Boise, Idaho’s Inn at 500 Capitol is connecting its guests to local artists. The hotel has transformed its lobby into an evolving gallery of artwork where artists can display and sell their work, commission-free. The exhibitions are created, launched and marketed by curator interns from Boise State University. The art has generated so much interest that the hotel is including “now on display” materials in the guest rooms to introduce the artists’ backgrounds and visions. 

Currently, Inn at 500 Capitol has more than 500 pieces of local art displayed throughout the property. For small group team-building or post-meeting activities, the hotel can arrange private tours and painting workshops at the studios of Boise artists Jany Rae Seda or Karen Eastman.

I had been corresponding with Danielle Boyles (see profile on page 64) for two years before I actually got a chance to meet her. In fact, the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Regency Seattle had just come on board with the hotel when we first exchanged emails. At that time, the hotel was still a set of blueprints. Late last year, the much-anticipated property opened for business, and this past summer I finally had the pleasure of meeting Boyles face to face.

 

In a city that prides itself on originality, meeting and event venues in Portland need to follow suit. Woodlark and The Heathman Hotel, two of Provenance Hotel’s six properties in the city, do not disappoint, providing a dramatic yet minimalistic vibe that is helping to usher in a new crop of visitors. “We’re seeing a shift to a more millennial, grown-up version of the city,” says Dana McMacken, director of sales.

 

At 1625 S. Tacoma Way, there is no more haggling, and tire kicking and looking under the hood are things of the past. The one-time address of a car showroom is now the home of a stunning event space: Historic 1625 Tacoma Place. The building was originally built in the late ’40s as a Dodge truck dealership, and over the years, other dealerships called it home, including Osborne McCann Cadillac. In 2005, the property was purchased by the current owners of Historic 1625 and transformed into an event venue.