar control officers and governmental administrators – to confirm that our government has an active UFO identification program and that the UFO phenomenon…

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Discovery and Local Comedy

By McMenamins Sales Team | May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Wandering the halls of a McMenamins property is always an adventure, and a fresh discovery is usually just around the corner.  Hidden artwork, secret bars, ghosts of the past, and… live comedy?  That’s right, Al’s Den, in the basement of the Crystal Hotel, hosts live comedy every Friday & Saturday! After our nightly music wraps…

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Pie Tin or Actual UFO?

By History Department | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Yes, it’s that time of year again! The 19th Annual UFO Festival is next week — we’ve been throwing this intergalactic party for nearly two decades. Our UFO Festival dates back to 2000 when McMenamins held an event at our newly reopened Hotel Oregon that marked the 50th anniversary of the famous McMinnville Trent UFO sighting and photographs…

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Where’s It All Come From?

By History Department | May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

People often ask how our hotel rooms are named, where the ideas for the artwork come from and who finds all the light fixtures, street signs, wooden doors and so on.… About the Rooms Contrary to what is occasionally assumed by guests, the names on our hotel rooms and event spaces aren’t “paid sponsorships.” (If…

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“Did You ALL See Something?”

By History Department | April 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kalama is open! So what’s next? How about the 19th Annual UFO Festival (May 17-19) at Hotel Oregon? As part of our speaker presentations, we welcome two guests who, as children, were part of a mass UFO sighting in Zimbabwe. Now adults, our guests will tell their story at our festival on Fri., May 18,…

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Lucky Jack & the Wreck of the George W. Elder

By History Department | April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Last history blast before the doors to Kalama are flung open and guests have access to all the history and artwork and views and beer and food and wine and music and gardens and and and…. But until then, let’s talk about a shipwreck. For the majority of people, a little caution in life just…

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A Nice Summer Outing

By History Department | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ten days out. The final push to Kalama. Keep moving forward! Until then, here’s a little more inspiration: There was once a mineral hot springs resort in the hills above Kalama called Wild Pigeon Springs Hotel…. Getting to Wild Pigeon Springs Hotel was no easy feat. But once early-20th-century travelers survived 16 miles of a…

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Pioneer, Mother, Hops Seller, Historian

By History Department | April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

We are moving ever closer to the Kalama Harbor Lodge grand opening on April 20! And so, here’s another Kalama story for you, this one about Eliza Jane Meeker. Her story is often added as an after-thought to her husband’s tale, but she was an exceptional woman in her own right. Read on… She may…

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The Nation’s First Woman Brewmaster

By History Department | March 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Three weeks and counting from the Kalama Harbor Lodge grand opening! In the meantime, here’s another great Kalama story for you … Madeleine “Mellie” Pullman learned how to operate a brewery right in Kalama, on her way to being the nation’s first woman brewmaster. From a large family in Chicago, Mellie had earned a graduate…

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