Thirty minutes west of Portland, smack dab in the middle of wine country, lies the Grand Lodge, a great place to layover in the Pacific Northwest. Nestled in the lush green countryside of Forest Grove, OR, it is an impressive brick structure featuring Ionic columns initially built in 1922 as a Masonic & Eastern Star home that now features 90 guestrooms with distinctive themes and quirky original art splashed everywhere.
Part of the McMenamins group, owners of a list of historical hospitality-related holdings, it’s been catering to overnight guests since 2000. Whimsical in nature, the art is courtesy of local artists and adorns walls, ceilings, doors, overhead pipes, and equipment. While the exterior may belie it, it’s as quirky as quirky gets inside and entirely worth the trip.
The unique artwork and cool decor aren’t the only draws to the Lodge, nor is its proximity to local vineyards. Onsite amenities include a luxurious day spa, two excellent restaurants, multiple bars, billiards room, a movie theater, and spacious grounds for strolling or just taking a load off, plus a large soaking pool for relaxing, so bring your swimsuit.
Food is prepared using fresh ingredients from their own gardens, along with seasonal ingredients from local and regional growers, and everything is made on the premises. In keeping with that trend, McMenamins has its own distilleries, winery, and crafts its own ales and ciders as well, providing visitors with some excellent choices in beer, wine, and spirits.
Weather permitting, outdoor movies, picnics, and concerts while tipping a cold one are all part of the experience. Besides vino tours and tastings, you’ll find some of the best riding Oregon has to offer in the area. The Lodge is situated one hour from the coast to the west and an hour from the Mt. Hood Railroad to the east, where you can take a short scenic trip on a historic train along the Hood River. Nearby fishing and golf are available, too.
In case you’re wondering, the Lodge is pet-friendly.
Photos provided by: The Grand Lodge