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Many Olympia visitors make a point to visit Tumwater Falls.
By Doug Walker, courtesy Olympia Lacey Tumwater VCB
and the Evergreen Lavender Farm. For a taste of local wildlife, the nearby Nisqually National
Wildlife Refuge features a 700-foot boardwalk where visitors can spot bald eagles and herons,
among 200 other species of birds.
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nestled between Blue Mountain and South Mountain, Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley provides
a lovely fall setting for meetings, with museums, wine tours and historic bridges.
The Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center offers a full view of the valley, along
with ski slopes, hotel rooms, on-site restaurants and a heated pool. The resort includes four
elegant meeting sites: two ballrooms, a lodge and a fireside suite that accommodate 30 to 300
guests. To complement the rustic landscape, planners can take advantage of the Glasbern Inn,
a picturesque bed-and-breakfast with capacity for 150 guests; the Sands Bethlehem casino and
hotel serves larger groups with a 14,000-square-foot event center.
For an afternoon excursion, groups can cruise down the 50-mile-long Lehigh Valley Bridge
Tour, which takes travelers back in time as they cross through historic bridges and pristine
"On the drive, you pass through seven bridges that are still covered in the area," said Kaitie
Burger, social media and communications manager at Discover Lehigh Valley. "It's a great way
to unwind after a meeting."
The C.F. Martin Guitar Factory provides an ideal after-hours venue where meeting attendees
can see the craftsmanship of Martin Guitars firsthand as they tour the factory floor and the
Martin Guitar Museum.
Housed in a renovated barn, Eight Oaks Craft Distillers is one of Lehigh Valley's most distinct
craft distilleries. A farm-to-bottle craft distiller, the company grows its own grains and pro-
duces artisan rum, vodka, gin and applejack. Private tours are available.
Groups can also follow the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail to nine family-owned wineries in the
region that often debut new lines in the fall.