We may be biased, but we think the Northwest is one of the most beautiful regions on earth. From coastline and mountains to lakes and glaciers, the scenic wonders are natural eye candy. Want to use some of that picturepostcard setting as a backdrop for your next meeting or event? Here are a few venues to consider.
Sun Valley Resort
SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Opened in 1936, Sun Valley Resort is the original four-season destination resort in the United States. In fact, the first chairlift was designed and built in Sun Valley.
“Sun Valley has a Western charm with a relaxed atmosphere, but still provides incredible art, culture, recreation and amenities that are unmatched by virtually any other place out West,” says Mike Fitzpatrick, director of marketing and public relations. “Guests are stunned by the incredible vistas of Sun Valley, with Bald Mountain— affectionately known as ‘Baldy’ here in Sun Valley—in the forefront.”
Most of the resort’s event space is located in Sun Valley Inn. The ballroom can accommodate up to 500 guests for a seated dinner and up to 800 for a reception. The resort offers nine other event spaces, the largest of which can host up to 220 guests seated and up to 350 standing. The smallest can host 14 seated boardroom-style and up to 25 standing. Outdoor event spaces include a campground for Western-style barbecues.
“Sun Valley is on the edge of the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48 states,” Fitzpatrick says. “It’s a spectacular piece of beauty. It’s beautiful; it’s humbling; it’s spiritual; it’s one of a kind.”
Alaska Stillpoint Lodge
HALIBUT COVE, ALASKA
Alaska Stillpoint Lodge sits on the Kenai Peninsula, surrounded by Kachemak Bay, and it can only be reached by boat or floatplane. “During the summer there’s a restaurant, a coffeehouse and a cool little floating post office,” says General Manager Beka Thoning. “Alaska is a pretty casual place in general, but we are, in the context of the state, one of the more luxurious, high-end lodges.”
Guests stay in individual cabins (Stillpoint sleeps up to 25 guests). A large tribunal lodge is where groups have their meetings and meals. The event space can accommodate up to 60 guests. “It doubles as a really cool lounge with a bar,” says Thoning.
The lodge’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer guests gorgeous views of the bay, an exquisite organic garden, lovely spruce trees and the Kenai Mountains. “You also see eagles flying by,” Thoning says.
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport is not your ordinary, everyday hotel, says Jeff Ouradnik, director of sales and marketing. “It’s very unique. It’s built almost like a resort. It’s got these huge vistas and views across Lake Washington looking north by northwest to the Seattle skyline. The view also encompasses all of the green and residential spaces surrounding the hotel, as well as the Olympic Mountains.”
Guests are welcomed by open spaces, stone flooring and exquisite, warm walnut finishes and features. “People walk in, and you see their shoulders drop just a little bit as they relax,” Ouradnik says. “There’s an energy about the hotel.”
A ballroom on the first floor can accommodate up to 1,000 guests seated and up to 1,400 standing and is connected to an outdoor terrace. A third-floor ballroom can host up to 300 guests seated and up to 400 standing. Of nine other event spaces, the largest is connected to an outdoor terrace and can accommodate up to 400 standing.
Red Lion Inn on the River – Jantzen Beach
Spectacular views of the Columbia River are framed in the floor-to-ceiling windows in both ballrooms at the Red Lion Inn on the River at Jantzen Beach. “And when it’s clear out, you can see a really pretty view of Mount Hood,” says Deziree Perea, corporate sales manager.
The most expansive ballroom is 18,000 square feet and is the largest pillar-free ballroom north of San Francisco on the West Coast. It can accommodate up to 1,500 guests seated and up to 2,500 standing. Several other event spaces can host anywhere from 35 to 170 guests seated and 50-240 standing.
“We’re a convention hotel,” says Perea, “but we’re located in a more casual, relaxed environment.”
Fairmont Pacific Rim
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Guests in the two ballrooms at the downtown Fairmont Pacific Rim enjoy beautiful views, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Canada Place, Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains.
The larger ballroom can accommodate up to 550 guests seated and up to 650 standing. The other ballroom can host up to 190 guests seated and up to 210 standing. It can be divided into two smaller spaces. There is also a multimedia theater and six additional breakout rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 60 guests seated and up to 95 standing.
“We’re located across the street from the Vancouver Convention Centre,” says Kaylyn Storey, public relations manager. “We’re directly connected to it via an underground tunnel, so guests can very easily walk from the hotel to the convention center.”