In this area (southwestern Idaho) more events occur in late spring, summer and early fall than there are available venues. Many venues book a year or more in advance. So what is a person to do, particularly when time is limited? Think creatively; look for unusual locations. You may find that choosing something other than the typical hotel, restaurant or golf club will delight and surprise your guests.
Depending on the type of event, a museum or art museum may offer the ambiance you seek. Also consider art galleries, movie theaters, community theaters, airplane hangers, and more. Several years ago we planned a birthday party for a World War II veteran at the War Hawk Museum in Nampa. He and his guests were delighted. There was no need for entertainment – the displays provided it all.
Perhaps you are planning a conference at a typical conference center or hotel. Change it up by hosting a pre or post meeting cocktail party at an art gallery or dinner at a museum. Need a stage and audio visual equipment? How about holding your meeting at a community theater or a movie theater. Depending on the event, you may be able to hold it in or near the State Capitol. A wedding held on the steps of the Capitol will be unique, though not very private. If casual is your style, consider a barn or an arena. The ideas are unlimited depending on the nature of your event and your budget. So, get creative and don’t let no vacancies stop you from planning your special event.