The third floor of the Cape Cod-style building features 18 guest rooms with king- or queen-sized beds and private baths. McMenamins will integrate its signature artwork with a Pacific Northwest design style. Reservations will be accepted beginning in February. Rates start at $125 per night.
The town of Gearhart is located 20 minutes south of Astoria on the Oregon coast and is near the towns of Seaside and Cannon Beach, two better-known destinations. From Seattle it is a three and one-half hour drive. It is just 90 minutes from Portland.
The grand opening, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, will include a golf tournament, live music, McMenamins ales, wines, spirits and coffee tastings and more.
The hotel is in the same building as McMenamins Sand Trap Pub and the golf course pro shop. Gearhart Golf Links is an 18-hole course that is open to the public. McMenamins is teaming up with the golf course to host a series of regular tournaments. The first in the series, The True Oregonian Golf Tournament, takes place on January 28th regardless of the weather.
The Gearhart Golf Links is one of the oldest links courses west of the Mississippi. The course, built in 1892, celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. In 2010 Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportwear, bought the property.
According to the McMenamins website, “This new hotel had three predecessors over the past 122 years, each at different sites in Gearhart, but all connected with the pioneer golf course. The original Hotel Gearhart, built in 1890, was a popular summertime retreat for wealthy Portlanders and their families. Within a year or two, an informal golf course was laid out nearby (which evolved into today’s 18-hole Gearhart Golf Links). The hostelry burned down in 1913, as did it successor, two years later. The third Hotel Gearhart opened in 1923, and remained an Oregon Coast landmark until being razed in 1972.
“This newest incarnation of the Gearhart Hotel is “a phoenix rising from the ashes,” a welcome place not only for golfers but for visitors all along the coast. Located just across the way from the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is a convenient spot from which to explore Oregon’s seaside towns and villages.”