This past December, Boise welcomed Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP), a nonprofit, interactive creative center and community-gathering place. Named for Idaho agribusiness icon J.R. Simplot—founder of the agricultural supply company J.R. Simplot Company—the center’s six-story, 65,000-square-foot main building includes five interactive learning studios. Each studio’s name indicates the activity that can be explored and shared within the space. “Share” is where chefs—both professional and amateur—can share recipes and community through food. “Move” is for physical activity, such as dance, yoga and tai chi. “Make” is for builders and inventors. “Play” is for filmmakers and digital media designers, and “Inspire” is for sharing dreams, ideas and beliefs.

The site also includes various event and meeting spaces—such as JUMP Room, The Loft and Pioneer Room—as well as a collection of 52 vintage tractors and steam engines in honor of Simplot’s agricultural roots. (The full tractor and steam engine collection will be displayed when construction is complete at the end of 2016.) 

Washington’s Vancouver Waterfront development project will be getting a big boost this summer with the opening of two long-awaited hotels. The 138-room Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in late June or early July while the 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott is looking to make its debut on June 15 at the Port of Vancouver’s adjacent Terminal 1. A 10-story condominium building, Residences at Kirkland Tower, is planning an October opening and will be attached to Hotel Indigo.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.

 

If you’re planning a meeting in Idaho, you’ll want to be sure and have a beer break on the itinerary. The state is the top barley producer in the United States and the second-top producer of hops.