Make business travel exciting through art, food and golf
–The fast-growing Eastside of Portland has its first upscale boutique property, Hotel Eastlund, which opened in June. Inspired by midcentury decor and architecture, the hotel’s lobby, communal areas and guest rooms feature commissioned artwork by Loui Jover, Badri Valian and Terry O’Neill.
–There are 168 guest rooms and suites with wall-to-wall windows that offer panoramic views of the city, and 5,300 sq. ft. of meeting space. Dining options include Altabira City Tavern, a rooftop restaurant and bar by celebrated chef David Machado, and Citizen Baker, a casual cafe by day and wine bar at night.
–Hotel Eastlund is adjacent to Oregon Convention Center, Moda Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Eastside’s culinary hub, which features artisan distilleries, restaurants and breweries.
–Blessed with sweeping views of Vanderbilt Bay, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort completed a $1 million renovation in the spring. There are 189 guest rooms and suites, and more than 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
–The property has amenities well suited for business travelers, including exotic SpaTerre, a Bob Cupp-designed 18-hole championship golf course, four cascading rock-waterfall pools and fine dining at Baleen.
La Cantera Hill Country Resort – San Antonio, Texas
–Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, the 550-acre resort reopened in April. It had been closed to overnight guests since November. The luxury meeting hotel is located on one of the highest points in the city and now features a courtyard with lush terraces amid inspiring natural settings.
–The resort expanded its meeting space, which now measures 115,000 sq. ft. New La Cantera Ballroom offers 10,000 sq. ft. and the new Esparza lawn creates a picturesque backdrop for events. There are 498 guest rooms and suites. The Resort Course at La Cantera served as a PGA Tour stop for 15 years.