• Woodlark and The Heathman Hotel give Portland a sophisticated twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     
  • Woodlark and The Heathman Hotel give Portland a sophisticated twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

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. “People want a more fresh and sophisticated destination—not Portlandia.” 

Woodlark 

Through its upscale guest rooms, versatile meeting spaces and curated amenities, Woodlark embodies everything there is to love about Portland. 

Guests are greeted in the lobby with the city’s signature Good Coffee, complete with a coworking space for both hotel guests and locals looking for a communal coffee shop setting. The hotel has also partnered with Colibri, a collaboration between Beast’s Naomi Pomeroy and Expatriate’s Kyle Linden Webster, to bring in fresh flowers daily—which guests can take to their room or give as a gift. Custom arrangements can be created for meetings and events.

The meeting spaces are a breath of fresh air for planners. The four rooms offer a total of 2,160 square feet of versatile event space and feature a private entrance to bypass the hotel lobby, Chromecast and catering provided by Bullard—the on-site restaurant where “Texas Meats Oregon.” 

Abigail Hall, the recently renovated hotel bar, and some suites can also be used as meeting space. With 415 square feet of space with 15-foot ceilings, a lofted open bedroom, spiral staircase and elegant seating area below, the Loft Suites are ideal for small gatherings. Custom matcha tea kits from Portland’s Smith Teamaker come in the rooms. And while the hotel can provide wine and snacks, groups have the option to bring in their own. 

The Heathman Hotel 

Booklovers already love Portland for Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore. With a brand-new library that holds a collection of 3,000 signed books and a partnership with Powell’s to provide a book with its turndown service, The Heathman Hotel is a bookworm’s dream hotel. 

Boasting 3,800 square feet of flexible meeting space on the mezzanine level, The Heathman Hotel can accommodate up to 200 guests for meetings, conferences and social gatherings. Double-glass windows keep the spaces—all named for Portland bridges—exceptionally quiet while displaying views of the bustling downtown.

The lobby pays a decorative homage to the Portland Penny, a Russian tea service complete with vodka flights and exclusive musical “pop up” performances available exclusively to hotel patrons. Furthermore, a rotation of local art, secret entrance to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, catering by Headwaters and access to pints of the city’s famous Salt & Straw ice cream, help make The Heathman Hotel a true representation of Portland. 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.