Meetings By the Hearth in the Shadow of Glacier

As the gateway to Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, the city of Kalispell sits amidst Montana’s most iconic natural places. But this is no remote outpost at the edge of the map. With a full array of small- and medium-sized conference, meeting and convention facilities as well as direct air service to eight major U.S. hubs, Kalispell is Montana’s premiere business event destination.

Kalispell truly shines is in its off-the-beaten-track options. The Conrad Mansion, an iconic estate built back when the city was an emerging hub of the frontier cattle industry. With its massive native stone fireplace and golden oak staircase, the mansion’s Great Hall is an elegant setting for group dinners and events.

For a taste of Montana’s deep artistic legacy, the Hockaday Museum of Art serves as another unique and memorable event facility. Originally a Carnegie Library, this turn-of-the-century building is home to permanent collections from Montana artists and rotating exhibits of nationally renowned and emerging artists.  The museum and surrounding grounds are available for group events.

Or, get the creative ideas floating with a meeting on the waters of Flathead Lake aboard the Far West, a chartered boat with room for 149 passengers.

Of course, like many thriving cities, Kalispell boasts an array of meeting-friendly hotels. The Hampton Inn Kalispell, Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell, Outlaw Inn and Red Lion Inn Kalispell offer a full complement of spaces from intimate boardrooms to an 8,823-square-foot ballroom. Two of Montana’s premiere large event facilities are also found here. The Majestic Valley Arena boasts 55,000 square feet of space suitable for anything from rock concerts to trade shows and banquets. The Kalispell Expo Center and Fairgrounds features a 45,000-square-foot trade center, a 16,800-square-foot expo center, and an arena and grandstand.

As business concludes for the day, working visitors can trade coat and tie for rod and fly and, in a matter of minutes, be standing knee-deep in some of the finest trout waters in the world. Or, they can take a guided hike or Red Bus tour through Glacier National Park, enjoy a round of golf at one of the valley’s nine courses, ski an afternoon at one of three area resorts or enjoy the nightlife of a genuine old-west downtown.

All of this can be found in Kalispell, situated at the corner of Genuine and Glad To See You. Getting to Kalispell has never been easier thanks to direct air service from Seattle, Las Vegas, Oakland, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Atlanta — as well as twice-a-day Amtrack service to Chicago and Seattle.

Kalispell, Mont., is the gateway to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish and all of the recreation, art, shopping and adventure that northwestern Montana has to offer. Plopped in the center of the Flathead Valley, it’s an easy drive to the park entrance, the art galleries of Bigfork or the water-sports mecca of Flathead Lake. http://www.discoverkalispell.com


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