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.

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.