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New Places for New Ideas

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. This change of scenery can open up of a world of new ideas and possibilities to help solve business problems. Often, employees struggle with out-of-the-box thinking when their environment remains the same as their day-to-day office. New places bring new ideas and allow for creativity beyond the norm. Whether it’s nature, community, beach or culture, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels’ properties have the right meeting properties to inspire these big ideas:

Nestle in Nature at Stonewall Resort

As West Virginia’s only lakeside conference center, Stonewall Resort offers immaculate views of West Virginia's rolling mountains and tranquil lake waters, as well as world-class meeting facilities with an easy drive from many East Coast towns and cities. The peaceful serenity of the property affords meeting goers the time to think broader and be creative, away from the noise of their day-to-day. From the Adirondack-style accommodations to the heated indoor and outdoor pools, the guided Segway tours and the numerous water activities, attendees will be in the heart of nature surrounded by an abundance of inspiration for new business ideas.

Community Connection at Texas A&M

Located on the Texas A&M University campus, 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space can transform to facilitate anything from a casual brainstorm to a formal celebration. For meeting attendees at the hotel, new ideas are nourished through the team building activities, in particular community service projects, like when guests work with a local chapter of Rebuilding Together, a national volunteer home repair organization. Past groups have focused on several community projects including building a playground and repairing community facilities in low-income neighborhoods. These activities create a positive impact on the community and in turn, can help colleagues to work together and inspire new ideas for their business. And, with a rooftop pool overlooking the legendary Kyle Field, the venue offers the perfect retreat to beat the Texas heat whilst unwinding and mingling teambuilding.

A Beach Retreat at The Nautical Beachfront Resort

Set along Lake Havasu City’s sandy beaches, The Nautical Beachfront Resort offers guests an authentic laid-back experience with the lively vibe of the Caribbean. With over 15,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor flexible meeting and event space in Lake Havasu City, colleagues and professionals can meet in an atmosphere that encourages both productivity and relaxation. And relaxation is something the resort excels at. From the turquoise waters of Lake Havasu, to the resort’s own pool and waterfront rooms, there is plenty of opportunity for relax and recuperate amid meetings and brainstorms. When the day’s work is over and the new ideas have been jotted down, guests can meet for drinks and dinner in one of the three restaurants and bars.

Get Creative at Hotel Max

A boutique hotel experience made for creators, Hotel Max is downtown Seattle’s destination for big imaginations — a place where art, photography, and music mingle with playful signature amenities, and plenty of attitude. For companies seeking a space to really inspire new ideas and creative thinking, Hotel Maxwill be their muse. With an original Andy Warhol in the lobby, the hotel is exciting creative minds from the moment they check in. Meetings at Hotel Max can start from casual conversations in intimate meeting rooms, to huge contemporary spaces catering to large meeting groups. With some down time, guests should wander to the 5th floor, a homage to Sub Pop Records, Seattle’s most iconic independent record label. Every guest room door is covered with large-scale black-and-white images showcasing the work of photographer Charles Peterson. Rooms are also outfitted with framed poster art, Crosley record players and a selection of vinyl records curated by Sub Pop.

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