Western Montana's Glacier Country is benefitting from four new lodging properties in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Several properties also have renovated, including Flathead Lake Lodge on the east shore of Flathead Lake near Bigfork, which upgraded cabins with new wood floors and remodeled bathrooms.

The Firebrand Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, was recently launched by the owners of The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. The boutique hotel features 86 rooms, a fitness center, on-site spa services, restaurant, rooftop patio and 750 square feet of meeting space, as well as a board room with the latest in smart technology.

Hampton Inn & Suites opened just south of downtown Whitefish in April with 76 guest rooms, 1,000 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center and golf simulator room.

Cedar Creek Lodge and Convention Center, situated a bit closer to Glacier National Park in Columbia Falls, celebrated the opening of Cedar Creek Lodge and Convention Center this summer. With 64 rooms and 3,000 square feet of meeting space, the lodge is modeled after the grand lodges of Glacier National Park and has open beam timbers and pitched rooflines.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened a 101-suite property in Kalispell with 1,275 square feet of meeting space and indoor pool in late May

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 


Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.


Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.