Coastal Gatherings

Whether it is an intimate corporate retreat, a large conference or a special event, you will find a venue to meet your needs. To complement your event, an abundance of lively pursuits and leisurely endeavors are waiting for your meeting participants’ enjoyment. Here are some of our favorites...
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Museums for Meetings

By Heather Larson Up the wow factor by holding your next event in one of the colorful, inspiring and engaging museums of the Northwest. No matter what the occasion or what type of exhibits are displayed, you have ready-made décor and a profound change of scenery from a business office. You’ll give attendees an experience they’ll not soon forget. Many of the museums mentioned here offer after-hours or backstage tours to meeting or event guests, either self-guided or conducted by docents. In some cases, holding a meeting or event amid the collections is impressive enough without any narration. These venues
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Conference Ideas in Southern Oregon

An endless variety of both indoor and outdoor activities, a flourishing culinary scene and plentiful meeting spaces highlight the cities of Southern Oregon. Mild weather and spectacular scenery make the region an attractive destination in any season. Conveniently located along I-5, Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass and Roseburg each has their individual personalities. “Southern Oregon offers a wide variety of activities that will appeal to any group,” says Eli Matthews, senior vice president for Travel Medford.  The region is one of the top wine destinations in the Northwest, a center for arts and culture and a scenic mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Look at Fairgrounds for an Event

Throughout the region, you will find that many of the area’s fairgrounds have evolved into full-service event facilities. The horse and cow barns are still there, but the modern buildings and manicured open areas offer excellent options for any group activity. Fairgrounds are equipped to handle any size crowd, have ample parking and convenient access at a reasonable price. Here are four venues you may want to consider for your next event. DESCHUTES FAIR AND EXPO CENTER Redmond, Oregon With views of seven snowcapped Cascade Mountain peaks, the Deschutes Fair and Expo center in Redmond, Oregon, has a variety of
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Green Your Meeting

Photo © Aaron Elliott By Tamara Muldoon Sustainability, environmentally friendly, going green; these buzz words and phrases are as important today as they have ever been. “Environmental considerations are an increasing part of the conversation for groups planning an event with us,” says Scott Youngblood, general manager of Tigard, Oregon’s Embassy Suites.  He adds, “We have a computer program that tracks the carbon footprint of every conference we host. Planners use that information to see the effect of their changes.” You may think that conducting your event with an eye toward environmental friendliness is more trouble that it is worth.
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On Lake Washington

Photo © Coliln Walker According to science, being near water makes us feel good and improves our well-being. When meetings or events are held near “blue space” like a river, lake or ocean, most everyone involved benefits from nature’s therapeutic strength. In the Puget Sound Region, Lake Washington makes the ideal setting for such gatherings. The second largest lake in Washington State, Lake Washington measures 18 miles long. Sculpted by an ice sheet eons ago, this body of water shimmers and shines brilliantly east of Seattle. From Bellevue, an edge city and the Emerald City’s largest suburb, you can reach the
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A Capital Idea

Photo © Ron Cooper The region’s state capitals are easily accessible and offer a variety of interesting meeting options. These mid-size cities are accustomed to rolling out the red carpet for visitors. They offer abundant meeting and event spaces, top-notch support services and are easy to get to. Salem, Oregon An urban flair with homegrown hospitality attracts conferences, meetings and events to Oregon’s capital city. Perched on the Willamette River midway between Portland and Eugene, Salem’s central Willamette Valley location makes it easy to get to. “We are accessible from anywhere in the Northwest with little difficulty,” explains Debbie McCune, director
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Design with Intention

Photo © Mike Nakamura What could happen if your conference transcended the traditional format? Does the décor make a difference? “The right design can increase the impact of your event,” says Allison Lazar, sales executive for Triumph Expo & Events, Inc. Lazar recommends that anyone planning an event consider the design and décor of the space where the event is held. Event planners should think about ways to keep the theme alive throughout the event. She calls the process design with intention. “Design with intention is the thoughtful process of creating a whole experience for your attendees. A carefully-considered design can
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