New Year’s Adventure

Instead of coming up with a New Year’s Resolution this year (and feeling guilty in about a month when I don’t keep it), Kyle and I made a goal for 2011 that is more of an adventure.

In 2011, we will visit the top 12 notable McMenamin’s Locations.

Okay, and this plan also requires us to drink more beer and eat more pub food. Kind of the anti-resolution, huh?

This originally started out as us trying to visit all the McMenamin’s, but then we realized there are a full 57 locations. So we narrowed it down a bit. The top 12 are:

1. The Bagdad Theater and Pub.

A theater built in the 20’s and home to vaudeville troops, the Bagdad has a history on stage and the silver screen. We’re hitting up this location to watch the Ducks beat the Tigers at the BCS game! Check one off this list come Jan 10….

2. Boon’s treasury

Originally a general store, this pub in Salem was owned by Oregon’s first State Treasurer.

3.  Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

This location in Hillsboro served as a working farm for over a century and features an Octagonal Barn!

4. The Crystal Ballroom

We’re no stranger to the Crystal, as concert goers with a penchant for 80’s nights. This one will be easy!

5. Chapel Pub (headquarters)

A converted funeral home and current McMenamin’s HQ in North Portland.


I’ve always wanted to stay here after a summer concert and maybe a round of golf.

7. Grand Lodge

A former Masonic Retirement home in Forest Grove.

8. The Kennedy school

A converted elementary school, now theater, hotel and pub. Perfect for two nerds and one current teacher.

9. Mission Theater

The Mission Theater once served as home to the Church of Sweden.

10. Olympic Club

A building with a saucy history as former saloon and brothel! This is our only location to visit in Washington.

11. Old St Francis School

A former catholic schoolhouse, this location in Bend, Oregon will be the farthest for us to travel to- but one of my favorite locations in one of my favorite cities.

12. White Eagle Saloon

With 11 rooms, this hotel is itsy-bitsy, and features live music most days of the week.