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Maryhill WashingtonMaryhill, Washington, overlooking the Columbia River, might be one of the best kept secrets in the Pacific Northwest.

Haven’t heard of Maryhill?  Not surprising!  The community has a population of just 98 people.  But don’t let that stop you from visiting, Maryhill is full of surprises.

Located along Washington Highway 14, across the river from nearby Bend, Oregon, this little community is home to the Maryhill Museum of Art, a full-size replica of Stonehenge and so much more!

If you love American history, Maryhill, Washington will give you a glimpse into a fascinating era of Northwest history. Lawyer, railroad magnate, and Seattle Gas and Electric Company President, Sam Hill built the Beaux Arts style mansion that now houses the Maryhill Art Museum to over look a proposed Quaker farming community that never developed.  The museum features a large number of Rodin sculptures as well as Hill’s personal art collection.

Today, the museum also plays host to a variety of art exhibits and musical events that run from mid-March to mid-November each year.   Add to that a delightful visit to the museum café and a stop at the museum store and you are in for a great experience at Maryhill Museum.Stonehenge in Maryhill WA

The Maryhill experience is much more than a mansion. Surrounding the museum are gardens to delight the eye.  Picnics are welcome and visitors can roam a variety outdoor attractions including the lawns, sculpture garden, ranch lands, Stonehenge, and Loops Road areas.

Near the museum is the Maryhill Winery. It was named the Best Winery in Washington in 2009. In addition to their tasting room and tours of the facility, Maryhill Winery also offers an annual concert series.  The next event is the 2011 Harvest Fest, held over two weekends, October 9-10 and 15-16, 2011.

Harvest Fest includes the annual Grape Stomp, barrel samples, new wine releases and case specials. Food is available for purchase from 12-5 pm and live music will feature Ben Macy and Friends (October 8th 1-5pm) Macy is known as Maryhill’s “Gentleman of Jazz”, Originally from Portland, Oregon, he has played at some of the best jazz clubs in the Northwest.  He is noted for his happy west coast style of jazz.

Tracey Klas takes the stage on October 9th from 1-5pm.  Klas received more than 20 lifetime songwriting and performance awards and is a main stage draw at many festivals throughout the United States. 

Week two of the 2011 Harvest Fest promises even more great music with Brian Granse, one of Portland’s premier loop artists appearing on stage October 15th from 1-5 pm.  Making the most of own layered sounds he is the modern equivalent of a one man band.  Playing his Gibson Echoplex he records parts live, then uses the guitar body to create drum sounds. He even produces his own background vocals on stage and occasionally breaks into a beat box sound created with his mouth. It is a show you won’t want to miss!

Finally, Kit Garoutte will be on hand on October 16th from 1-5 pm bringing his irritable soulfulness to the Maryhill Winery stage.  Similar to Andy McKee and Tommy Emmanuel, Garoutte makes a single guitar sound like an orchestra as he makes music influenced by pop, jazz and classical traditions.

No matter what your interests, you will enjoy a visit to Maryhill, Washington.  It’s a bit out of the way, but way out of the ordinary!


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