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  • 12 Ways to Get your Team Outside and Engaged

     
    POSTED March 24, 2017
     
  • 12 Ways to Get your Team Outside and Engaged

     
    POSTED March 24, 2017
     
  • 12 Ways to Get your Team Outside and Engaged

     
    POSTED March 24, 2017
     
  • 12 Ways to Get your Team Outside and Engaged

     
    POSTED March 24, 2017
     
  • 12 Ways to Get your Team Outside and Engaged

     
    POSTED March 24, 2017
     

Sponsored Content by Tillamook Coast

It’s a proven fact that your brain works better after a hike or being outside. And if you’ve ever fallen asleep in a meeting after sitting for hours, you know exactly what we’re talking about. On Oregon’s Tillamook Coast, we offer every excuse to get out of your chair and explore nature with your colleagues. Here are 12 suggestions to get outdoors and engage with the team:

1. Take a hike. There are trails and more trails on the Tillamook Coast, from pleasurable strolls to thigh pumpers, from forest to beach, from sandy spits to steep cape headlands where you can watch for whales. You’ll never run out of options.

2. Crabbing, clamming and eating. There’s nothing like catching fresh Dungeness crab or digging for clams on the beach, then having it all cooked up for dinner on the dock. Your team will have a blast at Kelly’s Brighton Marina. And you can’t beat the seafood meal.

3. Ride the rails on a bike. Put pedal to the metal in recumbent bikes. Oregon Coast Railriders takes advantage of unused train tracks for an 11-mile round trip through farmlands, across trestles and over rivers, while viewing wildlife and scenic land.

4. Ecotour on the bay. Sunsets, whale watching, wildlife viewing. When viewed from a boat on the bay, with a glass of wine and a guide telling stories…well, there’s no better way to take in the coast. Tidewater Adventures is your boat and your guide for the experience.

5. Disc golf. There’s regular golf, and then there’s this more adventurous, team-friendly version. This new nine-hole disc golf course in Bay City is on the grounds of the Sheltered Nook Tiny Home Village, where both guests and the general public are welcome.

6. Kayaking. Whether you’ve never picked up a paddle or are a seasoned kayaker, a guided tour can bring a water-trail excursion to life. Kayak Tillamook offers year-round paddling throughout the Tillamook Coast, on bays, rivers and lakes.

7. Stand-up paddle boarding. Glide across water like it’s glass! Janice Gaines of SUP Manzanita will launch your team on its new favorite paddle sport, and lead the team in SUP yoga, if you want to put your balance to the test.

8. Fat tire beach bikes. Bike riding on dunes, sand and across waves is much easier with fat tires. Shore Riders, will bring the bikes to you and pick them up when you’re done.

9. Horseback riding. Riding a horse through the waves and across a beach trail is an experience the whole team can saddle up to. If you’re meeting near Manzanita or Nehalem, contact Oregon Beach Rides. If you’re nearer to Pacific City, check in with Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides.

10. Hang gliding. How adventurous is your team? Jump off cliffs and fly over the waves under the safe guidance and buddy system of Oregon Hang Gliding School. It’s the only way to get this soaring view without becoming a drone.

11. Charter fishing. Launch from the beach with the dory fishing fleet in Pacific City, sail out to the bay or ocean with Garibaldi Charters, or hook up with Josiah Darr, a well-known fly fishing guide who can teach your team the art of casting.

12. Geocaching. Part hike, part scavenger hunt, teams can compete for treasures all along the Tillamook Coast. Go to www.geocaching.com to get started.

Sponsored Content by Tillamook Coast

Whether you’re looking to bond with the team, take a break in the fresh coastal air, or banish the boring stuff, then hold your retreat, conference or executive meeting on the Tillamook Coast. You’ll get more done, and feel better about it! Plan your team adventure at tillamookcoast.com/meetings

The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out. 

SEATTLE; CHINATOWNI NTERNATIONAL DISTRICT

Wing Luke Museum

 

As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.