April 25, 2017
ilani : What Happens in Ridgefield — Stays in Ridgefield
From the moment you step in through the large glass doors it's very clear, "We're not in Kansas... err Ridgefield anymore Todo." Welcome to ilani!
The New ilani in Ridgefield, Wa: a massive curved structure embraces guests on opening day.
As you probably know, the interstate (I-5) was overwhelmed by the amount of traffic on opening day (and probably will be for quite some time). From local reports the line of traffic frozen on the roadways extended upwards of 8 miles at the peak time. This amount of people quickly filled the 3,000 stall parking lot. Visitors could still be dropped off at the entrances, but drivers weren't able to park until spaces had cleared. So, we went the secret backway :) we were in and out with ease. This is a secret, but if you're lucky we might just let you in on the action ;)
Parking at ilani - on the left is one of a few (4 at least) Electric Vehicle Charging/Parking stations and the right is the directional Parking Lot sign, as you can see the sign is a bit small.
From outside the building dominates it's surroundings. The building - a huge horizontal structure easily 5-10x larger than any nearby structure (of which there aren't many) with large swooping curves and flowing lines (either colored vibrantly with browns and blues or softened with large square, stone beige tiles) clearly stands apart. The surroundings - rolling hills filled with high trees spanning every shade of green imaginable under a cool-grey sky with a few hints of blue peeking out here and there. The scene was set for fun, with an obvious departure from the norm.
An exterior view of the Self-Parking entrance. Luckily this huge awning kept everyone dry while they waited :)
The House Rules - posted just inside the breezeway between the large sets of glass doors.
ilani interior map. These can be found on the electronic kiosks located immediately inside the two main entryways just in front of the gaming floor. You may want to take a picture as these are the only two locations where you can find them.
Self-Parking Entryway: Opening Day lines for Momentum Rewards. ilani's member rewards program.
Overhead Lighting Fixtures (beyond a chandelier) above each main entrance. The art overhead is so breath-taking we almost forgot to look down... and find even more great art.
The valet entrance also offers an immediate shopping option with direct access to Ruby Blue and Marshall Rousso.
Quick peek into Marshall Rousso at ilani
The only on-site retailer to feature branded ilani products that make for some great souvenirs are at the Cowlitz Trading Post.
Just some of the many items and souvenirs available at The Cowlitz Trading Post. We really liked the rain jackets :)
The Michael Jordan's Steakhouse Storefront. On opening day there was quite the line, but with good reason! We loved this signage and the adjacent texture wall.
The opening day line. Passing bye and smelling without tasting - was probably the hardest thing we'll do this week. We're making plans to come back very soon!
The very cool texture wall on the MJ Steakhouse Storefront. This was actually pretty easy to miss because the storefront was so large and had so many interesting elements (like giant chrome orbs). We love this accent!
Next door is the Line & Lure. Just remember - standing here between two delicious restaurants - these are the kinds of tough choices life presents us. Just know; no matter what you choose — there are no wrong choices ;)
Line & Lure Seafood Kitchen and Tap Sign
Line and Lure Interior Hostess Station
The other options not to be overlooked include a Butcher + Baker, I.TALIA, Chef Jet, Longhouse, Rose + Thorn and a Smashburger. Most of which share a central café area known as The Market.
The Market: A shared café area servicing Smashburger, Butcher + Baker, I.TALIA, Chef Jet and the local Coffee Shop.
Coffee Shop adjacent to The Market
Muse: The Stage area is looking ready to rock!
MUSE: A very neat divider wall
A Native American Photo Collage detailing Cowlitz Tribe members. This photo-collage stretched along both sides of the Valet Entrance and were beautiful to look at and offered a very valuable glimpse into local history.
Valet Entry w/ Threshold Map Mosaic and a view of the gaming floor.
Cowlitz Threshold Map Mosaic
Seashell Mobiles above the gaming floor
Very interesting lighting fixtures above the gaming floor. We found these to be quite beautiful in construction and presentation. Those well lit coffered ceilings are working well in this space!
Many of these columns can be found throughout the gaming floor. We really enjoyed the angular forms and warm lighting found here, almost relaxing to look at :)