• Skamania Lodge’s revamped Washington Room includes a giant Scrabble Board

     
    POSTED May 3, 2018
     
  • Skamania Lodge’s revamped Washington Room includes a giant Scrabble Board

     
    POSTED May 3, 2018
     

OK, I admit it. I’m a bit of a Scrabble nerd. Words with Friends is my go-to procrastination app. And I’m just enough of a word geek that I get excited when I hear my dictionary buzz me each morning at 8:03 with the word of the day. So you can imagine how giddy I was when I learned that Skamania Lodge’s updated Washington Room includes a giant Scrabble board—perfect for a little friendly business-retreat competition.

The Washington Room offers a flexible space for creative meetings, focused breakouts and post-meeting receptions. The new design also includes a chalkboard wall, various board games, a built-in 60-inch flat screen TV and a rolling buffet station with beverage fridge. The room is adjacent to the Boulder Terrace with outdoor patio seating, and a private fire pit with café lighting. The Washington Room and Boulder Terrace offers more than 1,400 square feet of space for meetings.

Skamania Lodge is located 45 miles east of Portland, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Maximize (that’s a 78-point word for you right there) your meetings in its new space. For more information, visit skamania.com.

Lisanne Ballantyne, president and CEO of Tourism Kelowna, is not originally from British Columbia. Born in Montreal and raised in Winnipeg, she was working in Alberta—most recently as general manager of the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton— before arriving in Kelowna last year. The decision to move, she notes, was an easy one. “The Okanagan Valley is one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada and a region undergoing tremendous growth.

 

Sponsored by Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Inc.

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Last fiscal year, the center generated more than $626 million in total spending