|Door of RL Stevenson|
|RL Stevenson Room|
We typically stay in the mid-range rooms (bestsellers), but this time we decided to save a bit of money and stay in the lowest-price novel room. These rooms do not have ocean views and tend to be smaller. RL Stevenson, though, seems to be the largest of the bunch, and it has a deck (although the weather was not nice enough for us to use it). The only downside of the room was that it seemed to have a loud running water sound (from the floor above it)? That's what you get with a 100-year-old hotel!
On Friday evening, we had dinner in Nana's Irish Pub a few doors down from the SBH. Great Irish beer and Strongbow on tap, with yummy and authentic Irish food!
|Mike perusing the menu|
|With my perfect-temperature Guinness|
|Mike had "Taigue's Delight," Irish breakfast sausages topped with apples|
and onions sauteed in Strongbow hard cider,
with mashed potatoes, peas, and a side of mushroom gravy.
|I had "Celtic Veggie Curry Pie," carrots, parsnips, golden raisins, pinto beans,|
corn, mushrooms, celery, onion and garlic
in a yellow curry cream sauce topped with a flaky pastry crust
|View from my chair|
(SBH is the one place on the Oregon Coast where I don't mind the wind and rain--
because of the wonderful library views!)
Then we decided to take advantage of the weekend's child care (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and take in a movie. Mike wanted to see "The Artist," but I dragged him to "The Descendants" instead. After weeping our way through that beautiful movie, we went down to the bayfront to look for a (very late) lunch at 3:30. We ended up at Local Ocean Seafoods, which had been recommended to Mike. We both chose the roasted garlic & dungeness crab soup (a cup for me and a bowl for Mike), which was absolutely delish! But the service could have been better--we could sense the waitress' displeasure that we were not ordering a larger meal. We had booked a reservation for SBH's Tables of Content restaurant for 7:00, though, so we could not eat too much.
It was a small group at dinner...a mother and her 15-year-old daughter (who was extremely bright and articulate); a couple from Portland who were staying at the Best Western but visited SBH for dinner; and a couple from Gresham whose son is living in Japan. We played the traditional "two truths and a lie" game, and these were my stories--can you guess which one is the lie?
1. I saw Mary Tyler Moore at the Statue of Liberty
2. I flew in first class with Al Franken.
3. Kenny Loggins dedicated a song at a concert to Christopher.
The other guests ask you questions to figure out which is your lie. The last time we were there, I won and received a standing ovation, but this time they guessed my lie correctly. Our table mates all had really interesting stories, and we enjoyed ourselves!
|Mike with our dinner mates|
The next day we had a few rare moments of sunshine, but it was still very blustery. We went down to the beach for a (VERY BRIEF) jaunt. Too windy and cold!!
|View from the climb up from the beach|
|Sunny view of the beach from library window|
We hung out in the library after checking out. The SBH is celebrating its 25th anniversary, in addition to the 00th birthday of the building and the 125th birthday of Sylvia Beach, the famed owner of the Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris. The hotel had an open house on Sunday afternoon, when they opened up all the rooms for guests to wander through. Many of the visitors were not your typical SBH guests, and they also didn't follow the protocol of keeping quiet in the library. Although it was fun to poke through all the rooms at once, Mike and I both thought there were too many people! (The rooms are always open to wander through if they are not occupied, so we had already been in them at one time or another.)
So here is your virtual tour of the rooms!
|Herman Melville Room, one of our favorites because of the big bed|
and next-door proximity to the library
|Dr. Seuss Room|
|Dr. Seuss Room|
|Dr. Seuss Room|
|Fish tank toilet in Dr. Seuss|
|View from Dr. Seuss|
|Oscar Wilde Room|
|The new Amy Tan Room, which is not yet finished|
|Mike in Amy Tan Room|
|Gertrude Stein Room|
|Lincoln Steffens Room|
|Emily Dickinson Room|
|Mike poring over the journals in Emily Dickinson|
to discover when we'd stayed in that room
|My favorite room--Shakespeare!|
|Props in Shakespeare|
|Prop case in Shakespeare|
|View from the four-poster bed|
(I want a four-poster bed!)
|Out! Out damned spot! (above the sink)|
|To pee...or not to pee..|
(above the toilet)
|Colette (the prettiest of the three "classic" [most expensive] rooms)|
|Mark Twain (another classic)|
|Window seat in Twain|
|Jane Austen--our first memory of the SBH!|
|Mike trying to find our first visit in the journals|
|View from Jane Austen|
|F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|One of the newest rooms--JK Rowling (used to be Poe)|
|Most famous feature of the old Poe Room |
(hanging over the bed!)
|Dolores Umbridge proclamations|
|Wand and potion collections|
|Another four-poster bed!|
|Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom|
|Broom and goggles|
|Gryffinder crest on the door|
|Sorting hat and snitch|
|Hotel cat, Shelley|
|Door of Agatha Christie|
|Alice Walker (we stayed in this room once--in the late '90s?)|
|Mural in Alice Walker|
|Door of Alice Walker|
|Virginia Woolf--I like this decor!|
|Tolkien bed, which we didn't like as well as the old bed:|
|This was taken during our last visit in 2009 (they apparently|
had to replace the bed because people complained about getting injured by the bed??)
|Map of Mordor|
|John Steinbeck (also new)|
|Sally Ford and Goody Cable, visionaries and book lovers!|
|Mural in the lobby|
|Sad to leave!|
|Outside of our room|
|Front door of hotel|
Hope to see you again soon!