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Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in

Idaho

Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Idaho.

Why Idaho for Your Next Meeting or Event?

Idaho's cosmopolitan capital city sits on the Boise River and is surrounded by the Boise foothills, where outdoor activities abound. New hotels, dining venues and group attractions debuting over the past few years have proved potent draws for meetings business.

BOISE

New & Coming Soon

Reopened since June, the Boise Centre has introduced its new Clean & Safe program, which includes enhanced disinfecting protocols, temperature checks, new seating capacities and more. The facility has also gained GBAC Star certification from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council.  

Recent Hotel & Venue Additions

The 112-key Hotel 43 and its sister, the 252-room Grove Hotel, have instituted a number of new health and safety protocols, such as sanitizing all surface areas of airport shuttles between trips, including seat covers, door handles and the steering wheel. 

The Grove Hotel Also has opened a fourth-floor terrace with sun shades and a fire pit; food-and-beverage service comes from the in-house restaurant, Trillium. The spot looks out on the Boise Train Depot and the surrounding foothills.  

Notable Meeting Hotels

Properties with meeting space include the 303-room Riverside Hotel, 252-room Grove Hotel, 180-room Residence Inn Boise Downtown City Center, 112-room Hotel 43 and 110-room Inn at 500 Capitol.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit Northstar Meetings Group's new venue finder.

More Event Venues

James Beard Chefs
Two culinary wizards recognized by the prestigious cooking awards continue to whip up delights downtown. Sarah Kelly, co-owner of Petite 4, serving French bistro fare, has offered a pop-up menu while restaurants were closed. 

Pastries such as pain au chocolat are the forte of Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas, co-owner of Janjou Patisserie, who has been recognized in the Outstanding Baker category.

Kin is the newest restaurant from chef Chris Komori, serving eclectic modern fare with many vegetarian options. Currently open for small gathering and takeout, the downtown space is surrounded by a natural amphitheater, and in warmer weather small groups can enjoy “piKINics” while taking in some much-needed live music and other entertainment.

New in Boise’s downtown dining and social scene is NightHawk, a wine-tasting lounge with a rough-but-cozy vibe. The establishment's developers also is transforming the former Old Spaghetti Factory space into a restaurant, bar and music venue.

Nearby, the Little Pearl Oyster Bar has been opened by chef-owner Cal Elliott. The Michelin-star culinary whiz — whose lamented Rye restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y., closed down in 2018 — has more big plans for his hometown. Elliott has purchased the historical Averyl Building, once the Manitou Hotel; a complete renovation will create two street-level restaurants and a 39-room hotel upstairs.

The Telaya Wine Co. used this year's downtime to add some meeting space. The room includes a small balcony overlooking the Boise River. Strict safety protocols ensure the well-being of all who visit.

Transportation in & Around Boise

Boise Airport, approximately six miles from the city's downtown; transfer cost by taxi, $15; many area hotels offer complimentary shuttle service. Delta Air Lines now flies between Boise and Atlanta, giving Idaho a much-needed connection to the East Coast. And Alaska Airlines is launching a flight to Palms Springs, Calif.

The city offers three electric-scooter rental companies: LimeBird and Spin. Find tips and regulations here.

Top 10 Boise Restaurants

From western style cuisine to international delights, Boise offers a variety of dining choices sure to enhance your event.

  1. Chandlers Steakhouse - Seafood, Steakhouse
  2. Barbacoa Grill - Steakhouse
  3. Bittercreek Alehouse - American
  4. Goodword Barbecue Company - Barbecue
  5. Fork - American, Bar
  6. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery - American Pub
  7. Capital Cellars - Wine Bar
  8. Luciano's - Italian
  9. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. - American
  10. Bombay Grill - Indian