When you head to a corporate retreat for the weekend, it can go one of two ways. Either your boss strikes the perfect balance of fun team-building activities and formal meetings, or they fail. A weekend can feel like a long time when your corporate retreat is on the stuffy side — or the unprofessional side.
When your boss asks for your input about the next company retreat, suggest one of these 13 fun destinations with plenty of things to do and see.
1. Napa Valley, CA
Sunny, warm year-round and speckled with world-famous wineries, the Napa Valley is a beautiful place to unwind with coworkers. You can take a wine-tasting tour, check out a Tuscan castle and then head to the town of St. Helena for a business-casual dinner on Main Street.
2. Scottsdale, AZ
Nothing is quite as beautiful as the views from The Phoenician’s windows in Scottsdale. Its dedicated conference facility and in-house travel agency make it effortless to plan your business meetings. Then, when it’s time to let your hair down, head outdoors and get some fresh air as a team.
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3. Miami Beach, FL
If you’ve ever dreamt of living like a millionaire in Miami Beach, chances are your coworkers have, too. Urge your boss to reserve a seaside mansion in Miami with enough room for everyone on your team. Then, head to the party town for some upscale happy hours with a bit of team-building in between.
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4. Jackson Hole, WY
For a group of employees who would rather lounge by a pool inspired by nature in between meetings, the Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole is a reliable option. Although this destination is on the pricier side, it’s worth it for the sweeping views and fresh air.
5. Yosemite, CA
Are you interested in picnicking and hiking on your corporate retreat? Nowhere in the country is more picturesque than Yosemite National Park. Go on a horseback riding adventure or enjoy a full weekend of camping to get into the bonding spirit.
6. Brooklyn, NY
If you want the energy of New York City without the stress of Manhattan, a corporate retreat in Brooklyn is the perfect urban compromise. Concerts, sporting events and beer-tasting tours abound, but you can also just rent out a co-working space and pick up some locally roasted coffee to fuel a meeting.
7. Sacramento, CA
Sacramento is a bustling metropolis with lots of things to do, from bar-hopping to window-shopping. It’s also home to a trending activity in corporate team-building, escape rooms. Join your coworkers in an escape room to solve riddles and follow clues to unlock the door and free yourselves.
8. Portland, ME
Portland is a small city tucked away in the farthest corner of New England. If your company is into rustic excursions, this might be just the place. Take a tasting tour of the famous Allagash Brewing Company, then brainstorm new business solutions as you grab some fresh seafood at a nearby restaurant. Since Portland is off the beaten path, this town is more affordable than some other New England destinations.
9. Boston, MA
Do you work with a lot of sports lovers? Then Boston is a worthy destination. Regardless of the time of year, you can always go for a tour of Fenway Park and learn about the history of the city’s victorious athletes. Don’t forget to enjoy a lobster roll while you’re here.
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10. Telluride, CO
Colorado is undeniably one of the most beautiful states in the nation with its rolling mountains and beautiful parks. It’s also home to The Peaks, a resort equipped with rental spaces where everyone can gather after a nice guided hike. Of course, you can also meet in the on-site restaurant for dinner and drinks instead.
11. Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara is home to some swanky resorts and rentals, not to mention a stretch of beach known throughout the country as one of the best. The city also boasts a solid set of team-building opportunities, like bowling at the popular Zodo’s, which is part upscale bar and part bowling alley. It’s a wonderful way to get the competitive juices flowing and do some bonding.
12. Lake Tahoe, CA
Hike in Emerald Bay State Park. Explore history at the Donne Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. Ski at the Homewood Mountain Resort. You and your colleagues will be able to enjoy all of these activities if you can convince the higher-ups that you deserve a high-end getaway to Lake Tahoe.
13. Finger Lakes, NY
You probably know the Finger Lakes region of New York State has tons of water sports and hiking, but did you realize it’s also home to many wineries? Gather in a rental cabin on the lake and go for a wine-tasting tour as a team before you unwind around the fire pit in the evening.
With so many solid retreat spots around the country, you and your coworkers are bound to have fun on your next corporate getaway. Just make sure you head to one of these 13 fun spots, so you’ll always have something to do.