Archive for February 2017

Greater Trumps — What’s In a Name?

Over the past several months, there has been a slight uptick in queries about the name of our small bar Greater Trumps, nestled in between the Bagdad and the Back Stage Bar. We are happy to dispel any alternative facts about this wonderful spot in SE Portland. “Greater Trumps, it’s said, are the meaning of…

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Jerry Nelson, Teacher, Principal & Superhero

This week, we bring you the story of Jerry Nelson (a.k.a. Batman, keep reading below), who was just one of the educators at the Secondary Alternative School (SAS), formerly housed in what is today’s McMenamins Anderson School. In Jerry’s own words: “One of the satisfying things about working here is the relationship between students and…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

Each of these images below is associated with a different McMenamins property. Can you guess which is which? This is the old Portland Hotel, which stood where today’s Pioneer Courthouse Square is in downtown Portland. During its deconstruction in 1951, a forward-thinking fellow grabbed several pieces of its ironwork, including the structure of this porte-cochère,…

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A Toast to Scruffy

We are all deeply saddened by the passing of our longtime friend and colleague, Kevin “Scruffy” McCarver. For more than two decades, Kevin was a key ingredient in the success and camaraderie at Edgefield. Always warm, funny and caring, he was also devoted to his craft of winemaking, and was a fixture at the Edgefield…

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Coltrane at the Grand Lodge

Today we offer up something a little different as a way to pique interest in the wonderful, cozy, atmospheric new “attic” guest rooms at McMenamins Grand Lodge. Come check them out for yourselves when we throw a music-, art-, and history-fueled party to celebrate their “grand opening” on Saturday, February 11. The new rooms are…

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