Small Meetings Shine Under the Big Sky

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 entices event planners who seek that rare combination of practical, affordable spaces and memorable places.

Kalispell offers meeting spaces for groups of several to several hundred people, with 1,600 total sleeping rooms, 110,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space, 2,000 square feet of banquet space as well as classrooms, theatres and other facilities. Hampton Inn Kalispell provides meeting rooms of 1,700 and 800 square feet as well as a 12-seat board room. The Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell offers 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space to accommodate up to 700 guests. The Red Lion Inn Kalispell offers a similarly diverse array of working spaces, from small boardrooms to the 8,823-square-foot Grand Ballroom.

For a more unique option, event planners can turn to unique facilities such as 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. Other local cultural and architectural gems including the Hockaday Museum of Art, the Museum at Central School and the Bibler Gardens offer memorable settings for meetings, receptions and other events.

Kalispell is also home to two of Montana’s premiere large event facilities. The Majestic Valley Arena is the area’s largest indoor facility, with 55,000 square feet of space suitable for anything from rock concerts to trade shows and banquets. The Kalispell Expo Center and Fairgrounds combines large-scale outdoor and indoor facilities that include a 45,000-square-foot trade center, a 16,800-square-foot expo center, and an arena and grandstand.

With no state or local sales tax and the lowest bed tax in the country, Kalispell is an affordable option for event planners and attendees alike. And when business concludes for the day, 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, ply the crystalline waters of Flathead Lake on a Far West boat tour, 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. For more information, visit www.DiscoverKalispell.com.


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