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BEST OF ALASKA


Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

BEST ATTRACTION
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Considered by many to be the highlight of Alaska’s extraordinary Inside Passage, Glacier Bay National Park is part of a 25-million-acre World Heritage Site, one of the largest internationally protected areas in the world. Accessible only by boat or plane, the park includes 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, temperate rain forests, magnificent fjords, wild coastline and spectacular glaciers. Most visitors see the park by ship and are rewarded with views of stunning beauty and majestic glacier calving (when portions of a glacier break off and fall into the sea). It’s the perfect, once-in-a-lifetime excursion to cap off a productive meeting or event.
(Gustavus, nps.gov, 907.697.2230)

Runners-up // Denali National Park & Preserve; Mendenhall Glacier

BEST CONVENTION/CONFERENCE VENUE
Ted Ferry Civic Center

The Ted Ferry Civic Center is an idyllic, unique and flexible venue located in picturesque downtown Ketchikan at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s famed Inside Passage—a network of beautiful waterways and wilderness. The center can accommodate groups ranging in size from intimate gatherings to 550 guests set theater-style in the ballroom. Local highlights—perfect for excursions between meetings—include the Misty Fjords National Monument, with breathtaking vistas of deep-blue lakes and snowcapped mountaintops, and Tongass National Forest, a lush 17-million-acre rainforest.
(Ketchikan, city.ketchikan.ak.us, 907.228.5655)

Runners-up // The Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center; Hotel Captain Cook

BEST LARGE HOTEL WITH MEETINGS & EVENTS SPACE (More Than 200 Rooms)
Hotel Captain Cook

Hotel Captain Cook has won this award three times. Our readers praise the hotel’s luxury, impeccable service and impressive amenities, including 547 graciously appointed rooms (with 96 suites), stunning views of the Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains, five separate food-andbeverage outlets and 14 meeting rooms— ranging from an intimate 288-squarefoot library with a cozy fireplace to the 9,000 square-foot ballroom.
(Anchorage, captaincook.com, 907.276.6000)

Runners-up // Hilton Anchorage; Sheraton Anchorage

BEST SMALL HOTEL WITH MEETINGS & EVENTS SPACE (Less Than 200 Rooms) - TIE
Cape Fox Lodge, Ketchikan 

Cape Fox Lodge is a ski lodge–style facility, conveniently located next to the Ted Ferry Civic Center in downtown Ketchikan. With its Native Alaskan ownership, native art collection, convenient access to the waterfront by tram, innovative menu (think bison burgers and reindeer sausage), and sweeping views of forest, mountains and water, Cape Fox is a unique venue. “No matter what the weather is, the view is always
amazing,” says Anna Marie Mestas, finance and member services director at Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. “I especially love watching the trees during a windstorm.”
(Ketchikan, capefoxlodge.com, 866.225.8001)

Coast International Inn, Anchorage

The Coast International Inn is perfect for those looking for a venue near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport with a complimentary shuttle, according to Dirk Whitehead, general manager. “It has three meeting spaces and easily hosts training sessions, corporate gatherings or wedding receptions,” says Madeline Levy of Duo PR. “The two largest rooms hold up to 300 and overlook a quiet courtyard, plus all rooms are conveniently located off the main floor lobby and come equipped to handle banquet and audio-visual needs.”
(Anchorage, coasthotels.com, 907.243.2233)

Runner-up // Embassy Suites Anchorage


Alyeska Resort

BEST RESORT
Alyeska Resort

Alyeska Resort wins this award for the fourth consecutive year. No wonder: With awe inspiring views of the snow-covered Chugach Mountains, top-notch facilities, a world class spa, the steep terrain and deep snowpack avid skiers love, and pursuits like guided ice climbing and glacier dog sledding, the place is magical. “The setting and surroundings are unreal; a trip to Alaska would not be complete without a stay at Alyeska Resort,” says Alaska native and self-proclaimed No. 1 fan Sonja Brekke, sales manager at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. “The drive along the Turnagain Arm is spectacular (watch for mountain goats on the cliffs). The quaint ski town of Girdwood is home to earthy coffee shops and fun restaurants. The hotel itself has a purely Alaskan lodge feel, and the energy there is palpable. As for hospitality, it ranks at the top in my book.” (Girdwood, alyeskaresort.com, 907.754.2111)

Runners-up // Hotel Captain Cook; Waterfall Resort
 

BEST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA


Victoria's Inner Harbour

BEST ATTRACTION
Victoria's Inner Harbour

Considered one of the most beautiful in the world, Victoria’s horseshoeshaped Inner Harbour is located in the center of Victoria and is the heart of the city’s vibrant scene. When it comes to destination events, no setting is more spectacular, with its stunning marina, harborside promenade, walking access to a wide range of services (restaurants, shopping, art galleries and gift stores) and amazing architecture, including the historic Parliament Buildings and The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Spectacular by day, the city and harbor positively sparkle at dusk when thousands of lights enhance the already exquisite natural setting.
(Victoria, hellobc.com/victoria.aspx)

Runners-up // Stanley Park; Whistler Blackcomb

BEST CONVENTION CENTER/CONFERENCE VENUE
Vancouver Convention Centre

This is the fourth win in this category for the spectacular Vancouver Convention Centre, located on Vancouver’s waterfront with stunning city and mountain views. Meeting and event professionals describe the awardwinning, green-designed (the first LEED Platinum-certified convention center in the world), state-of-the-art facility as having everything they need: great places to stay (more than 13,000 rooms are within walking distance) and world-class services and facilities on-site (including more than 465,000 square feet of function space, a commitment to sustainability, unparalleled technical service and culinary excellence). In addition, every unplanned moment offers endless possibilities—from kayaking and hiking to whale-watch excursions and fine dining.
(Vancouver, vancouverconventioncentre.com, 604.689.8232)

Runners-up // The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel; Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel

BEST SMALL HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (Less Than 200 Rooms)
Opus Vancouver

Located in the heart of hip Yaletown in downtown Vancouver, this boutique hotel caters to savvy travelers who like their lodgings and meeting venues with a little more flavor. The hotel’s meeting facilities are full of personality and can accommodate everything from an eight-person board meeting to a 50-person training session. To the delight of technophiles, Opus was the first hotel in Canada to provide an iPad 2 in every room, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 also available in some rooms. A playful revamp of the hotel’s 96 rooms (bold, fresh and a little cheeky), accompanied by the introduction of brand-new boutique curated uniforms and the launch of La Pentola della Quercia, the hotel’s new award-winning restaurant, makes Opus irresistible.
(Vancouver, vancouver.opushotel.com, 866.642.6787)

Runners-up // The Hotel at River Rock; Rosewood Hotel Georgia


The Fairmont Waterfront

BEST LARGE HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (More Than 200 Rooms)
The Fairmont Waterfront

When it comes to gracious, personalized touches, few venues can match the majesty of The Fairmont Waterfront. Located on Vancouver’s central harbor and connected to the Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre, the hotel is perfectly situated for any activity or event. Boasting more than 24,000 square feet of elegant meeting space with stunning mountain and water views and award-winning cuisine (prepared with herbs from the rooftop garden and honey produced by an on-site apiary), The Fairmont is only steps from trendy eateries in nearby historic Gastown, world-class shopping on Robson Street and beautiful Stanley Park. (Vancouver, fairmont.com/waterfront, 604.691.1991)

Runners-up // The Fairmont Empress Hotel; The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler


Whistler Blackcomb

BEST RESORT
Whistler Blackcomb

Winter or summer, Whistler Blackcomb is the perfect venue to mix serious business and serious fun. Three villages in an alpine setting offer a range of meeting venues and accommodations to meet any requirement. After the event, two mountains and more than 8,000 acres of stunning terrain delight the most avid skiers (Whistler Blackcomb was the alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympics). The breathtaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride is beyond description. Adventure junkies can also enjoy heli-skiing and bear walks.
(Whistler, whistlerblackcomb.com, 800.766.0449)

Runners-up // The Fairmont Chateau Whistler; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

BEST OF IDAHO


Silverwood Theme Park

BEST ATTRACTION
Silverwood Theme Park

Silverwood Theme Park, the Northwest’s largest theme park with more than 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions, was an Editor’s Pick in 2013 and wins this category for the first time in 2014. Located just north of Coeur d’Alene, it’s the perfect experience for executive team-building, wedding parties and families. (Imagine bonding on rides named Aftershock and Panic Plunge.) Silverwood advertises “big rides, big slides and big fun” and doesn’t disappoint, according to Roxanne Gillis of NW Navigator Luxury Coaches. “Silverwood is awesome,” Gillis says. “We found it a breath of fresh air, with massive playtime with the kids, and came back tanned, relaxed and closer as a family.” (Athol, silverwoodthemepark.com, 208.683.3400)

Runners-up // Payette Lake; The Coeur d’Alene Resort

BEST CONVENTION/CONFERENCE VENUE
Shore Lodge

An authentic Idaho mountain resort located on the south shore of Payette Lake in McCall, at the edge of the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States, “Shore Lodge is simply an idyllic setting for any meeting, special event or just a little getaway,” says Wendy Helle of Olson Communications. “The panoramic mountain and lake views provide a stunning background, while the warm, cozy setting of the lodge makes it feel like you’re really away from it all, allowing you to focus on work or leave it all behind.” The beloved lodge has been in operation since 1948, but has all the luxe amenities you’d expect at a world-class resort and conference venue, including a spa, golf, marina, plush accommodations and versatile meeting space.
(McCall, shorelodge.com, 800.657.6464)

Runners-up // The Coeur d’Alene Resort; Boise Centre


The Coeur d'Alene Resort

BEST LARGE HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (More Than 200 Rooms)
The Coeur d'Alene Resort

The Coeur d’Alene is located on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, one of the country’s most beautiful lakes. The resort’s staff has mastered the art of business, relaxation and pampering. Sumptuous dining, rejuvenating spa treatments, beautiful accommodations and world-class golf delight guests. For meetings and events, the options are endless and range from intimate boardrooms to the magnificent full-service Hagadone Event Center.
(Coeur d’Alene, cdaresort.com, 855.999.7998)

Runners-up // The Grove Hotel; Sun Valley Resort


Shore Lodge

BEST SMALL HOTEL WITH MEETING/EVENT SPACE (Less Than 200 Rooms)
Shore Lodge

The rustically elegant Shore Lodge has 77 luxuriously appointed guest suites, most with lake views. Meeting and event space options include the grand Edwards Ballroom, which accommodates 250 guests, and the Ford Theater, a 43-seat formal theater perfect for presentations.
(McCall, shorelodge.com, 800.657.6464)

Runners-up // Knob Hill Inn; Hotel 43

BEST RESORT
Shore Lodge

A quintessential mountain retreat, Shore Lodge is a spectacular year-round resort. In the winter, nearby Brundage Mountain offers skiing on some of the best powder in North America. In the summer, head to the Whitetail Golf Course, a Golf Digest “America’s 100 Greatest” course that weaves through towering pine alleys and water laced meadows. Regardless of the season, soothe your soul at the resort’s Cove Spa, which includes salt water immersion pools for the ultimate in relaxation.
(McCall, shorelodge.com, 800.657.6464)

Runners-up // The Coeur d’Alene; Sun Valley Resort

BEST OF OREGON

BEST ATTRACTION
Crater Lake National Park

Labeled one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon by Travel Oregon, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the purest large body of water in the world. It’s like no place on earth. Formed by a violent volcanic eruption more than 7,000 years ago, it is immeasurably beautiful, with wondrously deep-blue water surrounded by 1,000-to-2,000-foot-high cliffs. Amenities include a historic lodge, trails, campsites and ranger programs. A visitor favorite is the 33-mile Rim Drive encircling the lake. With more than 30 scenic pullouts, the spectacular drive is open from July through late October. The park gets more than 44 feet of snow each year, so plan your visit carefully.
(Crater Lake, nps.gov, 541.594.3000)

Runners-up // Mount Hood; Multnomah Falls

BEST A/V PROVIDER
Greenlight Creative

This is Greenlight Creative’s fourth win as Best A/V Provider in Oregon. Owner Dwayne Thomas has a flair for cuttingedge creativity and is highly respected for his technical expertise. Thomas takes great pride in producing beautiful lighting for amazing events for work (meetings, exhibits), play (concerts, sporting events) and celebrations (galas and weddings). (Portland, greenlight-creative.com, 503.970.0246)

Runners-up // ThinkAV; Allied Video Productions

BEST BOAT CHARTERS
Portland Spirit

With breathtaking scenery, freshly prepared Northwest cuisine and exceptional service, Portland Spirit’s river cruises provide some of the best venues in the Northwest—on land or water. Planners appreciate the range of options available, including the flagship Portland Spirit, a large stylish yacht with a capacity of 400; the Crystal Dolphin, an 84-foot yacht with capacity for 120; the 120-capacity Willamette Star, with its classic warm cherry and brass interior; and the picturesque Columbia Gorge sternwheeler, with a capacity of 499.
(Portland, portlandspirit.com, 503.224.3900)

Runners-up // Five Star Charters; Yaquina Bay Charters


Vibrant Table Catering & Events / The Party Place

BEST CATERING COMPANY
Vibrant Table Catering & Events

Vibrant Table Catering is once again, for the fourth year, our readers’ choice, go-to caterer in Oregon. Staff members showcase their love of food by consistently producing extraordinary cuisine with the freshest ingredients. Vibrant Table offers innovative options like a Composed Menu (selections based on geography), elegant picnics and divine holiday fare.
(Portland, vibranttable.com, 503.297.9635)

Runners-up // Food in Bloom Catering; Crave Catering


Oregon Convention Center

BEST CONVENTION/CONFERENCE VENUE
Oregon Convention Center

A winner in this category for the fourth time, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is located in downtown Portland and is the largest convention center in the Northwest, with more than 255,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. Meeting planners respect both its worldclass features and its leadership in the adoption of sustainable practices. The OCC is LEED certified at the Platinum level, does extensive waste recycling, features menus with locally grown and organic foods, and publishes sustainablity guides for both exhibitors and event planners.
(Portland, oregoncc.org, 503.235.7575)

Runners-up // Salem Convention Center; Eagle Crest Resort

BEST FLORIST/EVENT DÉCOR PROVIDER
Vibrant Flowers

Floral and Artistic Director Page Winograd’s job is to translate imaginative concepts into creative realities—and she excels at the task with just the right mix of classic, elegant and contemporary touches. Using locally grown flowers and exotic imports, combined with grasses or herbs and bits of odds and ends, Winograd doesn’t produce centerpieces—she creates floral sculptures.
(Portland, vibranttable.com, 503.297.9635)

Runners-up // Flowers by Deanna; Zest Floral

BEST GREEN VENUE
Ecotrust, The Natural Capital Center

Located in the heart of the Pearl District, this beloved building was a 100-year old warehouse that was renovated utilizing the best environmental building technologies and materials. It was the first historic renovation in the nation to become LEED Gold certified. Adherence to stateof- the-art environmental practices is rigorous and includes banning the use of plastic water bottles and absorbing 98 percent of stormwater runoff on-site. The venue boasts beautiful spaces, especially the rooftop terrace—a park in the sky complete with a fireplace, gardens and exquisite city views.
(Portland, ecotrust.org, 503.227.6225)

Runners-up // Brasada Ranch; Salem Convention Center


Timberline Lodge

BEST HISTORIC VENUE
Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, is located on the south side of Mount Hood. For an authentic Timberline experience, stay in one of the lodge’s 70 rooms. For families and groups, one of the six nearby luxury Timberline condo units is a perfect option. “Timberline Lodge provides an extraordinary venue set against the magnificent backdrop of Mount Hood,” says Kirsten Smrtka, lead wedding coordinator at Bridal Bliss. “Guests will find warm hospitality no matter how deep the snow is outside, and delicious menus that showcase the finest Oregon food and wine.”
(Timberline Lodge, timberlinelodge.com, 503.272.3311)

Runners-up // The Benson; The Heathman Hotel


The Heathman Hotel

BEST SMALL HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (Less Than 200 Rooms)
The Heathman Hotel, Portland

The Heathman offers impeccable service and modern amenities with a dash of style. This beautiful luxury boutique hotel was originally built in 1927 and is a National Historic Landmark. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, The Heathman offers personal concierge service, award-winning dining, versatile events space—and a unique tour/stay package, 50 Shades of Oregon, to locations visited by characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the book Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
(Portland, portland.heathmanhotel.com, 503.241.4100)

Runners-up // The Grand Hotel in Salem; FivePine Lodge and Conference Center

BEST LARGE HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (more than 200 rooms)
The Nines

The Nines, a luxury LEED Silver-certified hotel, is located in the heart of Portland at the top of a beloved landmark, the stately Meier & Frank Building. The hotel is an ideal spot for browsing nearby boutiques, dining in the trendy Pearl District, or exploring the gardens, museums and chic neighborhoods of Portland. The striking venue showcases original art pieces, and an elegant staircase enhances the ambiance of 13,478 square feet of meeting space.
(Portland, thenines.com, 877.229.9995)

Runners-up // Hilton Portland & Executive Tower; Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

BEST RENTAL SERVICE
The Party Place

This family-owned, full-service rental company with more than 50 years of experience can equip any event down to the last detail. With a comprehensive inventory, it’s got you covered from tent top to tabletop, from Plate and Pitchfork dinners to classic wine auctions and elegant garden weddings. (Portland, thepartyplacepdx.com, 503.548.4880)

Runners-up // Barclay Event Rentals; West Coast Event Productions


Sunriver Resort

BEST RESORT
Sunriver Resort

A readers’ choice award winner for the fourth time, Sunriver Resort is a spectacular destination resort in Oregon. Think of it as one destination with four unique golf courses. In addition to golf, guests can rent canoes, kayaks and rafts at the marina, explore 35 miles of bike trails and enjoy one—or all—of the nine dining venues with menus to suit any taste. There is also the Sage Springs Club and Spa for spa treatments, swimming pools and tennis courts, and the Sunriver Stables, where guests can saddle up for a ride along the Deschutes River. Top it all off with lovely accommodations, and this resort is a winner. Literally.
(Sunriver, sunriver-resort.com, 800.801.8765)

Runners-up // Brasada Ranch; The Allison Inn & Spa

BEST TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER/VALET SERVICES
MTR Western

MTR Western takes great pride in offering the finest fleet of buses available for charter in Portland. The company specializes in long-distance tours, sports team transportation, corporate shuttle services and custom transportation needs. Clients appreciate enhanced amenities like reclining leather seats, power outlets, Wi-Fi and onboard computers used by drivers for GPS tracking, alerts and routing. (Portland, mtrwestern.com, 800.975.0464)

Runners-up // Lucky Limousine and Towncar Service; Premiere Valet

BEST OF WASHINGTON


Space Needle

BEST ATTRACTION
Space Needle

It’s the third time Seattle’s favorite icon nabs Best Attraction in Washington. The revolving SkyCity restaurant has a private banquet room providing stunning 360-degree views of Puget Sound and the Seattle city skyline, says Christie Rust, director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Vancouver. On a visit to Seattle several years ago, she and her future husband visited all the main attractions, but it was the Space Needle that captured her heart. “Enjoying the view on a clear night in October, I fell head over heels in love with my husband,” Rust says. “Fifteen years later, I still carry a Space Needle key chain to remind me of that special night.”
(Seattle, spaceneedle.com, 206.905.2100)

Runners-up // Pike Place Market; Chihuly Garden & Glass

BEST A/V PROVIDER
Blue Danube Productions

Clients rave about Blue Danube and have selected the company as the Best in Washington for the fourth straight year. Owner Niki McKay takes pride in providing moving experiences and flawless events. She describes Blue Danube as a creative event-production agency that helps event planners bring their ideas to life.
(Seattle, bluedanubeproductions.com, 206.971.0316)

Runners-up // PSAV; AVMS

BEST BOAT CHARTERS
Argosy Cruises

Its fourth win in this category, Argosy Cruises again dominates in the Best Boat Charters category. Cruises in the Puget Sound, with 360-degree views of mountains, islands and the city skyline, are positively magical on a clear evening at sunset. “I’ve enjoyed a long relationship with Argosy, both professionally and personally,” says Jeremy Butler of Butler Seattle. “From their Christmas cruises to private events, one fact remains constant throughout the years: They are some of the most courteous and professional peers in the industry. An Argosy cruise is a definite must for tourists and locals alike.” (Seattle, argosycruises.com, 206.623.1445)

Runners-up // Waterways Cruises and Events; Victoria Clipper

BEST CATERING COMPANY
Lisa Dupar Catering

When it comes to catering, four-time winner Lisa Dupar doesn’t just provide food or even cuisine; think of her delectable treats as edible art. One of the leading, full-service catering companies in the Northwest for more than 27 years, Dupar operates the business out of a 14,000-square-foot catering kitchen. Fresh creations, refined service and personalized planning are the hallmarks of her service.
(Redmond, duparandcompany.com, 425.881.3250)

Runners-up // Kaspars Special Events & Catering; Foodz Catering


Washington State Convention Center

BEST CONVENTION/CONFERENCE VENUE
Washington State Convention Center

A perennial reader favorite, the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) once again wins the award for Best Convention Center in Washington. Meeting and event planners appreciate its convenient downtown location and easy access to local attractions. They also appreciate its flexible space options and services. With inviting spaces tucked into one of the region’s most beautiful and convenient places to meet, the perfect space exists for any event. WSCC’s culinary services are comparable to Seattle’s finest restaurants, and its event managers work closely with event planners to lay out all the details—from telecommunications and technical requirements to lighting, plumbing and electrical needs.
(Seattle, wsctc.com, 206.694.5000)

Runners-up // Lynnwood Convention Center; Bell Harbor Conference Center

BEST FLORIST/EVENT DÉCOR PROVIDER
PJ Hummel & Company

PJ Hummel loves her work. For her, event design and décor is not a job; it’s artistic expression, and she takes pride in designing complete and unique experiences for each of her clients. The company is a onestop shop for both design and project management (an event planner’s dream) and has access to extensive resources, from craftsmen, artists and engineers to designers, technicians and managers. Hummel has also spent 35 years curating one of the Northwest’s premier collections of display, prop and decorative items.
(Tacoma, pjhummel.com, 253.272.6605)

Runners-up // Aria Style; Fena Flowers

BEST GREEN VENUE
Hilton Vancouver Washington

It’s not easy being green, but the HiltonVancouver has mastered the challenge. It was built with recycled steel and brick. Low VOC materials were used for carpet, carpet glue, and paint. Seventy-five percent of the construction waste was recycled, and rainwater is collected for use in the hotel gardens. The hotel’s parking garage has charging stations for electric cars and complimentary parking is available for hybrid vehicle owners. Located adjacent to Esther Short Park (a 5-acre gem in downtown Vancouver) and close to Portland Expo Center, Clark County Event Center and Sleep Country Amphitheatre, the Hilton Vancouver is ideal for business meetings and private events. Added bonus: It is only minutes from the Amtrak station and just across the river from Oregon and Portland International Airport.
(Vancouver, hilton.com, 360.993.4500)

Runners-up // Lynnwood Convention Center; Sodo Park


Museum of History & Industry

BEST HISTORIC VENUE
Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

MOHAI is located in the beautifully restored Naval Reserve Armory Building at Lake Union Park in South Lake Union, and while certain amenities have been updated and upgraded to support meetings, events and visitors (such as plumbing), the sense of the original historical structure remains. The setting is spectacular, with the city’s sparkling skyline to the south, boats cruising the lake and seaplanes landing to the north. To add to the charm and sense of history, some of the museum’s artifacts depicting Seattle’s rich heritage adorn the walls. (Seattle, mohai.org, 206.324.1126)

Runners-up // Space Needle; The Fairmont Olympic Hotel; Paramount Theatre

BEST SMALL HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (Less Than 200 Rooms)
The Heathman Hotel, Kirkland

Described by guests as the ultimate in luxury, beauty and hospitality, the Heathman Hotel Kirkland is located in the center of the city’s quaint downtown area. Dining at the hotel’s restaurant, Trellis, is a must for any serious foodie. The menu is crafted around freshly harvested ingredients from Executive Chef Brian Scheehser’s 18-acre farm in nearby Woodinville, as well as select, grass fed, free-range livestock and freshly caught seafood—then paired with boutique wines. Added bonus: Trellis also provides the catering for the hotel’s events. (Kirkland, heathmankirkland.com, 425.284.5800)

Runners-up // Willows Lodge; Hotel 1000; Cedarbrook Lodge

BEST LARGE HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (More Than 200 Rooms)
Sheraton Seattle Hotel

A contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown Seattle with breathtaking views of the Emerald City, Sheraton Seattle Hotel has been voted Best Large Hotel with Meeting & Event Space in Washington for the fourth year in a row. This high-style hotel and meeting destination has 1,258 rooms and a full 75,000 square feet of meeting space that accommodates all types of events. A location just steps from the Washington State Convention Center, plus the city’s best attractions, finest dining and world-class shopping, makes the Sheraton a top choice for meeting planners. And after the meeting adjourns, a visit to its highly acclaimed spa and fitness center is definitely in order.
(Seattle, sheratonseattle.com, 206.621.9000)

Runners-up // The Fairmont Olympic Hotel; DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Spokane City Center

BEST RENTAL SERVICE
AA Party Rentals by CORT

AA Party Rentals by CORT has served the rental needs of Washington clients “anytime, anywhere” for more than 40 years, says Outside Sales Representative Denise Novak. The company boasts an extensive inventory and is the go-to place for tents. But the most important service provided to clients by the company’s reliable 24-hour staff is peace of mind. (aaparty.com; Seattle, 425.640.5547; Tacoma, 253.922.9898)

Runners-up // Pedersen’s Rentals; ABC Special Event Rentals by CORT


Suncadia Resort

BEST RESORT
Suncadia Resort

A premier all-season mountain resort and inn, Suncadia, near Cle Elum and Roslyn in Washington, is located on the sunny eastern slopes of the Cascades (about 80 scenic miles from Seattle). Inspired by the grand lodges of U.S. national parks, the lodge’s conference and meeting facilities capture the spirit of the Northwest with magnificent architecture and craftsmanship and are equipped with technology in mind. The venues are located high above the Cle Elum River and boast spectacular river valley and mountain views. With a range of lodging options (lodge hotel, elegant mountain inn, condominium, or gracious homes) and activities (biking, hiking, swimming, ice-skating, rafting, tubing, golf, fly-fishing and more), Suncadia has something for everyone.
(Cle Elum, suncadiaresort.com, 509.649.6400)

Runners-up // Alderbrook Resort & Spa; Salish Lodge & Spa

BEST TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER/VALET SERVICES
Butler Seattle

Butler Seattle, armed with a new name that better fits the range of services provided (you knew them as Butler Valet last year), has won this award three times. Clients rave about the company’s service: “They are the one-stop shop for all your luxury transportation needs; one call and you’re done,” says Lainie Colburn, director of events at Inglewood Golf Club. “The owners, Jeremy and Stuart Butler, provide outstanding customer service: They call back immediately, and they know how to obtain those all-important city permits necessary for valet parking on impossibly tight neighborhood streets.”
(Seattle, butlerseattle.com, 206.233.9233)

Runners-up // MTR Western; British Motor Coach

Have you let your favorite vendor, event planner or venue know how much you appreciate them by voting for them in our annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards? No? Well, get busy—voting ends Friday, May 19!

While we have included many of our old favorites, like best convention/conference venue and best event décor provider, this year we have some brand new categories as well, including Best Meeting and Event Planning Company and Best Winery/Brewery/Distillery with Event Space.

 

Voting for the 7th Annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards is now live! It’s time to let your favorite vendors know just how much you appreciate them.

This year, voting is limited to one ballot per email address and voters must vote in at least 10 categories. The ballot has been prepopulated with past winners and nominees, as well as regional favorites, but feel free to write in your own! The ballot will be updated as new names are added. Voting ends May 19.

Here are a few categories you can vote for:

 

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