Fresh IdeasWashington

Make Your Next Conference or Retreat Special with a Day at the Races

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The glamour and excitement of thoroughbred horse racing can be the backdrop for a memorable conference, corporate incentive or special event. For a fun and productive alternative to a hotel meeting room, Emerald Downs, in Auburn, Washington, offers several spaces that can accommodate up to 500 guests. Conduct your business meeting during the day and conclude the event with an evening of racing excitement. Emerald Downs has more than 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space ready for your group. The 6,660 square-foot Emerald Room provides a formal setting for a conference or seminar. The room holds up to
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Uncork Your Event

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In recent years, the Northwest has become a world-renowned winemaking region. The climate and soils of the area produce a wide variety of excellent grapes and the number of wineries in the region has grown substantially over the past few decades. Boasting picturesque locations and warm hospitality, the region’s wineries have become celebrated destinations for wine-tasting. Many of them welcome meetings and events to their facilities. Here are several wineries you should consider...
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Outdoor Venues: Parks, Ranches and Gardens

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Getting outdoors refreshes body and soul and is a welcome change from the typical convention center or hotel environment. Although many events require indoor space for meetings, outdoor venues add spice to meals and excitement to social functions. And, they make events like weddings, reunions, celebrations, teambuilding sessions, concerts and festivals...
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World Trade Center Seattle Announces 2017 Events Series

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World Trade Center Seattle (WTCSE) recently announced its 2017 professional panel series, featuring some of the area’s top CEOs. The events will be hosted at WTCSE, which is part of the world’s largest international educational and business services network. It provides access, collaboration and networking opportunities to business leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the region. Tickets range from $25 to $50 for WTCSE members and from $35 to $60 for nonmembers. The 2017 event lineup includes the following: Mastering the Art of Business Entertaining April 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. Learn tips from expert panelists on how to bring order, ease
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New Event Center Comes to Federal Way

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A spacious lobby with commanding views of Mount Rainier and an outdoor public plaza are highlights of the newest event facility in the Seattle region. Located in the heart of Federal Way, Washington, the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center is scheduled to open in August, 2017. The 41,000 square-foot facility features a 716-seat auditorium with a full performance stage and 6,000 square feet of additional event spaces. Seating for 500 guests in the orchestra section and 200 in the balcony makes the auditorium ideally suited for a presentation or seminar. Two equal-sized event rooms are located adjacent to
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Coast Hotel Bellevue Becomes Hotel 116

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Located in the heart of Bellevue, Washington, the Coast Hotel Bellevue has updated its appearance and, with that, changed its name. New exterior paint, new landscaping throughout the facility and renovations to the guest rooms have created a chic, modern look. The central location, just off of I-405 and only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle makes Hotel 116 an attractive option for meeting and event planners in Western Washington. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue’s large event venue, and all the shopping, dining and entertainment options in the center of the city. People attending
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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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