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Building Stronger Teams: Creating Bonds Beyond the Boardroom

When it comes to business travel and corporate gatherings, the emphasis is on team-building exercises, as fostering strong team connections ultimately contributes to the success of the business.

Study after study supports what real-life experiences with team-building activities have consistently shown: Team-building exercises build bridges across departments, stimulate creativity, connect remote teams and so much more.

Here are five programs offered within the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio to inspire your next corporate team-building exercise:

1. Wine Tasting at Willows Lodge (Woodinville, WA)

For wine enthusiasts seeking sensory experiences, Willows Lodge provides plenty of wine tasting activities. Options include "Wine 101" for team education, aroma and/or food-paired tastings for sensory delight, a blind wine-tasting game to spark competition and more.

2. Lunch with Dolphins at Hawks Cay Resort (Duck Key, FL)

Elevate your group's spirits with a unique Florida Keys adventure – enjoy a gourmet lunch with the dolphins. Relish a dockside meal while watching Hawks Cay's lively bottlenose dolphins. These intelligent and graceful marine mammals will showcase their impressive acrobatics, creating an unforgettable experience for your group that sparks creativity and inspires fun conversations.

3. Team Mixology at Dossier (Portland, OR)

Craft a stellar team-building experience: gather your team and infuse tips, tricks, and trivia from a local Portland bartending pro. Join Dossier's Bar Adler Mixology Class for a fun bonding opportunity where expert mixologists teach the art of cocktail making. The interactive, hands-on class ensures everyone gets involved in creating delicious and visually stunning drinks.

4. Challenge Works at Texas A&M Hotel & Conference Center (College Station, TX)

Affiliated with Texas A&M’s College of Education and Human Development, Challenge Works is an outdoor adventure initiative that tailors its activities to address group improvement goals, ranging from trust and communication to collaborative decision-making. Engaging in interactive experiences like ropes courses, archery, rock climbing and more enables groups to foster strong bonds and ignite enduring teamwork creatively.

5. Roanoke Mountain Adventures at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (Roanoke, VA)

Perfect for teams seeking an exhilarating team-building experience beyond their comfort zone, Hotel Roanoke partners with a local full-service outfitter. Together, they offer guided and self-guided outdoor adventures like mountain biking, road cycling, paddleboarding, kayaking and other pursuits amid the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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