Archive for February 2018

Squatchin’ in Cowlitz County

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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Elvis Slept Here

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

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

“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?

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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