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. Highlights include:

  • Find Tastings and Cuppings. Stop by the Batdorf & Bronson tasting room to sample a variety of roasts or take a cupping class at Batdorf & Bronson or Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. to learn about each coffee’s origin and flavor profiles.
  • Define Your Coffee Style. Whether it’s latte art, ambiance or aroma that’s most important, an infographic style quiz leads sippers to which local java may jive with their coffee style.
  • Discover Cafes and Roasters. The trail highlights top cafes, roasters and information from Batdorf & Bronson, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. and Olympic Crest Coffee Roasters. Visitors can find details on each café and roastery, along with tried and tested tips from locals and the roasters – don’t miss the house-made Madagascar Vanilla at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. or the Dancing Goats Roast at Batdorf & Bronson.

Learn more about the trail at SouthSoundCoffeeTrail.com.

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.