By Jennifer N. Dienst, Contributing Editor
Close to everything. Far from ordinary.
Snohomish County, Wash. — situated between the sparkling waters of the Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains — offers all of the sights and attractions of nearby Seattle but in a charming yet affordable setting. Just 12 miles north of downtown Seattle and 100 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., Snohomish County puts meetings at the center of Washington's aerospace, high-tech, and bio-med corridors. When compared with Seattle, hotel rates in Snohomish County are on average 40 percent lower and hotel taxes are 5 percent less. Couple that with ample free parking in the area, and Snohomish County offers a uniquely affordable alternative for meeting planners who are considering the region.
Snohomish County offers two first-class convention centers as well as numerous conference hotels with up to 52,000 square feet of meeting space. Victorian manors, yacht clubs, historic buildings, quaint waterfront inns, secluded bed-and-breakfasts, and rustic retreats also provide offbeat options for lodging and special events. From the panoramic views of the intimate Strato Deck at the Future of Flight Aviation Center to the flexibility of the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center's 10,000-seat arena and the AAA Four-Diamond luxury of Tulalip Resort Casino, Snohomish County offers some of the most unique event facilities in Washington state.
When it's time to play, groups will find an array of attractions in Snohomish County. Popular options include the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, Flying Heritage Collection, Seattle Premium Outlets, antiquing, whale watching, hiking, golfing, and more. The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau also offers assistance with almost every stage of an event, from housing to convention site tours, publicity, and orientation services.
For more information: Snohomish County Tourism Bureau — Anne Clarke, Group Sales Manager; email@example.com; 425.348.5802, ext. 16; snohomish.org