As part of my continuing McMenamins Passport adventure,
in August 2016 I met my son at the Grand Lodge
to watch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
outside, at night, under the stars.
Because this was my first visit to Grand Lodge, located in the western Portland metro
suburb of Forest Grove,
I arrived about five hours before the movie was to begin so I would have time to explore this historic, beautifully-restored, grand property.
My first stop was the Ironwork Grill,
the main restaurant on the property, for an early, light supper. I enjoyed lamb skewers
and a salad, with a McMenamins beer, of course!
Next, I explored the inside of the main hotel building, wandering up and down the corridors admiring the abundant artwork
for which McMenamins is so famous. Then I went outside to see the rest of the property, including Pat’s Corner,
the only venue serving food and drink outside of the main building.
Later, as the sun was setting, a large inflatable movie screen was installed on the grass near Pat’s Corner. I claimed a decent spot for my son and I, then set up some camping chairs I had brought. As dusk deepened and evening approached, my son and I chatted and waited for the show to begin.
After a very enjoyable movie outside under the stars, I left Forest Grove around midnight. The drive back to Albany
takes almost an hour and 45 minutes, so I didn’t get to bed until about 2:00!
I took a total of 48 pictures while I was there. The best 34 can now be viewed in this album.
It was a wonderful outing ... until I woke up the next morning and discovered the bad news. For the rest of the story, be sure to click over and read the entire article.