McMenamins History: Elephant Mountain

By History Department | March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

We’re exactly one month out from the Harbor Lodge grand opening! So here’s another incredible story from Kalama… Just south of Kalama, amongst the rich, dense forest of Douglas fir and fields of wildflowers dotted with old red barns, stands a mountain. By Pacific Northwest mountain standards, it’s not particularly noteworthy – the road winding…

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Vampires Descend Upon Kalama

By History Department | March 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Continuing the Kalama countdown, here’s yet another tale to tell… Do you favor the vampires or the werewolves? You may have heard of the best-selling vampire series that began with the novel Twilight (2005), written by Stephenie Meyer. Set on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, WA, the Twilight saga tells the tale of hapless human…

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The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

By History Department | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mid-afternoon on November 24, 1971, a man calling him­self Dan Cooper purchased an airline ticket for $20 cash and boarded Northwest Airlines flight #305 in Portland, bound for Seattle. Certainly, no one in the airport that Thanksgiving eve could have imagined that such an in­conspicuous occurrence was actually the beginning of a legendary tale –…

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Squatchin’ in Cowlitz County

By History Department | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hello from the History Department – A show of hands, who believes in Bigfoot? (It’s OK, you don’t have to admit to it.) Welcome to Bigfoot Country! We are right in the thick of it, here the Pacific Northwest, a region said to be crawling with the giant, hairy, ape-like creatures. One county in the…

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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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