On July 4, 105 years ago, Seattle’s Smith Tower first opened to the public. On that day, more than 4,000 people paid 25 cents to ride the elevator to the 35th-floor observatory (in the same Otis elevator in operation today, by the way). The tower included 540 offices, six stores, two telegraph offices and a public telephone station.

Today, Smith Tower offers a historical backdrop for private events of up to 80 guests. Choose from two spaces: the 35th-floor bar named The Observatory (of course), or the 22nd-floor Lookout Lounge and deck. On the 35th floor, you’ll also find the tower’s famed “Wishing Chair,” which was rumored to have been gifted to the tower’s original owner and namesake, L.C. Smith, by China’s Empress Dowager Cixi. Legend has it that if you sit in the chair and you’re single, you’ll be married within the year.

The tower can also be a fun afternoon excursion for your group through its Talking Tower Tours. Seeing as its past includes connections to infamous rum-running radio hosts and a one-armed parachuting stuntman, there’s plenty for your guests to talk about long after the tour has ended.

Meeting planners can take advantage of midweek deals for custom corporate meetings in the mountains of Tamarack Resort in Southwest Idaho, two hours north of Boise.

 

The Whistler Conference Centre is poised to reveal the results of the $3.5 million renovation that was completed in late 2020. The venue has been revived with what’s described as “a contemporary, sophisticated aesthetic, infused with West Coast character and inspired by Whistler’s majestic natural environment.”  Design elements and technical upgrades were the two key focal points of the renovation project.

 

The Gordon describes itself as an “art-centric” hotel and the description is more than apt. Over 160 pieces of local art from 84 different artists adorn the hotel’s wall, along with 75 additional pieces created by employees of Obie Hospitality.  (The Gordon is the third hotel in Obie Hospitality’s portfolio of unique accommodations, joining Inn at the 5thin Eugene and Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise.)