Adding a local (Kalispell) touch to your meeting

By Discover Kalispell on July 18, 2020

Around here, it’s easy to add a touch of warmth to your meetings with welcoming hospitality, cozy Montana lodging options, the passionate skills of the locals and the quality of the products and services they provide. When it comes to meetings in Kalispell, some of the easiest ways to make your event stand out is through local touches in the form of dining, welcome gifts and Montana-inspired activities.

Taste Local Montana

Planning an off-site event for your meeting or conference? There are four local culinary options that specialize in distinct, one-of-a-kind mouth-watering options. DeSoto Grill serves up locally-sourced BBQ and is available for catering indoor and outdoor events in the Flathead Valley. For forest-to-table dining, Earth Angel Organics specializes in mountain-inspired and fresh-cuisine that’s prepared on-site, giving your meeting attendees the opportunity to see the nearly start-to-finish process. Bonelli's Bistro serves up Montana twists on classic Italian dishes, while Sugar Happy Cupcakes designs customized flower cupcakes for any occasion.

Welcome Gifts

One of the quickest ways to ensure your meeting, conference or event attendees feel welcome is through a customized welcome gift. Impress them with a handmade growler, perfect for remembering Kalispell’s craft beer scene, from Carlburg Pottery. Take it ultra-local with oils, lotions, soaps and treats from Purple Mountain Lavender or give them Montana’s most-loved berry—the huckleberry—in the form of huckleberry candy, lotions and more with Huckleberry Haven.

Off-site Montana-Inspired Venues

Chances are, if your meeting is in Kalispell for more than one day, you’re going to want to get your attendees out to experience the heart of Montana by taking your event off-site. Get them on the waters of Flathead Lake with a reception onboard the Far West. Or introduce them to western culture and tradition with an event at Snowline Acres, a venue that is ideal for larger groups and has jaw-dropping views of the Swan Mountains. For a venue within walking distance of downtown, try the Northwest Montana History Museum and let attendees walk through Montana’s past.

Ice Breakers, Teambuilding and Activities

One of the most memorable ways to complement a meeting in northwest Montana is through an off-site activity that immerses your attendees in various aspects and offerings in Kalispell. Montana has a rich American Indian history and storytelling, singers and songwriters share Indian culture in a variety of ways, including Glacier National Park’s Native America Speaks Program (held during the summer season). Montana’s Blackfeet Troubadour Jack Gladstone performs for various audiences and events, sharing American Indian history. Experience the cowboy west through a chuckwagon dinner—set in a beautiful mountain valley—at Artemis Acres. Pay homage to “A River Runs Through It” with True Water Fly Fishing on a guided fly-fishing trip or with a hands-on fly-tying class where participants will learn to tie their own flies for fishing. If you prefer to keep it indoors, KALICO Art Center can come to you for art classes such a drawing, painting, jewelry making or poetry wring, and so much more!

For customized itineraries and more local-inspired ideas, contact Dawn Jackson at 406-758-2820 or [email protected].

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