Oregon

Eugene, Oregon is in the Running to Host Meetings & Events of all Sizes

Track Town USA. The Silicon Shire. The Emerald City. Eugene’s many nicknames refl ect both its natural beauty and the active lifestyle that fl ourishes there. The state’s second-largest city is home to the University of Oregon—a national track-and-fi eld powerhouse—and one of the university’s former track stars founded Nike.

Portland Party Raises Funds for LGBT Causes

Few heads turned when Judge Kemp walked into a Office Depot store in Portland, Oregon, one Saturday evening in May 2015 wearing 3-and-a-half-inch goth rocker boots and an above-the-knee, off-theshoulder little red dress. Kemp grabbed what he needed—some last-minute lanyards—and hurried back to The Old Freeman Factory to kick off one of Portland’s most anticipated and colorful charity events of the year: the Red Dress Party.

Cascadia Educational Conference heads to Sunriver Resort

There will be some new faces at the 14th annual Cascadia Educational Conference. A joint venture of the Washington and Oregon chapters of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the 2016 conference will, for the first time in its history, officially include the British Columbia chapter of MPI. The conference is taking place March 13 to 15 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon, located approximately 20 miles southwest of Bend, Oregon.

Signature Drink: Over the River

Doug Fir Lounge’s bar manager, Joshua Merrion, recommends his Over the River cocktail to keep you warm when the temperatures dip.

INGREDIENTS
—2 parts Woodford Reserve
—1 part Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
—1/4 ounce honey syrup
—4 dashes each Peychaud’s bitters and Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine all ingredients, stir and strain over a single ice cube.
2. Garnish with a lemon peel and Amarena cherry on a pick.

RIVERHOUSE TO REOPEN AS RIVERHOUSE ON THE DESCHUTES WITH NEW GENERAL MANAGER

Bend’s Hotel & Convention Center recently went under extensive renovations and reopened as ‘Riverhouse on the Deschutes’ earlier this year. The property’s transformation was completed to provide guests with a more refined and delightful experience. The newly renovated location appointed Todd Cooley as new general manager.

Renovations on the property began in late 2015. The update included reconstruction of its on-site restaurant, Currents. The property will showcase authentic Northwestern flair, new amenities and beautiful views of the river.

Flashback: Mark Spencer Hotel

The Mark Spencer Hotel has been immersed in art since it first opened its doors as the Nortonia Hotel in 1907. Located in the middle of Portland, Oregon’s West End district, it has welcomed artists such as Louis Armstrong, Spike Jones, Billy Barty and Sammy Davis Jr. In 1966, the Nortonia was remodeled and renamed The Mark Spencer Hotel. The oldest operating hotel in Portland’s metro area, it continues to showcase creativity. “Each floor is a nod to a different art form,” says Cydelle Higa-Johnston, director of sales.

Use This Summer Wine Guide to Know Where to Host the Perfect Wine Event

Did you know that Washington is the second-largest premium wine producer in the country? Or that Oregon has more than 600 wineries and more than 950 vine- yards? This summer, celebrate Northwest wine by explor- ing its wine countries with a group tasting tour or stocking your event bar with some of the region’s most acclaimed vintages. Cheers!

Wine Tasting 101

Raise the Bar on Your Next Event by Thinking Like a Wedding Planner

It's probably safe to assume that corporate clients don’t often attend meetings with event planners armed with scrapbooks of clippings they’ve saved since childhood in anticipation of their first convention. Likewise, rarely do planners have to accommodate meddling future in-laws or feuding family members. Those differences aside, corporate event planners can learn a lot from their wedding-planning counterparts.

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