When you think of the perfect meeting place, Boise should be one of the first destinations you consider with luscious vineyards, delightful outdoor amenities, and breathtaking views. This hidden gem in Idaho is quickly becoming a hotspot for hosting meetings of all sizes and should be added to your shortlist of destinations for your next business meeting.
The Best of Both Worlds in Location and Scenery
Located in southwest Idaho about 40 miles east of the Oregon border and 110 miles north of Nevada, Boise is one hip city with scenic views. Aside from being a convenient drive-to destination for its neighbors in the Northwest, Boise has also enjoyed expanded lift with 10 non-stop flights added since last fall – bringing the total to 28 non-stop destinations. Included among these is the Delta Airlines daily, non-stop Boise-Atlanta route. When landing at the Boise Airport, you’ll enjoy the quick 7 minute drive downtown to partake in the local fare and bask in the beauty of the foothills.
Once you arrive, you’ll notice that this up-and-coming meeting destination is nestled at the foot of Boise National Forest, which boasts not only stunning views from downtown meeting venues, but also offers access to a variety of outdoor activities. Many meeting planners and attendees spend a few extra days before or after conventions to enjoy snow sports such as skiing or snowboarding in the winter and thrilling mountain biking in the warmer months.
When your attendees have a break between sessions or simply need to stretch their legs while enjoying their morning coffee, they will be delighted to find that there are miles of trails easily accessible from downtown lodging. The Boise River Greenbelt is a tree-lined pathway that runs through the heart of the city and winds into shaded, tree-lined paths. Meeting attendees can walk, jog, or even take an electric scooter down the trail for a quick view of the city layout.
First-Class Amenities for a Smooth and Enjoyable Meeting Trip
It’s not all business when planning a meeting here, but the creative and comfortable environment will help provide inspiration for all meeting-goers. Boise amenities are second-to-none with offerings like over 1,300 walkable hotel rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space that range from a modern convention center to relaxing hotels.
In addition to the meeting spaces that planners and attendees are accustomed to experiencing, Boise offers many unique meeting locations. Just outside Boise Centre convention center is The Grove Plaza, a civic plaza with casual seating, a playful fountain, and beautiful views of downtown and the nearby Boise Foothills. The Grove Plaza can be rented for receptions, breakout sessions and other events. Just steps from here is JUMP, or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, is a not-for-profit, interactive creative center and community gathering place in the heart of downtown.
Where Business and Pleasure Go Hand-in-Hand
You’ll need the tech After a successful day of gatherings, your group can take part in a multitude of activities. The emergent dining and cocktail programs throughout the downtown scene provide a variety of options of both large and small space to hold private meetings over meals. Boise holds 10 James beard Nominated Restaurants, and an unparalleled variety of cuisine offerings that are sure to please your whole group.
If you’re looking for more play and less work, be sure to check out the local wineries such as Telaya Wine Co., SCORIA Vineyards or Par Terre Winery to enjoy a bottle of local flavor al fresca. If you prefer the hoppier side of beverages, stop by Boise Brewing, Payette Brewing Company, or White Dog Brewing Co.
Your attendees will enjoy strolling tÍhe 1.5 miles of charming downtown shops and boutiques. Here, you’ll find the perfect souvenirs to bring home including world-famous flavored nuts, delicate chocolates, handmade paper goods, classic vinyl records and more. Or, for the sports enthusiasts, be sure to get tickets to your favorite sporting event! Kickoff with a Boise State football game, layer up as you sit arena-side at an Idaho Steelheads ice hockey game, or grab your extra baseball glove in hopes to catch a foul ball at the Boise Hawks game.
With something for truly everyone’s tastes and interests, it’s easy to see why Boise, Idaho should be on your shortlist of meeting destinations. Don’t hesitate to reach out, whether it’s helping select a venue, scheduling a site visit or planning your agenda of activities. Choose Boise for your next meeting destination and see for yourself why this pristine location will provide a productive and relaxing setting for your meeting objectives.
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