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. Here are three compelling reasons to plan your next event in the Willamette Valley.

There’s a wide range of meeting space available. The Willamette Valley is actually a collection of many communities, all the way from the Wilsonville and Newberg areas in the north to the Eugene area in the south, and extending from the Oregon Coast Range to the crest of the Cascades. That means there are thousands of hotel rooms and meeting spaces of all shapes and sizes. Venues range from historic bed-and-breakfasts with just a room or two to full-service modern hotels with hundreds of rooms.

Foodies will rejoice. In Willamette Valley restaurants, cooking with locally sourced, seasonally inspired ingredients is the norm rather than the exception, and it goes without saying that there will be locally roasted coffee, craft beer and Oregon wine on the menu.

It’s easy to find. The Willamette Valley is served by two nearby airports: Eugene Airport at the south end of the valley and Portland International Airport at the north end. The Amtrak rail corridor has daily service up and down the valley, and the proximity of Interstate 5 makes car travel easy.

Eugene, Oregon, will have the chance to show the world its appeal as a leisure and business destination when it hosts the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 on July 15-24. This is the first time that the World Athletics will be held in the United States. It’s a mega-sporting event, spotlighting the best track and field athletes in the world. The event will bring together 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations, all competing for 49 gold medals.

 

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.

 

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.