Day 6, Saturday, March 31, 2018
A good chunk of the day was spent driving… I drove, Lelani drove, Laura drove… Bleh…
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!!!
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!
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.
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… 😉