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When Nan Devlin became Tillamook County’s first tourism director of Visit Tillamook Coast in 2014, she had one demand: Ban boring meetings! 

And she promises that when you meet in Tillamook County, “You won’t be locked inside a sterile hotel complex. You’ll be able to walk around the villages, enjoy great views and great local food, and have outdoor activities at your fingertips.”

The Tillamook coast is composed of 14 towns and several villages stretching along Oregon’s coast from Neskowin in the south to Manzanita in the north. In between are miles of picturesque bays, inland waterways and ocean beaches, along with a number of opportunities for entertainment, such as breweries, shopping and tours of Oregon’s famed Tillamook Cheese Factory (with free samples, no less!).

A fifth-generation Oregonian, Devlin grew up in Portland and now lives in Barview. One of her favorite things to do is stroll along Bayocean Spit and Kilchis Point Reserve and watch the fishers in their boats. She loves the commitment of the area’s residents to preserving the environment, “not just for the natural beauty, but to sustain livelihoods and livability. Fishing, forestry, farming, dairy foods and tourism all rely on protecting natural resources.” 

Here are three decidedly “nonboring” reasons to consider the Tillamook coast for your next meeting:

1. There are approximately 10 main meeting venues in the Tillamook coast area, along with several smaller meeting rooms. Spaces range from a large county fairground facility to intimate historic properties with modern amenities, as well as oceanfront banquet rooms.

2. Tillamook County offers approximately 1,200 guest rooms, which run the gamut from moderately priced full-service hotels to luxury vacation homes.

3. The area’s surroundings play host to a wide range of activities, including kayaking, fishing, crabbing, hiking, rail riding, hang gliding, geocaching, biking and horseback riding, as well as eco-tours on land and water. 

The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out. 

SEATTLE; CHINATOWNI NTERNATIONAL DISTRICT

Wing Luke Museum

 

As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.