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Innovations 2010

Innovations 2010 will be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA, across the parking lot from the Hotel Murano (formerly the Tacoma Sheraton Hotel.)

Tacoma, Washington is a lovely city at the southern edge of Puget Sound, about 20 miles south of the Sea-Tac (Seattle, WA) airport, with magnificent views of Mt. Rainier and Commencement Bay. Within walking distance of the Tacoma Sheraton and the Tacoma Convention Center are many fine restaurants and cultural activities including the Washington State History Museum, the Museum of Glass
, Tacoma Art Museum, Union Station with Dale Chihuly (glass) public artwork, Antique Row and much more. If you would like more information about Tacoma and Pierce County, please visit the official Tacoma Chamber of Commerce website,

Washington state in the great Pacific Northwest is a wonderful place to visit.  If you are visiting from another part of the country, or world, and would like to extend your visit into a vacation, please visit the official Washington State Tourism website at or call 360-725-5057 from 7am to 7pm, Pacific time, to talk to a Washington State Travel Counselor.



Tacoma Convention Center

At the Tacoma Convention Center, Innovations will have MORE space, MORE vendors and MORE classes.  There are beautiful views of downtown Tacoma, Commencement Bay and the Cascade Mountains.


The Greater Tacoma Convention Center is located just East (across the parking lot) from the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel.

Driving Directions to the Tacoma Convention Center


To view the details of the beautiful facility, please visit the official Convention Center website


Greater Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402



Hotel Murano
(formerly the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel)

Innovations 2010
is proud to announce that the Hotel Murano (formerly the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel) s once again the Host Hotel for this year's event.


Hotel Murano was featured on King 5 Evening Magazine. To view the video of  Hotel Murano and their amazing display of art glass Click Here

The 26 floor, newly re-decorated, Hotel Murano is centrally located in downtown Tacoma, just 16 miles from the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport.  Major destinations such as Puget Sound, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the Tacoma Dome, the Washington State History Museum and the Port of Tacoma are nearby and easily accessible.  Only an hour’s drive from the breathtaking Mount Rainier, the Hotel is a quick 32 miles from downtown Seattle.


The Hotel Murano (formerly the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel) has a block of rooms, with special room rates, reserved for people attending Innovations. Hotel Murano has graciously provided Innovations with direct links to their registration pages for these blocks of rooms!

You can make your reservations by calling, 866-986-8083. There is a special "block" of rooms reserved for Innovations attendees. These rooms will fill quickly and you are encouraged to make your reservations soon.  Make sure that you mention Innovations – a Machine Quilting Conference when making your reservation.  It is highly recommended that you stay at the Hotel Murano during your visit to Innovations.  If you would like information about the Hotel, please visit their website


If you are driving, the Tacoma Sheraton is located off of Interstate 5 in downtown Tacoma, WA. To view driving directions to Hotel Murano click here.

Hotel Murano

1320 Broadway Plaza 
Tacoma, WA 98402




Tacoma Dome Best Western Hotel

Innovations also has a block of rooms reserved for attendees at the Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel, 2611 East “E” Street, Tacoma, WA.  A special room rate for Innovations attendees is available and up to four people may share a Double Room. Please call Hotel Reservations at 253-272-7737. For directions to the Tacoma Dome Hotel Click Here

Please note that this hotel is about 1+ mile from the Tacoma Convention Center.  There is access to the Tacoma light rail system at the far end of the hotel parking lot.


Other Lodging

Click Here If you would like to find other accommodations in the Tacoma area.  The lodgings listed are located several miles from the Tacoma Convention Center and there may be limited public transportation to and from Innovations 2010


Roommates at Innovations 2010

Would you like to share a room with another Innovations participant? Please send an email to requesting Roommate Information.

RV Accommodations

There are two Washington State Parks within 30 - 40 miles of the Tacoma Convention Center:

Kanaskat-Palmer State Park, Ravensdale, WA (360) 886-0148

Millersylvania State Park, Olympia, WA (360) 753-1519 

To make reservations at these State Parks, please call (888) 226-7688 or

Private Campgrounds / RV Accommodations:


KOA Campground in Kent, WA, (253)872-8652


Please call in advance to check availability.


Air Travel Information

If you are traveling by air, you will fly into Seattle’s Sea-Tac International Airport.

Ground transportation to the Sheraton Tacoma or the Tacoma Convention Center from Sea-Tac (Seattle, WA) Airport is available through –


  • Shuttle Express at (425) 981-7000 * WA Toll Free: (800) 487-7433

  • Capitol Aeroporter at 1-800-962-3579.


They can transport you to the Tacoma Sheraton or the Tacoma Convention Center for a reasonable fee. It is recommended that you call and make a reservation for this service.


There are several options for parking at Innovations:

Hotel Murano offers reduced parking rates for hotel guests.  Valet and Handicapped parking is also available at the hotel.  

Parking is available at the Tacoma  Convention Center. The fee for parking is as follows: 0—1 hour, $2; 2—3 hours, $4; 3—4 hours, $6; 4—5 hours, $8; 5—6 hours, $10; 6+ hours, $12.  Overnight parking is not recommended. This is an automated pay facility and accepts cash and credit cards.

If you are driving to Tacoma each day of the conference or would like to park off site for lower parking fees or at no charge, you can park at the Tacoma Dome Station, 610 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, WA and take the free light rail system to the Tacoma Convention Center. For more information about parking at the Tacoma Dome Station please visit