Posts by Julie Your "Cruise Director"

Discover a Century’s worth of Personalities, Exploits & Stories

 

photoOne hundred years ago, a special train traveled east from Portland, filled with passengers of remarkably diverse backgrounds, all bound for the same destination: the poor farm. They had been “rescued” from conditions deemed deplorable at Multnomah County’s original poor farm, located where the Oregon Zoo is today. Now they were being placed in the just-completed, comparably plush accommodations of the county’s new facility in Troutdale, accommodations that were in fact a far cry better than what could be found in most homes elsewhere in Troutdale at that time.

That’s how the first residents of McMenamins Edgefield arrived in 1911. As mothers have warned us over the years, though, there were many ways one could end up at the poor farm. 

 

 

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Twenty-Five Years of Hammerhead – 1/25/11

Tucked away in a corner of SW Portland, the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House is the birthplace of a VIP – er, make that a VIB. A Very Important Beer that goes by the name… HAMMERHEAD. Join us on Tuesday, January 25, at the Hillsdale and McMenamins’ pubs across the land to celebrate this stalwart ale and the folks who love it. We’ll have birthday pricing, food specials, Facebook giveaways and more.

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A Blog About the Ghost Logs

It’s no big secret that some of our joints are thought to be haunted. The White Eagle Saloon & Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, for example, has long been included on lists of Portland’s most haunted spots, while Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore., even made it onto a national list of “Top Ten Most Haunted Hotels”!

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Any Port In A Storm

Any Port In A Storm
A Port-Style Wine Tasting at Edgefield

Thursday, November 11, 2010

portsWhat does “any port in a storm” mean, exactly?

It was a phrase used by the Portuguese men and women who brought us the fortified style of wine called port. Traditionally, the Portuguese made their living from fishing the tumultuous Atlantic seas. When the weather made it difficult to continue, they would search for the nearest port in which to take refuge, where they would be welcomed with a glass of warming port and a hearty bite to eat.

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Get Down, Bollywood-Style

Jai Ho!Ever watch one of those beautiful elaborate Bollywood dance movies, replete with decadent hip sways and groovy gyrations, and wish you could move like that? Well, check out the Jai Ho! parties thrown by DJ Prashant at Lola’s Room every month, and you’ll soon find yourself channeling the feel of old Bombay.

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