June 30, 2015
Our latest entry in our occasional “Travel Blog” series comes courtesy of me--Athena Lee Bradley--your NERC blogger. June is vacation time, so thought I’d share a couple of "reuse” moments on my vacation.
Last October I wrote about a vintage camper rally in Restored Americana. This month I went to another such rally. Check out my earlier blog for details of these events. Meanwhile, below are some photos of this year’s "tin can field trip." I’ll keep dreaming of retirement and exploring the country in a vintage Shasta or Streamline!
I also vacationed in Portland, Oregon (where might I add it did not rain for the entire eleven days I was there!). I spent an evening at Edgefield, a resort just outside of Portland. The 74-acre complex was originally built in 1911 as the county poor farm; it later functioned as a nursing home. The complex was restored by the McMenamins, brothers well known in the Portland area for restoring and renovating old buildings for use as hotels, restaurants, bars, and other entertainment venues. To quote their website: “Our goal is to keep the past in the present, to celebrate and connect us all with the people and events that have helped define each McMenamins property. To that end, we research, interview and compile materials to identify and commemorate our properties and their surroundings.”
While the building adaptation concept is certainly not unique, the McMenamins have definitely made it a highly successful business opportunity. And, have managed to do it with great taste and fun.
At Edgefield, all of the existing structures were beautifully restored, with renovated interiors (furnished in turn-of-the-century décor), local artist wall paintings and murals throughout, outside sculptures, and gardens grown using organic methods. Moreover, their offerings include copious amounts of great food and drink (Edgefield has its own winery, brewery, and distillery), live entertainment (a theater and live music venues), and more.
By Athena Lee Bradley
(Vintage trailer photos courtesy of Carol Stack, Brattleboro, Vermont; Edgefield photos courtesy of Edgefield)