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NOV 2017

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t www.sportseventsmagazine.com November 2017 53 Bellingham Bellingham is a coastal destination nestled between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, in the northwest corner of the state. The area is a great destina- tion for outdoor recreation enthusiasts looking to ski and snowboard or play other sports such as soccer, rugby and hockey. Fun fact: Bellingham and Whatcom County have more than 100 miles of shoreline. Hotel rooms: 3,000 Hotel tax rate: 8.7 percent Major facilities: Western Washing- ton University includes facilities to host basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and tennis. Civic Athletic Complex offers an aquatic center, sportsplex with hockey rink and two indoor turf soccer fields, a football/soccer field, a 400-me- ter track, six softball fields, a 1,600-seat baseball par and a skate park. Bender Fields features 12 baseball/softball fields and eight soccer fields. Phillips 66 Sports Complex houses four regulation softball fields, two additional softball fields and two soccer fields. Phillips 66 Soccer Park has nine full-size grass soccer fields and two lighted turf fields. Squalicum Creek Park has two lighted baseball/softball fields. Bellingham Rugby and Polo Fields offers four to five fields. Contact: Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, www.bellingham.org Bremerton Bremerton lies east of the Olympic Moun- tains across Puget Sound from Seattle. The charming waterfront town offers a wide range of lodging options. Hotels: Approximately 26 properties Major facilities: Strawberry Hill Park covers 18 acres and includes softball fields, multipurpose ball fields and tennis courts. Kiwanis Park has a youth softball field, soccer field and two tennis courts. Contact: Visit Kitsap Peninsula, www.visitkitsap.com ► From Seattle to Spokane, Vancouver to Kennewick, Washington is a state as unique as its terrain. The Evergreen State offers snow-capped mountains and forested islands, along with charming towns and thriving metropolises. "Washington is a great fit for hosting sports events because of the diverse offerings that can only be found here," said Jerri Barkley of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. "The mountainous terrain lends itself to well-earned panoramic views and world-record snowfall. Abundant water resources—both river and ocean—provide crewing, yachtsmanship, fishing, kayaking and kiteboarding venues. But life here is about balance, thus Washington also offers the things you would expect to find such as bowling, football, soccer, baseball, golf, cross country, boxing, tennis, ice skating and basketball—just in a very different scene." n ◄ The Tri-Monroe Junior & Youth Triathlon in Snohomish County SITE SELECTION GUIDE: WASHINGTON Tammy Dunn, Snohomish County Sports Commission MUST SEE: Museum of Glass Tacoma's Museum of Glass is dedicated to exhibitions that feature 20 th and 21 st Cen- tury glass, and it's the only glass museum west of the Mississippi devoted expressly to that medium. Visitors can explore at their own pace or can join a tour for an interactive and unique adventure into the world of glass. Visitors can also watch artists create masterpieces from molten glass in the Hot Shop, which is housed inside the iconic 90-foot stainless-steel cone. n Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass

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