by Sarah F.J. Braley | February 14, 2020

The northwest of the U.S. has a reputation for a love of the outdoors, a love of sustainability and a love of good food. Following are some of the top hospitality news items from the region.

Washington State

The Evergreen State's largest city was honored with several accolades in 2019. MindBody, a provider of tech services to the wellness industry, named Seattle no. 5 on its Top 10 Healthiest Cities in America list, and in a ranking of U.S. cities on their sustainability progress, Seattle came in seventh for its increases in walking and biking commuters, and forward-thinking city policies.

Construction continues apace on the expansion to the city's Washington State Convention Center, which is adding a brand-new building called the Summit, referencing the area's geography and the building's dramatic staircase. The existing facility is now known as the Arch, referring to the sky bridge and canopy arch on Pike Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. When the $1.7 billion Summit opens in 2022, it will add 570,290 square feet of event space.

Renovations have been completed at the 462-room Seattle Airport Marriott within view of Mt. Rainier. All guest rooms were redone and the public spaces refreshed. The redesigned atrium and expanded patio bar feature more than 8,000 square feet of event space, bringing the total meeting space to more than 24,000 square feet. Five new hospitality suites also have been added.

Just north of Portland, Ore., is Washington's hidden gambling gem, the Ilani Resort in Ridgefield, with a 100,000-square-foot casino. The 22,400-square-foot Cowlitz Ballroom is available for events and also showcases such national acts as Tiffany Haddish. Live music also is featured at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, and the Line & Lure Seafood Kitchen & Tap.

The 258-room Skamania Lodge in Stevenson is now part of the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio. Set on 175 forested acres overlooking the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the property features Cascadian-style architecture and a 22,000-square-foot conference center built to IACC standards. Outdoor offerings include the Canopy Zip Line Tour, as well as axe-throwing and four miles of hiking trails.

Read all the latest updates throughout the Pacific Northwest at NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com.