Kalispell, Montana at a Glance
Location: Northwest Montana
Access: U.S. Highway 2 and 93, Glacier Park International Airport, Amtrak’s Empire Builder
Major Meeting Spaces: Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell
Hotel Rooms: About 1,500
Off-Site Venues: Ashley Creek Historic Venue at Snowline Acres, Wachholz College Center, Flathead Field
Kalispell, Montana, is far from a typical mountain town.
Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, this city offers gorgeous views, outdoor attractions and a sense of serenity. But it is also bursting with life. Its downtown is lined with an eclectic combination of quaint shops, museums, local watering holes, eateries and much more.
“Kalispell is really the hub of the Flathead Valley in northwest Montana,” said Tia Troy, a spokesperson for Discover Kalispell.
Though filled with present-day venues and amenities, downtown Kalispell also displays pieces of its past. It is home to multiple buildings that can be traced back to the late 1890s and early 1900s, like Kalispell Grand Hotel, Hockaday Museum of Art, Conrad Mansion Museum and Northwest Montana History Museum. As its oldest treasure, the region’s landscape creates quite the entertaining playground for people of all ages.
“Kalispell is surrounded by various mountain ranges,” Troy said. “You have the Swan Mountains, which are all part of the Rocky Mountains, as well as the Salish Mountains. You have Glacier National Park, which sits just 32 miles away from Kalispell. And then you also have Flathead Lake, which is just 10 minutes south of Kalispell.”
Together, these features provide visitors with a unique yet truly authentic Montana experience. In addition to being a great spot for tourists, Kalispell is also primed to host a variety of events, from large conventions to corporate retreats.
“Kalispell is an ideal destination for corporate meetings and events of various sizes because it has everything you need while still being surrounded by Montana’s incredible outdoors and iconic destinations,” Troy said.
Two of the area’s main event spaces can be found at Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell, which is located about five minutes from downtown, and Red Lion Hotel Kalispell, which sits on the north end of downtown. Other available venues include everything from additional hotels to unique spaces, like baseball stadium suites and a performance/lecture hall.
Found just outside of downtown, Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell is one of the city’s major meeting hotels. With 11 meeting rooms, totaling nearly 14,000 square feet, groups have plenty of space to assemble or break out into smaller teams. The inn’s largest room, Glacier Ballroom, measures 8,550 square feet and can host approximately 700 people.
Red Lion Hotel Kalispell, which sits on North Main Street downtown, has approximately 12,000 square feet of meeting space and can accommodate roughly 750 people. That space includes the 8,800-square-feet Grand Ballroom and several smaller rooms for breakout sessions. Both hotels offer catering services as well as audio and visual support.
Kalispell boasts numerous unique meeting spaces. Roughly six minutes from downtown, Ashley Creek Historic Venue at Snowline Acres is a beautiful barn-style building that sits on 30 acres. The facility offers 22,000 square feet of total indoor space, with its largest room measuring 6,000 square feet. Plus, thanks to its available acreage, groups can shift outdoors throughout the day, if the weather is nice. The venue can host up to 330 people, and groups can utilize the on-site prep kitchen.
Other interesting venues include a performance and lecture hall at Wachholz College Center or luxury suites at Flathead Field, the home of Kalispell’s Glacier Range Riders baseball team.
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Groups can capitalize on their time in Kalispell by taking part in one of the area’s many team-building activities. For example, about 8 miles from downtown in the foothills of the Salish Mountains, Artemis Acres Paint Horse Guest Ranch offers hiking and horseback riding, along with family-style meals. Groups can also bond by going whitewater rafting or taking a scenic float. Both can be achieved through Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, which is located about 40 minutes from Kalispell.
Whether groups are given a midday break or are finished up for the evening, downtown Kalispell is home to a long list of places worth exploring. The Northwest Montana History Museum and Conrad Mansion Museum offer insight into the city and state’s interesting past. Plus, groups can satisfy their hunger and thirst at places like Moose’s Saloon and MontaVino Winery. Moose’s serves up mouthwatering pizzas, salads and sandwiches, along with beer and wine. Its wooden booths and sawdust-covered floor provide a rustic, inviting atmosphere. As for MontaVino, groups can sample whites and reds, build their own charcuterie boards, lounge on the patio and listen to live music.