In today’s remote world, it can often be challenging to find a time (and place) to unplug and foster meaningful connections within your company. For those looking to escape the everyday and inspire innovation, collaboration and relaxation, here are five – off the grid, yet easily accessible – lakeside destinations to consider for your next company meeting:
Nestled among the trees at an elevation of 5,174 feet, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is less than two hours from LA – making it an accessible and ideal location for your next work retreat. Your team can experience creative meeting setups designed to stimulate collaboration and innovation, as well as activated breaks with mindfulness programming and activities to fuel energy and engagement. After the workday, unwind at the resort’s on-site wellness center, restaurant, bar or private lake beach – all while enjoying stunning views of Lake Arrowhead and the expansive San Bernardino National Forest.
Dreaming of sun, surf and sand? The Nautical Beachfront Resort perched along Lake Havasu’s sandy beaches, is the perfect destination for your next company meeting. The resort offers over 15,000 square-feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a 5,600-square-foot convention center. When the day’s work is over, your team can connect over drinks at one of the three lakeside restaurants and bars, take a ride on the lake or relax poolside.
Just a short drive from Chicago and Milwaukee, teams can enjoy sunlit meeting rooms, inspired breaks and mindful teambuilding activities at The Abbey Resort. Situated on 90 acres of scenic lakeside property, the resort provides the ideal setting for a rewarding meeting experience – with sparkling lake waters, lush greenery and beautiful harbors sure to inspire. After a hard day’s work, attendees can unwind at the Lakeside Spa Sanctuary.
If business is in order, conduct it in paradise. Located just one hour north of Houston, Margaritaville Lake Resort offers flexible meeting spaces as well as a 72,000-square-foot private conference center. At the resort, meeting goers can also enjoy a variety of dynamic teambuilding activities including Margarita Mixology, Beach Olympics and a Cheeseburger in Paradise Cookoff. And what better way to unwind than kicking back poolside with old (and new!) work friends, and a margarita in hand?
An easy drive for the majority of the East Coast, Stonewall Resort is close to home but far from the ordinary. West Virginia’s only lakeside conference center is supported by experienced IT professionals, served by an expert culinary team and surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of West Virginia’s rolling mountains and tranquil lake waters. After a productive meeting, your team can unwind with scenic views, lounge on the lakeside patio, explore miles of West Virginia’s hiking trails and play a round of golf – or two.
From vibrant cityscapes to awe-inspiring nature wonders, the Pacific Northwest offers a unique blend of work and play for the modern business traveler.
Team bonding is a critical component of workplace wellbeing, helping to build trust, foster collaboration and improve communication among employees. In today’s remote world, scheduling time for team members to connect in-person has become more important than ever – and what better way to connect than over food and drink?
Was the last palm tree your team has seen somewhere on their Windows screensaver? Then it’s time to check your bags—and check in to one of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels’ oceanside properties.
Spring is in full bloom and, as the weather grows warmer and the days stretch longer, it’s the perfect time to move your next team building activity out of the office and into the great outdoors.
From the great outdoors, hiking, boating and beachside yoga, to wine tasting, golfing and more. There’s something for everyone. Bring your team together with a unique teambuilding experience. Here are 10 locations where companies can combine business travel with productive play.
For meeting planners, finding new, unique and inspiring destinations for an upcoming event can prove difficult. Here are three Benchmark Resorts & Hotels' destinations dotted around the country, which offer unique experiences for meeting guests.
If your team’s connection relies on your internet connection, it’s probably time to think about making your workplace culture a little more personal. So, move morning coffee from your home office to one of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels’ boutique properties. We’ll bring the to-go cups.
Taking a step away from traditional office spaces and heading to new places can help teams refocus on business objectives, offering a fresh, relaxed environment, free of workplace distractions.
Happy employees are more likely to have a positive attitude when it comes to their work, increasing productivity and the overall culture of a company.
Whether it’s a large corporate gathering or a small group of meeting goers, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has several excellent locations to host impactful and productive meetings:
Over the past decade or so, sustainability has been at the forefront of workplace initiatives. But that shouldn’t just be a focus in the workplace itself – businesses should strive to ensure that they are engaging in sustainability practices even when traveling for conventions, corporate retreats and meetings alike.
Often, the best ideas come when we take a step (far) away from our usual surroundings. However, while the idea of jetting across the globe for meetings sounds inspiring, it can be a logistical challenge for meeting planners.
Whether it’s an intimate conference or gathering for a small business or a chance to reward an individual team in a large corporation, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has some excellent locations to host impactful meetings, executive retreats and events to meet the needs of smaller groups:
For meeting planners, technology can be a friend or foe. And, in this new hybrid environment with both virtual and in-person attendees to consider, meeting organizers must rely on conferencing technology – to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all attendees.
With many companies making the switch to fully remote or hybrid work, there’s added pressure on offsite meetings to make up for lost facetime and build team bonds that can benefit business.
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.
Breeze cooling your skin. Sun warming your view. Arms spread wide, floating down through the mountains. Can you picture it? A paragliding escapade through the Grand Tetons is just one of many teambuilding opportunities offered at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels properties around the country, designed to heighten your senses in a way that embraces creativity.
As meeting-goers begin to convene again in person, wellness should be top of mind. Meeting planners and attendees are increasingly aware of the benefits of therapeutic services and how they play a role in the success of any meeting, conference or program.