Kennedy School, Portland, OregonKathleen Nyberg
The Kennedy School in Northeast Portland opened as an elementary school in 1915 and has since been turned into a hotel with 57 guestrooms, (some of which still have the original chalkboards and cloakrooms). Also on site are restaurants and bars in the former cafeteria, boiler room, and classrooms (one cleverly called the Detention Bar), a movie theater, pool, and gift shop. In what used to be the little girls’ room, the Concordia Brewery is decorated with both the artwork of school girls and others that feature the history of brewing. Portland of course has an abundance of cultural and outdoor activities to choose from. It’s also one of the best places for a solo trip!
Kokopelli’s Cave, Farmington, New MexicoKokopelli’s Cave
The 1700 square foot Kokopelli’s Cave is built into the sandstone cliffs overlooking the La Plata River Valley. It is accessible only by walking a sloping path and steps cut into the sandstone, so pack light! The cave entrance is southwest facing, providing a view of sunsets over four states. Besides the expected bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living and dining areas, the cave also has a replica North American kiva. Several National Park sites are in the area, including the Aztec Ruins National Monument, as well as casinos and a golf course. The town is also home to the Connie Mack World Series.
Old St. Francis School, Bend, OregonKathleen Nyberg
The Old St. Francis School dates back to 1936 when it was a Catholic schoolhouse. Today the facility’s décor reflects its original character in its halls and lodging located in what were the school’s classrooms. It offers a number of eating and drinking options, including a brewpub, theater bar, and the Broom Closet, a coffee house in the morning and cocktail and blues bar from afternoon to night. Befitting its history, stained glass and tile art can be found throughout the buildings. A unique feature is the soaking pool, which has an open ceiling and is open to both guests and the public. Bend is known for its outdoor pursuits and the town also offers shopping. This city truly makes for a great summer weekend getaway.