After a very challenging couple of years, we could all use a way to let off some steam. Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington, provides just that with their newly introduced, and highly popular, axe-throwing classes. It’s only one of scores of group activities that can take place across the 6,400-acre playground that’s nestled in the eastern slopes of the Cascade mountain range and that offers 46,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Meeting breakers, which run from 30 to 60 minutes, include a karaoke showdown and “best to invest,” an improv riff on Shark Tank, along with games that will remind you of some of the sillier moments from summer camp. Team building activities will have groups competing to craft the best raft or build the sturdiest bridge, while the extensive menu of recreational options includes hikes of various difficulty on 40 miles of trails; floating or fly fishing on Cle Elum River, and such intoxicating diversions as the Pints + Bikes guided bike tour and craft brews tasting, a “canvas + cocktails” painting workshop, and a hands-on margarita making contest.  With three championship golf courses on property, group golf clinics and tournaments, nighttime “glow golf” and one-to-two-hour putt competitions at the Roper Rider Golf Park can be arranged.

Construction has been completed on the striking new Gerry Frank/Salem Rotary Amphitheater.

Located in Riverfront Park, Salem’s premier downtown venue for outdoor events, the $4-milion amphitheater is a joint project of the City of Salem and the Rotary Club of Salem. CBTWO Architects based the structure’s sweeping wood “basket-weave” concept on the open-weave baskets of the Kalapuya Native American Tribe, whose history is an integral part of Riverfront Park’s land and culture. 


Blame it on the eight seasons of “Portlandia” or simply on the way people rave about the city when they return from visiting. Portland is experiencing a hotel boom. Collectively, the recent wave in hotel development has resulted in an increase in room inventory of nearly 50 percent since 2016.


The Edgewater in Seattle, a Noble House Hotel, lives up to its name. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the 223-room luxury hotel sits over the water on Pier 67, a location that has attracted some of the biggest names in the music business, including the Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin and, most famously, the Beatles, who fished from the window of their suite in a photo that became iconic.