The mountains of central and western Idaho are renowned for their scenery and recreational opportunities. With picturesque towns situated in the shadow of the rugged peaks, the area also offers a variety of outstanding venues for meeting and event planners to consider. Nestled along the lakes of the Payette River Valley, the towns of McCall and Cascade offer a variety of options for planners, while the Sawtooth Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to the town of Ketchum and the Sun Valley region.
Famous for year-round outdoor activities, McCall, Idaho, is an attractive destination for recreation enthusiasts. Throughout the long winter visitors come to indulge in snow sports of all varieties. Warmer seasons entice lovers of water sports and mountain adventures.
You don’t have to be an avid outdoor adventurer to enjoy the area. An afternoon exploring the town or lounging on the shore of Payette Lake offers quiet relaxation. Whatever the draw, McCall is the favorite destination for many.
McCall is located a scenic two-hour drive from Boise and the Boise Airport. Charter flights are available to the McCall Airport from Boise.
Meet and Stay
Lounging on the shores of Payette Lake, the Shore Lodge is a centerpiece of this region’s all-season wonderland. The lodge delivers a cozy and intimate resort experience for guests in its immaculate suites. At the same time, it offers a variety of meeting spaces and year-round activities that will make any conference or retreat a success.
With 13 meeting and event spaces totaling 19,000 square feet, the Shore Lodge has just the right space for groups as small as 10 or as large as 300. A massive stone fireplace, rustic wooden architecture and large windows overlooking the lake are highlights of the Upper Payette Pavilion. The elegantly appointed Ford Theater provides tiered seating for up to 43 and is handy for a keynote presentation, lecture or even a night of movies. Additional rooms are ideal for small group meetings and breakout sessions.
Tucked away high in Idaho’s central mountains, Brundage Mountain Resort is a classic Idaho ski resort. With 46 named trails and 18,000 acres of backcountry trails accessed by Snowcat, Brundage offers a wide variety of options for skiers of all experience levels.
The majestic scenery forms the backdrop for a variety of spaces within the resort’s Main Lodge that range from cozy to substantial. Meeting and event options can accommodate between 70 and 200 guests. The rustic, pub-style setting of Smoky’s Bar & Grill can accommodate about 100 guests for a business meeting, banquet or reunion. With expansive mountain views, the large plaza and outdoor deck offer picturesque locations for a tented summer event. The outdoor areas can accommodate as many as 250 guests.
Heavy wooden timbers and rustic mountain-lodge décor highlight the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hunt Lodge. With all the modern amenities, the lodge is conveniently located in the center of McCall. The meeting rooms can accommodate as many as 300 for a conference or event. The Best Western Plus McCall Lodge & Suites, located just outside of town, has a meeting room with space for 75 guests.
Out and About
Noted for its extensive outdoor activity options, the McCall region offers plenty of team-building and post-conference pursuits in any season. Winter visitors can ski, snowshoe or snowmobile at one of the area’s world-class ski areas. Warmer seasons offer hiking, biking, golf and a variety of water sports.
Art galleries, a diverse music scene and restaurants for every palate make McCall attractive for post-conference relaxation, while an evening cruise on Payette Lake provides the perfect end to a long day of meetings.
The mountains of west central Idaho loom above Lake Cascade as the Payette River tumbles its way through the valley. The town of Cascade sits in the center of a scenic recreational playground that offers plenty to see and do in any season.
Located 75 miles north of Boise, Cascade offers meeting and event attendees the opportunity to get away from their daily routine without traveling too far. The area has much to see and do throughout the year.
Meet and Stay
Plush furnishings, stylish lighting and panoramic views, give the Ashley Inn a warm, sophisticated ambience in an idyllic setting. The Ashley offers meeting planners a variety of options for a productive conference, a fun retreat or an elegant occasion. Four meeting rooms, smartly furnished and complete with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment are suitable for groups as large as 180.
Out and About
Team-building and post-conference activities in the area include whitewater rafting, golf, free kayak and canoe use on Cascade Lake, mountain biking and superb skiing during the winter months. The nearby Gold Fork Natural Hot Springs offers a relaxing, end-of the-day respite. Whether it is an elk-feeding sleigh ride in winter or a tour of the forest canopy by zip line there are many interesting diversions available in the region.
KETCHUM AND SUN VALLEY
Nestled in the middle of Idaho’s picturesque Sawtooth Mountains, Ketchum sits at the center of Sun Valley, one of the West’s most popular recreation areas. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound in Sun Valley. More than that, Sun Valley is an attractive area for visitors who simply want to bask in the mountain scenery and explore the arts culture, dining and entertainment of the area. With more than 250 days of sunshine each year, the bright, crisp mountain air and spectacular scenery of Ketchum and the Sun Valley area attract visitors year-round.
Sun Valley is located in central Idaho, a two and one-half hour drive from Boise. The region’s airport, Friedman Memorial Airport, is located 13 miles from Ketchum, offering non-stop service from many major Western cities.
Meet and Stay
Located in the center of Ketchum, the recently-opened Limelight Hotel has been built with the goal of becoming the community’s gathering place. With all the modern comforts and easy access to all that the Sun Valley area has to offer, the brand-new facility is an attractive choice for a meeting or retreat.
Bringing the old-world charm of a European mountain ski chalet to the mountain wonderland of Sun Valley, the Knob Hill Inn is an all-season destination resort. The Inn’s large guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed and feature superb mountain views. Offering a variety of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, Knob Hill Inn is an excellent choice for a small conference or executive retreat.
The Sun Valley Resort is a full-service retreat and convention center. It can accommodate groups from 20 to 1,000 in a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. The fresh mountain air, alpine beauty and first-class amenities of the Resort make it an impressive setting for any conference, retreat or special event.
Out and About
Groups seeking to supplement their meetings with outdoor activities will find what they want here. In the winter, world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding are highlights, and more than 100 miles of groomed terrain offer ideal conditions for cross-country skiing. Ice skating, snowmobiling and heli-skiing in the backcountry are also available. Summer offers golf, hiking, biking, fly fishing and whitewater sports.
For more tranquil activities, groups can enjoy the shopping, dining, and nightlife of Ketchum and Sun Valley. The town of Ketchum abounds with interesting boutiques and art galleries, a variety of restaurants and fun nightlife.
McCall Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
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