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Book Your Next Event at an Entertainment Center

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By Heather Larson Meetings don’t always need to be held in formal, sterile or stuffy spaces. Sometimes you need to break out of the norm. When you hold your next bash at a bowling center, arcade or race course, you’ll go down in event history as the “fun” meeting planner. Upon entering the following Northwest venues, meeting goers see and hear what’s normally associated with the feel of recess and a break from the daily grind. The roar of a ball heading towards those ten reluctant pins, the flashing lights, a steel ball ricocheting off bumpers and the sound of
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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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Block 41 Event Space

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FORMER ICE WAREHOUSE IS TRANSFORMED INTO A UNIQUE LARGE-SCALE EVENT SPACE Block 41 is downtown Seattle’s newest private event venue. Located in the heart of Belltown, the renovated 1927 former ice warehouse offers three discrete indoor spaces on two levels, plus a landscaped outdoor courtyard. The facility offers 13,000 square feet of functional space on two levels. “Block 41 is unlike anything else in downtown Seattle. I knew we had a special opportunity the moment I walked in the door,” said Dan Temkin, owner and developer of Block 41. “We have big open spaces, exposed brick and massive Douglas fir
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Columbia Hospitality Announces Acquisition of Seattle-Based Coastal Hotels

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Seattle-based hospitality management and consulting company Columbia Hospitality has announced the purchase of six management agreements and other assets from Coastal Hotels, a privately held hospitality management company also based in Seattle. The acquisition is effective May 1, 2017 and will increase Columbia Hospitality’s diverse portfolio to 37 properties. With this acquisition, Columbia Hospitality will become one of the largest hospitality management companies based in the Northwest. “We are ecstatic about this new partnership and look forward to adding six remarkable hotels and two golf courses to our expanding portfolio,” said Columbia Hospitality founder and CEO John Oppenheimer. Among the
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