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Unique and Historic Venues

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by Ron Engeldinger Consider adding variety to liven up your next meeting or event by selecting a unique location. How about conducting your conference on board a ship or at a state park? How about holding your conference in an elegantly restored railroad depot? The Northwest offers an abundance of interesting venues that provide a different take on traditional meeting locations. These locales provide a stimulating alternative to the typical hotel or conference center meeting rooms. Here is a selection of one-of-a-kind Northwest venues that can host your next gathering. USS TURNER JOY DD 951 NAVAL DESTROYER MUSEUM Bremerton, Washington If you
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8 Event Planning Mistakes to Avoid

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By Christina R. Green As an event planner, you wear a variety of hats. You’re a project manager, a social director, a solution provider, a mom or dad (let’s face it sometimes those attendees need some coddling), an artist, and you may be a business owner. Those roles require using many different skills and parts of your brain. While in the short term you may need to prioritize some of the roles over others, in your long-term career you’ll need them all. Those skills you don’t have, you’ll need to acquire. If you work for an event planning company, you’ll likely
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Pendleton Creates Special Events – Connecting with the Local Community

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By Tamara Muldoon MANY NORTHWEST CITIES ARE ADEPT AT SHOWCASING WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY. DISCOVER HOW PENDLETON, OREGON, ADDS A SPECIAL LOCAL FLAVOR FOR GROUPS THAT MEET THERE. It takes more than just event space and hotel rooms for a community to excel at group meeting business. The most successful destinations have something extra—the ability to impart a unique identity to visitors. It is this sense of community, coupled with true hospitality, that attracts groups and keeps them returning again and again. With deep rural eastern Oregon roots, Pendleton has earned a reputation as an exceptional group host. It’s only three and half hours
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Independent Meeting Venues

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By Tamara Muldoon If you’re looking for a venue that’s a bit different or if you would rather be the proverbial “big fish in a small pond,” consider the variety of independent meeting venues available in cities throughout the Northwest. Many offer unique spaces, high-tech audio/visual capabilities, attractive locations and attentive staff. These one-of-a-kind facilities may be the perfect fit for your small to medium size events. 415 WESTLAKE Seattle, Washington  Located in Seattle’s trendy South Lake Union neighborhood, 415 Westlake offers a distinctive venue for everything from social gatherings to corporate events. Its spare industrial-chic décor with high ceilings, large windows and warm wood accents
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Meetings on the Water

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By Tim Hansen Quiet bays and pristine lakes are the setting for some of the Northwest’s finest resorts and lodges. With stunning scenery and countless recreational opportunities, these waterside resorts are prime locations for productive meetings, private retreats, motivating conferences and special events. Here we offer some of our favorites. AVERILL’S FLATHEAD LAKE LODGE HISTORIC LAKESIDE GUEST RANCH AND LODGE IN MONTANA’S GLACIER COUNTRY Bigfork, Montana Cradled between soaring mountain ranges, the pristine beaches and clear waters of Flathead Lake are a prime recreation destination. Billed as the largest natural freshwater lake in the West, the lake offers visitors a wide variety
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Uncork Your Event

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In recent years, the Northwest has become a world-renowned winemaking region. The climate and soils of the area produce a wide variety of excellent grapes and the number of wineries in the region has grown substantially over the past few decades. Boasting picturesque locations and warm hospitality, the region’s wineries have become celebrated destinations for wine-tasting. Many of them welcome meetings and events to their facilities. Here are several wineries you should consider...
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Outdoor Venues: Parks, Ranches and Gardens

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Getting outdoors refreshes body and soul and is a welcome change from the typical convention center or hotel environment. Although many events require indoor space for meetings, outdoor venues add spice to meals and excitement to social functions. And, they make events like weddings, reunions, celebrations, teambuilding sessions, concerts and festivals...
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