Beyond the Boardroom in Boise
With planners interested in more authentic and unique destinations, Boise, Idaho is a true hidden gem. There has been a rise in meetings and events, and it’s easy to see why. From a vibrant downtown scene to local dining options and plenty of outdoor activities, here’s a look at why you should plan your next meeting right here in Boise.
In between sessions and after a day’s work, attendees can safely discover Downtown Boise right outside their doorstep.
Boise’s popular First Thursday event is the perfect way to provide a taste of Boise to your attendees. It features art, shopping, dining and entertainment—all with a local flair. Experience art shows and meet the artists; try tasting menus; and visit the local shops as merchants plan unique experiences each month. In the heart of it all is the largest mural gallery in the Northwest, Freak Alley Gallery, home to creative graffiti artwork by local artists. Free and open to the public, this outdoor gallery shows off a unique side of Boise with creative art on display, making it the perfect backdrop for photo ops and Instagrammable moments.
In Downtown Boise’s historic district, the Basque Block is home to the rich history and heritage of the Basque people. This community is the largest in the country, preserving the traditions and flavors of the inhabitants from Europe’s Bay of Biscay. Bar Gernika is famous for its beef tongue—it’s only served on Saturdays and tends to run out, so make it a must-visit if you want a true Basque experience. Visit the Basque Museum and Cultural Center which is open for tour groups along with the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House, known to be the oldest surviving brick building in Boise, dating back to 1864. Discover the stories and culture of the immigrants who traveled to Idaho in the 1800s at the Basque Market that has Spanish and Basque products, including a large selection of traditional wines. Just a block from City Hall, the Basque Block is available for private events throughout the year.
Take advantage of outdoor dining during the summer months where there is daylight until almost 10 p.m. and evening temperatures drop down to levels worthy of a firepit. With over 100 restaurants and bars located steps away from the Boise Centre Convention Center and 20 different breweries in the metro area, there’s a variety of dining options for after-work cocktails, a casual lunch or a dinner meeting.
If you’re interested in exploring the local scene to find farm-to-table dining, look no further than Fork – a restaurant that prides itself on sourcing ingredients from local farms, ranchers and artisans. A majority of the restaurant’s beer, wine and spirits also come from the region.
Another popular downtown spot is Juniper—featuring creative cocktails like their Plum Paradise and only using local, organic ingredients, presenting guests with traditional Idaho dishes with a twist. The restaurant offers private dining rooms and a Chef’s Table experience for those looking for a unique dining option.
A longstanding favorite with beer fans since 2010, Payette Brewing Company has nine year-round beers and a large variety of seasonal beers available at their Tap Room located downtown along the Boise River. Brewery tours are available on Saturdays, and groups can schedule private tours, which are perfect for an off-site experience during your time in the city. The brewery’s pet-friendly beer garden is popular for lawn games and a local food truck is almost always on site offering local bites.
For the wine lover, there are plenty of options in and around the downtown area. Coiled serves locally made wines at the Downtown Wine Bar. Cinder Wines offers tastings, pairings, and access to the local music scene with singer songwriters from the region performing weekly. Telaya is located on the Boise Greenbelt, steps from the Boise River. The patio is perfect for catching up with colleagues and soaking up the Boise air while the private tasting room is available for meetings and events.
Boise has easy access to mountains, rivers and lakes, allowing attendees to create their own adventures during their time here. Go skiing in the winter months at Bogus Basin where the season typically runs from early December through mid-April; raft along the Boise River and bike the trails in the springtime. George’s Cycles has bike rentals and Idaho Mountain Touring rents bikes and ski equipment available for discovering the outdoors. There’s no excuse for boredom here!
Rent a bike and jump on the Boise River Greenbelt—a 25-mile long pedestrian and biking path that connects downtown Boise to the outdoors within minutes. The tree-lined pathway follows the riverfront with access to various parks, breweries and restaurants in the city.
Also adjacent to downtown is Camel’s Back Park, an outdoor lover’s dream. The park is home to hiking, biking trails, an outdoor gym, tennis courts, playgrounds and more. With 11 acres of developed park space, it’s popular for early morning jogs and afternoon workouts.
Quinn’s Pond is a hot spot during the summertime with paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing. Located along the Boise River Greenbelt, the 22-acre pond has a popular beach connected to Esther Simplot Park. It’s a great spot for teambuilding with covered picnic areas, canoe landings, paddling events and fitness classes. And don’t worry about bringing along your own gear. Idaho River Sports offers on-site rentals of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.
Get active during your time in Boise on the Ridge to Rivers trails system with 190 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, several with pet-friendly areas. With a variety of experiences throughout, there is something for all skill levels and stamina. Trails are available year-round and easily accessible from the downtown area. Check their Facebook page for daily reports on the conditions, closed trails and how to plan your excursion.
Whether you’re ready to play, explore or indulge here in Boise—you’ll find the downtown area is accessible to activities, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the city before and after the day’s work is done.
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