Day 6, Saturday, March 31, 2018
A good chunk of the day was spent driving… I drove, Lelani drove, Laura drove… Bleh…
Mount Shasta from the viewpoint
We did stop in Roseburg for lunch at the McMenamin’s Station Pub and Brewery. It is located in a 1912 Southern Pacific Railroad depot, which ironically, had a “no booze” policy. The depot is quite pretty inside, but we sat outside so we could have our lunch without worrying about Shaka. I had the Chipotle Salad that was delicious, although a little spicy (I knew that going in, given the name…). I also had the Ruby Ale – this is one of my favorite beers ever!!!
McMenamin’s Roseburg Station Pub
Me in Roseburg
My Chipotle Salad at the Roseburg Station Pub
We still had a bit of driving to go before arriving in Portland and dropping off Laura, Brenna and Shaka at a friend’s house where they were going to stay the night. I noticed that we were right near the Kennedy School, which is another of McMenamin’s properties, so I suggested we go there and see if they had a room.
McMenamin’s is a local Oregon company that purchases historic properties and renovates them for use as breweries, restaurants, and hotels. They maintain the historic character of the property while making a fun, lively atmosphere for guests. They brew their own beer, make their own wine, and even distill their own spirits. They have several properties in Oregon and a couple now in Washington, and their business model seems to be working really well. If you have a chance to visit one, you won’t be disappointed!
The Kennedy School is a 1915 elementary school that operated until 1976.
We inquired about a room and were delighted when we were told they had one room left! It was a queen room in what used to be a classroom in the room. It was so incredibly cool! Although I have visited several of the McMenamin’s properties, including the Kennedy School, this is the first time I have had the chance to stay at one!
Our room at the Kennedy School
The bed at the Kennedy School
Lelani and I spent our evening having dinner at the restaurant, which was fabulous, and wandering around the school with cocktails. The Kennedy School has 3 bars, and you don’t have to stay in the bar with your drink; you can wander the school at your leisure. It also has a soaking pool (we were sad that we didn’t bring our swimsuits!), and a movie theater too.
Me at the Kennedy School
Artsy sparkling wine shot
The Boiler Room Bar at the Kennedy School
The creepiest mural ever
Artsy light fixture
Lelani and Le Ham
In the morning we had breakfast, and I had a delicious mimosa. I loved our stay at the Kennedy School! Then we picked up two very hungover young ladies, and a happy dog and drove home…
It was such an amazing ending to a fantastic road trip! Well, at least for Lelani and me – Laura and Brenna probably had a different opinion… 😉