Recently, Northwest Meetings + Events’ advertising director, Sheri Harbour de Vos, took a tour of the Punch Bowl Social Portland. Afterwards she sent me an email that it was one of her “new favorite venues in the Portland area.” That’s pretty high praise from someone who has been lucky enough to tour many of the city’s top venues, so I thought better share the details with all of you looking for a new spot to hold a meeting or event—especially with the holiday party season approaching quickly!
In our summer wine issue, we took a road trip to Wenatchee Valley, Washington and highlighted the area’s flexible and accommodating meeting and event venues. Well, one of those venues featured—the Wenatchee Convention Center—is about to become even more accommodating as it unveils its $3 million remodel on August 25.
From intimate spaces to grand venues, these wine bars offer the wine connoisseur and novice alike a delightful environment in which to explore, converse and celebrate.
CRUSH WINE BISTRO AND CELLAR
Stunning views and rolling fairways make our region a particularly ideal setting for a round of golf or two with your group, postmeeting. Better yet—many courses o er their own meeting spaces, so meeting to fairway is just a short golf cart drive away.
ANCHORAGE GOLF COURSE
*Sponsored by Skamania Lodge
Imagine waking up and staring into the eyes of David Bowie. Or Tom Selleck. Or even Leonardo DiCaprio. Sound like a dream? Well then check-in to Seattle’s newest hotel, Palladian, debuting February 3.
Heading to a lake for corporate retreats or private gatherings is a great way to add a little R&R to an agenda of business meetings or group festivities. But if you’re planning to stay at one of these Northwest lakefront venues, you may want to add another “R” to the rest and relaxation equation: recreation. In addition to generous views of sparkling water and the surrounding landscapes, these resorts provide plenty of opportunities year-round for your guests to amp up or wind down.
Breathtaking scenery, fresh food, a peaceful, bucolic setting: Holding an event at a working farm or ranch can be a spirit-lifting experience. Here are some that have cropped up right in your own backyard.
ABBEY ROAD FARM BED & BREAKFAST // Carlton, Oregon
Three renovated grain silos house this Oregon Wine Country bed-and-breakfast run by John and Judi Stuart, who opened Abbey Road Farm in 2005.
If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.
I am insatiably curious and always keen to learn something new, but I find that I am surprised by the seemingly familiar more often than not. Case in point? The Palm restaurant in Philadelphia. This elegant steakhouse is tucked inside the landmark Hyatt at The Bellevue hotel. It exudes that classic steakhouse appeal – a dark wood bar, a buzzy “business is getting done here” ambience and professional male waiters sporting jackets.