I love all of the McMenamins properties I've stayed at over the years on travel through the Pacific Northwest, but I may have a new favorite: McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, right at the western mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. As always, the hotel honors the past of the building it now resides in, it has great food and drink, and every inch is covered in whimsical art that demands you have a good time.
Historic Edgefield was built in 1911 as the county poor farm, and it's now a 74-acre hotel and playground, home to award-winning farm-to-table cuisine, a winery, a brewery, three pubs, movie theater, golf course, you name it. With 100 guest rooms and hostel accommodations, the instant you step on the grounds you'll be able to tell that community and creativity are cherished here. If you're traveling solo or out on a long trip and looking to save some money on the hotel part, I'd encourage you to look at their rooms that don't have a private bathroom en suite. Instead, you head to the large, comfy, and private communal restrooms to get cleaned up. Brilliant.
This is a great spot to launch your explorations along the Columbia River Gorge, and if you live in the Portland area, it's a great place to gather for a weekend bike ride, grub with fellow friends, and a few cold pints around the outdoor fire pits when things get cold. With films and live music nightly, it's hard not to want to just live here forever.