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Family-Friendly Venues

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By Tim Hansen Many associations and businesses are discovering the advantages of holding a convention or conducting a company conference at a family-friendly meeting venue. Offering meetings in a venue that is attractive to families demonstrates that the company or association values the attendees’ time and supports their life outside the organization. For attendees, it becomes a way to show appreciation to their spouses and families by including them in a fun experience. Here is a selection of destinations that offer fine meeting facilities along with great family-friendly experiences. SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE Winthrop, Washington Perched on a forested ridge in
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Meet Near a National Park

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By Ron Engeldinger The Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions are home to some of the country’s finest national parks. Wonderful experiences and spectacular scenery await visitors to these national treasures. For meeting and event planners, the areas near these parks offer the opportunity to host a successful event in a special locale. Many of the hotels and resorts near the parks offer excellent meeting facilities and they are accustomed to serving groups. The proximity to a park provides unique opportunities to make the event a memorable occasion. Here is a selection of meeting and event venues that are near our national
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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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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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The Baxter Hotel, Bozeman

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CLASSIC HOTEL WITH OLD WEST AMBIENCE Located in the center of historic downtown Bozeman since 1929, The Baxter Hotel retains its architectural detail and original craftsmanship while offering all the modern conveniences. Historic accents flourish throughout the venue providing a special atmosphere for your conference or meeting. The hotel has been a community gathering spot for decades and continues its tradition of providing an enthusiastic welcome to its guests. The facility features a little over 5,000 square feet of meeting space in four stylish meeting rooms. Maple hardwood floors and elegant, arched windows add sophistication to the 2,300-square-foot Grand Ballroom.
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Radisson Colonial Hotel, Helena

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MODERN HOTEL IN A CONVENIENT SETTING Located in Helena’s business district, the Radisson Colonial Hotel is one of Montana’s largest meeting and conference hotels. The bright modern hotel is designed to focus on the needs of business and pleasure travelers alike. A professional staff offers the hospitality and service that meeting and event planners require. The hotel offers 18,000 square feet of meeting space in 15 rooms. The 4,600-square-foot Ballroom can accommodate 500 guests in a theater-style setup or 400 for a reception. Additional rooms range in size from the 3,450 -square-foot State Capitol Room that holds 450 to several
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The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

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RUSTIC, YET CONTEMPORARY, FULL-SERVICE RESORT IN MONTANA’S GLACIER COUNTRY Resting on the shores of one of Montana’s most attractive lakes, the Lodge at Whitefish Lake gives guests all the modern amenities coupled with a mountain lodge experience. The natural setting of the lodge allows guests to relax near nature while enjoying the convenience of being near the recreational, shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities the area is famous for. Featuring more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space in 11 meeting rooms, the lodge welcomes groups ranging in size from three to several hundred. The 6,366 square-foot Grand
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