Nestled between Portland and Seattle, Centralia, Wash., was once a thriving middle ground for travelers during the early 20th century. Today, as businesses expand throughout the Northwest, Centralia's location and revitalized downtown, including nearly a dozen event spaces, are bringing back its reputation as the place to meet.
>> Steps from the tracks, Centralia's Train Depot Community Room is located inside the train station and showcases a business-oriented, 1,400-square-foot meeting space that can seat up to 60 people. Though fully equipped with modern technology, including wireless Internet and a warming kitchen, the room's large glass windows face out onto the historic downtown which-coupled with the sound of train whistles-sets an ambiance that's a step back in time.
>> The Aerie Ballroom is an 82-year-old building offering more than 5,000 square feet of event space in four rooms that can be rented separately or together. The space features a grand ballroom with a balcony and a connected banquet and café space where guests can belly up to the authentic 1880s cherry wood bar. It also features a modern, commercial kitchen which allows for in-house cooking or easy catering, a full sound system, projector screens and Internet connection.
>> The Corbet Theatre, a part of the Centralia College campus, is a prime space for larger conferences offering a 500-seat lecture hall, smaller break-out classrooms and all the technological amenities of a 21st century event space.
Population: About 14,500
Nearest airport: Chehalis-Centralia Airport (CLS)
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For more information:
Centralia CVB // 360.330.7598
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