In June 2016, I went on a 25-hour summer solstice celebration at McMenamins Edgefield,
in the eastern Portland
suburb of Troutdale.
The 74-acre crown-jewel resort of the McMenamins empire was originally the Multnomah County Poor Farm.
Bought by McMenamins in 1990, it now boasts a hotel, winery, brewery, distillery, spa, movie theater, soaking pool, gardens, a concert amphitheater, two golf courses, two vineyards, and ten restaurants and bars. Download their PDF Walking Guide Map
to see the layout.
During my concentrated, jam-packed stay, I ate and /or drank at all ten locales, and toured the three facilities where they craft their libations.
The only venue serving food and drink that I missed was the theater.
As I mentioned in Breweries and Pubs in Portland and Beyond,
in the summer of 2015, The Oregonian
published a series of eleven pub crawl articles
to help their readers explore Beervana.
But I think that most of them are way too long. I generally like to limit myself to three or four pubs when on a crawl. More than that is usually too much in too short a time period.
But Edgefield is the exception that makes it easy to break the rule. Because there are eleven pubs all in once place, I did not have to worry about how to transport myself from one to the other. And because I spent the night at the hotel,
I did not have to worry about driving home or finding a designated driver. All in all, Edgefield is an awesome location for a deep, extended pub crawl! Here are the eleven venues I visited during my two-day stay:
- Black Rabbit Restaurant and Bar
- Power Station Pub
- Lucky Staehly’s Pool Hall
- Edgefield Brewery
- Edgefield Winery and Tasting Room
- Edgefield Distillery and Bar
- Little Red Shed and Grove
- Jerry’s Ice House
- Tea House Bar
- Loading Dock Grill
- Black Rabbit House
For just the pub crawl part of my Edgefield visit I took a total of 193 pictures. The best 95 are now available for virtual crawling in this album. However, the McMenamins Edgefield property is so vast and rich that this album and the accompanying article do not come close to telling the whole story. Here are some other albums and articles to give you the big picture of what I experienced on my two-day 2016 summer solstice adventure:
There is also the introductory overview article: A McMenamins Edgefield Summer Solstice.