• 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.

Have you let your favorite vendor, event planner or venue know how much you appreciate them by voting for them in Northwest Meetings + Events Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards? No? Well, what are you waiting for? Show them some well-deserved love!

 

One of my first official duties as editor of Northwest Meetings + Events waaaaaaaaay back when was serving as a judge for the Emerald City Applause Awards. I remember being incredibly impressed by all of the talent in our region. I still am. Come celebrate that ingenuity at the (nearly sold out) 2018 Emerald City Applause Awards (ECAAs). Guests are encouraged to dress in accordance with the event’s theme: Seas the Night.

 

You’ll soon have another venue option when you’re looking to get away for a business retreat in Washington. Choice Hotels International, Inc. has signed an agreement with Sound West Group to develop a Cambria hotel in Bremerton, Washington. The five-story, 121-room hotel will be part of a mixed-use waterfront development on Marina Square, adjacent to the Bremerton Marina and the Kitsap Conference Center.