• Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Seattle

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

    Holiday, Schmoliday
     
    POSTED November 28, 2017
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of the Sheraton Seattle
  • Get Into the Holiday Spirit in 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.

Food trucks may be mobile, but they aren’t going anywhere, since their popularity only seems to grow with each season. A New Jersey hotel is getting in on the fun! Along with over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offers the Grain & Cane “Gastro Truck” as a fun option for a mid-meeting break or post-event dining option.

 

As I write this, I’m sitting in the Indiana Convention Center for MPI’s 2018 World Education Congress. What an amazing experience. My hometown is definitely putting on a good show for everyone, complete with perfect weather and a warm, Hoosier hospitality welcome!

 

The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.