Where is Menucha? How do I get there?
Menucha is located on the south side of the Columbia River Gorge, in Corbett, Oregon, inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Menucha is just a 30-40 minute ride from downtown Portland, PDX airport, and Portland’s AMTRAK train terminal. Freeways I-84 and I-205 provide easy access by car from all directions. Driving instructions can be found here. Our entrance is located at 38711 E Historic Columbia River Highway.
Where do I go when I arrive? Where is the office?
If you have not received any specific directions from your group leader about where to meet, please stop in at the office to find out your group’s location and the best place to park and unload. At the end of our entrance road, you’ll see a welcome sign. Our office is in part of the building just behind the welcome sign. Drive forward and you’ll see the office front door on your left. Click here for a map of the Menucha property and buildings.
What are your office hours?
Our office is staffed from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every day. Please feel free to drop by with your questions or needs. All of our staff members are here to serve you.
Where do I park?
To reach the main parking lot, you’ll drive on past the office, past Wright Hall (large building on your left) and continue downhill about 200 feet to a large gravel parking lot.
What should I bring?
We have a general check list for packing that you can use to begin planning your stay. Sheets and towels are provided in some buildings (Beam, Boyd, Creevey, Hideaway, Lindsay) and by prior arrangement with group leaders for other buildings. If you have a question about whether or not to bring your sleeping bag, please contact your group leader or our office.
May I bring my dog?
Sorry, no. Pets must be left at home. Only service animals, trained for specific purposes, are allowed.
When is the pool open?
The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. Our pool is an outdoor, unheated facility. We require that guests follow all posted safety rules. No lifeguard is on duty and swimming is at your own risk.
Does Menucha do weddings?
No. We suggest you check out weddings at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Portland.
Does Menucha provide meals for people with special diets such as vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, etc.?
Menucha’s kitchen staff works very hard to provide proper meals for our guests with alternate diets. You may find out more information about meals and alternate diets by reading the information found here. Once you have registered to attend a retreat, please submit this online form. We ask for it at least three weeks in advance because early planning enables us to coordinate meals, order proper food and schedule staff. There is a fee of $6 per day for this service.
Does Menucha have a gift shop?
Yes! The Menucha gift shop is on the first floor of Wright Hall, just past the entry area, on the right. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. (or later if people are still shopping). We’ll also open it for any group upon request.
Does Menucha have laundry facilities?
Yes. In the basement of Wright Hall, we have a washing machine (4 quarters = 1 load) and a dryer (3 quarters = 1 load). We sell laundry detergent in the gift shop and in our office. If you have a great deal of laundry, we suggest the facilities at the Corbett RV Park. Turn right out of Menucha onto the highway and you’ll see it about a mile down the road on the left.
Does Menucha have internet access?
Yes. If you brought your computer with you and have wireless capabilities, you will find that most of our buildings are WiFi friendly. We do not require that you have a password to connect to our system. Ethernet connections are available in Creevey Commons (two by the phone, eight in the main meeting area). You may borrow Ethernet cables from our office.
May I borrow a computer?
Yes. Please contact an office staff to assist you. Our computer lab is located down in the Just Wright Java coffee shop.
What are meal times at Menucha?
Breakfast 8:00 am
Lunch 12:00 noon
Dinner 6:00 pm (7:00 pm on Fridays)
Please arrive on time so your food will be hot. Also, we serve family-style, around tables for 8 people, and it is most convenient if all begin eating at the same time.
Do you have a coffee bar? Do you have a soda machine?
Yes to both. Menucha’s espresso bar, called Just Wright Java, is located in the basement of Wright Hall. Its hours are 6:30 – 7:45 am, 8:30 – 9:00 am and 2:30 – 4:00 pm Coffee cards cost $6 each and will cover 2 coffees ($3.00 per drink). Guests may pay with a pre-purchased coffee card or cash. Buy your coffee card at the office or gift shop. Our Coke machine is located outside at the west end of Wright Hall.
What about nearby stores, post office, pharmacy?
– Corbett Country Market: These folks carry a bit of everything, from deli and grocery items to gasoline. It is the closest place to pick up the stuff you forgot, but it is a tad pricey. Turn right out of our exit. It is located about a mile down the road in Corbett on the right.
– Corbett Post Office: Open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (they close from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for lunch). Turn right out of our exit. It is located about 1 ¼ miles in Corbett on the left. (It’s a bit hard to see – look for the post office sign on the right…it’s just across the street).
– Walgreens Pharmacy and Albertson’s Grocery: Turn right out of our exit. Travel down the Historic Columbia River Highway for about 5 ½ miles (It’s a bit twisty…take your time). You’ll see signs for Stark Street and will turn left and cross the Sandy River on a narrow bridge. Continue on Stark Street through 2 stop lights. Just after the 3rd light (Kane/257th) you will see Walgreens on the right in a small strip mall. There will also be an Albertson’s Grocery (which also has a pharmacy inside) and a few other stores.
What sightseeing can I do near Menucha?
If you want to leave Menucha and see a few sights, we’d recommend Vista House (the little building you see as you look eastward into the gorge) and Multnomah Falls. When leaving our property, turn left onto the highway. Vista House is 2 miles away. Multnomah Falls is 10 miles away. For more information, click on: Map of Historic Columbia River Highway.
Where can I find Menucha’s telephone, fax, and mailing information?
Please go to our Contact Information page.