Corporate retreats are a great team-building opportunity for companies of all shapes and sizes. They are not just reserved for the big Fortune 500 companies or the wealthy Wall Street elite. They are also not some New Age trust falls and motivational speakers. Prior to the Great Recession of 2008, it was common for companies to send their leadership teams on all-expense paid retreats to tropical islands or the Swiss Alps where they got to partake in Heli skiing or jet skiing. Today, companies are a little more mindful of how they spend their money, and you can now spend less money to host a memorable corporate retreat for your executive team or the whole company.
While it would be incredible to jet off to the Bahamas for a corporate retreat, you don’t have to go far from your headquarters for the perfect location. The White Mountains have been a popular travel destination for centuries. Surrounded by scenic mountains, nature, and lots of fresh air, the White Mountains is the perfect destination for your next corporate retreat. Plus, it’s an easy drive up I-93 from Boston and beyond.
Nestled along the famed Kancamagus Highway in the Western White Mountains, the small town of Lincoln boasts world-class amenities that rival many big cities. The four-season mountain town has a family-friendly ski mountain, New Hampshire’s original zipline and adventure company, watersports and motorsports companies, and loads of delicious restaurants, breweries, and wineries. What more could you want in a location?
In 2019, the RiverWalk Resort and Seven Birches Winery opened a brand new private events space perfect for corporate retreats and meetings, wedding receptions, birthday parties, family reunions, and more. Located in the historic Lincoln Village Shops, the Atrium Events Venue has 2,376 square feet of open indoor space, flexible room configuration with meeting space for up to 100 people, and every audio/visual services and equipment you need to run your meeting flawlessly.
Benefits of a Corporate Retreat
You may be asking yourself why you should book a corporate retreat for your company. There are many benefits to a corporate retreat. First, it allows your employees to get to know each other outside of the workplace. If you work for a large company, a remote company, or a company with multiple locations, it might be the first time you get to match a face to an email address or phone number. Many companies often run in department silos. How often does your IT department work with HR or Marketing? A corporate retreat is a perfect opportunity for all your employees to work toward a shared goal or collaborate on a company-wide project.
A corporate retreat also provides a great opportunity to work on teambuilding. No, you don’t have to do trust falls. The Western White Mountains offer an abundance of team building ideas and activities. Take the team for a hike up one of the many nearby hiking trails or sign the team up for some high-flying ziplining fun at Alpine Adventures. The Thrillsville Aerial Park is a great place for your team members to test their fear of heights and support each other through a self-guided course of obstacles. A private yoga class with Live a Little Fitness might be just what your sales team needs to relax after a stressful selling season. At the end of the day, a corporate retreat helps build relationships and creates a stronger knit team.
How to Plan the Perfect Corporate Retreat
Before planning and booking your corporate retreat, you’ll want to spend a little time determining what your goals and objectives are for the retreat. Is it solely about team building? Or do you want to have meetings to discuss the company’s mission, vision, and future growth? Or perhaps it’s a mix of both.
Once you determine your goals, next it’s time to choose your location. The RiverWalk Resort offers extraordinary lodging for corporate retreats making the RiverWalk an excellent location to host your employees. Polling your employees is a great idea to get a sense of what activities they might like to do during your corporate retreat. If your retreat is in the winter months, maybe the teams would like a day to hit the ski hill. During the warmer months, they may want to start their morning with a sunrise hike up Artists’ Bluff or a paddle down the Pemi with Arts Outdoor Outfitters.
Food is an important part of every corporate retreat. No one wants any hangry employees! The RiverWalk Resort and Seven Birches Winery can help you with catered meals during your meeting days. We work with many local vendors and can meet every dietary need. To kick off your corporate retreat, book the new Atrium Wine Bar for a private wine tasting. The outdoor patio is perfect for a happy hour!
Book Your Corporate Retreat Today
Seven Birches Winery and the RiverWalk Resort make planning and booking your next corporate retreat easy. We will work with you every step of the way to make your corporate retreat the one your employees rave about for years to come. We can help organize your accommodations, event space configuration, and catering. We can also assist you with activity recommendations and entertainment. To book your corporate retreat this year, give us a call or complete the form on our website.