At 1625 S. Tacoma Way, there is no more haggling, and tire kicking and looking under the hood are things of the past. The one-time address of a car showroom is now the home of a stunning event space: Historic 1625 Tacoma Place. The building was originally built in the late ’40s as a Dodge truck dealership, and over the years, other dealerships called it home, including Osborne McCann Cadillac. In 2005, the property was purchased by the current owners of Historic 1625 and transformed into an event venue. 

Where the service bays once were, you’ll now find the Collector Car Showroom, a world-class collection of high-powered American cars. The collection can be a nice cocktail hour add-on for an event. The former showroom is now the 6,000-square-foot event space and boasts brick walls and exposed beam ceilings. French doors dating back to the 1940s offer a grand entrance into the space, which can accommodate up to 350 guests. Additional amenities include free parking, tables and chairs for 200, banquet and bar tables, and rooms that can be used for coat checks, childcare or VIP pre-event lounges. 

I had been corresponding with Danielle Boyles (see profile on page 64) for two years before I actually got a chance to meet her. In fact, the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Regency Seattle had just come on board with the hotel when we first exchanged emails. At that time, the hotel was still a set of blueprints. Late last year, the much-anticipated property opened for business, and this past summer I finally had the pleasure of meeting Boyles face to face.

 

In a city that prides itself on originality, meeting and event venues in Portland need to follow suit. Woodlark and The Heathman Hotel, two of Provenance Hotel’s six properties in the city, do not disappoint, providing a dramatic yet minimalistic vibe that is helping to usher in a new crop of visitors. “We’re seeing a shift to a more millennial, grown-up version of the city,” says Dana McMacken, director of sales.

 

Vancouver, British Columbia’s Landsea Tours & Adventures now offers a new Hop On, Hop Off City Tour. The tour focuses on downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park and showcases the city’s distinct neighborhoods, including Gastown, Chinatown, Canada Place, The West End, Yaletown and Davie Street. Step-on guides provide commentaries throughout the journey with fun facts and trivia.