Between April 2002, when Evan proposed at McMenamin’s Grand Lodge and July 2003, when we got married at McMenamin’s Edgefield, I had a rather large obsession with all things McMenamin’s as it was so closely related to all things wedding. After spending more than a year of my life eating, sleeping, visiting every McMenamin’s location in Portland and Eugene and some others along the way, my obsession slowly died off as I found out there was more to life than Terminator Stout and the Captain Neon burger.
When we visited my family in Olympia during Memorial Day weekend, we stayed at the McMenamin’s Olympic Club in downtown Centralia, Washington.
The Olympic Club is situated in the middle of old downtown Centralia, where there are still things like family owned appliance stores and tons of antique and junk stores like this one:
One of the things I like about all things McMenamin’s is that they try to find old, unloved buildings and revitalize them, while still holding on to the history of the structure. The Grand Lodge used to be a retirement home for Masons as well as a school at one point, so there are lots of funky art pieces about old people and children. The Hotel Oregon is based in McMinville, where one of the largest UFO sightings occurred, so there is a bunch of UFO stuff to decorate the hotel. The Olympic Club was once a gentlemen’s club and where the infamous train robber Roy Gardner hid out before his ultimate capture. To commemorate this history, they have a bunch of super fun artwork to decorate the pub, theatre, and hotel. It’s not a fancy hotel, the rooms are all European style (with bath down the hall), but it feels so comfortable. It was great to spend a weekend reminiscing about my McMenamin’s obsession and enjoying the history of Centralia and the Olympic Club.