Washington’s Vancouver Waterfront development project will be getting a big boost this summer with the opening of two long-awaited hotels. The 138-room Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in late June or early July while the 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott is looking to make its debut on June 15 at the Port of Vancouver’s adjacent Terminal 1. A 10-story condominium building, Residences at Kirkland Tower, is planning an October opening and will be attached to Hotel Indigo.

The first phase of the waterfront development project, which opened in late 2018, consisted of an apartment building with first-floor commercial space, restaurants, and a seven-acre park and pier. Additional buildings were completed in 2019. Hotel Indigo and AC Hotel will be joined by the addition of other spots, including Willamette Valley Vineyards, to open in the Don Building above Maryhill Winery; Ruse Brewing Crust Collective, Portland-based brewery serving Detroit-style pizza, and The Waterfront Taphouse,  serving upscale pub food from its second-story spot overlooking the Grant Street Pier.

The Hotel Indigo/Kirkland Tower building will include Evoke Wine Bar; steakhouse El Gaucho; Witness Tree Lounge lobby bar, and 13 Coins, an outpost of the evergreen Seattle-based restaurant.

You can find more information at visitvancouverwa.com/things-to-do/the-waterfront-development and cityofvancouver.us/cdd/page/waterfront-development-project

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  


Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.


If you’re planning a meeting in Idaho, you’ll want to be sure and have a beer break on the itinerary. The state is the top barley producer in the United States and the second-top producer of hops.