The Edgefield has officially become one of my favorite Pacific Northwest vacation spots. It’s located just outside of Portland which makes for an easy weekend getaway. The Edgefield is actually part of the McMenamins chain. For those who aren’t familiar, McMenamins takes historic properties, such as schools or other buildings, and turns them into hotels, music venues and restaurants or bars. I’ve been to three McMenamins properties in the Portland area, and the Edgefield is by far the coolest. The Edgefield was built in 1911 and used to be the county poor farm. It’s now a hotel, winery, brewery, distillery, golf course, concert venue and more. The thing I love about the Edgefield is that it’s a destination in itself- you don’t really need to ever leave the property to have fun. There’s even a pool, spa, movie theater and a few restaurants and bars on site. We went for my birthday last year and I just fell in love with the place. Cotey suggested we return for my birthday weekend again this year and it’s looking like it might become a tradition. Here are some of my favorite things to do at the Edgefield!
Go wine tasting
The Edgefield winery crushes about 350 tons of grapes each year. That’s a lot of wine. And it’s good wine too! The winery tasting room is a really cool spot. They have a little bar area and a few tables and chairs as well as a couple of comfy couches. It is a little dark down there, but that’s because it’s a functioning wine-making workspace too. When you’re down there, you’re surrounded by huge wine barrels and can actually catch a wine maker in action if you’re there at the right time. They offer wine flights starting at $6, which is pretty inexpensive for a tasting fee. There was also live music both nights we were there which was a ton of fun.
Enjoy a massage at Ruby’s Spa and Salon
Cotey sent me to the spa for my birthday this year! It was HEAVEN. Ruby’s is a traditional spa so you can get different massages, facials and other skin treatments there. They even have massages geared specifically for cyclists and moms to be which I thought was cool. You can also get your hair and nails done at their salon. I kept it simple though with a basic massage and facial. I was worried going in to the massage because the last time I had a massage I fell asleep during it. Doesn’t sound too bad I guess, but I left out the part where I was so relaxed I started drooling. Oops! I managed to stay awake during this massage though thank goodness. I don’t typically pamper myself, but I am glad Cotey pushed me to do this. I felt ten times better walking out than I did walking in.
Take a dip in the outdoor soaking pool
Right outside the spa is a heated saltwater soaking pool. It’s open to all hotel and spa guests and stays open until 11 p.m. each night. It’s always heated to 102 degrees which basically makes it a giant hot tub. We went each night we were there, and the morning we left. Pro Tip: there is a small bar at the entrance so you can soak with a glass of wine or a cold beer. Way fun! At first it might seem weird that you would soak in an outdoor pool in the middle of winter, but it works.
Dine at the Black Rabbit
The Black Rabbit is in the main lodge and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The fare is a little more semi casual and it was nice to dress up for a fancier dinner the first night. I decided on the pork chop, which seems simple but was actually far from it. They served the pork chop with a side of red wine braised cabbage and a yam puree. It was so full of flavor and the pork chop was still pretty juicy. There’s nothing worse than a dried out pork chop, am I right? Cotey had the ribeye, which was paired with a yummy red wine mushroom reduction and fingerling potatoes. Most of the ingredients in our dishes came from growers in the region, something the Black Rabbit kitchen prides itself on. They also try to use as many herbs and vegetables from the gardens on property as they can. There is such an abundance of food grown in the Pacific Northwest and it’s always nice to see establishments take advantage of that.
We also had breakfast at the Black Rabbit the next morning. We sat in the bar which had a more relaxed vibe going on than in the main dining room. There’s also just something about having a bartender for a server, it makes things a little lighter and usually a little more fun. We kept it simple for breakfast- Cotey settled on a bagel and lox and I went with the Eggs Florentine. Both were so delicious!
Enjoy a round of pool at Lucky Staehly’s
Lucky Staehly’s Pool Hall is definitely the place to be when the sun goes down. Between the pool tables, dart boards, pinball machines and shuffleboards, there’s always something fun to do. I’m not a fan of pool myself, but I do love shuffleboard so it was nice that they had more than one table for that. The pool hall is located in the basement portion of the main lodge and deserves a spot on your Edgefield itinerary.
Dessert and drinks at the Power Station Pub
It was my birthday weekend so I had to have cake! We tried our luck at the Power Station Pub. The pub has a more relaxed atmosphere and is open for lunch and dinner. There’s also a movie theater in the building. We didn’t catch a movie this trip, but it’s nice knowing we could’ve to kill some time if we wanted to. We had success on the dessert front though and went with a slice of their Terminator chocolate cake (named so because it uses some of their Terminator Stout). It was so rich! The cake also had a raspberry ruby-ale compote which took it over the top. I washed it down with a pomegranate cider. So good!
Walk the grounds
The Edgefield property is full of art- from large murals, to striking photographs and outdoor sculptures. There’s plenty of flora and fauna to look at as well. Walking the grounds is a fun way to see everything going on at the Edgefield. You’ll also run into a few smaller bars while you’re out walking around the property so you can refill your beer or wine glass and continue on!
Grab a souvenir to remember your trip
Before we left we hit up the gift shop for some souvenirs to take home with us. You can buy Edgefield wines, beers and spirits of course, as well as some branded glasses and growlers. The gift shop also carries fun clothing items and other accessories. The year before we also stopped by the Glashaus for a couple of glass blown gifts. The shop is open daily and you can actually watch the artists make vases, bowls, wine stoppers, ornaments and other items. They make for pretty neat mementos of your trip!