Here’s to the Edgefield Bakery and all their sweet creations!

By McMenamins Sales Team | February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today, we want to raise a glass to our Edgefield Bakery and the lead pastry chef, Kristina Montaine. Kristina began her career at Papa Hayden in ’98 and then spent time baking wedding and birthday cakes for celebs in L.A. Now since joining us, she has been creating one gorgeous-delicious cake after another for our…

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Elvis Slept Here

By History Department | February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hello from the History Department – And long live the King! Elvis Presley, that is. Caddie (Johnson) Barnes was 14 years old when Elvis himself spent less than 24 hours in Kalama, WA, an event that is still discussed with fervor and excitement today. “Oh, he was just sooooo handsome!” Caddie recalls. Hard to dispute…

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A Return Engagement at the Crystal – 50 Years On

By History Department | February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hello from the History Department! (Please note: That is not us to the left, that is the Grateful Dead, ca. 1968.) This past Friday and Saturday, February 2 & 3, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (at far right) returned to the Crystal Ballroom, fifty years to the day, since the now-legendary 1968 “Quick and the…

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With a Good Cause and a Good Reason

By History Department | February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Just go ahead! Go with your gut. Do it!’ So, that was the kind of person I was, and am…. When it’s a good cause and a good reason . . . it just works. So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.” – Sue Kienast That’s a pretty solid philosophy, yes? Read more…

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Why Book Your Wedding at McMenamins?

By McMenamins Sales Team | February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are you expecting a lot of out-of-town guests for your wedding?  Do you want to put them up somewhere with lots to do before and after the wedding?  If you book with us at one of our amazing properties, your friends and family will have access to all of the fun and unique amenities we…

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Solve Our Clues!

By History Department | January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s a brand-new year! And so, we’re switching up the history quiz for the first time since 2014. Instead of images, we’re giving you clues. Think you’re a McMenamins’ history buff? Try identifying all the properties.  Clues 1. This brewpub was established in June 1988. Since the 1950s, its namesake neighborhood has featured an annual…

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Up on the Hill at the ‘Still

By History Department | January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

This week, we take a look at another of our small bars, those tiny watering holes in which people meet and talk and share ideas and laughs and drinks and songs within very small confines. This particular spot is a favorite among Edgefield employees, known as simply the ‘Still. It was the spirits that led…

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A Tribute to Fred Cole at the Crystal

By History Department | January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On Friday, January 5, the Crystal Ballroom will host Dead Moon Night: A Tribute to Fred Cole, a storied and legendary musician who passed away in early November. He and wife (“kickass garage bass player”) Toody influenced an entire generation of Pacific NW grunge musicians, several of whom will celebrate his music this Friday. As…

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Sent to the Principal’s Office

By History Department | December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is, in McMenamins philosophy, a thing called a “small bar,” those tiny watering holes in which people meet and talk and share ideas and laughs and drinks and songs within very small confines. This week, we take a look at another of our small bars. You remember that anxious sense of dread that accompanied…

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Where In the World Are Mike and Brian?

By History Department | December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Each of these images below is associated with a different McMenamins property.  Can you guess which spot? Photo #1 Photo #2 Photo #3 Photo #4 Photo #5 ANSWERS: 1. Anderson School 2. White Eagle 3. Chapel Pub 4. Tacoma Elks Lodge 5. Boiler Room at Kennedy School  

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