On Thursday, Oct. 20, Boise Centre officially celebrated the grand opening of City Centre Plaza, which includes the new Clearwater Analytics Building, Boise Centre East, Main Street Station and Boise State University Computer Science Department. The expansion includes 36,000 square feet of additional meeting and event space, including a new ballroom that can accommodate 800 guests seated, eight new meeting rooms, and two levels of pre-function and lobby space.

I was lucky enough to tour the building pre-opening in September. It’s a fabulous addition to the city and the meetings and events community. In November, the convention center will be able to expand its iconic Festival of Trees, adding displays and activities to Boise Centre East. In addition, the city’s downtown holiday tree lighting will take place on the plaza on Nov. 25 and will include carolers, holiday festivities and a giving tree.

Of the expansion, Boise Centre communications manager Mary-Michael Rodgers says, “We’re able to accommodate larger conferences. In April, one returning group will now be using all of the original center and most of the new space.”

Whether it’s the sheen of the snow-covered mountain slope in the background or the lush forest surrounding a two-story, floor-to-ceiling window spread, art is simply more sublime in mountain towns.
 
Aspen Art Museum
Aspen, Colorado 
Square Footage: 33,000 
Capacity: 250 reception/150 banquet
Art Experience: The rotating exhibitions—from whimsical to classical—in the modern space feature photography, painting, sculpture and more.

 

Napa Valley’s Meritage Resort & Spa recently debuted a new program designed to help groups gathering at the resort achieve more “Mindful Meetings.” The program, offered in partnership with Bare Health, can be custom tailored for groups and includes the following wellness-focused activities: meditation, yoga in the vineyard, sound healing, and the creation of juices, smoothies and morning elixirs at the resort’s brand-new Food & Wine Center.

 

After continually hearing that meeting planners were looking to infuse more health, wellness and sustainability into their agendas, Hilton Hotels & Resorts created Meet with Purpose in 2015. As it has evolved, the turnkey program—and its focus on Mindful Eating, Mindful Meeting and Mindful Being—has been increasingly customized to reflect each hotel and each meeting.