Situated on the Puget Sound's scenic Commencement Bay, the port city of Tacoma, Wash., is flanked by generous views of wonders both natural and manmade. Chief in mind are the practically panoramic views of Mount Rainierand the 500-foot-long Bridge of Glass, a pedestrian walkway which connects the citys Museum of Glass to downtown. And since Tacoma sits smack dab between Seattle and Washingtons state capital, Olympia, you can consider this gem the perfect destination for your next meeting or gathering.
You'll pick up quickly on the prevalence of blown-glass art in Tacoma. After all, it is the hometown of famed glass guru Dale Chihuly. In fact, you could create an entirely glass-centric getaway for your guests, starting with a gathering at the Museum of Glass, where you can host a seated soiree for 300 in the museums grand hall or a meeting for 20 seated in the boardroom. The museum offers a few other event spaces as well, including the Hot Shop Amphitheater, where up to 208 seated and 70 standing can watch glass artists in action. For something truly unique, treat a few special someones to a hands-on experience on the hot shop floor, where they join the pros in creating one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Up to 30 folks can participate, and many reserve this special experience for a select group of VIPs or a raffle prize for a few lucky guests. Whichever space you choose, all include private access to the museums galleries.