Boise At-A-Glance


The Western Museums Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in Boise, Idaho on October 4-7. The theme of the 2019 Annual Meeting is ENGAGE, and will focus on the ways museums engage with their communities, staff, and other museums. Here is some practical information for attending the Annual Meeting and getting to know Boise.
About Boise
Mountains and museums. Restaurants and rivers. Festivals and fresh air. Many find Boise to be a surprising blend of urban and outdoors -- big enough to have all the comforts of a big city, yet small enough to make it easy to enjoy it all.
boise-3864184_1920.jpgBoise is Vibrant. First time visitors often comment on Boise’s vibrancy. Its vitality. Its energy. With an active arts community and lively downtown filled with shops, restaurants, night spots and – yes – people, Boise is alive with entertainment options.
Boise is Active. When in Boise, do as the locals do: get outside! The city’s mild, four-season climate and easy access to mountains, rivers, lakes and more, make it a haven for those looking to explore beyond the city.
Downtown Boise is Boise's cultural center and supports some of the best restaurants, landmarks, and things to do in town. It also contains the Basque Block, a rich opportunity to learn about Boise's Basque heritage. Major downtown attractions include the Idaho State Capitol, the Egyptian Theatre, the Boise Art Museum (BAM), and Zoo Boise.
Geography & Climate
Boise's downtown lies at an elevation of 2,704 feet above sea level, and is mostly a broad, flat plain surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The average high temperature for Boise in October is 65°F and the average low is 40°F. With this forecast, we recommend dressing in layers and consider having a raincoat or umbrella handy.
Annual Meeting Hotel

The Grove Hotel is Boise's premier AAA Four Diamond hotel, and a welcoming retreat with contemporary, views of the Boise foothills, and the iconic Boise river sculpture landmark. Rooms are available for a discounted rate of $169/night. Group rate expires August 23rd.


Getting to Boise and Transportation
The closest airport to the Annual Meeting Hotel is Boise Airport (BOI) which is located just 5 miles southwest of downtown. Below are several transportation options for traveling from the airport to downtown.
Airport shuttles
BOI shuttle services offer reliability, great customer service, and an option for everyone from Super Shuttle, to shared ride vans, to taxi cabs, to personal drivers.
Valley Ride regional public transportation authority provides regular service to the Boise Airport every 15 minutes. Schedules and maps are located near the Boise Airport 1st floor rotunda elevator. To schedule, call: (208)-846-8547
Restaurants and Breweries
Downtown Boise has a wide-range of dining options. Here are just a few choices near the Grove Hotel:
  1. Fork - $$ - New American. Vegan and Vegetarian options                                                              
  2. Bittercreek Alehouse - $$ - Gastropub - Vegan / Vegetarian options                              Downtown Boise.jpg
  3. Juniper - $$ - New American - Vegan / Vegetarian options
  4. The Brickyard - $$$ - Steakhouse / Cocktails
  5. The Basque Market - $$ - Tapas (might be too casual)
  6. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery - $$ - New American
  7. Reef - $$ - Traditional American / Tiki Bar (who knew?)
  8. The Front Door - $$ - Pizza, Sandwiches, Beer Bar
  9. Lucky Fins Seafood Grill - $$ - New American, Seafood/Sushi, Dessert
  10. Red Feather Lounge - $$ - New American, Lounge
  11. St. Lawrence Gridiron - $$ - New American, Southern
  12. Eureka! - $$ - New American, Burgers
  13. The Matador - $$ - Mexican, Cocktail Bar
  14. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria - $$ - Pizza, Sandwiches, Salad
Coffee & Cafes
Downtown Boise offers a variety of coffee shops, bakeries, and cafes. Here are a few choices near the Grove Hotel:
  1. Goldy's Corner - $ - Corner bakery & cafe featuring breakfast & sandwiches.
  2. Dutch Bros - $ - Drive-thru chain known for specialty java & espresso drinks, plus teas & smoothies.
  3. Alia's Coffee House - $ - Cozy coffeehouse with espresso drinks, NY-style bagels & a down-to-earth vibe.
  4. Caffé D'arte - Boise Café - $ - Corner cafe with good Italian coffee, espresso & light bakery items.
  5. Form and Function - $ - Good espresso drinks & light breakfast fare
Things to Do!
During your time at the Annual Meeting, venture to some of these attractions, both downtown and surrounding downtown.