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When the Boise Depot first opened in 1925, thousands turned out to see the first transcontinental engine steam into the station. Among its many visitors over the years was President Harry S. Truman, who made a stop at the depot on a tour of the West. Located in the Depot Bench neighborhood, it’s now a go-to venue for meetings and events.

Designed by the New York architectural firm, Carrere, Hastings, Shreve and Lando, the building was owned by Union Pacific Railroad until the early ’90s, when it was purchased and refurbished. Today, the meeting and event space features 10 of its original waiting benches lining the Great Hall, as well as the original Barkalow Brothers Newsstand.

The 3,542-square-foot Great Hall is the Depot’s largest space and can accommodate 300 guests standing or 165 for sit-down events. Along the Great Hall’s ceiling are Spanish trusses, each imprinted with antique locomotives to celebrate the building’s rich history. The Bell Tower and outdoor North Plaza can both be reserved in conjunction with a Great Hall reservation. 

The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out. 

SEATTLE; CHINATOWNI NTERNATIONAL DISTRICT

Wing Luke Museum

 

As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.