• Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Seattle

    Holiday, Schmoliday
     
    POSTED November 28, 2017
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of the Sheraton Seattle
  • Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Seattle

    Holiday, Schmoliday
     
    POSTED November 28, 2017
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of the Sheraton Seattle
  • Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Seattle

    Holiday, Schmoliday
     
    POSTED November 28, 2017
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of the Sheraton Seattle

It’s that time of year again: Seasonal cheer and overall merriment of the office holiday party (followed by embarrassing stories over the proverbial water cooler the next day). Unless, that is, you work in Seattle. According to a survey by the staffing firm OfficeTeam, Seattle ranks seventh for the “least fun” company holiday parties among 27 major U.S. cities. Perhaps, tellingly, the city also places ninth for the “least extravagant” workplace fetes.

The holiday news for the Emerald City isn’t all bah humbug, however. Open Table unveiled its 100 best restaurants for groups for 2017 just in time for holiday gatherings and several were in the 206 area code. Making the list were Elliott’s Oyster House, The Metropolitan Grill, Palisade, Purple Café and Wine Bar, Salty’s on Alki Beach and SkyCity Restaurant at the Space Needle (which is closed for renovations). Spokane, Washington made the list too with Clinkerdagger.

And if you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, bring your group to downtown Seattle to view Sheraton Seattle’s annual Gingerbread Village to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This is the 25th year for the village, and this year it is being displayed across the street from the Sheraton at City Centre. The amazing creations will get even the grouchiest Grinch smiling.

BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, will be expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest to operate the newly-announced Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel.

 

Walla Walla’s iconic Abeja Winery and Inn will be accepting wedding and event bookings for the first time in 2019. The venue offers five distinct indoor and outdoor venues and can accommodate groups of up to 250 guests.

 

The Hoxton, Portland officially opened its doors on November 12. The much anticipated opening was the second U.S location for the Hoxton brand. The Hoxton, based in London is planning two additional openings in the United States later in 2019—The Hoxton Chicago and The Hoxton Downtown L.A. The Hoxton Portland, located in historic Old Town Chinatown in a building dating back to 1906, features 119 rooms and three restaurants including a cocktail bar.