I had a weekend retreat in Centralia, Washington, at the same site of a previous vacation. Like that vacation, I traveled by train. It was a good train riding experience. When I checked in, the ticket agent said, “Your train is two hours late.” I knew this already, having looked online. Then she said. “Do you want me to see if I can get you on the train that’s coming in about 15 minutes?” The answer to that question was yes, I did. She could, so off I went on the earlier train, that was arriving later than my departure time. (I would love it if the US really put money into rail travel.)
I arrived in Centralia, walked the two blocks to the Olympic Club Hotel, checked in, dropped off my things and headed downstairs for a free movie (which is one of the perks. No soaking pool, though.)
Here is my room. At this hotel several of the rooms have only skylights, not windows. It was cozy.
A view of the skylight. If I had a project to finish and needed to get away to do so, I would come here and stay in one of these rooms. They are very focusing.
5 thoughts on “Weekend Retreat to Centralia: getting there; my room.”
Hmmmm…Maybe I should come there when I am dissertation writing. I do so love Centralia. And this is a McMinimans (McMinniman’s? Clearly I am not really worried about correctness as I have offered up two alternative spellings) that I have been too! GREAT FRIES HERE!!! That was a non sequitur but it is there anyway!
It is indeed a McMenamins. I find the breakfasts at this location to be above and beyond the usual McMenamins food.
32 or so to go!!!
I usually take the train when I go up to LA. It’s very convenient and inexpensive! Although the last time I went to LA, my train was two hours late because someone got hit on the tracks. :-/
So did you share that room with someone or was it yours and yours alone? I tried to do a hostel when I was in Seattle in Nov & discovered that I’m to old for that ish.
That room was all mine! I was contemplating taking the bus to the beach and staying at a hostel instead of going to Centralia, but it was too many new things. I’ve never taken the bus to the beach and I’ve never stayed in a hostel. I fear I might be too old for it also.