• Meeting Must-Do: Idaho Beer Break

     
    POSTED March 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Idaho
  • Meeting Must-Do: Idaho Beer Break

     
    POSTED March 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Idaho

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. This agricultural abundance means that Idaho’s 80-plus breweries have local access to some of the world’s best beer-making ingredients.

Every April, Idaho Craft Beer Month celebrates its diverse breweries and the unique flavors that define Idaho beer. The celebration’s signature event, Pints Up Idaho, kicks off the festivities with a statewide pint day. That’s followed throughout the month by brewery events, including beer-pairing dinners, new beer releases, trivia nights and live music.

But one full month to commemorate Idaho’s hops and agriculture heritage isn’t sufficient. That’s why the first annual Hops & Crops Festival in Caldwell is being inaugurated on September 24. Attendees will have the chance to tour the area’s expansive hop farms during peak season, when the fields are bursting with hops flowers and ready to be harvested. Then, they’ll sample the bounty of the harvest at Indian Creek Plaza with a variety of local brews and ales and live music.

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.

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

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.