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Outdoor Venues: Parks, Ranches and Gardens

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Getting outdoors refreshes body and soul and is a welcome change from the typical convention center or hotel environment. Although many events require indoor space for meetings, outdoor venues add spice to meals and excitement to social functions. And, they make events like weddings, reunions, celebrations, teambuilding sessions, concerts and festivals...
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Museums for Meetings

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By Heather Larson Up the wow factor by holding your next event in one of the colorful, inspiring and engaging museums of the Northwest. No matter what the occasion or what type of exhibits are displayed, you have ready-made décor and a profound change of scenery from a business office. You’ll give attendees an experience they’ll not soon forget. Many of the museums mentioned here offer after-hours or backstage tours to meeting or event guests, either self-guided or conducted by docents. In some cases, holding a meeting or event amid the collections is impressive enough without any narration. These venues
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Copper King Hotel and Convention Center

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After sitting idle for more than two years, Butte’s Copper King Hotel and Convention Center will soon spring back to life. A long-time mainstay of the community and a popular meeting space, the hotel closed in 2014. Now, a May, 2017, opening is planned for the completely refurbished facility. The hotel has been thoroughly remodeled and feels brand new. The venue offers a variety of spaces for meetings and events. With a maximum capacity of 500 guests, the hotel is great for a conference, seminar or corporate meeting. Additional rooms and suites provide space for breakout sessions and executive retreats.
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Mountain Resorts & Lodges

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Photo © Claire Skinner The Resort at Paws Up A luxury Western-style experience awaits groups at this Montana resort Set on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch in the hills of western Montana, The Resort at Paws Up offers a rustic, yet luxurious, option for retreats, conferences or incentive trips. Even though they are only 35 minutes from Missoula, visitors to Paws Up will find themselves in the middle of a vast unspoiled landscape. It is a perfect choice for groups that want to have a get-away-from-it-all experience yet bask in the elegance of a first class resort. Whether it is a
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Creative Logistics

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Bus shuttles with prizes and entertainment moved hundreds  between two hotels at a Kalispell conference When the Kalispell, Montana, Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) won the bid to host the annual gathering of Montana’s tourism and recreation industry, they didn’t know it would be the biggest meeting of its kind ever held in Kalispell. The 42nd annual Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation in 2016 brought 477 people to Kalispell, a city with a population of just over 20,000. Eight months of planning by an experienced nine-person conference committee made up of hotel and tourism specialists paid off. “It’s
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Get Outside for Fun and Team Building

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Developing the agenda for a conference or retreat is always a challenging undertaking. There is usually a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time and you want to provide a positive experience. Participants are committing time and money so they expect to get a return on that investment. At the same time, the event should be an enjoyable experience. “Planners should consider adding outdoor activities to their meeting,” says Kristy Coffin, West Yellowstone Tourist Business Improvement District administrator. She adds, “There are many benefits to taking the group outdoors for part of the event.” Coffin works
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