On Thursday, Oct. 20, Boise Centre officially celebrated the grand opening of City Centre Plaza, which includes the new Clearwater Analytics Building, Boise Centre East, Main Street Station and Boise State University Computer Science Department. The expansion includes 36,000 square feet of additional meeting and event space, including a new ballroom that can accommodate 800 guests seated, eight new meeting rooms, and two levels of pre-function and lobby space.

I was lucky enough to tour the building pre-opening in September. It’s a fabulous addition to the city and the meetings and events community. In November, the convention center will be able to expand its iconic Festival of Trees, adding displays and activities to Boise Centre East. In addition, the city’s downtown holiday tree lighting will take place on the plaza on Nov. 25 and will include carolers, holiday festivities and a giving tree.

Of the expansion, Boise Centre communications manager Mary-Michael Rodgers says, “We’re able to accommodate larger conferences. In April, one returning group will now be using all of the original center and most of the new space.”

Meeting planners can take advantage of midweek deals for custom corporate meetings in the mountains of Tamarack Resort in Southwest Idaho, two hours north of Boise.

 

The Whistler Conference Centre is poised to reveal the results of the $3.5 million renovation that was completed in late 2020. The venue has been revived with what’s described as “a contemporary, sophisticated aesthetic, infused with West Coast character and inspired by Whistler’s majestic natural environment.”  Design elements and technical upgrades were the two key focal points of the renovation project.

 

The Gordon describes itself as an “art-centric” hotel and the description is more than apt. Over 160 pieces of local art from 84 different artists adorn the hotel’s wall, along with 75 additional pieces created by employees of Obie Hospitality.  (The Gordon is the third hotel in Obie Hospitality’s portfolio of unique accommodations, joining Inn at the 5thin Eugene and Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise.)