Whether it’s a floatplane excursion in Seattle, visiting a whiskey library in Portland,
fine dining in Boise or checking into amazing spas and upscale wineries throughout
all three states, there are plenty of ways to
treat attendees to a special experience.
Washington state is the nation’s second-largest producer of premium wines, so
groups convening in Seattle are encouraged to head to the town of Woodinville,
just northeast of the city in a pastoral
valley, where they’ll find exclusive wineries
that accommodate private events.
“The state’s largest winery, Chateau Ste.
Michelle, hosts an A-list summer-long concert series, hot-air ballooning and fabulous
food and wine events, perfect for groups,”
said Katy Willis, director of convention
services for Visit Seattle.
Another top-shelf experience awaiting
groups in Seattle is a scenic flightseeing
floatplane excursion with a local outfitter
like Kenmore Air.
“Floatplanes make experiencing our
unique landscape unforgettable,” said
Willis, who added destinations such as the
San Juan Islands, just 45 minutes north, are
popular with groups.
In nearby Bellevue, groups can partake
in unique coffee tasting at John Howie
Steak, which accommodates private dining
“John Howie is proud to serve Kopi
Luwak, one of the rarest and most unique
coffees in the world,” said Sharon Linton,
marketing and communications manager
at Visit Bellevue Washington. “The coffee is
freshly prepared for each guest and present-
ed Turkish-style in a gilded cup and saucer.”
John Howie Steak is located in down-
town Bellevue at the Shops at the Bravern,
which according to Linton is one of the
most luxurious shopping destinations in
the Northwest, and where groups will find
international retailers such as Prada and
“The Bravern will offer a personalized
and private shopping experience for
The Pacific Northwest may be best known as an outdoorsman’s
paradise with some of
the best breweries in the
country and all manner of
other casual pursuits, but
it’s also a region where
planners will find luxury
outings to include during
KENMORE AIR, SEATTLE
MULTNOMAH WHISKEY LIBRARY, PORTLAND, ORE.
PFEIFFER WINERY, JUNCTION CITY, ORE.
T SPA, TULALIP RESORT CASINO,
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.
By Carolyn Blackburn An abundance of upscale amenities awaits
in Washington, Oregon and Idaho
COPPERLEAF RESTAURANT AT CEDARBROOK LODGE,