We had a little surprise snowfall on Tuesday. It wasn’t in the forecast. Traffic got snarly (PDX isn’t used to snow), but I whisked DH out to Edgefield for the night, as planned. This was my Christmas gift to him.
Edgefield used to be the Multnomah County Poor Farm, a long time ago. Now it’s a property owned by the McMenamins, who take old places and make them into fun and funky pubs, restaurants and resorts. There’s a lot of art on the doors and walls. I love the knitter in this painting. I also saw her in another painting, in which she was knitting the chess board as the players played.
My friend’s mom, Sharon Nesbit, is a local historian, and she wrote a history of Edgefield. Here’s her door on room 3.
And portrait, too! I love her title, Queen of Troutdale.
I have another connection here. My friend Dawn Phelps McConnell used to paint for McMenamins. She passed away two years ago, from cancer. There’s a portrait of her in one of the hallways. (excuse the flash; it was dark)
We had a lovely stay. Snow makes everything a bit magical.
We enjoyed music down in the Winery. The walls are glass, and there are barrels behind one set of windows, and stainless steel vats behind the opposite windows. A really cool space.
My favorite amenity? The soaking pool at Ruby’s Spa. We had to don our snow boots to go down the driveway to get there. But it was worth it! I loved how the steam rose off the hot water.
There are a lot of great nooks and crannies in which to hang out, read, knit, whatever. I did do some knitting. I’ll show you next time. But here’s the obligatory 2009 FO mosaic, to tide you over. Whoops! I see that my log cabin blanket made it in there twice. Sorry. But it was a big project! I was surprised to see that I finished it in January; I thought it was a 2008 FO.
I see a lot of repeat items here, and a lot of small items. Time for a big project! I want to knit a sweater, soon. I’ve ordered yarn, and can’t wait to cast on. Soon.
Happy New Year!