Looking to venture off the beaten path of the I-5 corridor? Head to the high desert of Central Oregon, where you’ll find all of the views and activities—plus 300 days of sunshine—to delight your meeting and event attendees. From the 1880s Western-town atmosphere of Sisters to the lava fields where Apollo astronauts suited up to practice the moonwalk, Central Oregon is a place where you can let your imagination run wild.
You'll hear and see the phrase “pura vida” everywhere in Costa Rica. The simple translation is “pure life,” but the meaning goes much further and epitomizes the soul and spirit of this beautiful Central American country.
Vancouver’s rich past and bright future make it an excellent meeting destination for today.
A few weeks ago, I travelled to Boise, Idaho, for a FAM tour. If you’ve never visited Boise—or haven’t been in a few years—I strongly encourage you add it to your list of potential meeting destinations. Our group of approximately 25 planners and writers called The Grove Hotel home for three days, and the hotel staff was extremely gracious and accommodating. I even returned to my room one evening to find a handwritten thank-you note for my tip from housekeeping.
Track Town USA. The Silicon Shire. The Emerald City. Eugene’s many nicknames refl ect both its natural beauty and the active lifestyle that fl ourishes there. The state’s second-largest city is home to the University of Oregon—a national track-and-fi eld powerhouse—and one of the university’s former track stars founded Nike.
Gettysburg’s historic town and majestic countryside boasts beautiful fall foliage, an array of autumn events and is one of America’s top haunted destinations, making the fall season a great time to visit the region.
“While many visitors think of Gettysburg as a summer destination, some of our most popular months are in autumn when the weather is cooler and couples and families are looking for short getaways before the holidays,” says Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg.
Nestled in British Columbia's spectacular coast mountains, Whistler is Canada’s center of outdoor adventure. A co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic events, Whistler is a “year-round resort with fun activities and great sightseeing no matter when you visit,” explains Mary Zinck, manager of travel media at Tourism Whistler. The local population of 10,400 welcomes more than 2.7 million guests annually, and event spaces of all types and sizes make the resort suitable for any gathering.
San Juan Island sure packs a lot into its 55 square miles. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of visiting the island as a guest of Lakedale Resort. It was a weekend packed with activities, fabulous food and great conversations, and the resort was the ideal starting off point to experience it all.