Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Oktoberfest & the Abbey...




The best Oktoberfest in the PNW is held in Mt Angel, Oregon. 





 Friday, my SIL & BIL took me. They have hardly missed a year in twenty five years (even in years that my BIL was at sea, SIL packed up the kids and went). It was my first time, and hopefully far from my last.

On the way down from Vancouver we passed beautiful old barns, and neat farms.


On arrival we had a few local brats & beers then parked my BIL in the big beer garden...





 My SIL, who knows much of the history of the region proceeded to give me a walking tour of Mt Angel. Starting with St Mary's.

  

We listened to two harpists playing inside St Mary's. It was magical.
 
After a bit of a walk we boarded a wagon pulled by a tractor for the trip up the hill to the Abbey.  Winding our way through the big trees, past the beautiful stations of the cross tucked in among them. After arrival at the abbey my SIL told me a bit of the history of the abbey.
This beautiful and peaceful monastery/seminary was started by Benedictine monks who migrated from Switzerland around 1882. It is located atop Mt Angel which is an approximately 500' butte. There is a beautiful church,



 a world class library that contains over 200K books including rare and hard to find ones, a museum, a retreat house, a bookstore and a coffee shop. The monks have opened a brewery where they handcraft "Black Habit" beer. The brewery is called the Benedictine Brewery. It was nice having my own personal guide as she had many stories about the abbey. 
  
 We met a group of Benedictine monks and chatted with them for a while. Quite the characters they were.




After a ride back down the hill, we hooked up with my BIL and some friends of theirs. An old family to the area. They have a restaurant in Mt Angel, and some family members play music in the beer garden. The beer garden crowd was having a good time.

I have no idea who this fellow was, but he was happily waiting for the chicken dance to start...


Flowers were everywhere.




What a wonderful venue: clean, neat small town with great brats, beer, and friendly people.




25 comments:

  1. I have been there for it but not for years. We used to drive up to the abbey on the hill as it's lovely. I like that whole part of Oregon

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    1. Rain,
      Hope you go again. I like that part of Oregon, too. Beautiful town & abbey.

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    1. Granny Sue, A good time was had by all. Such a neat & clean little town.

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  3. The Abbey is quite the huge and beautiful place and Mt. Angel looks like it's certainly worth the trip. How far is Mt.Angel from you?

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    1. Adrienne, It is most certainly worth the drive.
      Mt Angel is about sixty miles south of us. Takes around 1.5 hour, depending on Portland traffic.

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  4. Excellent. Love German sausage.

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    1. BW Bandy,
      I was under orders from Sean to bring home packages of sausage from the Mt Angel Sausage Co booth. I got three different kinds, one of which was the Boerewors Rope, which I cooked for dinner the next night. Delicious!

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  5. Did you take that officer home with you? He looks interested in how beautiful you are. I am surprised your BIL wasn't the one in the chicken hat after being left alone in the beer garden.

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    1. Granny Annie,
      LOL, The officer was very kind to let a granny have a picture taken with him.
      My BIL was doing just fine without a chicken hat...lol

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  6. You are darned cute. Haven't been there for years and in fact I'd forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Celia, Thanks, that is awful nice of you to say.
      I hope you get back there. Next year we should all meet up for the beer garden chicken dance...

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  7. Glad y'all had a good time! And some great pics too!

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    1. Old NFO,
      We did have a good time, & met some really nice folks.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      LOL, one is on it's way...

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    2. Woodsterman,
      Of course not! Eagerly awaiting pics of you wearing it...

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  9. My gosh! You're back! I kept clicking on my little tab for your RSS feed, and there never was a new entry. I guess I got lazy, because you're back with a vengeance (in the best sense, of course). This is a wonderful post, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to, where you are, and etc. I can't tell you how happy I am to see you posting again.

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    1. shoreacres, Thanks, good to hear from you. I'm living life in the PNW.

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  10. Brig, I need some advice. Email me. CW

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  11. I liked my time in both Seattle and Vancouver and Victoria. My cousins live in all those places having eschewed Newfoundland. It took them a while but they chose wisely. My nephew joined the crew at whossname big thing in Seattle and has no car because who needs a car in Seattle?

    I once lived there and the place was unrecognizable. I walked every inch of that city to get to the University district from West Seattle where I lived once upon a time just shy of the Admiralty District.

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