Small Market Meetings

JUN 2017

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Page 19 of 43 Meeting Ideas 20 Courtesy Glacier Park Inc. Dinner comes with a view at the Great Northern Dining Room in Glacier Park Lodge. W hen it comes to meetings and conferences, most attendees hope to gain more than just a few days in a boardroom. They want to experience something fresh and inspiring, and few places stir the imagination quite like one of the country's mag- nificent state or national parks. To make sure your attendees stay relaxed and engaged throughout the meeting experience, consider one of the following parks as your next destination. Glacier National Park Montana Known as the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park features some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, with more than 700 miles of hiking trails, 762 lakes and a breathtaking portion of the Rocky Mountains. This aquatic region is also the headspring of waters that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and Hudson Bay. Visitors can hike past massive floating chunks of ice on the Iceberg Lake Trail or travel to the iconic Grinnell Glacier at the foot of the con- tinental divide. The diverse terrain invites a wide range of wildlife as well, including bighorn sheep, grizzly bears and mountain goats, which are the official symbol of the park. When planners bring their events to Glacier, they give many people the chance to cross out a major item on their bucket lists. "It's a really cool opportunity to get out into the park and see the sights of Glacier," said Rebecca Baker, marketing and public relations manager at Glacier Park, Inc. "And people can experience it on their own, even if they don't get the opportunity with their group." Many planners host events or conferences at the historic Glacier Park Lodge, which is just outside the park in the village of East Glacier. Featuring an impressive backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the property is characterized by sweeping outdoor gardens and 60 tower- ing Douglas fir tree trunks that line the main lobby. Guests can relish the mountain view with a steaming cup of Montana Coffee Trader cof- fee from the Empire Café or step into the train-themed Empire Bar to dine like passengers on the Great Northern Railway. By Savannah Osbourn These park locations make meetings scenic A Natural Agenda A Natural Agenda

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