Boise, Idaho

Boise Depot

Why here?
Idaho's capital city of Boise landed a coveted spot on Travel & Leisure's recent list of the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018. Cited were impressive new and upgraded hotels, and burgeoning wine and restaurant scenes. The newly expanded Boise Centre ups the ante for meetings, as well.

Summertime is marked in Boise by the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Onstage this year is a slate of plays including Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, and Beehive: The 60's Musical.

In downtown, Grove Plaza reopened this past summer following renovations and now has free WiFi and LED lighting for better evening illumination. The site hosts groups of up to 2,500 people.


Chandlers Steakhouse is the place to be seen, not to mention eat, thanks to its award-winning vittles. Make the evening special for up to 100 guests with choices from the fabulous wine list.

A few hours' drive east of the city, the outdoor-sports mecca of Sun Valley beckons. Skiing at Bald Mountain is a must, and in summer, equestrian trails await. The 105-room Sun Valley Inn will finish a guest-room update that will reduce the room count to 98 upon completion next fall. Newly open is Village Station, a casual-dining spot.

Local Update

 A $47.5 million expansion was completed in July at the Boise Centre, bringing the facility's total to 92,000 square feet of total convention space, including 29 meeting rooms. The new building, Boise Centre East, features 36,000 square feet of space with a 13,000-square-foot ballroom and eight additional breakout rooms. The existing building was renovated as part of the project, and a junior ballroom, an executive boardroom and a patio were added, along with a number of new restrooms. A new concourse connects to the 252-room Grove Hotel and the 5,000-seat CenturyLink Arena.

 American Airlines added nonstop flights in 2017 between Boise and Chicago O'Hare, joining United Airlines in the service. Southwest Airlines began service from Boise to San Diego last June.

 The 110-room boutique Inn at 500 Capitol debuted last February steps from the State Capitol and a few blocks from the convention center. The hotel's restaurant, Richard's, is owned by James Beard Award--nominated chef Richard Langston and serves contemporary Italian fare. The property also features a fitness center and 2,300 square feet of meeting space.

 Boise National Forest's own ski resort, Bogus Basin, wants to bring in more summer visitors and to enhance skiers' time on the mountain in the winter. A ropes course, an alpine coaster and a 200-seat amphitheater are in the plans; find out more here.

Meeting Hotels: Properties with meeting space include the 303-room Riverside Hotel, 252-room Grove Hotel, 195-room Boise Hotel & Conference Center, 112-room Hotel43 and 110-room Inn at 500 Capitol.

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Convention Center: Boise Centre; exhibit space, 25,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 29. (208) 336-8900

Airport Transit: Boise Airport, approximately six miles from the city's downtown; transfer cost by taxi, $15; many area hotels offer complimentary shuttle service

Taxes: Room tax, 7%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue: Wine Enthusiast's recent "40 Under 40" list included Melanie Krause, winemaker at Cinder in Garden City, which is partially surrounded by Boise. The vineyard produces an off-dry Riesling, a dry rosé, a dry Viognier, a chardonnay, a Syrah and more. Tours and the tasting room are available for groups of up to 80, and concert seating is available for 173.

Contact: Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, (208) 344-7777 or (800) 635-5240