Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Seattle

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  • Holiday, Schmoliday
     
    POSTED November 28, 2017
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of the Sheraton Seattle
  • Holiday, Schmoliday
     
    POSTED November 28, 2017
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of the Sheraton Seattle
  • Holiday, Schmoliday
     
    POSTED November 28, 2017
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of the Sheraton Seattle

It’s that time of year again: Seasonal cheer and overall merriment of the office holiday party (followed by embarrassing stories over the proverbial water cooler the next day). Unless, that is, you work in Seattle. According to a survey by the staffing firm OfficeTeam, Seattle ranks seventh for the “least fun” company holiday parties among 27 major U.S. cities. Perhaps, tellingly, the city also places ninth for the “least extravagant” workplace fetes.

The holiday news for the Emerald City isn’t all bah humbug, however. Open Table unveiled its 100 best restaurants for groups for 2017 just in time for holiday gatherings and several were in the 206 area code. Making the list were Elliott’s Oyster House, The Metropolitan Grill, Palisade, Purple Café and Wine Bar, Salty’s on Alki Beach and SkyCity Restaurant at the Space Needle (which is closed for renovations). Spokane, Washington made the list too with Clinkerdagger.

And if you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, bring your group to downtown Seattle to view Sheraton Seattle’s annual Gingerbread Village to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This is the 25th year for the village, and this year it is being displayed across the street from the Sheraton at City Centre. The amazing creations will get even the grouchiest Grinch smiling.

Experiencing a good cup of coffee in the Northwest is as much a rite of passage as sampling deep-dish pizza in Chicago, po’ boys in New Orleans or Philadelphia cheese steaks in —well, you know. So lucky for you, when you’re holding a meeting in the Olympia area, you and your delegates can take a break along the South Sound Coffee Trail. The self-guided tour was launched last November and introduces you and your group to all things craft coffee in the South Sound.

 

What are you doing March 4–6? How about joining Northwest Meetings + Events magazine in Reno, Nevada at the Peppermill Resort for the 2018 Cascadia Educational Conference?

Northwest Meetings + Events is pleased to be a sponsor of the conference once again. This year, I will be leading a workshop on making your company media friendly. I hope you’ll join me at the session—I really am friendly, I promise. 

 

Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch was named as one of the Top Resorts in the West in the 30th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. This independently-owned resort doesn’t just provide guests with a comfortable and luxurious place to stay; they provide guests the opportunity to partake in unique and exciting experiences.