FULL-SERVICE VENUE BATHED IN EASTERN WASHINGTON SUNSHINE
Floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of the area’s 300 days of sunshine annually to offer a bright, cheerful conference facility located in the revitalized city center of Yakima, Washington. The Yakima Convention Center offers 41,000 square feet of column-free, carpeted meeting and event space with maximum flexibility.
The elegant Senator Alex Deccio Ballroom can accommodate as many as 2,250 guests in a theater-style arrangement, and it can be divided into as many as eight rooms of various sizes to accommodate smaller meetings or breakout sessions. The South Ballroom offers space for up to 400 seated guests, and it can be divided into as many as six smaller rooms. The spacious, light-filled lobby areas, displaying works by regional artists, provide space for conference check-in tables and small receptions.
Wrought-iron accents and a vibrant floral display make the 7,000-square-foot Outdoor Plaza an inviting space to enjoy an afternoon break or an evening reception. The Outdoor Plaza can accommodate 360 seated guests or 500 standing.
The venue features the latest in audiovisual equipment and on-site support staff to make conference presentations a seamless affair, and complimentary WiFi is available throughout the facility. Free parking is available adjacent to the Convention Center.
Centerplate, the facility’s catering service, offers a variety of selections, many locally sourced from the region’s abundant agricultural producers. Yakima Valley wines are featured prominently in the Convention Center’s menus.
With more than 850 sleeping rooms and a multitude of dining opportunities within walking distance of the facility, the Yakima Convention Center attracts multi-day conferences and conventions from all over the Northwest. Many local restaurants feature farm-to-table fare sourced from the abundant Yakima Valley agricultural producers. The city center also features several boutiques and galleries that highlight local artists and artisans. Yakima has several unique museums and historic sights that beckon groups for interesting educational tours.
The sunny climate gives the region a multitude of outdoor recreation and group team-building opportunities. Groups looking for adventure can indulge in rock climbing, white-water rafting or mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. Less strenuous activities include golf and fly fishing on the banks of the Yakima River.
The Center’s staff can assist in arranging group tours and day trips to take advantage of the region’s many offerings. More than 120 wineries located with 70 miles of Yakima provide unlimited opportunities for wine-tasting excursions and winery tours. The Yakima Valley produces more than 75 percent of the nation’s hops, so craft beers are also an attraction. For an unusual way to explore the wine country, groups should check out one of the local companies that offer horseback, carriage and wagon rides that tour regional vineyards and wineries.
Yakima’s central location, less than 200 miles from Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington, makes it a convenient spot to host a regional conference or convention. Yakima Air Terminal, the city’s airport, offers daily roundtrip service to Seattle’s Sea-Tac International Airport.
Connie Upton, general manager