Last years Fest West was technically free to attend, and to be honest with you, I'd like to keep it that way. Last year the location made a few bucks on the meals most people purchased. I also figure that people will have more money to spend on new TI toys if they do not have to pay just to attend.
I'll also check out the Oak Tree in Woodland to see what they have available, but honestly last time I was there it looked like it would be difficult for people to bring stuff into any meeting room, but again food could probably be brought into the room for sure. I have other options I'm looking into, but the majority of the people will be driving from the Portland and Seattle areas so I'm trying to make it as fair as possible.
The Red Lion in Kelso is also on my list to check into as it's right off the freeway, has plenty of meeting space and they also have food, which I think could probably be brought into the room. I'll go down in person later this week to check out date availability and other concerns.
I wonder is food on-site a major concern for most people? If not, that might open up more possibilities.