• Venue Flashback: B&B Retreat in Bend

     
    POSTED April 11, 2019
     

    The Lara House is now the Drake Historic District.

Named for its original homeowners, the Lara House was built in 1910 in downtown Bend, Oregon—the first residence in what is now the Drake Historic District. The Lara family lived there only five years before moving on. Following its sale, the home enjoyed numerous reimaginations, including as a Depression-era boarding home, a dorm for young women and housing for military families during World War II. In 1983, it opened its doors as a bed and breakfast. One thing has remained consistent for the beautiful Craftsman home: It’s served as a welcoming place for guests.

Today the Lara House is family-owned and -operated by Sandra Griffin. Offering six rooms with en suite baths, the home can be rented out in full for business retreats and private gatherings. Rentals range from $1,150 to $1,600. The home overlooks Deschutes River and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

The home of Rockford’s new entrepreneurial event space may date back to the 1920s, but Rockford City Market is primed to showcase future creatives and makers of all kinds.

 

Want to add a literary flavor to your next event–literally? Host a gathering at a library to add a scholarly tone to your fête. You could even go all-in with a literature-themed dress code. Here are some suggestions for a “novel” approach to event planning.

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Houston Public Library

 

When you're in the mountains, it’s truly difficult to be bored. From skiing and snowboarding to hiking and climbing, the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada know how to keep things interesting when it comes to outdoor activities. But sometimes, the best way to enjoy the mountains is to sit back and take in the expansive views. Take your meetings to the mountains without the heavy snow gear and winter boots by hosting your next event on a rooftop venue surrounded by breathtaking mountains.