A tropical-inspired retreat along the Columbia River, the Kalama Harbor Lodge, recently opened as the newest McMenamins property. Inspired by the Hawaiian heritage of John Kalama, an early settler and the town’s namesake, the hotel sits on the river bank next to Kalama’s landmark totem pole. The design and décor of the facility are reminiscent of the Pioneer Inn, located in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.
Large windows, offering views of the river, brighten the 1,200-square-foot event venue, Old 97. The room can accommodate up to 90 guests in a theater-style arrangement and 120 for a reception. For smaller functions, it can be divided into two spaces, each holding 49 people. The event room’s expansive lanai provides gatherings to spill out into the fresh air and watch as the large ships and small fishing boats cruise by.
The hotel’s 40 guest rooms all have private bathrooms and individual lanais, and most of them come with a river view. The venue has a variety of food and beverage options. Guests can ascend to the Cloud Bar at the top of the building for great views along with snacks and refreshments. The McMenamins Pub at Kalama Harbor Lodge offers fresh pub-style cuisine along with specialties inspired by the Hawaiian Islands.
Guests can also meander along the river bank, past Kalama’s renowned totem poles, to the Ahles Point Cabin. The log cabin style structure is an inviting place for guests to gather at the outdoor fireplaces and watch the world float by.
The Port of Kalama, just steps away from the hotel, is a convenient access point for anglers wishing to try their luck on the Columbia, while the area offers a variety of shopping, golf and recreation opportunities. Kalama is located along I-5 between Portland, Oregon and Longview, Washington. It is about 45 minutes from Portland and two hours from Seattle.