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MEETING PLANNER’S GUIDE

2013–14 TRAVELTACOMA.COM

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Published By Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau 1119 Pacific Ave, Ste 1400 | Tacoma, WA 98402 800-272-2662 | traveltacoma.com President + CEO Bennish Brown Director of Marketing + Communications Bridget Baeth Marketing Manager Jenny Curtiss Communications Coordinator Annika Carow business development manager Andrea Mensink

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Published in Conjunction With SagaCity Media

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Travel Tacoma + Pierce County Meeting Planner’s Guide is a publication of SagaCity Media in conjunction with the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau. For advertising inquiries contact Jeff Adams at 206-4543007. For editorial inquiries contact Julie H. Case at 206-454-3028. All rights reserved.

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FEATURES

2 WHAT SETS TACOMA APART

The top six reasons to meet, stay, and play in Pierce County

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Let the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau team help you

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Glass art, Mount Rainier, collector vehicles, and local eats and drinks

8 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

What’s happening in Pierce County

9 BY THE NUMBERS

Fun facts about Tacoma and Pierce County

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Itinerary ideas for attendees looking to take a tour, get outdoors, or hit the town

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Tacoma’s bustling waterfront

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President Nicole Vogel Publisher Rob Scott Vice president, Custom Media Jeff Adams Account Executives Nola Palmer, April Smith Sales Coordinator Danielle Williams Editorial Director Bill Hutfilz Senior Editor Julie H. Case Associate Editor Angela Cabotaje Copy editor Margaret Seiler Art Director Chuck Kerr Production Manager Mary Bradford

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We think Tacoma’s the place to meet, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out these top six reasons why you should meet, stay, and play right here:

Great Location

The city is ideally situated for regional and statewide business. Tacoma is about 20 miles south of Sea-Tac International Airport and boasts easy access to Interstate 5, so guests can maximize their time here, whether it’s for business or pleasure.

Competitive Pricing

Tacoma offers competitive pricing in the Pacific Northwest with affordable facilities, venues, and hotels located within the bustling city center.

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See the sights: Mount Rainier, Tacoma Dome, and Museum of Glass

World-Class Attractions

From iconic glass art to majestic Mount Rainier, the attractions in Tacoma are as varied as the Puget Sound is deep. Enhance your experience with a glassblowing workshop, hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, art tours, craft breweries, and more.

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Walker’s Paradise

Tacoma’s waterfront, convention center, and numerous hotels and restaurants are all within walking distance. If you prefer a ride or want to maximize your time, hop on the free Link Light Rail to get from one end of downtown to the other in just 10 minutes.

Book a meeting here, and our friendly staff at the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau (TRCVB) can help you promote, plan, and manage your event. We know you’re busy, so our complimentary or minimal-cost services are available to help take the pressure off. We gather proposals, check availability on meeting venues and hotel rooms, and schedule site visits to help make the selection process easy. You can monitor your hotel room blocks with MeetingMax, our online housing portal that lets you manage rooms in real time and makes it easy for your guests to find rooms. Prior to your event, we provide highquality destination photos for brochures, displays, websites, and other collateral to help you promote your convention with ease. We also highlight your event online at TravelTacoma.com, where locals and visitors go to see what’s happening in town. Once attendees arrive, they can easily find their way around the region with maps, visitor guides, and on-site destination experts, who can make reservations and answer questions. Eco-friendly registration bags may be available so visitors can keep their event information all in one place. And welcome letters and custom signs show off the region’s hospitality. Want to coordinate a pre- or post-event excursion? The TRCVB can schedule tours and suggest great team-building activities that showcase the best of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest. See ideas on pages 10–12, or just ask your TRCVB contact for details. Visit traveltacoma.com/meetingplanners/contact for more information.

Varied Venues

Large, intimate, simple, elaborate—no matter what type of event you’re planning, Tacoma and Pierce County have the perfect place for you. Choose from five major convention and event centers, ultramodern facilities, venues with historic charm, or convenient spaces with indoor and outdoor capabilities.

Fair Forecast

With mild weather year-round, Tacoma offers a nice respite from freezing snowdrifts and scorching heat. The average high in summer is 77 degrees, and in winter, temperatures rarely dip below 35.

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Chihuly glass art at Union Station

ONLY HERE It’s no surprise that Tacoma, the hometown of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, is awash with sculpted silica forms and blown-glass beauties. At the Museum of Glass, the stainless steel hot-shop cone is a masterpiece in itself, but inside, attendees can watch resident artists pull molten glass from 2,400-degree furnaces to create works of art before their eyes. Outside, stroll across the 500-foot-long Chihuly Bridge of Glass to see 2,364 Chihuly masterpieces adorning the ceiling and a 109-sculpture display with some of the world’s largest blown-glass works. Between sessions, attendees can explore on their own with a cellphone walking tour from Tacoma Art Museum (dial 888-411-4220) that takes them to see Union Station’s blossom-like Persians, the University of Washington

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Tacoma Library’s red chandelier, and The Swiss Restaurant + Pub’s brightly colored glass sculptures. Want to offer a hands-on option? Area 253 Glassblowing and Tacoma Glassblowing Studio host team-building workshops, where board members can learn how to fuse, blow, and tease glass into a keepsake work of art. A try-it-yourself hot-shop session is also a unique experience for small groups. Area 253 Glassblowing

Area 253 Glassblowing 2514 S Holgate St; 253-779-0101; area253glassblowing.com / Chihuly Bridge of Glass 1801 Dock St; open 24/7 / Museum of Glass 1801 Dock St; 866-468-7386; museumofglass.org / The Swiss Restaurant + Pub 1904 S Jefferson Ave; 253-572-2821; theswisspub.com / Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Ave; 253-272-4258; tacomaartmuseum.org / Tacoma Glassblowing Studio 114 S 23rd St; 253-383-3499; tacomaglassblowing.com / Union Station 1717 Pacific Ave; Mon–Fri, 8am–5pm / University of Washington Tacoma Library 1900 Commerce St; 253-692-4440; tacoma.uw.edu/library

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GLASS ART


Mount Rainier

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moUNt raiNier Five developed areas grant access to Mt. Rainier National Park and its namesake 14,410-foot-tall volcanic peak. Closest to Tacoma is the Carbon River and Mowich Lake entrance—home to a temperate, rainforest-like woodland and the largest and deepest lake in the park. Sunrise, on the north side, is the highest point accessible by car, while Ohanapecosh, in the southeast corner, is renowned for its old-growth forests. Paradise, on the south side, is the main visitor area and, when not in full wildflower bloom, serves as the best spot for winter recreation. Nearby, Longmire offers waterfall views from both the roadside and hiking trails.

Here are just a few high-altitude adventures suitable for any attitude. Tour On: Private group tours offer everything from nature watching to snowshoeing and can be booked by the day or longer through local companies EverGreen Escapes or Discover Nature for a prime way to build team camaraderie. Bag a Peak: For convention-goers who can’t fit hiking boots into their carry-ons, there’s the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain Resort. Ride the gondola, gape at the towering mountain, then slide into the Summit House for some Northwest cioppino. DIY: Attendees can hike along Paradise

River to see the famous 168-foot Narada Falls, Falls or head out to Ohanapecosh for a walking tour among trees up to 300 feet tall and 1,000 years old in the Grove of the Patriarchs. Peaks and Pies: For a slice of heaven, direct guests to Ashford, near the south-side Longmire entrance, where the Copper Creek Inn dishes up dense wedges of blackberry pie that are not to be missed.

Copper Creek Inn 35707 SR 706, Ashford; 360-569-2326; coppercreekinn.com / Crystal Mountain Resort 360-663-2265; crystalmountainresort.com / Discover Nature 253-777-8226; tourmtrainier.com / EverGreen Escapes 866-203-7603; evergreenescapes.com / Grove of the Patriarchs Trail 3 miles north of the park boundary on Hwy 123; nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/ ohanapecosh.htm / Mt. Rainier National Park 360-569-6575; nps.gov/mora / Narada Falls Take the Wonderland Trail from longmire; nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/narada-falls.htm

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Jazz Gala at LeMay— America’s Car Museum

ONLY HERE Guests can get their motors running in Pierce County, where classic cars rule the road. It’s hard to miss the gleaming curves of downtown Tacoma’s LeMay—America’s Car Museum near Interstate 5. This new kid on the block opened in 2012 and is quickly becoming the go-to place for car buffs. Motorheads can delve into all things auto with rotating exhibits, or just spend their time gawking at the 350 vehicles—from a vintage Cadillac to a sporty DeLorean—parked within the 165,000-square-foot showroom. About 20 minutes south, LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Event Center houses more than 500 vintage vehicles throughout three massive buildings. Here

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the specimens are just as drool-worthy as the ones at LeMay’s downtown counterpart. Your attendees can admire dragsters, classic cars, fire engines, and even a custom motorcycle fashioned into a cherry-red stiletto. Added bonus: LeMay hosts meetings and receptions for auto-themed galas or parties. Direct your guests to Fife, where locals show off custom rides during Walt’s Family Car Show.. In nearby Sumner, hot rods, trucks, and classic cars take over downtown’s Main Street during the Classy Chassis Car Show, while Lakewood, 12 miles away, boasts music, food, and another engine-revving car show during SummerFest.

LeMay—America’s Car Museum

Classy Chassis Car Show Sumner; sumnerdowntown.com / LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 e D St, Tacoma; 877-902-8490; lemaymuseum.org / LeMay Family Collection Foundation 325 152nd St e, Tacoma; 253-272-2336; lemaymarymount.org / SummerFest Lakewood; cityoflakewood.us / Walt’s Family Car Show Fife; cityoffife.org

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Hotel Murano’s Bite Restaurant and (below) The Social Bar and Grill

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regional cuisine Some 40-plus restaurants are a short walk from Tacoma’s convention center; nearly 30 more are conveniently accessible via Link Light Rail so guests can maximize their time in town. One block from the convention center, Bite Restaurant takes on seasonal local ingredients with a regularly evolving menu. Here, Thursday farmers market cherries may tumble over scallops, Beecher’s cheese curds may mingle with fries and gravy, and wild salmon regularly meets its match with strawberryand-Sumner-rhubarb vinaigrette. Northwest oysters make a splash all day at nearby Pacific Grill and are easily followed by local Manila clam linguini or grilled king salmon and vegetable hash.

For sake samplers, endless lunchtime sushi rolls, and a dinner menu that gambols between true Japanese—think sashimi plates and sukiyaki—and Japanese fusion—à la rosemary tuna and salmon carpaccio—there’s TWOKOI, just a block south of the center. Zip to the Theater District station, two stops north of the convention center by Link, where old-world Mexico meets Texas in a brick building laced with ironwork and happy hour doesn’t get much better than $5 habañero prawns served with everything from mezcal to extra anejo tequila at Matador. For a cornucopia of steaks, brews, and art, take the Link two minutes south. Here, theater-like presentation from tuxedo-clad servers, an open grill, and 28-day dry-aged

Niman Ranch beef coalesce at the Northwest’s own El Guacho. For more laid-back fare, Harmon Brewery + Eatery pairs burgers and sandwiches with house-made blondes and IPAs, as well as seasonal suds such as the Fall Classic Imperial Redd or the Steep & Deep Winter Ale. Meanwhile, perched between the Museum of Glass and bobbing sailboats is The Social Bar and Grill, where guests can find local Henderson Inlet Sweet Bay fried oysters, grilled salmon wings—aka smoked wild salmon collars—and locally raised Draper Valley chicken.

Bite Restaurant 1320 Broadway; 253-591-4151; hotelmuranotacoma.com/hotel-murano-restaurant-bar / El Gaucho 2119 Pacific Ave; 253-272-1510; elgaucho.com / Harmon Brewery + Eatery 1938 Pacific Ave; 253-383-2739; harmonbrewingco.com / Matador 721 Pacific Ave; 253-627-7100; matadorseattle.com / Pacific Grill 1502 Pacific Ave; 253-627-3535; pacificgrilltacoma.com / The Social Bar and Grill 1715 Dock St; 253-301-3835; thesocialbarandgrill.com / TWOKOI 1552 Commerce St; 253-274-8999; twokoi.com

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Rainier Mountain Festival (Ashford) Alpine games, a five-mile trail run, and workshops celebrate the sport of mountaineering. rainierfestival.com Tacoma Craft Beer Festival Taste your way around at this festival all about craft beer and local breweries. tacomacraftbeerfest.com Tacoma Film Festival View independent short and feature-length films from around the world at Grand Cinema. tacomafilmfestival.com Truck and Tractor Day (Lakewood) Kids can decorate a pumpkin, take a hayride, and climb on giant tractors. cityoflakewood.us Washington State Fair (Puyallup) More than one million fair-goers enjoy rides, food, and entertainment at one of the largest fairs in the country. thefair.com

WINTER Tacoma First Night A parade, music, dancing, and fire shows highlight this alcohol-free, familyfriendly New Year’s Eve event. firstnighttacoma.org

Tacoma Studio Tours Local artists demonstrate their craft for visitors in workshops and studios. tacomaarts.wordpress.com Sweetheart Wine Walk (Sumner) Bring your valentine to this special wine tasting event at dozens of downtown Sumner shops. sumnerdowntown.com Zoolights (Tacoma) More than half a million lights turn Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium into a holiday display. See a scuba-diving Santa, or ride a camel. pdza.org

SPRING Daffodil Festival (Pierce County) A series of parades throughout the county, a carnival, and other festivities provide plenty of springtime fun. thedaffodilfestival.org Gig Harbor Beer Festival Sip Northwest craft brews made in Pierce County, Washington, and Oregon. gigharborbeerfestival.com

Spring Fair (Puyallup) Enjoy carnival rides, fair food, a monster truck show, animal exhibits, music, and more. thefair.com/spring-fair

SUMMER Classy Chassis Car Show (Sumner) Expect food, music, and plenty of classic cars, hot rods, and custom trucks to admire at this annual auto showcase. sumnerdowntown.com Freedom Fair (Tacoma) An airshow, live music, food, and fireworks ring in the Fourth of July. freedomfair.com Maritime Fest (Tacoma) Boat races, musical performances, and water-themed activities delight festival-goers. maritimefest.org Meeker Days (Puyallup) This family-friendly festival features activities for kids and teens, plus live music performances. puyallupmainstreet.com/events/ meeker-days

Roy Pioneer Rodeo Watch bullriding, steer-wrestling, calf-roping, and barrel-racing competitions at this adrenaline-filled event. royrodeo.com Rhubarb Days (Sumner) This summer festival is all about rhubarb with a pie-eating contest, a rhubarb bake-off, games, music, and more. sumnerdowntown.com SummerFEST (Lakewood) Celebrate the season with a threeon-three basketball tournament, kids activities, live music, and a movie at dusk. cityoflakewood.us Taste of Tacoma Savor food, desserts, and beverages from around 50 different restaurants and vendors. tasteoftacoma.com Walt’s Family Car Show (Fife) Admire fine automobiles or show off your own custom ride. cityoffife.org

For more details about these events, go to traveltacoma.com/calendar.

MayFest (Lakewood) Beautiful flower displays—including an ikebana exhibit—and art are on display at Lakewold Gardens. lakewoldgardens.org

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What’s so great about Pierce County? Everything, from attractions and restaurants to hotels and meeting spaces, is conveniently close in Tacoma’s lively, walkable, easy-to-get-around downtown area. Plus, we’ve received kudos for our art, our nature, and our welcoming people. Here’s how the numbers stack up.

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Number of spas and salons within walking distance of the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

Tacoma’s 2013 rank in The Advocate’s list of gayest cities in the United States

hotels within walking distance of the Greater tacoma convention & trade center

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Restaurants, cafes, bars, and grocery stores within walking distance of the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center and Link Light Rail

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Destiny Harbor Tours

PRE + POST GUIDED TOUrs

Leave the planning up to someone else. When your attendees want to see the sights, tour operators take care of all the details.

Half Day Attendees can paddle with a local during a guided Gig Harbor Rent-A-Boat kayak tour. Options include a two-hour trip that takes them underneath the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to seek out wildlife and a two-hour sunrise paddle, complete with a breakfast of pastries and coffee on the beach. After the convention, guests can hop aboard a Destiny Harbor Tours boat to depart from Tacoma in an open-top vessel. Captains Tom Drohan and Glenn Swayze steer visitors through Puget Sound to glorious views of the waterfront and Mount Rainier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, otters, and even soaring bald eagles. For those who prefer the city life, I Heart Tacoma Tours leads walking trips through downtown to explore Tacoma’s Wild West past. Or grab a brew (of both the hop and coffee bean variety) on the “Pub n Grub Crawl.”

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Full Day To get the quintessential Northwest experience, catch a ride with Discover Nature, which picks up guests at Tacoma-area hotels before whisking them away to Mt. Rainier National Park for hikes through old-growth forests and meadows abloom with wildflowers or snowshoe walks in winter. Go to mountaineering day school with RMI Expeditions, or charter a private tour tailored specifically for your group’s interests with EverGreen Escapes or Tours Northwest. Taste wine, go rock climbing, or plan a customized outing to give your attendees the local experience.

Go for an artfilled afternoon at a museum. Docents regularly lead public tours at Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave) and LeMay—America’s Car Museum (2702 E D St) for a double dose of Pacific Northwest culture. The Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave) lets attendees and their families explore the region’s rich legacy at their own pace. Meanwhile, board members and VIPs can enjoy a live glassblowing demonstration and a personalized tour of glass-filled galleries at the Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St) during a private group visit.

Destiny Harbor Tours 253-225-6306; destinyharbortours.com / Discover Nature 253-777-8226; tourmtrainier.com / EverGreen Escapes 866-203-7603; evergreenescapes.com / Gig Harbor Rent-A-Boat 8829 N Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-858-7341; gigharborrentaboat.com / I Heart Tacoma Tours ihearttacomatours.wordpress.com / RMI Expeditions 888-8925462; rmiguides.com / Tours Northwest 888-293-1404; toursnorthwest.com

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Jazzbones

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Nothing says team building like a night on the town. Help attendees let loose before or after your event.

QUicK trip Rival craft cocktail lounges in Tacoma’s Hilltop district make barhopping as easy as a two-block stroll. Direct guests to recently renovated 1022 South J, open an hour past midnight on Friday and Saturday, for drinks fortified with absinthe or chrysanthemum bitters. Around the corner, former 1022 talent Chris Keil infuses his new venture, Hilltop Kitchen, with street food and spirits from Latin America (think shared plates, tequila, rum, and mezcal). A mile north, Parkway Tavern brings back the good old neighborhood bar with tap handles hanging from the ceiling and an ever-rotating lineup of brews and vino. Bonus: shuffleboard, pool, and arcade games fill the back for team bonding.

Complete the round at downtown’s Dorky’s Bar Arcade, which serves more than 100 beers and ciders as well as classic late-night fare. It’s 21 and older after 9pm, and convention-goers can aim for a high score on more than 100 classic arcade and pinball machines until 2am. aLL NiGht Do your guests prefer a show? Broadway Center for the Performing Arts—home to the Pantages, Rialto, and Theatre on the Square venues—offers everything from musicals to Shakespeare to modern dance. Hear all genres of music from a roster of regional talent at Jazzbones, or just hop on the Link Light Rail to New Frontier Lounge, where a regular schedule of open jam sessions and bingo nights is dotted with performances by touring indie acts. For a headliner, snag a seat at the Tacoma Dome or Emerald Queen Hotel and Casinos, where stages attract stars like Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, and MC Hammer.

Tight schedule? Save time at hot spots close to the convention center: Hotel Murano’s Lobby Bar (1320 Broadway), just down the street, is a swanky place to grab a cocktail amid glass art. Only two Link Light Rail stops away, The Mix (635 St. Helens Ave) lives up to its name with a diverse, LGBT-friendly crowd. Almost-nightly karaoke is nearly as good as the cheap drinks and welcoming vibe. And at The Loch’s (928 Pacific Ave), also conveniently close by Link, the kitchen slings burgers, wings, and latenight grub until the DJ stops spinning at 2am.

1022 South J 1022 S J St; 253-627-8588; facebook.com/1022southj / Broadway Center for the Performing Arts 901 Broadway; 800-291-7593; broadwaycenter.org / Dorky’s Bar Arcade 754 Pacific Ave; 253-627-4156; facebook.com/dorkys253 / Emerald Queen Hotel and Casinos 2024 E 29th St, Tacoma, and 5700 Pacific Hwy E, Fife; 888-831-7655; emeraldqueen.com / Hilltop Kitchen 913 Martin luther King Jr. Way; facebook.com/hilltop.kitchen / Jazzbones 2803 Sixth Ave; 253-396-9169; jazzbones.com / New Frontier Lounge 301 e 25th St; 253-572-4020; thenewfrontierlounge.com / Parkway Tavern 313 N i St; 253-383-8748; parkwaytavern.com / Tacoma Dome 2727 e D St; 253-272-3663; tacomadome.org

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PRE + POST OUTDOOR FUN

Outdoor adventure abounds in Pierce County, where your attendees can ski the slopes, paddle the South Sound, hike a trail, and more.

Half Day Guests can splash into Commencement Bay with a kayak or stand-up paddleboard rental from Foss Harbor Marina, located on Tacoma’s waterfront. To the northwest, Point Defiance Park boasts 702 acres of old-growth forests and saltwater beaches. Miles of winding trails are perfect for a jog or stroll before general sessions, while eight formal gardens showcase rose, dahlia, and rhododendron displays. Within the park, Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum are perfect for pre or post exploring and receptions that can kick things off in Pacific Northwest style. Chambers Bay, half an hour away from Tacoma in University Place, is a coastal wonderland with an 18-hole, links-style course boasting rugged dunes and sweeping views. Pros get their turn during the 2015 U.S. Open, but until then, the fairways, greens, and tees are open to your attendees.

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Full Day Head south to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for something wilder. Naturalist-led tram tours get your guests eye to eye with bugling Roosevelt elk, snoozing bighorn sheep, and roaming bison. Walking tours through the forest and four adventure zip line courses high up in the trees are also great for team building. Convention-goers with a day or two to spare can get to know the state’s most iconic peak at Mt. Rainier National Park. Trek to see waterfalls gushing with snowmelt in spring, hike through wildflower-laden meadows in summer, forage for huckleberries in the foothills in fall, or head out on a snowshoe stroll in winter. Crystal Mountain Resort offers more ways to get alpine, with 2,600 acres of bunny trails, steeps, bowls, and glades. A network of hiking and biking trails keeps the outdoor adventure alive even after the snow melts.

Need accessible ways to soak up the outdoors? Attendees can enjoy views of glacier-fed streams, alpine meadows, and the craggy Cascades on the Mt. Rainier Gondola (33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Crystal Mountain), which leads to a wheelchair-accessible viewing platform and the Summit House restaurant at the top. Chambers Creek Regional Park (9850 64th St W, University Place) has plenty in terms of saltwater shorelines, grassy meadows, and walking trails, including the wheelchair-accessible Grandview, Central Meadow Loop, 64th Street, and Environmental Services Area trails.

Chambers Bay 6320 Grandview Dr W, University Place; 877-295-4657; chambersbaygolf.com / Crystal Mountain Resort 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Crystal Mountain; 360-663-2265; crystalmountainresort.com / Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma; 253-591-5339; metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum / Foss Harbor Marina 821 Dock St, Tacoma; 253-272-4404; fossharbormarina.com / Mt. Rainier National Park 360-569-6575; nps.gov/mora / Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville; 360-832-6117; nwtrek.org / Point Defiance Park 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma; metroparkstacoma.org/point-defiance-park / Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma; 253-591-5337; pdza.org

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Point Defiance Park


conference centers

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Greater Tacoma Convention & trade center

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1500 Broadway / Tacoma, WA 98402 / PHONE: 253-830-6601 / FAX: 253-573-3263 / toll free: 888-227-3705 sales@gtctc.org ONLINE gtctc.org

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Ballroom ABCD

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152

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Ballroom A

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430 230 230

Ballroom AB

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Mtg Rms 315—317

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Commerce Room

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Exhibition Hall A & B

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Glass Walls Mountain Views Inspired Catering Flexible Event Space Dedicated Event Services Onsite Self Parking Complimentary Wi-Fi Tacoma Link Light Rail Sustainability Program total meeting space

119,000 square feet Miles from SEA-TAC airport

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Service, Quality and Convenience in the Heart of Downtown Tacoma The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (GTCTC) is the second largest meeting and event facility in Western Washington. Located 20 miles from Sea-Tac International Airport in the heart of glass-inspired, downtown Tacoma. Floor-toceiling glass walls provide exceptional light in an open atmosphere that encourages synergy and networking. Over 119,000 square feet of meeting and prefunction space for groups of 4 to 4,000 include a 50,000-square foot, column-free exhibit hall, a 13,650-square foot ballroom and 12 breakouts. The GTCTC is surrounded by premium hotel rooms, diverse dining, shopping, day spas and cultural activities. Tacoma’s Link Light Rail service stops near the GTCTC regularly. Experience exquisite food and exemplary service in a contemporary setting. Enjoy all that downtown Tacoma has to offer at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center!

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conference centers

lakewood

McGavick Conference Center

The McGavick Conference Center provides many possibilities for classroom-style breakout sessions and outdoor programs. Unique ­opportunities that make the facility a truly special venue are at our client’s fingertips. Designing “events your way” means our clients may select their own caterer and personalize their vendor selections! The McGavick Conference Center offers several ways to customize the venue including the use of a large kitchen and/or dance floor. We are prepared to work with you from start to finish to help make your event a success.

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Located conveniently between Olympia and Seattle and just minutes from Interstate 5, the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College is the perfect fit for your next seminar, banquet, wedding and/or reception or other special event. The facility’s warm and contemporary atmosphere is equipped with multimedia equipment, and integrated projection and stereo sound.

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4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW / Lakewood, WA 98499 / PHONE: 253-589-5783 / FAX: 253-589-6007 events@cptc.edu ONLINE mcgavickconferencecenter.com

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Full Ballroom

10,709 102’ 98’

18’ 1,200 500 560

Half Ballroom

6,059

102’

61’

18’

500 200 250

Quarter Ballroom

2,358

46’

48’

18’

250

72

100

Atrium

4,840

45

120

24

200

70­

250

Small Conference

210

10’

21’

9’ ­—

15

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Large Conference

900

33’

28’

9’

40

50

Other spaces vary in size

60

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Select your own caterer Flexible spaces Budget conscious Free, abundant parking Free WiFi Level entry Events designed your way Tables/chairs included total meeting space

25,076 square feet Miles from SEA-TAC airport

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courtyard marriott tacoma downtown

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1515 Commerce St / Tacoma, WA 98402 / PHONE: 253-591–9100 / FAX: 253-591���9101 / toll free: 800-321-2211 carol.pica@marriott.com ONLINE tacomacourtyard.com

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FAST FACTS STAND OUTS

Pre-Function Area 1500 sf Onsite Catering 162 Guest Rooms & Suites Indoor Pool Onsite Day Spa & Salon Marriott Rewards Points Near Convention Center Group Discounts Fine Dining

Cascade Ballroom

4,356

99´

44´

12´

450 230 300

Mount St. Helens

1,540

35´

44´

12´

175

100

160

Mount Baker

1,276

29´

44´

12´

130

85

130

Mount Tahoma

1,540

35´

44´

12´

175

100

160

Olympic Boardroom

493

17´

29´

12´

14

14

Mount Adams

312

12´

26´

12´

25

15

20

Pacific Ballroom

2,760

46´

60´

20´

220

100

160

Pearl

1,380

46´

30´

20´

110

50

80

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Ruston

1,380

46´

30´

20´

110

50

80

20

Commerce

525

25´

18´

20´

32

24

40

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8,446 square feet Total sleeping rooms

162

Located in the heart of tacoma With a resort-like atmosphere, Courtyard Tacoma is like a “cruise ship on land” with European style spa and salon, indoor pool, saunas, whirlpool, fine dining restaurant, smartly appointed guest rooms and luxury suites. Comfortably designed for conferences or elegant weddings, our banquet rooms offer variable lighting and decor. With fresh, local foods selections, our catering menus are thoughtfully created to please a variety of palates and budgets. Exceptional food, drink and services await you whether you are in need of catering, room service or a fine dining restaurant. Speak with one of our friendly sales professionals to start planning your successful event now­—just call 253-284-3584.

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Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel + Conference Center

puyallup

TOTAL SLEEPING ROOMS: 99

hotel murano­

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The newly remodeled Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel + Conference Center is the perfect place for your next event. Family gatherings, small meetings or large conferences are simple to plan when you choose this full-service hotel including setup, tables, chairs, and cleanup. Enjoy comprehensive event planning and full-service catering in Puyallup.

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620 South Hill Park Dr Puyallup, WA 98373 PHONE: 253-848-1500 FAX: 253-848-1511 conference@bestwesternpremierplaza.com ONLINE bestwesternpremierplaza.com

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Georgian

1,820

35’

52’

9’

190

90

130

Carlton

1,496

34’

34’

9’

125

60

80

Covington

520

20’

26’

9’

30

25

40

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Complimentary WiFi Complimentary parking Comprehensive service Newly remodeled total meeting space

3,836 square feet Miles from sea-tac airport

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TACOMA

TOTAL SLEEPING ROOMS: 319 1320 Broadway Plaza Tacoma, WA 98402 T: 253-238–8000 F: 253-591–4105 sales@murano.com ONLINE murano.com

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With more than 28,000 square feet of meeting space and an expert team dedicated to providing gracious service, Hotel Murano boasts modern international design that honors the city’s heritage at the epicenter of American glass art by featuring the works of more than 45 glass artists from around the world. One of only four hotels in all of Washington awarded Four Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide in 2013, Hotel Murano is the perfect choice for your next Tacoma meeting.

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state-of-the-art retreat

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Bicentennial Pavilion

14,351

127’

113’

20’ 1,800 1,000 980

Venice Ballroom

5,725

53’

108’

14’

650 324 400

Torcello/Burano

1,116

21’

54’

8’

100

50

80

Lido Boardroom

586

25’

23’

8’

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World-Class Art Forbes 4 Stars Stash Reward Points Onsite Spa/Salon total meeting space

28,000 square feet Miles from sea-tac airport

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LA QUINTA INN + SUITES + CONFERENCE CENTER

TACOMA

TOTAL SLEEPING ROOMS: 155

TOTAL SLEEPING ROOMS: 72

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Evergreen Ballroom

3,600

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40’ 90’

10’

450 180

300

Oak

841

29’

29’

10’

80

40

64

Conference

702

26’

27’

10’

60

30

48

Boardroom

702

26’

27’

10’

60

30

48

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Liberty Inn

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The La Quinta Inn + Suites offers upscale, full-service amentities for top-notch meetings, conferences and special events. Professional, friendly staff execute every detail with excellence and provide a welcoming environment for guests to learn, network and create positive results! Conference facilities offer large screens, wired microphone/podium, linens and complimentary Internet, staging and parking.

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1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421 PHONE: 253-383–0146 FAX: 253-627–3280 lqo658catering@laquinta.com ONLINE 685.lq.com

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Full-Service Hotel + Conference Center Onsite Restaurant Wheelchair Accessible total meeting space

7,000 square feet Miles from sea-tac airport

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Located halfway between Tacoma and Olympia off Interstate-5 in DuPont, the Liberty Inn provides meeting, conference and banquet room facilities. Multimedia abilities include digital projector and screen, flat screen TV, DVD/VCR and surround-sound equipment, as well as other ancillary items for a fee. Professional catering is available on request.

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Meet + stay in picturesque Dupont

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1400 Wilimington Dr Dupont, WA 98327 PHONE: 253-912-8777 FAX: 253-912-9777 dupontsales@libertyinn.com ONLINE libertyinn.com

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1,500

50’

30’

11’

100

100

100

Liberty

750

25’

30’

11’

50

50

50

Rainier

750

25’

30’

11’

50

50

50

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Golf nearby Multimedia abilities Indoor pool Wireless internet total meeting space

1,500 square feet Miles from sea-tac airport

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540

540

7

90

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Courtyard Marriott - Tacoma Downtown 1515 Commerce St Tacoma, WA 98402 253-591-9100 marriott.com/seatd

$$$$$$

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8,446

4,356

100 ft

162

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Hampton Inn + Suites Tacoma 8203 S Hosmer St Tacoma, WA 98408 253-539-2288 hamptontacoma.com

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25

1,050

750

6

146

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel + Suites - Tacoma 8601 S Hosmer St Tacoma, WA 98444 253-539-2020 hiex.com

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25

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N/A

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78

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Holiday Inn Express + Suites - Tacoma Downtown 2102 S C St Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-2434 hiexpress.com

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25

1,460

1,460

1

163

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Hotel Murano 1320 Broadway Plz Tacoma, WA 98402 253-238-8000 hotelmuranotacoma.com

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28,000

14,351

500 ft

319

204

$

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3,650

3,650

9

127

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La Quinta Inn + Suites and Conference Center 1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-383-0146 685.lq.com

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7,000

3,600

2

155

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Red Lion Hotel Tacoma 8402 S Hosmer St Tacoma, WA 98444 253-548-1212 redlion.rdln.com

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25

2,950

2,150

7

119

N/A

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25

1,265

1,265

7

132

N/A

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FREE PARKING

Comfort Inn Tacoma 8620 Hosmer St Tacoma, WA 98444 253-538-7998 comfortinn.com

PET FRIENDLY

125

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

160

FITNESS CENTER

1

POOL

2,160

FREE BREAKFAST

5,040

DINING CAPACITY

MILES TO CONVENTION CENTER

20

DINING ON SITE

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Best Western PLUS Tacoma Dome Hotel 2611 E E St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-272-7737 book.bestwestern.com

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tacoma

Howard Johnson 8726 S Hosmer St Tacoma, WA 98444 253-548-2400 hojo.com

Shilo Inn + Suites Tacoma 7414 S Hosmer St Tacoma, WA 98408 253-475-4020 shiloinns.com

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$ Less than $100 $$ $100–$150 $$$ $151–$200 $$$$ $201 and more


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794

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Hampton Inn + Suites DuPont/Joint Base Lewis-McChord 800 Station Dr DuPont, WA 98327 253-912-4444 dupontsuites.hamptoninn.com

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39

1,160

1,160

16

115

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Liberty Inn 1400 Wilmington Dr DuPont, WA 98327 253-912-8777 libertyinn.com

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39

1,500

1,500

16

72

N/A

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1,344

672

5

140

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Sunshine Motel 3801 Pacific Hwy E Fife, WA 98424 253-926-0937 sunshinemotel.com

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40

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Travelodge Tacoma 3518 Pacific Hwy E Fife, WA 98424 253-922-0550 travelodge.com

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4

77

N/A

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35

4,978

2,850

11

80

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The Inn at Gig Harbor 3211 56th St NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253-858-1111 innatgigharbor.com

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34

4,663

2,521

12

64

45

The Maritime Inn 3212 Harborview Dr Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253-858-1818 maritimeinn.com

$$$$$

31

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N/A

13

15

N/A

FREE PARKING

40

PET FRIENDLY

$$$$

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GuestHouse Inn + Suites - DuPont 1609 McNeil St DuPont, WA 98327 253-912-8900 guesthouseintl.com

FITNESS CENTER

N/A

POOL

90

FREE BREAKFAST

3

DINING CAPACITY

600

DINING ON SITE

MILES TO CONVENTION CENTER

600

SLEEPING ROOMS

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23

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TACOMA Silver Cloud Inn - Tacoma 2317 N Ruston Way Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-1300 silvercloud.com

DUPONT

FIFE Emerald Queen Hotel + Casino 5700 Pacific Hwy E Fife, WA 98424 253-922-2000 emeraldqueen.com

GIG HARBOR Best Western Wesley Inn + Suites 6575 Kimball Dr NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253-858-9690 wesleyinn.com

$ Less than $100 $$ $100–$150 $$$ $151–$200 $$$$ $201 and more

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Alta Crystal Resort at Mt Rainier 68317 SR 410 E Greenwater, WA 98022 360-663-2500 altacrystalresort.com

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62

600

600

58

23

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Copper Creek Inn at Mt. Rainier 35707 SR 706 E Ashford, WA 98304 360-569-2799 coppercreekinn.com

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70

1,700

1,000

53

10

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Crystal Mountain Hotels 33818 Crystal Mtn Blvd Crystal Mountain, WA 98022 360-663-2262 crystalhotels.com

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63

750

750

60

70

192

$

46

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30

32

N/A

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70

N/A

N/A

52

25

N/A

$$

68

600

600

50

24

N/A

$$$$$$

70

N/A

N/A

52

121

N/A

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29

3,836

1,820

11

100

N/A

FREE PARKING

2,088

PET FRIENDLY

32

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

$$$$$

FITNESS CENTER

N/A

POOL

24

FREE BREAKFAST

18

DINING CAPACITY

N/A

DINING ON SITE

MILES TO CONVENTION CENTER

N/A

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LARGEST MEETING SPACE

35

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hotels

Gig harbor Westwynd Motel, Suites + Apartments 6703 144th St NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332 253-857-4047 westwyndmotel.com

LAKEWOOD Holiday Inn Express - Lakewood 11751 Pacific Hwy SW Lakewood, WA 98499 253-582-7000 hiexpress.com

MOUNT RAINIER

Mill Village Motel 210 Ctr St E Eatonville, WA 98328 360-832-3200 whitepasstravel.com National Park Inn Mt. Rainier National Park Longmire, WA 98397 360-569-2275 mtrainierguestservices.com Nisqually Lodge + Conference Center 31609 SR 706 E Ashford, WA 98304 360-569-8804 nisqually.whitepasstravel.com Paradise Inn Mt. Rainier National Park Paradise Inn, WA 98398 360-569-2275 mtrainierguestservices.com

PUYALLUP Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel + Conference Center 620 S Hill Park Dr Puyallup, WA 98373 253-848-1500 bwpremierplaza.com

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$ Less than $100 $$ $100–$150 $$$ $151–$200 $$$$ $201 and more


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1,242

1,242

10

122

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29

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96

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1,250

14

112

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Hampton Inn + Suites Puyallup 1515 S Meridian Puyallup, WA 98372 253-770-8880 hamptoninn.hilton.com

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

N/A

FITNESS CENTER

120

POOL

10

FREE BREAKFAST

795

DINING CAPACITY

795

DINING ON SITE

MILES TO CONVENTION CENTER

26

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LARGEST MEETING SPACE

$$$

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Fairfield Inn + Suites 15th Ave SW Puyallup, WA 98371 253-770-3100 marriott.com/seapp

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PUYALLUP

Holiday Inn Express Hotel + Suites - Puyallup 812 S Hill Park Dr Puyallup, WA 98373 253-848-4900 hiexpress.com/puyallup

Sumner Holiday Inn Express Hotel + Suites - Sumner 2500 136th Ave Ct E Sumner, WA 98390 253-299-0205 hiexpress.com/sumnerwa

outside pierce county auburn Best Western PLUS Peppertree Auburn Inn 401 Eighth St SW Auburn, WA 98001 253-887-7600 peppertreeauburn.com

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124

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La Quinta-Auburn 225 Sixth St SE Auburn, WA 98002 253-804-9999 6554.lq.com

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14

70

N/A

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500

500

20

104

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Seatac Quality Inn SeaTac Airport 2900 S 192nd St Seattle, WA 98188 206-241-9292 qualityinn.com/hotel/wa153

$ Less than $100 $$ $100–$150 $$$ $151–$200 $$$$ $201 and more

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AUBURN

MUCKLESHOOT CASINO

Muckleshoot Casino offers first-class event space accommodating groups of up to 300. Enjoy a flexible approach to menu planning and superior services tailored to any occasion. Overnight accommodations are available at one of the Casino’s partner hotels less than 10 minutes away. No matter what kind of fun you’re in the mood for, there’s something for everyone at the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, the biggest and best in the Northwest. Call 800-804–4944 ext. 2433 and reserve space for your next event today!

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Plan your next event at Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn. Featuring more than 3,100 gaming machines; exciting action with all of your favorite table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette; the largest poker room in the state; the biggest non-smoking gaming facility; and entertainment in Club Galaxy, where admission is always free.

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2402 Auburn Way S / Auburn, WA 98002 / PHONE: 800-804–4944 / FAX: 253-288–2064 richard.king@muckleshootcasino.com ONLINE muckleshootcasino.com

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Chinook/Coho

5,042

74’

76’

18’

450 260 300

Chinook

3,116

41’

76’

18’

330 200

210

Conference Center

2,920

40’

73’

9’

180

100

120

Coho

1,926

48’

34’

18’

202

70

60

Conference Room 1

1,560

40’

43’

9’

100

70

60

Conference Room 2

1,290

40’

30’

9’

80

60

50

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Flexible Menu Planning 8 Dining Establishments 8 Bars Free Live Entertainment 3,100+ Video Gaming Machines 100+ Table Games Largest Non-Smoking Facility State’s Largest Poker Room Gift Shop total meeting space

10,000 square feet Miles from SEA-TAC airport

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Allenmore Golf + Events Center

TACOMA

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Centrally located in Tacoma, the NEW Allenmore Golf + Events Center is perfect for your next event. Overlooking the beautiful golf course and surrounded by evergreens, the Pacific Northwest-style lodge will have you feeling like you are miles from the city. Your guests will enjoy delicious food provided by award-winning Chef Gordon Naccarato.

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2013 S Cedar St Tacoma, WA 98405 T: 253-272-6469 F: 253-272-6473 events@pacificgrilltacoma.com ONLINE allenmoreevents.com

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Events Center

5,015

59’

85’

20’

280 200 215

Pavilion

1,300

25’

55’

20’

110

50

80

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Tacoma’s newest space Bose sound system Built-in sars & stage Free parking total meeting space

6,315 square feet Miles from SEA-TAC airport

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Pacific Grill Events Center

TACOMA

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Pacific Grill Events luxurious spaces—in contemporary chocolate brown and green—are sure to wow your guests. The lavish 6’ long fireplace, barrel ceilings along with brick and exposed columns make the space perfect for social and corporate events. Catering provided by Pacific Grill Events award-winning Chef Gordon Naccarato.

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Tacoma’s Most SoughtAfter Events Space

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1530 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 T: 253-272-6469 F: 253-272-6473 events@pacificgrilltacoma ONLINE pacificgrillcatering.com

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Pacific Ballroom

2,760

46’

60’

18’

220

100 160

Pearl

1,380

46’

30’

18’

110

50

80

Ruston

1,380

46’

30’

18’

110

50

80

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Hotel, spa, restaurant, rental cars Easy highway access High-end audio & video Near museums & theaters total meeting space

Commerce

525

17’

25’

18’

40

32

24

4,517 square feet

Pre-Function

872

23’

36’

25

Miles from SEA-TAC airport

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ENVIRON­MENTAL

university place

SERVICES BUILDING

19850 64th St W University Place, WA 98467 T: 253-798–4141 F: 253-798–4695 pceventrental@co.pierce.wa.us ONLINE piercecountywa.org/esbrental

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Hold your next meeting at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building at Chambers Creek Regional Park. The flexible meeting + event space can accommodate a meeting for 10 or a wedding for 175. The outdoor courtyard features a patio and lawn with views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. Enhance your meeting with a walk on one of the scenic trails, saltwater beach or golf Chambers Bay, home of the 2015 U.S. Open.

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modern style, classic views

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Public Meeting Rooms

2,400

35’

66’

15

163

100 163

East Room Portion

1,300

39’

33’

15’

88

50

88

West Room Portion

1,100

33’

33’

15’

75

35

75

Training Room

1,220

33’

37’

15’

30

24

30

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Modern Style Classic Views Flexible Space Next to Chambers Bay total meeting space

7,200 square feet Miles from SEA-TAC airport

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Historic 1625

TACOMA

1625 S Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409 T: 206-972-5299 F: 866-333-9524 kristen@historic1625.com ONLINE historic1625.com

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Historic 1625’s stunning barrelvaulted ceiling, slate and brick decor, and lots of natural light ensure an unforgettable event whether business conference, party or wedding. Historic 1625 offers free parking, WiFi, and ADA accessibility all within minutes of the museum district. Events also have access to the unique private car collection.

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Where old meets new

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Trophy Room

2,966 50’

66’

300

Showroom

3,251

61’

79’

300 220 250

415

Trophy + Showroom

180 280

400 350

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Barrel vaulted wood ceiling Free parking World-class car collection Close to museum district total meeting space

7,000 square feet Miles from SEA-TAC airport

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LeMay Family Collection at Marymount Event Center

TACOMA

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Whether you are planning a cocktail party, business meeting, or banquet, the unique Marymount spaces will make those events memorable. The Marymount Event Center is located on 87 acres—a former military academy, now the home of the LeMay Family Collection of vintage cars. Its atmosphere is private and quiet, while still easily accessible.

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Make it Memorable at Marymount

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325 152nd St E Tacoma, WA 98445 T: 253-272-2336 F: 253-779-0919 info@lemaymarymount.org ONLINE lemaymarymount.org

9,800

84’

104’

750 750 500

Orphan Room

1,450

100

100 100

Dining Room

1,600

48’

32’

120

120

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Historic architecture on private 87-acre property Complimentary parking Vintage vehicle collection Beautifully landscaped

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Gymnasium

Chapel

FAST FACTS

120

total meeting space

14,500 square feet

1,600

48’

32’

120

120

50,000

Miles from SEA-TAC airport

40

PACIFIC ­LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY­

TACOMA

12180 Park Ave Tacoma, WA 98447 T: 253-535–7670 F: 253-535–5076 conferences@plu.edu ONLINE plu.edu/conferences

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Nestled in amongst the natural grandeur of the Pacific Northwest region, Pacific Lutheran University is just 40 minutes from Sea-Tac Airport, less than 40 minutes from downtown Seattle and Tacoma, and near Mount Rainier and Canada. Event spaces accommodate 1 to 3,500 people and include banquet, classroom, auditorium, outdoor plazas and more! Event spaces are available year round with overnight accommodations available June 1 to Aug. 15.

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catch the vibe

capacities

Olson Auditorium

12,471

93’

137’

35’ 3,500 400 700

Eastvold Auditorium

15,000

63’

128’

33’

1,100

Lagerquist Hall

13,000 100’ 200’ 35’

530

Chris Knutzen Hall

4,540

400 200 210

59’

77’

13’

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Park-like Setting Auditoriums + Theaters Outdoor Plazas Vegan Dining Options total meeting space

17,001 square feet Miles from SEA-TAC airport

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unique venues

UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND

TACOMA

1500 N Warner St, #1093 Tacoma, WA 98416 PHONE: 253-879–3483 FAX: 253-879–2975 conferences@pugetsound.edu ONLINE pugetsound.edu/conferences

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FAST FACTS STAND OUTS

Minutes from I-5 Free Wireless Ample Free Parking Park-like Setting

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Schneebeck Concert Hall

5,000 162’

80’

500

Rausch Auditorium

2,225

44’

50’

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THEATER

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Offering overnight lodging for up to 1,100 attendees, flexible meeting space, wireless Internet, audiovisual equipment, ample parking, recreational facilities, and on site catering, the University of Puget Sound is the ideal location to hold your next summer conference, camp, or meeting. The university is located in the charming residential neighborhood of historic North Tacoma. Visitors are close to the 6th Avenue and Proctor shopping districts, the award-winning Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and downtown museums.

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Classrooms

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150

10150

Trimble Forum

1,100

29’

36’

100

60

Rotunda

2,500

50’

50’

250

150

total meeting space

90,000 square feet Miles from SEA-TAC airport

25

resources RESTAURANTS American + Steak El Gaucho 2119 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-1510 elgaucho.com El Gaucho takes you back in time with classic cocktails in a dramatic lounge, beautiful private dining rooms, and nightly live piano music. c f $$$$ CC (0.6) Friesenburgers 308 E 26th St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-203-6753 friesenburgers.com Come for old-school burgers made to order and the famous deep-fried hot dogs. There’s a gluten-free menu, too. b c g j CC (1.1) $ Harmon Pub + Brewery 1938 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-2739 harmonbrewing.com

Enjoy handcrafted beers brewed on site and a fullservice menu. a b c g h j $ CC (0.6) Mary’s Burger Bistro 2301 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-779-0777 marysburgerbistro.com It’s an all-American burger joint with fresh burgers, homemade fries, and Mary’s secret sauce. Don’t forget the milkshake! a b c g j $ CC (0.7) Pacific Grill + Events Center 1502 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-627-3535 pacificgrilltacoma.com The award-winning menu takes a fresh look at classic recipes, featuring daily seafood specials, fine wines, and classic cocktails. b c f CC (0.1) $$$$

Ports of Call Restaurant + Lounge 1425 E 27 St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-383-1046 This bright, family-friendly restaurant offers reasonable prices and a wide variety of menu offerings. a b c d g CC (2.0) $$ Asian Galanga Thai Cuisine 1129 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-3393 galangathai.com This restaurant brings together the flavors of Southeast Asia into truly memorable meals. Located in downtown near museums, UW Tacoma, the convention center, hotels, theaters, and more. b c g j CC (0.2) $$ Indochine Asian Dining Lounge 1924 Pacific Ave S Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-8200

indochinedowntown.com Go for fresh, Asian fusion featuring Pan Pacific cuisine influenced by Thailand, India, Japan, and France in a stunning atmosphere. b c $$$ CC (0.6) The Happy Teriyaki #4 2223 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-1544 thehappyteriyaki.com Enjoy affordable Japanese food, seven days a week. b c g j CC (0.6) $ TWOKOI Japanese Restaurant 1552 Commerce St, Ste 100 Tacoma, WA 98402 253-274-8999 twokoi.com TWOKOI creates traditional and fusion Japanese dishes complementing its warm and comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy scenic views or meet a chef in the open kitchen. b c g j CC (0.3) $$

Bakeries + Treats Celebrity Cake Studio 314 E 26 St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-627-4773 celebritycakestudio.com This premier cake boutique specializes in custom desserts as well as wedding and special occasion cakes using the finest ingredients. g j CC (1.1) $ Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt Shoppe 8 N Tacoma Ave Tacoma, WA 98403 253-302-3856 gibsonsyogurt.com Help yourself to creamy, nutritious, fresh frozen yogurt and toppings. Locally owned. g j CC (1.2) $ hello, cupcake 1740 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-7772 hello-cupcake.com Tacoma’s premier cupcake CC (0.7) bakery. g j $

KEY a Breakfast b Lunch c Dinner d BrunchF 21+ f Reservations suggested g Kid friendly h High noise level i Waterfront dining j Takeout Open on Sunday Uses locally sourced ingredients CC Miles to Convention Center On same street as Link Light Rail $ $7–$13 $$ $14–$20 $$$ $21–$30 $$$$ $30 and more

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resources Marzano Italian Restaurant

Savor Tacoma Creperie 1916 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-365-5534 savorcreperie.com This casual cafe offers French-style savory crepes, egg scramble crepes, and sweet crepes. Open Saturday for breakfast. Gluten- and ricefree crepes availble. a b c d g CC (0.6) $

Italian + Pizza Adriatic Grill 4201 S Steele St Tacoma, WA 98409 253-475-6000 adriaticgrill.com Tacoma’s local, chef-owned restaurant features warm, European hospitality and menu items made fresh, inhouse daily. b c g h j CC (3.7) $$$

DELI + NATURAL FOOD Marlene’s Market + Deli 2951 S 38th St Tacoma, WA 98409 253-472-4080 marlenesmarket-deli.com The South Sound’s awardwinning source for supplements, herbs, natural beauty products, organic foods, gifts, books, and housewares, plus on-site whole foods deli and bakery. a b g j CC (3.8) $

Bite Restaurant 1320 Broadway Plz Tacoma, WA 98402 253-238-8000 hotelmuranotacoma.com The cutting-edge design and comfortable cuisine of Bite Restaurant blend with the world of art glass for a one-ofa-kind dining experience. a b CC (0.1) $$$ c

OLIVIA BRENT

Neighborhood Bistro + Catering 714 S 27th St Tacoma, WA 98409 253-573-6646 neighborhoodbistro.org Neighborhood Bistro is located at Tacoma Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center, serving fresh meals at affordable prices. b g j CC (1.3) $

Marzano Italian Restaurant 516 Garfield St Tacoma, WA 98444 253-537-4191 dinemarzano.com Northern Italian- and Northwest-inspired cuisine in an intimate and unique setting. Closed Sunday and Monday. b c f CC (10.9) $$$ The Hub 203 Tacoma Ave S Tacoma, WA 98402 253-683-4606

theharmonhub.com Pizza. Pasta. Pints. Check out The Hub Event Space, a hip, urban, intimate setting that accommodates up to 84 guests. a b c g h j CC (1.1) $$ The Old Spaghetti Factory 1735 Jefferson Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-2214 osf.com Come here to enjoy delicious food, a charming family atmosphere, and friendly service. b c g h CC (0.5) $$ The Rock - Wood Fired Pizza + Brewery 1920 Jefferson Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-1221 therockwfp.com Opened in 1995 as a local pizza joint, The Rock’s gourmet pies and unique atmosphere quickly gained recognition. b c g j CC (0.4) $$ NW + Seafood C.I. Shenanigans 3017 Ruston Way Tacoma, WA 98402 253-752-8811 cishenanigans.com Fresh fish and steaks with a Sunday brunch and waterfront CC (3.1) view. b c d i $$$

Lobster Shop on Ruston Way 4015 Ruston Way Tacoma, WA 98402 253-759-2165 lobstershop.com Nantucket-like waterfront seafood dining destination, serving the South Sound for 30 years. b c d f i CC (3.9) $$$ Maxwell’s Speakeasy + Lounge 454 St. Helens Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-683-4115 maxwells-tacoma.com Located in the historic Walker Building in downtown Tacoma, the menu features great Northwest cuisine, wine, microbrews, and craft cocktails. c h CC (0.8) $$$ The Social Bar and Grill 1715 Dock St Tacoma, WA 98402 253-301-3835 thesocialbarandgrill.com New American menu with influences from the Mediterranean, Pacific Islands, Spain, and Central America, plus craft cocktails and a unique wine and beer selection. b c i CC (0.7) $$ Pubs Doyle’s Public House 208 St. Helens Ave Tacoma, WA 98402

253-272-7468 doylespublichouse.com Esquire magazine calls it “one of America’s best bars.” You be the judge. Stop in for a bite and pint. b c F h CC (1.0) $ Katie Downs Waterfront Tavern + Eatery 3211 Ruston Way Tacoma, WA 98402 253-756-0771 katiedowns.com Casual waterfront tavern specializing in pizza, Northwest seafood, and beer on tap. b c Fh i j CC (3.3) $ Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub – Tacoma 815 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-6963 paddycoynes.net This authentic Irish pub serves traditional dishes, like bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie. a b c g h CC (0.5) $ The Swiss Pub + Eatery 1904 S Jefferson Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-572-2821 theswisspub.com Pub featuring spirits, casual dining, and live music. a b c g h CC (0.4) $ Tides Tavern 2925 Harborview Dr

KEY a Breakfast b Lunch c Dinner d BrunchF 21+ f Reservations suggested g Kid friendly h High noise level i Waterfront dining j Takeout Open on Sunday Uses locally sourced ingredients CC Miles to Convention Center On same street as Link Light Rail $ $7–$13 $$ $14–$20 $$$ $21–$30 $$$$ $30 and more

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resources Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253-858-3982 tidestavern.com Voted the best place to dance and the best place for business lunches with the best burger, best bar food, and best casual dining. a b c Fh i CC (12.5) $ WINE TASTING 21 Cellars 2621 N 21 St Tacoma, WA 98406 253-220-7752 21cellars.com Award-winning boutique winery 21 Cellars strives to handcraft the finest limitedproduction wines. Open Saturdays or Thursday by appointment. F f CC (2.4) Palouse Winery 12431 Vashon Hwy SW Vashon, WA 98070 206-567-4994 palousewinery.com Take a brief or small aircraft ride from Tacoma to sample wines on the weekend, or schedule your own private tasting CC or event. F f (20.3) Stina’s Cellars 9316 Lakeview Ave SW, Ste B Lakewood, WA 98499 253-227-9748 stinascellars.com Award-winning boutique winery producing small lots of high-quality, affordable wines. Call for hours or an appointment. F f CC (9.0)

ATTRACTIONS ATTRACTIONS Emerald Downs Racetrack 2300 Emerald Downs Dr Auburn, WA 98001 253-288-7000 emeralddowns.com

253-964-0520 thehomecourse.com Lake Spanaway Golf Course 15602 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98444 206-254-6544 lakespanawaygc.com

The Grand Cinema 606 S Fawcett Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-593-4474 grandcinema.com

Meadow Park Golf Course 7108 Lakewood Dr W Tacoma, WA 98467 253-473-3033 metroparkstacoma.org

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad 54124 Mt. Hwy E Elbe, WA 98330 360-492-5008 mrsr.com

MUSEUMS + HISTORIC SITES Children’s Museum of Tacoma 1501 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-627-6031 playtacoma.org

Tacoma Glassblowing Studio 114 S 23rd St Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-3499 tacomaglassblowing.com

Foss Waterway Seaport 705 Dock St Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-2750 fosswaterwayseaport.org

CASINOS Emerald Queen Casino 2024 E 29th St Tacoma, WA 98404 253-594-7777 emeraldqueen.com

Harbor History Museum 4121 Harborview Dr Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253-858-6722 harborhistorymuseum.org

Muckleshoot Casino 2402 Auburn Way S Auburn, WA 98002 800-804-4944 muckleshootcasino.com

Lakewood Historical Society + History Museum 6211 Mt Tacoma Dr SW Lakewood, WA 98499 253-682 - 3480 lakewoodhistorical.org

GOLF Chambers Bay Golf Course 6320 Grandview Dr W University Place, WA 98467 253-460-4653 chambersbaygolf.com

LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2707 East D St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-779-8490 lemaymuseum.org

The Home Course 2300 Golf House Rd DuPont, WA 98327

LeMay Family Collection at Marymount 325 152nd St E

Tacoma, WA 98445 253-272-2336 lemaymarymount.org Museum of Glass 1801 Dock St Tacoma, WA 98402 253-284-4750 museumofglass.org Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-4258 tacomaartmuseum.org Washington State History Museum 1911 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-3500 washingtonhistory.org PERFORMING ARTS Broadway Center for the Performing Arts 901 Broadway, Ste 700 Tacoma, WA 98402 253-591-5890 broadwaycenter.org Tacoma Concert Band 901 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402 253-584-0616 tacomaconcertband.org Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave Tacoma, WA 98406 253-565-6867 tmp.org Tacoma Symphony Orchestra 901 Broadway, Ste 600 Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-7264 tacomasymphony.org

rECREATION Crystal Mountain Resort 33914 Crystal Mtn Blvd Enumclaw, WA 98022 360-663-2265 crystalmountainresort.com Edgeworks Climbing, Inc. 6102 N Ninth St, Ste 200 Tacoma, WA 98406 253-564-4899 edgeworksclimbing.com WILDLIFE + NATURE Lakewold Gardens 12317 Gravelly Lk Dr SW Lakewood, WA 98499 253-584-4106 lakewoldgardens.org Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 11610 Trek Dr E Eatonville, WA 98328 360-832-6117 nwtrek.org Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium 5400 N Pearl St Tacoma, WA 98407 253-591-5337 pdza.org W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 316 South G St Tacoma, WA 98405 253-591-5330 metroparkstacoma.org

SERVICES AUDIO VISUAL + TELECOMMUNICATIONS Adam’s DJ Service Tacoma, WA 98402 253-952-2156 adamsdjservice.com

KEY a Breakfast b Lunch c Dinner d BrunchF 21+ f Reservations suggested g Kid friendly h High noise level i Waterfront dining j Takeout Open on Sunday Uses locally sourced ingredients CC Miles to Convention Center On same street as Link Light Rail $ $7–$13 $$ $14–$20 $$$ $21–$30 $$$$ $30 and more

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resources Audio Visual Factory 8011 S 187th St Kent, WA 98032 206-763-7181 avfactory.com AVMS 814 Sixth Ave S Seattle, WA 98134 206-694-4444 avms.com Blue Danube Productions 151 S Lander St, Ste D Seattle, WA 98134 206-369-1071 bluedanubeproductions.com Chase Productions, LLC University Place, WA 98464 253-318-3904 CATERING Jonz Catering 1905 Bridgeport Way W, Ste 100 University Place, WA 98466 253-274-0443 jonzcatering.com Lancer Hospitality + Catering 5400 N Pearl St Tacoma, WA 98407 253-404-3823 lancercatering.com Neighborhood Bistro 714 S 27 St Tacoma, WA 98409 253-573-6646 neighborhoodbistro.org

courtesy tacoma regional convention + visitor bureau

EVENT PLANNING + RESOURCES AA Party Rentals 2523 Pacific Hwy E Fife, WA 98424 253-922-9898 aaparty.com

Proper Planning University Place, WA 98464 253-405-7910 properplanningteam.com Staff Pro 2727 E D St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-274-8321 staffpro.com Triumph Expo + Events, Inc 12614 Interurban Ave S Seattle, WA 98168 206-431-1010 triumphexpo.com MARKETING SERVICES Elliott Sales - A Division of Geiger 2502 S 12th St Tacoma, WA 98405 253-383-3883 dcolbo.geigermall.com Fresh Northwest Design 915 26th Ave NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253-857-5300 freshnwdesign.com MEETING SPACES The Attic + The Hansen Place 823 W Main St, Ste A Sumner, WA 98390 253-863-1285 attichansen.com Center at Norpoint 4818 Nassau Ave NE Tacoma, WA 98422 253-591-5504 metroparkstacoma.org Chambers Creek Properties 9850 64th St W University Place, WA 98467 253-798-4050 piercecountywa.org/ccp

Clowns Unlimited 22018 72nd Ave S Kent, WA 98032 206-571-6076 clownsunlimited.com

Cheney Stadium 2502 S Tyler St Tacoma, WA 98405 253-752-7707 tacomarainiers.com

Global Experience Specialists 4060 Lind Ave SW Renton, WA 98057 425-251-6565 ges.com

Dumas Bay Centre 3200 SW Dash Pt Rd Federal Way, WA 98023 253-835-2000 dumasbaycentre.com

Ideas NW Innovative, Dedicated Events + Services Puyallup, WA 98371 206-293-5524 ideasnw.com KF Events, LLC 22225 100th Ave W Edmonds, WA 98020 206-227-0749 kfevents.com PJ Hummel + Company, Inc 1002 E F St, Ste C Tacoma, WA 98421 253-272-6605 pjhummel.com

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center 1500 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402 253-830-6601 gtctc.org Lake Wilderness Lodge 22500 SE 248th St Maple Valley, WA 98038 425-432-9953 ci.maple-valley.wa.us McGavick Student Center Conference Facility 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Bldg 23 Lakewood, WA 98499 253-582-9400 cloverparkeventcenter.com

Pacific Lutheran University 12180 Park Ave S Tacoma, WA 98447 253-535-7670 plu.edu/conferences Pioneer Park Pavilion 330 S Meridian Puyallup, WA 98371 253-841-5518 cityofpuyallup.org STAR Center 66th + Adams Tacoma, WA 98409 253-305-1000 starcentertacoma.com Tacoma Dome 2727 E D St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-272-3663 tacomadome.org Tacoma Landmark Catering + Convention Center 47 Saint Helens Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-2042 tacomaslandmark.com Titlow Lodge 8425 Sixth Ave Tacoma, WA 98465 253-591-5297 metroparkstacoma.org University of Washington, Tacoma 1900 Commerce St Tacoma, WA 98402 253-692-4000 tacoma.washington.edu/ conference University of Puget Sound 1500 N Warner St, CMB 1093 Tacoma, WA 98416 253-879-3483 ups.edu/dcs Washington State Fair Events Center 110 9th Ave SW Puyallup, WA 98371 253-845-1771 thefair.com PRINTERS Minuteman Press Downtown Tacoma 1111 A St Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-4377 mmptacoma.com Print NW 9914 32nd Ave S Tacoma, WA 98499 253-284-2300 printnw.net SALON + DAY SPA Balance Massage + Body Treatments 26461 104 Ave SE Kent, WA 98030 425-503-4293 balancemassageandbody treatments.com

TOURS + TRANSPORTATION A American Limo 14602 118 Ave Ct E Puyallup, WA 98374 253-298-7224 aamericanlimo.com Ace Taxi 1128 72 St E Tacoma, WA 98404 253-589-1000 acetaxinw.com Amtrak 1001 Puyallup Ave Tacoma, WA 98421 800-872-7245 amtrakcascades.com Argosy Cruises 1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Ste 201 Seattle, WA 98101 206-623-1445 argosycruises.com Beeline Tours LTD 12721 Renton Ave S Seattle, WA 98178 206-632-5162 beelinetours.com Capital Aeroporter / Airport Shuttle PO Box 2163 Olympia, WA 98507 253-927-6179 capair.com Destiny Harbor Tours 8829 N Harborview Gig Harbor, WA 98332 253-225-6306 destinymarine.com Discover Nature Tacoma, WA 98388 253-777-8226 tourmtrainier.com EverGreen Escapes International 801 S Fidalgo St, Ste 100 Seattle, WA 98108 206-650-5795 evergreenescapes.com I Heart Tacoma Tours 409 Puyallup Ave, Ste 11 Tacoma, WA 98421 253-468-2334 ihearttacoma.wordpress.com Karen Haas: Your Step On Guide Tacoma, WA 98418 253-830-4357 karenstoryteller.com MTR Western 16 W Harrison, Fl One Seattle, WA 98119 206-838-7125 mtrwestern.com

Starline Luxury Coaches 9801 Martin Luther King Jr Way S Seattle, WA 98118 206-763-5817 discoverstarline.com

SHOPPING gIFTS, Souvenirs + Specialty Blitz + Company Florist 909 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-572-2327 blitzflorist.com Charlene’s Baskets Federal Way, WA 98023 253-381-3502 charlenesbaskets.com Creative Forces Gifts + Sundries 1320 Broadway Plaza Tacoma, WA 98402 253-227-8871 creativeforcesgallery.com Freighthouse Square 2501 E D St Tacoma, WA 98421 253-305-0678 freighthousesquare.com Great Northwest Popcorn 1948 A Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 253-779-5676 greatnorthwestpopcorn.com LeRoy Jewelers + The Art Stop 940 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-3377 artstoptacoma.com The Outlet Collection | Seattle 1101 SuperMall Way, Ste 1268 Auburn, WA 98001 253-833-9500 supermall.com The Pacific Northwest Shop 2702 N Proctor St Tacoma, WA 98407 253-752-2242 pacificnorthwestshop.com Pip + Lola’s Everything Homemade 430 E 25 St, Ste 40 Tacoma, WA 98421 253-256-5660 pipandlola.com South Hill Mall 3500 S Meridian, Unit 494 Puyallup, WA 98373 253-840-2828 southhillmall.com

Shuttle Express/Limos by Shuttle Express 800 SW 16th St Renton, WA 98057 425-981-7000 shuttleexpress.com

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transportation Link Light Rail

light speed

Getting around downtown Tacoma is free and easy with the Tacoma Link Light Rail. The Link Light Rail provides complimentary service from one end of downtown to the other. Hop on to ride between the six stops: the Tacoma Dome, South 25th Street, Union Station, the Convention Center, South 11th Street, and the Theater District.  The Link Light Rail operates 365 days a year. Parking is free in the six-story Link garage located next to the Tacoma Dome Station. The Link travels from one end to the other approximately every 12–24 minutes. Check soundtransit.org/schedules/ tacoma-light-link-rail for train frequency.

Hours of Operation Monday through Friday: 5am–10pm Saturday: 7:48am–10pm Sunday + Holidays: 9:48am–5:48pm

Sea-Tac International Airport

FLIGHT PLANS Tacoma is only 20 miles away from SeaTac International Airport, the major airport in the state. With around 800 flights arriving daily, Sea-Tac served more than 33 million passengers in 2012. Twenty-three different airlines provide nonstop flights to 75 domestic and 20 international destinations. Getting to and from the airport is easy with shuttles, limos, taxis, motor coaches, and public transportation.

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Sea-Tac Travel Options

Ace Taxi / 253-589-1000 Capital Aeroporter Airport Shuttle / 253-927-5179 Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter / 360-876-1737 Shuttle Express / 425-981-7000 Starline Luxury Coaches / 206-763-5817 Sound Transit / Route 574; soundtransit.org

Along with Link Light Rail, Sound Transit and Pierce Transit buses offer transportation routes throughout the county. Go to soundtransit.org or piercetransit. org to find routes and timetables, or download the OneBusAway app to check schedules on the run. Pierce Transit

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