One hundred and fifty years ago, Russia sold the Alaskan Territory to the United States through the Treaty of Cession. Secretary of State William Seward saw the acquisition of the territory as part of Manifest Destiny—a belief that the United States was destined to expand across North America. Across the country, Americans had mixed feelings about the purchase, which was often called Seward’s Folly. The treaty was signed on March 30, 1867, and on Oct.
Last year, Sister Cities International celebrated its 60th anniversary. The organization was founded as a result of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s People-to-People program. Eisenhower believed that cultural exchanges, youth programs, sharing arts and culture, and exchanging business ideas and research and development projects could foster bonds between people of different communities. Here in the Northwest, each of our major cities has a number of sister cities. Seattle, for example, has 21, while Portland, Oregon, has nine (and one friendship city).
As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.
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:
Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle
Sign us up for anything that includes Fireball Cinnamon Whisky among its ingredients. This tasty adult beverage from the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Convention Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, is guaranteed to stave off the chill of a fall or winter day.
—1.5 oz. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
—.25 oz. lemon juice
—.75 oz. malbec wine
Can you keep a secret?
Groups traveling to Alaska’s Tutka Bay Lodge can join award-winning chefs (and mother-daughter team) Kirsten and Mandy Dixon for a culinary-specific package that delves into the history and technique of Alaska cuisine. As part of the package, guests will forage for wild edibles and visit a Kachemak Bay oyster farm. The package includes transportation to and from Homer, all lodging, amenities, cooking classes at Tutka Bay Lodge and a Tutka Bay Lodge cookbook.
Born in Ketchikan, Patti Mackey spent her childhood on Bainbridge Island and theSeattle area before returning to her hometown as an adult. “I was visiting my grandparents and ended up meeting a handsome fisherman,” says the fifth-generation Alaskan and Ketchikan Visitors Bureau CEO. “I moved back to Ketchikan and married him!” Located on Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan offers a number of activities for locals and visitors alike, including fishing, beachcombing and camping.
NWM+E proudly announces the best of the best in the Norhtwest region, as selected by you - the reader.
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