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Exploring McMenamins Grand Lodge New Attic Rooms
Saturday 15 April 2017   —   Category: Outings
In my last article I told you about the grand opening ceremony for the 22 new attic hotel rooms at the McMenamins Grand Lodge in the western Portland metro suburb of Forest Grove on Feb­ru­ary 11, 2017. That story took us to the moment when I reached the attic after the ceremony.

In today’s article, the second in a series of six, we’re going to explore the new rooms and hallways in the attic. There was a lot to see and experience up there during the celebration that day.
The rooms are gorgeous! The walls are painted a saturated dark blue. Each room has unique artwork hanging on the walls, and painted directly on the headboard, all created just for that room by the McMenamins artists.

Most of the rooms have dormer win­dows to let in the light, which nicely com­ple­ment, and contrast with, the slop­ing attic ceiling. Here’s an outside view.
However, at least one room has a port­hole window instead of a dormer be­cause it is situated right over the main entrance, as you can see in this exterior shot.

Notice the round piece of wood with han­dles, hanging in a bracket on the wall, which fits in the round window to block the light — a very nice touch! It is easier to see if you click on the photo to the right for a larger version.
When I was in one particular room, I overheard the lady in black asking the lady in blue if she had heard about a certain love story. I thought that it was a kind of strange question. Little did we know that the lady on the right was part of the day’s entertainment ... opera sing­er Sadie Gregg of Opera On Tap Port­land. Right after I took this picture she started to sing. I quickly moved to the other side of her and captured this video:
Not only are the rooms beautiful, but the hallways have their own charm. Painted the same blue as the rooms, the hallways have small alcoves every so often where guests can sit and read or ponder.

From what I observed, these alcoves are always placed under dormer windows. There is a stack of books on each ac­com­pa­ny­ing table in case you didn’t bring any reading material.
In addition to the regular hallways, there was also a secret passageway which was a popular attraction. From the third-​floor attic the entrance was hard to find, be­cause there is no door handle, and the out­side of the door was made to look like a wall panel rather than a door.

Once inside, black lights and fluorescent paint create a surreal ambiance.
On the walls are painted, here and there, the riddles which Gollum and Bilbo ex­changed in a cave (also depicted on the walls), as told in chapter five of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
At the other end of the secret passageway, stairs lead down to the other entrance (or exit) on the second floor.
From the second-​floor hallway, there is absolutely no indication that the door on the left leads to a flourescent, Tolkienesque, secret passage to the third-​floor attic.

Well, perhaps ‘secret’ is not the correct term. Now that the se­cret is out, ‘hidden’ probably describes it better.

While in the attic I was pleased to get a just-​for-​fun Grand Lodge New Rooms Opening Party stamp in my Mc­Men­a­mins Pass­port.

I spent a total of about 45 minutes ex­plor­ing the attic during the time it was open to the public. I took 41 photos while I was up there. The best 27 shots from the attic make up the majority of the new McMenamins Grand Lodge 2017 album, along with 20 other pictures taken elsewhere on the property.
I haven’t even told you about the various free samples of food and drink which were being served in the attic during the celebration party. That’s part of a whole nother story which you can follow in part three of this six-​article series: McMenamins Grand Lodge Mini Pub Crawl.
For more tales about other locations, see My McMenamins Passport Adventure.
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