• Woodlark and The Heathman Hotel give Portland a sophisticated twist

    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
  • Woodlark and The Heathman Hotel give Portland a sophisticated twist

    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE

In a city that prides itself on originality, meeting and event venues in Portland need to follow suit. Woodlark and The Heathman Hotel, two of Provenance Hotel’s six properties in the city, do not disappoint, providing a dramatic yet minimalistic vibe that is helping to usher in a new crop of visitors. “We’re seeing a shift to a more millennial, grown-up version of the city,” says Dana McMacken, director of sales. “People want a more fresh and sophisticated destination—not Portlandia.” 


Through its upscale guest rooms, versatile meeting spaces and curated amenities, Woodlark embodies everything there is to love about Portland. 

Guests are greeted in the lobby with the city’s signature Good Coffee, complete with a coworking space for both hotel guests and locals looking for a communal coffee shop setting. The hotel has also partnered with Colibri, a collaboration between Beast’s Naomi Pomeroy and Expatriate’s Kyle Linden Webster, to bring in fresh flowers daily—which guests can take to their room or give as a gift. Custom arrangements can be created for meetings and events.

The meeting spaces are a breath of fresh air for planners. The four rooms offer a total of 2,160 square feet of versatile event space and feature a private entrance to bypass the hotel lobby, Chromecast and catering provided by Bullard—the on-site restaurant where “Texas Meats Oregon.” 

Abigail Hall, the recently renovated hotel bar, and some suites can also be used as meeting space. With 415 square feet of space with 15-foot ceilings, a lofted open bedroom, spiral staircase and elegant seating area below, the Loft Suites are ideal for small gatherings. Custom matcha tea kits from Portland’s Smith Teamaker come in the rooms. And while the hotel can provide wine and snacks, groups have the option to bring in their own. 

The Heathman Hotel 

Booklovers already love Portland for Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore. With a brand-new library that holds a collection of 3,000 signed books and a partnership with Powell’s to provide a book with its turndown service, The Heathman Hotel is a bookworm’s dream hotel. 

Boasting 3,800 square feet of flexible meeting space on the mezzanine level, The Heathman Hotel can accommodate up to 200 guests for meetings, conferences and social gatherings. Double-glass windows keep the spaces—all named for Portland bridges—exceptionally quiet while displaying views of the bustling downtown.

The lobby pays a decorative homage to the Portland Penny, a Russian tea service complete with vodka flights and exclusive musical “pop up” performances available exclusively to hotel patrons. Furthermore, a rotation of local art, secret entrance to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, catering by Headwaters and access to pints of the city’s famous Salt & Straw ice cream, help make The Heathman Hotel a true representation of Portland. 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  


Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 


Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.