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2016

Hotels

The Four Points by Sheraton, a four-star, eight-story, 225-room luxury hotel at 22406 Pacific Highway S. in Des Moines, will have its grand opening on Saturday, February 6, 2016. This hotel will have five meeting spaces, with a combined total of 10,000 square feet of configurable indoor and outdoor meeting space. The largest of which is the indoor, Olympic Ballroom, with a capacity to hold 360 people, plus a pre-function space.

Hyatt Place coming to SeaTac: Scheduled to open in 2016, the hotel will feature 150 rooms, adjacent to nearby Angle Lake Park. Amenities will include a pool, fitness room and 2,500 to 3,500 square feet of meeting space.

Home2 Suites by Hilton is now to open in Tukwila. This award-winning mid-tiered Hilton extended stay property has 139 rooms, an indoor heated saline pool, and a meeting room with a 55-person capacity. 

A 140-room Residence Inn by Marriott is being developed on Angle Lake.

Washington Place, a 19-story hotel/housing complex coming to Tukwila in Spring, 2017: The building will be the highest in the city at about 180 feet tall and comprise approximately 189 hotel rooms and 280 residential units. The 189-room hotel will include 6,000 square feet of meeting space and a 90-seat restaurant. When completed, Washington Place will be the tallest building south of Interstate 90 and north of Tacoma.

Embassy Suites at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has embarked on a multimillion dollar, public space renovation to include the Atrium, Main Lobby, Meeting Space, Pool, and Guest Room Corridors.  Their beloved Complimentary Services will offer a Brand New Experience for guests.  This is phase one of a three-year plan to fully renovate the asset.  Phase One will be completed late in the first quarter.  The parking lot and other exterior items will be addressed in Spring.  No renovations will take place over peak season. The renovations occur during regular business hours so that guests will not be disrupted before breakfast and can still enjoy the complimentary bar reception.

Development

Construction of a $30 million, 1,050-stall parking garage has begun, and is slated to open in the Fall of 2016, along with the Angle Lake light rail station. The City of SeaTac's plan for the Angle Lake area is a 10- to 12-story residential, retail and office project that could also have a hotel. The extension of the light rail will link Angle Lake light rail station to the Sea-Tac International Airport station and is expected to be completed by Fall, 2016. When service to Angle Lake begins in the Fall, trains will operate every six minutes during peak periods. The ride from Angle Lake to downtown Seattle will take approximately 37 minutes, and an additional 6 minutes to Husky Stadium. 

Din Tai Fung, famous for dumplings, will replace Rainforest Cafe at Westfield Southcenter. The fourth Din Tai Fung restaurant for franchise owner David Wasielewski is slated to open January 2017 and will be the largest of the four at 9,400 square feet.

Facilities

The dining hall at Des Moines Beach Park– a popular attraction – was recently upgraded with an $850 million grant from the Washington State Historical Society. This newly renovated facility features 5,700 square feet of space including a stage and kitchen and accommodates up to 500 people.

Attractions

Round 1 Entertainment now open at Westfield Southcenter. It features bowling, private karaoke rooms, billiards and an arcade.

Virtual Sports is the next level of laser tag. Now open in Tukwila.

Odin Brewing Tap Room is now open in Tukwila.

Olympic Outdoor center now offers kayak rentals and paddle board rentals at the Redondo Beach location. At the Des Moines Marina location, there is even more to offer, including: 

• Kayak and paddleboard rental
• Kayak and paddleboard tours
        o Wildlife tour
        o Sunset tour
• Kayak and paddleboard classes
        o Paddleboard Yoga
        o Beginner kayak and
paddleboard
        o Youth Classes

Seattle Southside Visitor Centers now sell tickets to The Museum of Flight, iFly, S2 matches as well as several tours.

Events

Des Moines Farmers Market now runs a Wednesday market. These Sunset Markets happen every Wednesday from 3-7pm in July and August. There are over 30 vendors and plenty of Food Trucks. After shopping and eating visitors can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7pm.

Heirloom Tomato Festival in September at Cedarbrook Lodge. Held - as tradition and weather allowing - on Cedarbrook's Evergreen Lawn will be the Fifth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival. Participating will be chef/restaurant partners preparing tasty tomato treats at their outdoor booths. Products and representatives from other popular vendors and distributors will also be available. Plus live entertainment!

Seattle Sounders FC's second team S2 plays regular season USL games at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Game tickets are available at Seattle Southside Visitor Centers.

The Poverty Bay Wine Festival returns to where it all began at the Des Moines Beach Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6. Sample wines from over twenty of Washington State's finest wineries. It will be a lively atmosphere with entertainers and strolling musicians, but this year's event will be all about the wine, with a wine tasting competition, a wine toss and a more relaxed atmosphere for meeting and learning from some of the best winemakers around.

Unique Ideas

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Copperleaf Restaurant's farm-to-table menus, located on 18 acres of wetlands at the Cedarbrook Lodge

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden's unique history of a garden salvaged from an airport expansion.

 

Upcoming Events

Lunar New Year Community Celebration Feb 06, 2016. Welcome the Year of the Monkey with great celebrations!
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