McMenamin’s is a Portland, Oregon-based family-owned business who specialize in making old properties new again. And man, can they really make things sparkle.
They specialize in flipping old properties in the Pacific Northwest— taking the “bones” and original character of a place, updating everything, and putting in modern amenities, typically with lodging, dining, and indoor/outdoor recreation. The resulting properties that they manage are destinations for adults and families looking to have fun and stay in a retro-classy place.
Take McMenamin’s Anderson School. The building is in Bothell, Washington— a small historic city just twenty minutes outside of Seattle. The property was a functioning school, once upon a time. After McMenamin's got done it was an all-inclusive destination with a unique school-hotel, a swimming pool, several restaurants, bars, and a movie theater.
The school’s inner courtyards are now immaculately landscaped to provide perfect outdoor chillouts next to fire pits or dining al fresco. The eateries and pubs at the school are themed but not in a corny way— more like old-school Americana with reclaimed wood, stained glass windows, shuffleboard, billiards, and pinball. McMenamin’s brews beer on site and they have live music in the summers for dancing outdoors.
A friend recently described the Anderson School as “a Disneyland for grownups”, which is a pretty accurate description. IT’s a full day of fun in the form of a variety of novel experiences.
Now the Anderson School is a top destination for local, regional, and national tourists, who want to access Seattle, but may not want to pay Seattle prices for lodging.