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Get to Know: Bainbridge Island, Washington

Just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle can transport you to a totally different world, says Mickey Molnaire, director of marketing and tourism for the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. You can leave the big-city stresses behind, and you’ll find a vibrant, welcoming community. “I love the way people who live or work here get active and involved,” she says, “and just the friendliness and slower pace of life.”

Get to Know: Tillamook County

When Nan Devlin became Tillamook County’s first tourism director of Visit Tillamook Coast in 2014, she had one demand: Ban boring meetings! 

And she promises that when you meet in Tillamook County, “You won’t be locked inside a sterile hotel complex. You’ll be able to walk around the villages, enjoy great views and great local food, and have outdoor activities at your fingertips.”

Get to Know: Olympia, Washington

Despite a burgeoning craft beer scene, ample waterfront access and an abundance of meeting spaces, Shauna Stewart still points to Olympia’s people as the region’s greatest asset. “We are a community of passionate, engaged individuals all eager to make a difference,” says Stewart, executive director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB). 

Get to Know: Victoria, B.C.

While attending the University of Vancouver, Rob Ringma, Tourism Victoria’s director of sales, developed a passion for Victoria’s natural beauty, accessible wilderness and the genuine authenticity of the people. Victoria, located on Vancouver Island’s southern tip, is steeped in rich history, architectural charm and natural beauty, but Ringma notes British Columbia’s capital city is much more than that. “We are forward-thinking, passionate people who want meetings business.

Get to Know: Willamette Valley

Even though she’s a fifth-generation Oregonian born and raised in the Willamette Valley, Jennifer Rouse is still delighted by all the area has to offer. “Just last week, I was out walking the dog and discovered a brand-new brewery in my neighborhood,” says the public relations and project manager for the Willamette Valley Visitors Association. Best known for its globally recognized pinot noir, Willamette Valley is also a paradise for hikers, bike riders, campers and canoers.

Get to Know The Tri-Cities

When Visit Tri-Cities President and CEO Kris Watkins first came to the Tri-Cities from Bellevue, Washington, to open a branch office for her then employer, she had only planned to stay six months. The lure of the Columbia River, abundant golf and romance (she met her now husband Clark during her initial visit) kept her put. Here are three reasons why meeting planners are also drawn to this southeast Washington hub:

Get to Know Mt. Hood Territory

Three Things to Know About Visiting Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

A native of Portland, Mt. Hood Territory’s executive director, Danielle Cowan, says the things she loves most about her community are its spectacular beauty, endless recreational opportunities, and warm and friendly people. Here are the top three things you should know about meeting there:

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