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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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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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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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Hotel Monaco Unveils the Quiet Room

SPACE FOR RELAXATION IN A PORTLAND, OREGON, HOTEL Guests attending a meeting at Portland’s Monaco Hotel may want to take advantage of the hotel’s newest addition. It is called the Quiet Room. The Quiet Room is a place where guests can simply hit pause for a minute to re-center, whether they need a break from an all-day meeting or are an overnight guest who just needs a moment of Zen. Located on the fifth floor, the private space can be requested to pray, meditate, brainstorm, roll out a yoga mat or for whatever temporary use it’s needed. There’s no charge
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Oxford Hotel, Bend

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SOPHISTICATED CENTRAL OREGON BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND MEETING SPACE With urban chic décor and an eco-friendly design, the Oxford Hotel welcomes guests to the heart of historic downtown Bend. With a dedication to sustainable design and environmentally-friendly amenities, the Oxford has consistently been recognized by as one of the top ten Traveler’s Choice hotels in the United States. Whether it is a corporate meeting, a mid-size conference, an intimate meeting or a social gathering, the Oxford is an attractive option. The Oxford offers four flexible meeting rooms with a total of 3,000 square feet of space. The 2,034 square-foot Minnesota
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Hotel Modera, Portland

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SLEEK, MODERN HOTEL IN PORTLAND’S CULTURAL ARTS DISTRICT The elegant Italian Carrera marble, rich wood flooring and more than 500 works by regional artists, impart the Hotel Modera with a sense of refined style. Floor-to-ceiling lobby windows bathe the hotel’s common areas with natural light, and comfortable furnishings invite guests to relax. With a sleek, mid-century modern design and all the amenities of a luxury hotel, Portland’s Hotel Modera is a sophisticated venue for a meeting, workshop or seminar. The Modera features 2,734 square feet of space in five meeting rooms. Meeting Room 1, the largest, seats up to 100
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