Destination: Missoula Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Steve Winston
May 30, 2012
These three states aren’t normally considered meeting centers on the order of an Orlando or San Francisco. Yet out here in Big Sky country, with its mountains and wide-open ranchland, planners are finding excellent facilities, value pricing, great team-building opportunities and stunning natural backdrops.
By Bill McRae
June 23, 2010
To most people, Montana seems a long ways from anywhere—and, in fact, it is quite a distance from most large U.S. population centers. However, if you are looking for a unique and memorable place to hold a meeting or small convention, getting a little distance from the crowds isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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Home to the University of Montana, this city near the Idaho border has a hip, youthful vibe. Because of its fairly mild climate (compared to the rest of the state), there’s plenty going on here year-round, from outdoor recreation opportunities and events to beer tasting at three craft breweries.
Its name translates roughly into “river of ambush or surprise” in the original inhabitants’ Salish language, and surprised the inhabitants were to encounter the Lewis and Clark expedition on their way through Montana. Today, Missoula is better known as the Garden City, and the numerous rivers in the area are popular fly-fishing locales.
Missoula also features a number of unique cultural offerings, including the striking Missoula Children’s Theater Center for the Performing Arts, home of the local children’s theater and the site of local community theater. Nearby is the ever-popular Missoula Carousel, a large antique carousel that is still entirely functional.