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.”

The Tillamook coast is composed of 14 towns and several villages stretching along Oregon’s coast from Neskowin in the south to Manzanita in the north. In between are miles of picturesque bays, inland waterways and ocean beaches, along with a number of opportunities for entertainment, such as breweries, shopping and tours of Oregon’s famed Tillamook Cheese Factory (with free samples, no less!).

A fifth-generation Oregonian, Devlin grew up in Portland and now lives in Barview. One of her favorite things to do is stroll along Bayocean Spit and Kilchis Point Reserve and watch the fishers in their boats. She loves the commitment of the area’s residents to preserving the environment, “not just for the natural beauty, but to sustain livelihoods and livability. Fishing, forestry, farming, dairy foods and tourism all rely on protecting natural resources.” 

Here are three decidedly “nonboring” reasons to consider the Tillamook coast for your next meeting:

1. There are approximately 10 main meeting venues in the Tillamook coast area, along with several smaller meeting rooms. Spaces range from a large county fairground facility to intimate historic properties with modern amenities, as well as oceanfront banquet rooms.

2. Tillamook County offers approximately 1,200 guest rooms, which run the gamut from moderately priced full-service hotels to luxury vacation homes.

3. The area’s surroundings play host to a wide range of activities, including kayaking, fishing, crabbing, hiking, rail riding, hang gliding, geocaching, biking and horseback riding, as well as eco-tours on land and water. 

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.


After about 15 months of Zoom happy hours and countless virtual meetings, events, and conferences, it’s clear that virtual gatherings don’t hold a candle to the magic that in-person gatherings can spark. People are excited for in-person events again.


Just like the rest of the world, the hospitality and travel industries slammed to a halt when the pandemic hit last March. Some sectors within them had built-in solutions to focus on, such as hotels limiting capacities and restaurants focusing on takeout and delivery. But for many businesses within the related meetings and events realm, there were no natural alternatives to turn to.