5 Stunning Locations for Corporate Retreats
Forbes declared in 2012 that corporate retreats were back, and even writers at the Huffington Post were arguing for the right kind of corporate retreat—one that provides genuine training and thinking time, while building morale and forming bonds between employees. Here are five retreat venues that would definitely be morale-boosters to visit—even if getting approval might be hard work.
Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
Brush Creek is a dude ranch set on 13,000 acres in Wyoming’s Platte River Valley, between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Medicine Bow National Forest, that offers both a sense of Western adventure and some serious pampering at its spa.
The ranch offers lodge rooms and log cabin suites, as well as 9,000 sq ft of meeting space, in which the décor manages to be both rustic and lavish. Out of meetings, the team-building exercises are hard to beat, with horseback riding, fly fishing, geocaching, orienteering, shooting, archery, riding, trail running, and mountain biking all on offer. The gorgeous location does take some time to get to, however: Brush Creek is a few hours northwest of Denver and closer to Laramie, Wyoming.
Silverado Resort, Napa Valley, California
Located in Northern California’s Napa Valley and surrounded by hills and vineyards, Silverado features four separate ‘neighborhoods’ where employees or executives can find space and seclusion. When relaxation is necessary, there is a spa, two PGA championship golf courses, tennis courts, and farm-to-table dining—and, of course, easy access to surrounding wineries.
Collaborative (or competitive) spirits can be fired up with activities from wine blending to golf tournaments, and there are well-appointed meeting rooms to help get the work done.
L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, Arizona
Known for its sublime red sandstone landscape and spiritual leanings, Sedona is a beautiful central Arizona town favored by former Presidential candidate John McCain. L’Auberge de Sedona offers cottage-style accommodation throughout the resort, as well as lodge accommodation; in each, the design tends towards the understated and homely.
If team morale needs boosting, there are craft cocktail classes, guided meditation classes, creekside dining, guided stargazing—and a spa, naturally.
Ocean Lodge, St. Simons Island, Georgia
The Ocean Lodge is aptly named. Located in Georgia’s Golden Isles and facing directly onto the sea, the Tuscan-inspired lodge offers extraordinary ocean views. A conference room is available, as are meeting and breakout rooms, with rooftop dining and a golf course to help break up the schedule. The Ocean Lodge is about halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida, making it relatively convenient from both cities.
Goodstone Inn, Middleburg, VA
A 265-acre country estate in Virginia’s wine and hunt country not far from Washington DC, the Goodstone Inn is accustomed to retreats, with six cottages and a total of 18 guest rooms, plus large conference rooms and numerous breakout rooms in the Manor House.
There is hiking, biking, the chance to visit local wineries, as well as golf and horseback riding, and the restaurant offers a farm-to-table dining experience. If the retreat becomes too stressful, there’s also a spa available.
Most people in business, of course, are more concerned with the problems of the here and now than planning a corporate retreat. At Luxor Limo, we would be pleased to make your life easier day-to-day, by solving some of your corporate transportation problems.