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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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Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport Opening Soon

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NEW WATERFRONT HOTEL BRINGS MEETING SPACE TO RENTON, WASHINGTON A fall opening is scheduled for the newest major hotel on the shores of Lake Washington. Located in Renton, Washington, the hotel will be a full-service conference facility combining the natural beauty of the Northwest with modern amenities. With four water-facing terraces providing fresh-air views of Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline, the new facility will offer a stunning location for a meeting or event. The hotel will feature more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space that includes 23,000 square feet of outdoor terraces. The first-floor Grand Ballroom
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Holiday Inn & Suites Bellingham

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HOLIDAY INN’S FLAGSHIP H4 SOLUTION HOTEL OPENS IN BELLINGHAM The Holiday Inn & Suites Bellingham provides event planners and business travelers effortless traveling options as it is close to the interstate and steps away from Bellingham International Airport. The new 153-room hotel is the first to launch the H4 Solution concept of Happiness, Hospitality, Home and Holiday Inn. The hotel’s inviting design uses natural color schemes, and water and earth elements to bring the outdoors in. Natural elements can also be found in northwater, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, which features decorative wavy glass and a custom bar that looks
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Maxwell Hotel, Seattle

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CONTEMPORARY, ART-FILLED HOTEL NEAR SEATTLE CENTER The bold colors and creative interior décor impart a spirited ambience to the upscale Maxwell Hotel. Cheerful mosaics and original mural paintings brighten the lobby and common areas. The Maxwell displays a classic hotel sophistication combined with a trendy, modern styling. Easy access and first-class amenities offer event and meeting planners a creative option. The hotel features 2,500 square feet of meeting space in two conference rooms and two lobby spaces. The Large Conference Room, with 1,300 square feet of space, seats 80 guests in a theater-style setup and accommodates 84 for a reception.
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