Kalispell, set in the heart of Montana's Flathead Valley between Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park, is known as the gateway to Montana's most iconic natural playgrounds. An artistic community with many musicians, painters and photographers, it's where visitors can take in a concert of the Glacier Symphony and enjoy a collection of Kalispell event venues and restaurants, gracious historic homes, and museums centered on interesting facets of the area. Also nearby are National Bison Range and two ski resorts, as well as miles of biking trails and nine golf courses right in town.
Glacier Park International Airport is located nine miles from Kalispell. The facility offers direct flights to eight major national hubs (Seattle, Oakland, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago and Atlanta) on Delta/Sky West, United, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air and Allegiant. Additional summer service recently began, with Allegiant offering nonstop twice weekly service from Kalispell to Los Angeles International Airport.
Hotel venues in Kalispell include two with dedicated conference centers. The 144-room Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell offers 14,000 square feet of function space, including an 8,500-square-foot ballroom that can host an event for up to 700 people in its conference center; and the 170-room Red Lion Hotel Kalispell conference center provides 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Other sizeable meeting space is found at the 153-room GuestHouse Inn & Suites (formerly Outlaw Inn) and offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom that can seat 1,000 for a meeting session or a banquet, and the 59-room Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn, which can handle a group of up to 620 in its 9,500 square feet of meeting space.
Looking for memorable special event venues in Kalispell? Try outdoor options like Far West Boat Tours on Flathead Lake (up to 75 people) and a number of historic venues, including several historic Main Street buildings that each have space to host a gathering of up to 25 people. At Conrad Mansion, known as one of the most beautifully preserved pre-1900 mansions in Montana (complete with over 90% of the original family furnishings), parties of 25 people can be held inside and up to 100 on three large lawn spaces. The Northwest Montana Historical Society Museum at Central School, housed in a sturdy brick and stone structure built around 1900, can host a party for up to 50 people. And events of up to 100 people at the Hockaday Museum, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, can flow around the facility's exhibit dedicated to Glacier National Park art and culture. In addition, Bibler Gardens can host a group of up to 100 and Majestic Valley Arena can handle up to 2,500.
Kalispell dining options suit its setting as host to visitors from around the world on adventures to explore the natural treasures of the area. Those after true Montana flavor, Hop's Downtown Grill serves local elk, yak and bison burgers with its more than 100 craft beers. And there are local favorites, such as Sykes Diner, where they serve up home-style breakfasts; Moose's Saloon, where you enter through swinging doors and dine on tasty pizza; and Norms News, famous for its huckleberry milkshake. For exceptional menus and quality wine lists, there are upscale eateries such as Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern and North Bay Grille.