There’s nothing quite like hosting an event in the Northwest. We’re lucky to live in a region with so much natural beauty—it makes outdoor events a natural. Being in the event business, we’ve been priviledged to work with fantastic venues: places that are not only beautiful, but also wonderfully run. Here are some of our favorites.
The Red Barn Farm, Redmond, Washington
At once it is rustic and magnificent: a working farm that transforms itself into one of the region’s best event venues.
Founded in 1907 as the Cooper Dairy Farm (by Gary Cooper’s uncle, no less), it was a working dairy until the 1960s, when they changed to raising beef cattle.
Today the farm side of things is restoring a 100-year-old apple orchard, as well as working toward organic certification raising seasonal produce and chickens. A longer term project to add honey to the mix has begun with 5 hives.
The completely restored 91-year-old barn is a King County Historic Landmark.
Mt. Hood Organic Farms, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Another of our favorite farm venues is a bit further south, at the base of Oregon’s famed Mount Hood. Also a working farm, Mt. Hood Organic Farms has roots going back to 1904, but the present owners started the transition to organic in 1981, receiving the area’s first full certification in 1989.
Now the farm proudly produces 87 varieties of apples, pears, and quince. Recently they have teamed with a cidermaker to expand their offerings into hard cider.
The farm has a ‘preferred’ event team including Cultivate Catering with Ginger Power and day-of-event management by Cassandra Cass Coordinating.
LEARN MORE: Mt. Hood Organic Farms
Vista Hills Vineyard, Dayton, Oregon
Starting with 20 acres in 1995, Vista Hills now has 42 acres of vineyards and great reputation for its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris estate wines.
The vineyard has more than 10 years experience hosting events.
LEARN MORE: Vista Hills Vineyard
Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Purchased by the Bloedels in 1951, the reserve was the couple’s private home for thirty years. Later the Bloedel’s established a non-profit foundation and gave the 150 acre property to the community.
It opened in 1988 as a public garden and nature preserve.
Today the reserve hosts a wide variety of community and private events, as well as a creative residency program for artists. More than 30 artists from a variety of disciplines have taken advantage of the unique opportunity.
Wrapping It Up
We’ve worked with dozens of event venues across the Northwest. And we’re always happy to make a recommendation or discuss your event. When you’re ready to plan your next event, give us a call! We’ll take care of the restroom end of things.