While company retreats have long been a staple of the business world, they often take place in a busy and overstimulated location like a major city for reasons including accessibility and proximity to a large airport. Planning a retreat in a remote location not only boosts your attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, but time spent in a remote setting surrounded by nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.
Here are four destinations to consider for your next company retreat that are near major cities and airports yet still feel remote:
Edith Macy Center (Briarcliff Manor, NY)
Just 45 minutes from Manhattan and 20 minutes from the Westchester County Airport, Edith Macy Center is situated among 405 wooded acres on a mountainside in the heart of Westchester County. At Edith Macy, attendees will enjoy peace and quiet, without distractions or interruptions in a simply serene and relaxed environment. Attendees can choose from several team-building activities, including a walking meditation.
Chaminade Resort & Spa (Santa Cruz, CA)
Just one hour south of San Francisco International Airport and 40-minutes from San Jose International Airport is Chaminade Resort & Spa. Set on 300 wooded acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Chaminade Resort & Spa is a spectacular retreat featuring breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Attendees can participate in a plethora of team-building exercises while also maximizing downtime between sessions with a trip to the resort’s 1,700-square-foot nature-inspired spa. Only have a short window of time? Twenty-five-minute express treatments, like an anti-stress facial, foot and hand massage, and back and neck massage, provide a quick pick me up before you get back to an activity like forest bathing or a scavenger hunt with your team.
Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center (Wind Point, WI)
Easily considered the best conference center in Wisconsin, the IACC-certified Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center is just 35 minutes from Milwaukee and 90 minutes from Chicago. In addition to collaborating on menus and meeting spaces, Wingspread will also work to craft group experiences that support your company’s goals. For example, attendees can participate in guided nature, sculpture and architectural tours along with golf outings, sailboat excursions on Lake Michigan, craft brewery and museum tours and much more in the greater Racine area.
Willows Lodge (Woodinville, WA)
Willows Lodge is the perfect destination for a Pacific Northwest retreat. Nestled in the heart of Woodinville wine country, the Lodge is just 30 minutes from Seattle but feels a world away. If your group will enjoy learning about wine, Willows Lodge offers several different wine tasting activities including “Wine 101” to educate your team; aroma and/or food-paired tastings to entice the senses; and a blind wine-tasting game to ignite the competitive spirit. At other times, attendees can ride a scenic trail on complimentary bikes while soaking up endlessly inspiring views of the Sammamish River Valley.