Abbey Road Farm has transformed its former horse arena into a rustically chic 860-square-foot tasting room. The space includes a standing bar bedecked in turquoise siding reclaimed from the horse arena, comfortable velvet and leather upholstered sofas, and three sets of French doors that open onto a patio overlooking the property. 

Located in Carlton, Oregon, Abbey Road can accommodate groups of up to 200 for a private indoor event. The property features five guest suites located in refurbished grain silos, a three-bedroom guest ranch house, a meeting and conference venue, a winery and tasting room, and a working farm, complete with donkeys, chickens, goats, ducks, llamas and alpacas.

I had been corresponding with Danielle Boyles (see profile on page 64) for two years before I actually got a chance to meet her. In fact, the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Regency Seattle had just come on board with the hotel when we first exchanged emails. At that time, the hotel was still a set of blueprints. Late last year, the much-anticipated property opened for business, and this past summer I finally had the pleasure of meeting Boyles face to face.

 

In a city that prides itself on originality, meeting and event venues in Portland need to follow suit. Woodlark and The Heathman Hotel, two of Provenance Hotel’s six properties in the city, do not disappoint, providing a dramatic yet minimalistic vibe that is helping to usher in a new crop of visitors. “We’re seeing a shift to a more millennial, grown-up version of the city,” says Dana McMacken, director of sales.

 

At 1625 S. Tacoma Way, there is no more haggling, and tire kicking and looking under the hood are things of the past. The one-time address of a car showroom is now the home of a stunning event space: Historic 1625 Tacoma Place. The building was originally built in the late ’40s as a Dodge truck dealership, and over the years, other dealerships called it home, including Osborne McCann Cadillac. In 2005, the property was purchased by the current owners of Historic 1625 and transformed into an event venue.