We are just weeks away from our annual fundraising gala and we can’t wait to see you and share more about our incredible mission. While you’re in town, we hope you take some time to enjoy everything Tacoma has to offer.
Where to stay
The obvious choice is Hotel Murano. As our event venue, this hotel is not only convenient, but also incredibly beautiful. The hotel features glass art on every floor, as well as a restaurant and spa. Guests of our event will also enjoy a discounted rate. To book online visit Murano.com, select your dates, then “book now.” You will then click “corporate/promo code” and enter the code: CTREVT. If you run into any trouble, you are always welcome to call the front desk at 253.238.8000.
Other quintessential Tacoma hotels include the Silver Could Inn, located along Ruston Way, and the Courtyard by Marriott, Tacoma.
What to do
Our fair city offers guest of the gala plenty of opportunities to make a full weekend of the event. Whether you consider yourself artsy, a foodie, or outdoorsy, there’s plenty to do!
For the Art Enthusiast
Tacoma is known for our commitment to the arts, and Tacoma’s downtown includes several art and history museums – as a bonus, these are all within walking distance or a short light rail ride from the Hotel Murano.
Tacoma Art Museum: With over 5,000 works of art, including glass art by Dale Chihuly and other Northwest artists, a walk through TAM is simply a delight.
Museum of Glass: With live glassblowing demonstrations and incredible exhibitions, the Museum of Glass is a great place to spend an afternoon.
Washington State History Museum: Washington has an incredible past, and the history museum offers exhibits on Washington’s history-makers, everyday residents, as well as exhibits that feature our influential native population.
For the Foodie
Tacoma’s restaurant scene is made up of local favorites that offer even the most sophisticated foodie an incredible experience. It’s nearly impossible to mention all the eateries that should be included, so we focused on those located in or near Tacoma’s downtown.
Wooden City: If this is your fist trip to Wooden City, Sue Kid with the Tacoma News Tribune recommends a burger, and we agree! But if burgers aren’t your thing, the menu also features breakfasts classics, delicious salads, sandwiches and incredible wood-fired pizzas.
En Rama: Located in Court House Square, En Rama offers plenty of spirits and delicious food. The fresh pasta and desserts are our favorites!
Pacific Grill: The award-winning Pacific Grill is an incredible experience. The building itself is urban and sophisticated, and they offer a menu to match.
Bonus Breakfast Recommendation: Montamara. Located in Old Town Tacoma, Montamara is focused on simple, rustic food that is made from scratch – and it shows. The food is simply incredible.
If You’re Outdoorsy
Tacoma offers many opportunities to experience breathtaking views of our beloved Commencement Bay and Puget Sound. We recommend:
Point Defiance Park: This 760-acre park features the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Five-Mile Drive, the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, and Owen Beach – you could truly spend all day here, and it would be well-worth it.
Chambers Creek Regional Park: This 930-acre park includes a paved walking trail with some of the best views of Puget Sound. Bonus – you can have brunch or lunch at the Golf Course’s restaurant, the Chambers Bay Grill.
Ruston Way: This two-mile paved stretch of Ruston Way connects downtown Tacoma with Point Defiance Park, and the views of Commencement Bay are some of the best.
There’s a reason why we love Tacoma – this city has MUCH to offer, and we can’t wait to hear about your experience here!