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    5 Ways to Think Outside the Boardroom in Oregon

     
    POSTED September 12, 2017
     
  • Sponsored

    5 Ways to Think Outside the Boardroom in Oregon

     
    POSTED September 12, 2017
     
  • Sponsored

    5 Ways to Think Outside the Boardroom in Oregon

     
    POSTED September 12, 2017
     
  • Sponsored

    5 Ways to Think Outside the Boardroom in Oregon

     
    POSTED September 12, 2017
     
  • Sponsored

    5 Ways to Think Outside the Boardroom in Oregon

     
    POSTED September 12, 2017
     

The key to any event is the connections that you make with your fellow attendees. In the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Oregon region, there is a belief that it’s important to escape from the ordinary and experience an out of this world adventure. So what are you waiting for? Explore five different ways to stimulate your group and think outside the boardroom!

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1. Hiking - Waterfalls & Rivers

Try a hike to get out of the boardroom and into nature. Explore the multiple waterfalls and rivers throughout the region from easily accessible trails just a few miles away. There’s a waterfall and river hike for every person’s tastes. Oregon's rivers are known for world-class white water rafting and fly fishing adventures. With so many rivers here, there is an extraordinary concentration of preserved covered bridges for those looking to enjoy the more scenic aspects of the outdoors.

2. Breweries, Wineries & Rivers

The local craft beer and distillery scene is amazing, but one can’t overlook the pinot noir selection of the region. From brewer ingenuity to cool tasting rooms, the experience is one-of-a-kind. Follow the Eugene Ale Trail or Distillery Trail to dozens of craft breweries and distilleries, with several of them close to conference hotels. Hop on the pedal-powered Pacific Pub Cycle for an extra fun group tour. Wine country is easily accessible from Eugene – Springfield. Visit a cluster of six wineries south of Territorial Highway or tour five wineries gracing the scenic northern stretch. Limousine service and guided wine tours offer local lore, including side trips to historic covered bridges. With four urban tasting rooms, some within walking distance of conference hotels, wine tasting can fit into any agenda. See for yourself why you will want to meet in a place named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. 

3. Sand Dunes

Ride a dune buggy across the amazing Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This 40-mile stretch along the Oregon Coast extends from Florence all the way to Coos Bay. The ever shifting sand creates mountains up to 500 feet high, encircles coastal lakes, melts into flat ocean beaches and harbors extensive wildlife. Dune Buggy Tours are one of the best ways to see this other-worldly, natural terrain.

4. Culinary & Tax Free Shopping

A hundred-mile radius around Eugene - Springfield encompasses the agricultural bounty of the Willamette Valley. This area offers verdant foraging, fishing and hunting in the Cascade Mountains, and fresh seafood from the Pacific Ocean. The cultural opportunities make for culinary experiences that melt in your mouth. After you’ve had a divine meal try post-meal shopping. Oregon is known for unique gifts and many locally made products. Delight in original merchandise from resident artists, mom and pop manufacturers, and small local businesses. There is no sales tax, so shopping here can save you money.

5. Urban Cycling & Mountain Biking

From the sparkling Pacific coastline, through the gentle Willamette Valley, and into the thrilling Cascade Mountains, Oregon's climate and topography is aptly suited for cycling of all kinds. Home to three of Oregon's official scenic bikeways and Oakridge's renowned mountain biking trails, this region is a delight to see from a bicycle seat. Bike Magazine even went so far as to name Eugene in their "5 Best Mountain Biking Towns."

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Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $672 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2016. 

A Planner’s Muse

 

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The industry came together at The Foundry by Herban Feast on Oct. 19, 2017, for our Best of 2017 readers’ choice awards. In addition to great music and food, beer tastings, and candid photo booth snapshots, Northwest Meetings + Events raised approximately $900 for the SEARCH Foundation through a silent auction. The evening was capped off with our awards ceremony presided over by emcee Ron Hippe.