With sixty-two locations across Oregon and Washington, McMenamins is a family owned, hyper-regional brand of brewpubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs. A “chain” founded mainly in brand recognition and menu consistency, each McMenamins location is unique in size, scale, and amenities.
When we first moved to Oregon in 2015 we purchased a McMenamins passport book at a restaurant location in Portland (most of the sixty-two locations are spread across greater metro Portland). Designed to look and feel like an American passport, each page in the book is earmarked for a location or an experience (watch a movie, stay overnight, try a wine flight, book a spa treatment, etc.). Stamps collected earn prizes like t-shirts, free appetizers, and gift certificates.
As we’ve journeyed around the region, we’ve earned stamps and redeemed prizes far exceeding the original $35 investment. We’ve also taken the opportunity to learn about local history, for example the first UFO sighting and festival in Mc Minnville or the influence of the Catholic church in the St. Francis School in Bend.
We’ve found secret rooms, hidden bars, and completed scavenger hunts across multiple floors and in the nooks and crannies of buildings. We’ve visited a Turkish bath and hope to attend a concert at the main Edgefield concert soon. We’ve met other passport patrons, swapping stories and sharing secret tips about the different destinations.
For more information on the McMenamins passport program, visit this page. Be sure to read the FAQs as there are some rules and regulations you’ll want to be familiar with.