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With Christmas almost 3 months away, there’s no better way to jump start your holiday shopping than visiting the Tacoma Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival.  

Bringing over 40,000 visitors each year, the Holiday Food & Gift Festival at the Tacoma Dome is one of the largest holiday shows in the west.  In its 31st season, the event will be packed with over 600 displays and vendor booths of arts and crafts, unique gifts, gourmet foods and stunning seasonal decorations.  There will also be tasty cooking demonstrations by local chefs sharing their special holiday recipes and techniques, artisans in action in the “Artist’s Village” and an array of lively holiday entertainment.  There will even be a chance to take a photo with Santa too!   

 

To kick off the 5 day festival, talented country singer/songwriter, Jackson Michelson will take the stage on October 16th from noon until 2pm. Then on Saturday, October 17th, the Total Experience Gospel Choir will get you moving from 12 until 2pm.  This is a performance you won’t want to miss!  Other live family entertainment includes performances by the Eatonville Dance Center, Dance Theatre Northwest, the Youth Choices of Northwest Associated Arts, Gypsy! and more.  

Find something for everyone on your list. The festival runs from Wednesday October 16th until Sunday October 20th, with the doors opening at 11 am sharp.  Grab an entry discount $1 off coupon at the door or purchase your tickets online through Ticketmaster.  Admission is $13.50 or free for kids 12 years old and under. Get your hand stamped at the door and you can return every day for free. 

If you’re seeking accommodations for the Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival, look no further than the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel and Conference Center.  We are located only 20 minutes away from all the action and offer free parking and a complimentary hot breakfast to start your morning right.  Book your room today!  

The much anticipated Washington State Fair opens next week, promising to be bigger and better than ever. And while we are all familiar with the staple attractions of the fair, like the rides, rodeo and concerts, there are a number of fascinating events and attractions that many guests simply overlook. Here’s a preview of some of the fair’s hidden gems:
 
This vibrant celebration of Latin culture features all manner of live entertainment including colourful dancers, mariachis and singing groups. Prepare to taste some deliciously authentic food, browse the unique products of artisan vendors and participate in fun activities for all ages.
 
Lantern making has been an essential part of Chinese culture for centuries. And while it’s always been a beautiful art form, with the addition of 21st-century technology, it’s a dazzling visual spectacle. This spellbinding exhibit is easily one of the fair’s most impressive attractions.
 
For obvious reasons, you shouldn’t get too attached to these cute little roly-polies. Nonetheless, you can’t help but say “awe” when you see the collection of adorable piglets of the Piglet Palace exhibit.
 
We’re all aware of the Pacific Northwest’s spectacular natural beauty, but how much do we really know about our local eco systems? At the Northwest Outdoors exhibit, you can take a fascinating journey through the inner workings of our natural environment. Learn about conservation and ecology while participating in fun activities like archery and snowshoeing.
 
If you’re seeking Washington State Fair accommodations, you can’t do much better than the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, located less than 2 miles from the fairgrounds. We offer free parking and a by-donation Kiwanis Club Shuttle that will take you right to the fairgrounds from our hotel. Book your room today.
 In her 23 years on the planet, Taylor Swift has accomplished more that any entertainer could dream of in a lifetime: international superstardom, a sizeable stack of platinum records, and a catalog of original material that ranks with the most prolific songwriters of her generation. It’s a career measurable only in millions: 26 million records sold, 75 million digital downloads and more than $200 million grossed over 3 world tours.
 
Her latest album Red not surprisingly broke multiple sales records and launched a string of hit singles. And while it’s easy to get your hands on a copy of Red, seeing Swift in concert on the Red Tour presents more of a challenge. Every North American date on the tour sold out months in advance, including the upcoming show at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, August 31.
 
If you’re one of the lucky few to have a secured a ticket to see Taylor Swift in Tacoma (only in this context can we characterize 20,000 seats as “a few”), chances are that this night represents a very special occasion for you—after all, it’s quite possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In this spirit, we invite Taylor Swift fans to make the most of their evening with a luxurious stay at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel.
 
Our hotel is located 10 miles—a 20-minute drive—from the Tacoma Dome in Puyallup, Washington and our combination of amenities and value can’t be beat. Our spacious king suite is the perfect setting for pre-show powwow with your pals before you head down to our Fireside Bar & Bistro for a gourmet meal. After the show you can look forward to resting easy in a comfy bed and in the morning you can enjoy a deluxe complimentary breakfast.
 
To book your Taylor Swift concert accommodations quickly and easily, use our convenient online booking engine, visible at the top right of this page. And don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.  
 
P.S. A couple of weeks after the Taylor Swift concert, on Friday, September 13, another young country superstar, Carrie Underwood, will perform at the Washington State Fair just a few minutes from our hotel!
 If the approaching September has you lamenting that summer is nearly over, never fear.  While many prepare for their inevitable return to school and work in the fall, we here in Washington try to make summer last a little longer.  For 17 days, starting on September 6th, the state of Washington plays host to the event many have spent the summer waiting for: The Washington State Fair.
 
The largest attraction held annually in the state, the Washington State Fair continuously ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the world.  There’s so much activity jam-packed into the Fair, you’ll find that 17 days doesn’t seem like enough!
 
Events begin bright and early at 8am sharp on September 6th in the City of Puyallup’s Pioneer Park Pavilion with the Puyallup Rodeo Breakfast.  Piping hot pancakes right off the griddle will be served up with scrambled eggs, sausage and thirst quenching beverages.  At 10, the Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive makes its way through downtown Puyallup.  This non-motorized parade features equestrian drill teams, military marching backs, cowboys on horseback and fantastic musical entertainment.
 
 
On top of its fantastic carnival rides, beautiful art and craft exhibits and wild western rodeo shows, what fair would be complete without a sensational concert series?  The 2013 Washington State fair is no exception!  This year the musical lineups feature such great talent as classic rockers Cheap Trick, country stars Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town and pop sensation CeeLo Green.  No matter your musical taste, there’s a show guaranteed to keep you dancing till the stars come out.
 
Think you’ve got your own set of pipes worth showing off?  Then don’t miss the Catch a Rising Star Talent Competition.  Partnered with Positive Programs, a non-profit organization that provides unique and innovated concerts, school assemblies and after school programs, the Washington State Fair is giving you an opportunity to enter for a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes.  Participants range from 5 years of age well in to adulthood.  So whether you’re a dancer, singer, or musical spoon player, make sure you register your spot today for your chance to shine!
 
After you’ve had your fill of caramel corn and lassoing cowboy antics, unwind with a refreshing drink at our Fireside Bar & Bistro, just steps from your room at the Best Western Premier Plaza and Conference Center.  Our casual, yet refined atmosphere offers the best Happy Hour in the city for you to sip and indulge after a long day.
 
Over her three-decade career as a stand-up comedienne, Paula Poundstone has amassed enough awards and accolades to secure her place as one of the all-time greats in the business. But her path to the top has been anything but conventional. From her inauspicious beginnings as a high-school dropout squeezing in stand-up sets between the oddest of odd jobs to her meteoric rise to Emmy award winning fame, she has never been one to bow to trends or temper her eccentricities.
 
Perhaps this is why, when it comes to veteran stand-up acts, Poundstone possesses something that many other aging joke-slingers don’t: the ability to stay fresh in her stand-up routine without relying on a formula. 
 
Part of the continually compelling quality of Poundstone’s routines could be chalked up to the hectic lifestyle and eclectic experiences from which she draws her material. Living as a single mom with 3 kids, 13 cats, an ever-demanding schedule and a list of quirks a mile long is a recipe for comedy gold. But, more than the material, it’s the emphasis that Poundstone puts on improvisation and audience interaction that makes her shows such a novel experience.
 
“No two shows I do are the same,” she says, likening the experience of her performance to attending a cocktail party. Some commentators offer a more flattering analogy, characterizing Poundstone’s exchanges with the audience as improvisation of the highest artistic order, like a jazz musician following the groove into unpredictable expressive territory.
 
 
These days, apart from embarking on a cross-country tour that will bring her to Tacoma’s Pantages Theatre on July 12th, the 53-year-old Poundstone is busy writing a second book and serving as a regular panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz show, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” (not to mention maintaining and active and hilarious Twitter account). Her latest stand-up album “I Heart Jokes” has garnered near unanimous acclaim, although it’s a meager substitute for being there to witness her act live in person.
 
Considering this fact, any comedy buff who finds themselves in the Puyallup, Tacoma or Seattle area on July 12th would be remiss if they didn’t grab a ticket to Paula Poundstone’s performance. Afterwards, you can round out your evening with a relaxing stay in one of the luxurious rooms at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza. We’re just 20 minutes from the Pantages Theatre and our reasonable rates mean that you won’t have to feel guilty for spending that extra dough on seats close to the stage! 
 
It’s time to lace up your shoes and start walking Washington—the 74th Annual Meeker Days Festival is only a few days away.  This year, the largest street festival in Pierce County has added a whole new event to its calendar of summer community celebration, the 5K Fun Run and Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes Event.   The 5K Fun Run and Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes Event is the latest addition to the many fun and eagerly anticipated activities happening during the weekend-long festival. 
 
Hosted by the City of Puyallup, the Meeker Days Festival is a beloved community affair and an annual event that celebrates the County’s history through fun and educational events while also fostering a sense of civic involvement through citizen and business partnership and participation.
 
 
This weekend’s festival offers family-friendly fun activities, events and even live music from two former contestants on NBC’s “The Voice”: soulful Beverly McClellan from Season 1 and, alterative pop singer Amanda Brown from Season 3.  The festival boasts a total of four entertainment stages, a Classic car show, two food courts full of your favorite fairground delights, and of course, a Beer Garden to relax and sip the perfect summer brew.  
 
With the inclusion of the 5K Fun Run and Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes Event, this year’s festival sets a more socially conscious tone than previous years have seen.  The fundraiser is part of an international movement to raise awareness about domestic violence both globally and locally. All proceeds from the walk and run will go to benefit the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County and Good Samaritan Behavioral Health.  Participants in the event all don high heels and literally walk a mile in women’s shoes to show solidarity and march against domestic violence.  The Walk-A-Mile Event takes place on June 22nd at 10 am, with the associated 5K Fun Run starting at 9 am.  Registration is still open for those who wish to participate, and donations can be accepted online.
 
 
Located only five minutes away from the heart of downtown Puyallup, our convenient location makes it easy to get to all the action at the Meeker Days Festival.  Be sure to book your stay with us today
May
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posted by: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel on: May 23, 2013 9:38:10 PM
Summer is almost here! If you’re looking for an exciting new hobby that combines the great outdoors, exploration and technology, you will love geocaching.  Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt using GPS technology to seek treasures or “caches” hidden all over the world. A geocache can be hidden in containers of all shapes and sizes with clues listed on the Internet, mobile apps or a portable GSP device.  Fun for all ages, this fast-growing, worldwide phenomenon is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.
 
 
Participants choose the level of difficulty for geocaches they wish to hide or seek.  These can range from easy hides for their family in a quiet park near their home, to extreme challenges requiring advanced skills and physical fitness to locate a geocache. A great resource for geocaching is Groundspeak’s Geocaching.com. The website offers a complete overview of the sport, including step-by-step videos, equipment tips, navigational aids, and oodles of advice, memories and experiences from both experts and players alike yourself to assure both enjoyment and success on the trail.
 
Puyallup boasts over 19,000 geocache sites to explore. Without spoiling any of the locations, here are a taste of Puyallup’s geocache clues available online.  Nature’s Medley is a cache on a trail along the Puyallup River offering hikers a chance to see some interesting bear carvings in the trees.  Puy’s Iron Man raises questions about an old Railroad person pounding in spikes.  Mr. Brown’s Challenge, like all visits recorded on Geocaching.com, offers clues from previous visitors. Other sites can be found by searching on the Geocaching website.
 
 
Now it’s up to you to get into the act! Looking for other great activities and attractions in Puyallup? Contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza for entertainment options during your stay.   Happy Hunting Geocachers!
Every spring, high school athletes across the state of Washington prepare for their most important tournament of the year: the WIAA State Championships.  The spring season sees tournaments for both boys and girls in golf, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field. Events take place around Memorial Day weekend at venues across the state. Here in Puyallup, we are lucky to be close to the locations of some of this year’s top events.
 
The fun begins on May 21 and 22nd with the Boys and Girls State Golf Championships. For fans and participants in the 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B divisions, the BEST WESTERN PREMIERE Plaza Hotel offers ideal accommodations less than 20 minutes from the host courses, Oakbrook Golf Course in Lakewood and Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Spanaway and 30 minutes from Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.
 
Puyallup and nearby Sumner are host to the Boys Soccer State Championship events which take place between May 23-25 at Sparks Stadium for 3A and 4A and Sunset Chevrolet Stadium for 1A, 2A and 1B/2A. Staying at the Plaza Hotel will put you under 10 minutes from both venues.
 
 
For those in the Softball 3A division, the Plaza Hotel offers convenient tournament lodging under 40 minutes from the field at the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) in Lacey. Additionally, all of the boys and girls Track and Field State Championship events take place in nearby Cheney and Tacoma, both less than 20 minutes away.
 
 
Let our team treat your team to winning state championship accommodations in Puyallup. With our hearty complimentary breakfast and exceptionally comfortable rooms, we’ll help you stay rested and refreshed so you can go out and win those big games. Give us a call today and we will put together a team accommodation package that’s right for you.
Running is usually something people associate with fitness and hard work: grueling hours spent to reap the benefits of a sculpted physique or competitive achievement. But at this summer’s Electric Run event in Puyallup, running takes on a whole new dimension. It’s where race meets rave, marathon meets masquerade: it’s a 5km nighttime run through a glow-in-the-dark wonderland enlivened by a million watts of neon light and heart-pounding music.
 
 
Picture fluorescent palm trees pulsing to the beat, a river of light swirling around columns, and rainbow arches of laser beams lining the track. Imagine moving among a swarm of 10,000 glowing runners, all sharing the energy of this one-of-kind experience.
 
Organizers describe the event as “a run, a show, participation art and celebration of life”. It’s not a stretch to say that there is no experience like it in the world. And with input from the technicians behind Coachella, DreamWorks and Disney, Electric Run has created a course that is as beautiful as it is exhilarating.
 
 
Not surprisingly, it’s expected to sell out. Early registration starts at $45. The run takes place Aug 16, 8:45pm at the Washington State Fair Events Centre. Participants are encouraged to adorn themselves in “otherworldly costumes that glow, shine, blink, and dazzle”.    
 
Take a look at this video for a glimpse at the magic that’s in store:
 
 
Although the event is billed as the Seattle Electric Run, it actually takes place here in Puyallup at the local fairgrounds, just a few minutes from the BEWSTERN WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel. Follow up your amazing night at the Electric run with a relaxing stay in one of our luxurious king suites or elegantly affordable traditional rooms. We hope to see you here in August, glowsticks in hand.
 
April
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One look at the massive acres of fields is enough to convince anyone journeying through the Puyallup Valley of the importance of agriculture.  While travelers appreciate what the area’s bounty is doing for the economy of the state, not everyone is aware that there is much for them to do, or become involved in except to enjoy looking at the colorful fields. They couldn’t be more wrong, because this spring Puyallup is offering seasonal treats prior to its famous annual fall fair. With two farmer’s markets and our 80th Annual Daffodil Festival, Puyallup offers visitors plenty of opportunities to participate first hand in celebrations of our community involvement.
 
A favorite pastime of our guests, the Puyallup Farmers’ Market has been a downtown tradition for 32 years. This year’s theme is “So Fresh and So Green in 2013”!  Visitors are invited to join locals in search of their favorite flowers, veggie and fruit starts—all locally grown in Washington. The market also showcases distinct artisans, specialty food vendors and live entertainment. Located between 3rd and 4th street in Pioneer Park, the market will be open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm starting April 13th until October 12th, 2013.
Beautiful hanging baskets surround vendors in an amazing setting that offers much more than bland city buildings. Eye-catching statues and other art pieces are scattered throughout the park and are on display in the huge public library across the street from the park. An amphitheater, children’s playground, and several restaurants will appeal to families and individuals of all ages. No wonder one visitor described the site as “one of the best Farmer’s Markets I have been to (and I’ve been to quite a few!”)
 
History buffs will be interested in knowing that Pioneer Park was donated to the city by its founder, Ezra Meeker. You will also see and photograph the huge ivy vine planted by Ezra’s wife, Eliza, in the center of the park next to Meeker’s statue.
 
This year, the Puyallup Main Street Association is sponsoring a second downtown market known as the Sunset Market in Pioneer Park.  Beginning May 29th, the Sunset Market will be open on Wednesday afternoons from 3pm to 7pm until August 28th, 2013. The Sunset Market will feature local farmers, processors, artisans, downtown merchants and food vendors as well as live entertainment and demonstrations and much more. 
 
There is so much to see and explore in downtown Puyallup. If you are looking for unique local treasures to take home, we highly recommend visiting Puyallup’s Farmers’ Market and the new Sunset Market. The Daffodil Festival and Parade is also just right around the corner. And remember, there is no better hotel to experience all the excitement of Puyallup than BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel and Conference Center.