• Venue Flashback: B&B Retreat in Bend

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    The Lara House is now the Drake Historic District.

Named for its original homeowners, the Lara House was built in 1910 in downtown Bend, Oregon—the first residence in what is now the Drake Historic District. The Lara family lived there only five years before moving on. Following its sale, the home enjoyed numerous reimaginations, including as a Depression-era boarding home, a dorm for young women and housing for military families during World War II. In 1983, it opened its doors as a bed and breakfast. One thing has remained consistent for the beautiful Craftsman home: It’s served as a welcoming place for guests.

Today the Lara House is family-owned and -operated by Sandra Griffin. Offering six rooms with en suite baths, the home can be rented out in full for business retreats and private gatherings. Rentals range from $1,150 to $1,600. The home overlooks Deschutes River and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

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.