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:
Located in the heart of Maine and recognized as one of the top 20 resorts in the U.S. for reunions and gatherings by Condé Nast Traveler, Spruce Point Inn’s setting and amenities provide an ideal backdrop for intimate meetings and events. With ocean views, cozy furnishings and many original features, the property’s meetings and events rooms, including its outdoor decking, are the perfect size for smaller groups. And, because of its oceanfront location, on-site group activities include a water shuttle, kayaking and sailing – ideal for smaller scale team bonding that will benefit the group’s long-term connection. Other amenities available include two outdoor pools, bicycles, a nature and jogging trail and lobstering.
Just a short drive from Salt Lake City, YOTELPAD Park City is the ultimate destination for businesses looking to immerse themselves in the outdoors during their meeting or retreat. With modern, innovative spaces which can be adapted to suit classroom style presentations, breakout sessions and reception settings, the property’s meeting spaces will ensure impactful sessions for smaller groups. For team bonding, YOTELPAD Park City central perch lends to some unforgettable local experiences, from shredding powdery slopes, horseback riding or scenic bike rides, which are sure to strengthen work relationships and impact future productivity. And, after a day of team building, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the mountains on the outdoor terrace, take a dip in the swimming pool or hot tub, or relax by one of the three firepits.
Sitting at the base of Snow King Mountain, Snow King Resort boasts breathtaking views of the Teton Mountain Range and features a wide variety of onsite activities and amenities for smaller groups. Ski lovers will be particularly impressed with this meeting location, offering ski-in, ski-out lodging accommodations, ideal for switching off and heading for the slopes after a morning of business meetings. Flexible meeting spaces throughout the hotel and lodges include neat indoor breakout rooms and an expansive lawn where guests can enjoy lawn games, teepees, and a dance floor. Meeting organizers will appreciate the range of activities open to smaller teams including white water rafting, skiing, snowmobiling and world-renowned hiking trails at Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
Heathman Hotel– Portland, Oregon
One of Portland’s most recognizable landmarks, the iconic Heathman Hotel blends rich history with a reverent appreciation for the arts and provides meeting goers with a unique, creative space to do their best strategic thinking. Meeting rooms are decked with striking artwork, original features, and stylish furniture – a taste of all of Portland’s best qualities under one roof. There is flexibility in all meeting spaces to guarantee smaller groups are comfortable in all room settings. With the recent renovations of a one-of-a-kind library, the space is a welcome respite after a day of meetings. And, with its location in the center of this creative city, teams can spend their downtime exploring the many pleasant bookstores, coffeeshops, breweries and distilleries.
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, consider a lakeside location for your next company meeting.
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:
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.
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.
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.