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Northwest Meetings + Events editorial advisory board member Melissa Jurcan is our guest blogger. She offers a recap of the 7th Annual Solutions5 conference held on Friday, Jan. 20.

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.”

Provenance Hotels will Open The Woodlark in 2018

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Two adjacent buildings at the intersection of SW Park and Alder streets in Portland, Oregon, are coming together to form one sophisticated hotel. Purchased by Provenance Hotels and NBP Capital, the two historic properties, the Cornelius Hotel and the Woodlark Building, are being reimagined as the new hotel, The Woodlark. Construction on the 150-room hotel began in November and is scheduled to be completed in March 2018. 

Event Spotlight: Evening of Hope to Honor Bartell Family

The Seattle Hotel Association has selected the Bartell family as the honorees for the 2017 Evening of Hope Gala and Auction, which will take place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle on Feb. 4, 2017. The Bartell family history has deep ties to the community. Bartell’s is the oldest and largest family-owned drugstore chain in the nation and includes 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, providing jobs for more than 1,800 employees.

Cycling Studio Converts Sweat Equity Into Team Building

Looking for a team-building activity that burns calories while building camaraderie? BurnCycle Studio is now offering companies private rides when they book a minimum of 25 bikes. Groups can choose their instructors, music, location and time. 

BurnCycle first opened its doors in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District in 2013; a second location was opened in Lake Oswego, Oregon, in 2015. The studio’s mission is to help individuals be the best versions of themselves and to create a welcoming gym environment. 

Seattle Hotel Association’s 20th Annual “Evening of Hope” Gala

Grab your ripped jeans and tuxedo jackets—Seattle Hotel Association’s 20th Annual “Evening of Hope” presented by Delta Air Lines is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. This year’s Beverly Hillbillies-inspired theme is “Denim to Diamonds,” featuring a blend of high society and hoedown.

Columbia Hospitality to Now Manage Heathman Hotel

Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality has acquired the management of The Heathman Hotel. Located in Kirkland, Wash., the independent hotel and Trellis Restaurant join Columbia Hospitality’s growing portfolio of award-winning properties.

Seattle Southside Tourism Authority Receives Prestigious Award

SportsEvents Media Group—a publication that helps sports event planners manager U.S. competitions—has named Seattle Southside Tourism Authority as a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winner.

“SportsEvents readers came out in force to nominate and then to vote for their favorite sports events destinations and the host organizations that represent them,” says John Rezell, executive director, SportsEvents. “Our team is proud to honor the nominees that received the most votes with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award.”

More winners will be revealed in SportsEvents January 2017 issue.

Event Snapshots: ILEA Art of the Party

The Portland Chapter of International Live Events Association (ILEA) held its ever-popular Art of the Party tabletop competition at Vibrant Table Catering & Events on May 24. The fierce but friendly competition didn’t disappoint, showcasing designs ranging from grand elegance to colorful whimsy. 

Escape to Belltown

Puzzle Break—a live-action, interactive escape-room adventure—is debuting its newest location in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood this month. Spanning more than 6,000 square feet, the new location will be one of the largest of its kind worldwide and will feature “Hollywood-caliber immersive set design, world-class puzzles and the latest-and-greatest technological wizardry.”

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