Our latest field trip was to Portland, Oregon – one of my favourite cities in the US!
Unless someone books it for me, I tend to be one of those people who reads every Trip Advisor entry, who checks the bed bug registries, who scrutinizes over every detail of the property’s offerings to decide if it is where it’s where I want to stay.
With this property, though, it only took one line to convince me that my husband and I were in for a treat if we booked a stay at McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon.
Just don’t run in the hallways, please. You might spill your beer. Ha! Perfect!
For this trip, we were on the hunt for something unique and we didn’t want to travel too far from home. In less than 6 hours from Langley, BC, we were through the doors into the warm, eclectic, fabulously unique Kennedy School. It was perfect!
Picture the kind of historic school you see in the movies. That is the Kennedy School. Gorgeous early 1900’s architecture, grand hallways, lovely courtyards… it’s where I wish I went to school! The property has been renovated to a fabulous tourism spot that is suitable for couples, families or business travelers looking for a break from the same old, same old hotel room.
Old photos, paintings and artwork adorn the walls, offering historical tidbits about this interesting property.
The Kennedy School features 35 guest rooms, converted classrooms (with full bathrooms) that still feature rolling chalkboards and original cloakrooms. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable. To be honest, the unique guestrooms are just the beginning of this exciting destination so, in our case anyways, it was just where we slept (very soundly I might add – a very quiet neighbourhood). There are no televisions in the guest rooms, instead guests are treated to a small library of books in their cloakroom.
Included in the cost of your stay, guests enjoy access to all features at the Kennedy School. You may use the outdoor soaking pool, the theatre, and you have access to six great restaurants and bars.
One of the best features of the Kennedy School was their theatre, which is also open to the public. Unlike any movie theatre I’d ever visited, this theatre offered comfortable sofa and armchair seating, a full restaurant menu and servers offering beer, wine and other adult beverages. Move over, popcorn and fountain soda!
We sat and watched a movie while enjoying dinner and a couple of cold brews. Sitting on the couches, eating a meal and enjoying a drink was like watching a movie with a couple hundred of our friends; it was so fun and comfortable!
Click here to check out the latest movie and event listings at the Kennedy School.
During our stay we ate in the Boiler Room bar and the Courtyard Restaurant. Both offered great menus with fresh food creations. Their handcrafted pizzas and hamburgers were delicious!
We only spent one night here before moving along on our Portland adventure, but we can’t rave about it enough and we will be back.
There are several other McMenamins properties, too – simply can’t wait to visit another! Have you visited any of the McMenamins hotels or pubs?
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 N.E. 33rd Avenue