There’s something going on in Bend, Oregon, lots of somethings, actually. Two of the city’s favorite destinations are unveiling new amenities and looks this year.

First up is the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center which is currently undergoing a $10 million renovation and will reopen this spring as Riverhouse on the Deschutes.  The 220-room full-service hotel and 36,000-square-foot convention center overlook the Deschutes River and are just a short drive from Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. When it reopens, the eco-friendly hotel will introduce its new restaurant, Currents, managed by experienced sommelier Benjamin Edel. Riverhouse on the Deschutes’ convention center can accommodate more than 1,000 guests for seated meals and more than 1,700 for standing receptions.

Next up is Tetherow Resort, which is opening a new year-round event pavilion this summer. The pavilion will feature retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors to take full advantage of the Cascade Mountain view. Offering 3,100 square feet of event space, the venue can accommodate groups of up to 350 people. Technology includes iPad-powered A/V, lights and window blinds, along with flat screen televisions and video conferencing capabilities. The resort is also introducing a new pool and recreation center with cabanas, fire pits, and a café and wine bar.

Something tells me that 2016 might be a good year for a road trip to Bend. 

Two adjacent buildings at the intersection of SW Park and Alder streets in Portland, Oregon, are coming together to form one sophisticated hotel. Purchased by Provenance Hotels and NBP Capital, the two historic properties, the Cornelius Hotel and the Woodlark Building, are being reimagined as the new hotel, The Woodlark. Construction on the 150-room hotel began in November and is scheduled to be completed in March 2018. 

 

If your company holiday festivities' guest list includes spouses, partners and children, the Northwest has numerous family-friendly venues that will make everyone feel welcome. Here are just a few:

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Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle

 

This summer, Thompson Hotels’ first Pacific Northwest property opened its doors at First Avenue and Stewart Street in Seattle. A 12-story luxury hotel, Thompson Seattle features 158 guest rooms, eight corner studios and two suites, as well as Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain views. The hotel also includes the full-service restaurant, Scout; the rooftop bar and lounge, The Nest; business and fitness centers; and more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.