Spa day! One of my birthday gifts this year was a massage at McMenamins Edgefield Ruby Spa. So the bff and I had an impromptu girls day. It helps that our birthdays just happen to fall on the same day, so this was our gift to each other this year. We picked the $45 30-minute massages and then used the soaking pool for a few hours. Massages were the cheapest option. (Even though there was a little bit of cringing on my part, after paying a few dollars for massages in SE Asia on my trip). I’m used to paying around $30 for a half hour massage in Portland. But it’s definitely worth it to use the pool. As normally, the Edgefield soaking pool is reserved for Edgefield hotel guests or spa customers only.
Like many McMenamins properties (always on my cool hotels list), Edgefield is a great Portland day trip. Edgefield is totally kitschy and the Ruby Spa did not disappoint. After our massages we wandered around the [quite hot!] soaking pool and then used the provided towels to lay out and read. It was really relaxing since the pool is a designated “quiet zone” and we were practically the only people there for several hours. The landscaping (which has more of a high desert feel) and pool are absolutely gorgeous. And when you get too hot you can just pull the cord on the giant sunflower for a bit of a cooling off cold shower. Bonus: you can use the pool all day, so the spa girls suggested returning to see it at night. And you can also choose to use the pool either before or after your appointment.
I’ll definitely be back, but maybe next time I’ll go golfing first or to a concert on the lawn… Oh McMenamins, you’re just too cool for school.
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Have you checked out the new Edgefield soaking pool?
Originally published July 2009. Photo credit: urn