Tapping Technology For Holiday Traditions | The Benson Hotel

Tapping Technology For Holiday Traditions

Holidays 2020, here we come! This year, businesses are very creatively engaging their customers to celebrate holiday traditions; The Benson Hotel is no exception. From Halloween through Christmas, we’re still diving into the Benson’s beloved holiday rituals, only now we’re tapping technology to be able to share them with the public.

For example, we’re rounding out October with an online viewing for users to vote in their favorite for our Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. The Benson’s talented employees have sent in photos of their carved pumpkin candidates and now our guests, social media fans and followers can virtually vote! It’s a win-win: These creative carvers still get the opportunity to earn great prizes and have fun making their pumpkins at home with their family and friends—and despite no public gathering, the spooktacular Halloween spirit lives on with your views and votes! Cast your vote by selecting one of the Benson’s Facebook polls through Sunday, November 1.

Throughout the months of November and December, we’ll be sharing with our community everything from do-it-yourself holiday gift ideas, to favorite recipes from our culinary staff and employees, to an inspiring and informative holiday wreath-making video and more.

While we can’t hold our annual Thanksgiving buffet dinner that so many of our guests enjoy, we’ll be sharing some of our staff’s favorite recipes, like Chef Lee’s Boozy Potatoes, irresistible pies, and decorating ideas for festive holiday table settings. Keep checking our online updates here and social media posts for all of these features!

December packs in the fun, all from the comfort of your home monitor or mobile device. In lieu of The Benson’s beloved Annual Gingerbread Unveiling (in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our guests and staff), Chef Dave, creator of the gingerbread display, is compiling a video of his 28 years of gingerbread masterpieces to behold online! Local pros at Geranium Lake Florist will share a holiday wreath-making video in place of our annual holiday wreath-making event. And instead of the usual lobby-based toy drive, The Benson will be offering a Stay & Give package through the month of December where guests can elect a portion of their overnight stay as a donation to the Red Cross to help so many in need.

What better way to wrap up 2020 than with an ugly holiday sweater photo contest?! Benson staff will don their best (or garish worst, in this case) ugly sweaters and The Benson’s social media fans and followers can vote on their favorite. Jump over to https://www.facebook.com/TheBensonHotel/ and don’t miss a moment of it! We look forward to sharing our cherished holiday happenings with you…virtually this year.

The Benson, a historic downtown Portland hotel, has long catered to celebrities, CEOs, dignitaries and nearly every U.S. president since William H. Taft. It offers guests 287 tastefully appointed guest rooms, including a variety of suites, 18,000 square feet of meeting space and abundant guest amenities. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or business, The Benson offers safety, comfort, luxury and proximity to all Portland has to offer.

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