Exploring Oregon and Washington with the McMenamins Passport

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. 

Elevator at McMenamins Hotel Oregon

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. 

Stamps in McMenamins Passport

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. 

Turkish Bath at McMenamins Hotel 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. 

Broom Closet Secret Entrance

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. 

Happy Trails! 

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.

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