Team Building Retreats: Bond and Brainstorm at These B&Bs

Tired of traditional corporate outings that promise fun team building activities? While trust fall exercises with coworkers are great ice-breakers and can bring teams together, it’s time to put these cliche ideas on ice and spice things up that will make your staff feel appreciated and re-energized.

Inn on Lake Granbury, Granbury, TX

The Inn on Lake Granbury, surrounded by three acres of landscaped grounds, will help your staff to press the pause button on their everyday workday routine. Having served over 400 group retreats, the inn boasts an impressive resume when it comes to business travel. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company, small non-profit organization, or college and/or university, this lakefront inn retreat in the historic town of Granbury, Texas, offers the ideal setting for team building. From the initial booking to everyday service, groups are provided with a single person offering personal concierge service. Happy hour is also included (sans fee!) for groups and includes wine and delicious appetizers. Choose from 15 luxurious accommodations, all with breathtaking balcony views of this beautiful facility. Then brainstorm with your team while boating, visiting wineries, or just relaxing under the magnificent live oak trees overlooking the lake. Hungry team? Praised Chef Wolfgang Weichert, recognized globally for his five-star culinary creations, numerous restaurants, and the man behind catering for Presidents GW Bush, Clinton, and Obama, is on staff for overnight retreat groups to whip up award-winning dishes for both lunch and dinner. The gourmet buffet breakfast served each morning will help your team refuel for another day of team-building activities. The Inn on Lake Granbury, named one of the top places for small business retreats in Texas, by Texas Meetings and Events Magazine, adds the perfect luxurious and personal touch to your next company retreat.

Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island, GA

The fictional characters Jekyll and Hyde experienced memorable personal transformations, so too will your staff at this ultimate corporate getaway. Before your sunny, energetic, and creative staff members turn into inconsistent, moody, and stressed-out work robots, plan a meet and retreat at Jekyll Island Club Resort in Jekyll Island, GA. Offering 197 guestrooms, and over 15,000 square feet of meeting space, this luxurious resort with riverside and oceanfront venues, will inspire them to change their workplace personality. Your team can reconnect on the bike trails, strategize playing water sports, enjoy a scavenger hunt as they explore the beautiful and historic grounds, and focus on communication skills while enjoying delicious food and great conversation at The Grand Dining Room. This resort offers the perfect atmosphere to help your team clear the air, work out differences and find the right balance to return to the workplace renewed and recharged. The fictional characters Jekyll and Hyde experienced memorable personal transformations, so too will your staff at this ultimate corporate getaway.

L’Augerge Provencale, White Post, VA

If a corporate retreat to a quaint village in the French countryside isn’t in your budget, the stress-free atmosphere, rolling hills, and Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop at L’Auberge Provencale is surely the next best thing. Situated in the Shenandoah Valley, this elegant Virginia bed and breakfast resort is a unique place to put your staff in a new frame of mind. They will be energized for creative sessions, strategic planning, and team building after spending a night in a room decorated with cheerful French country antiques, original artwork, and a comfortable queen size bed. Wake up to the smell of freshly baked croissants as you look out onto your private deck with sweeping views of Shenandoah Valley. Activities like hiking, zip lining, whitewater rafting, and hot air ballooning are a welcome change to help businesses bring their teams together. The intimate private meeting room accommodates up to 16 people and looks out onto a lovely terrace. After a marvelous chef-prepared meal of veal sweetbreads and baby back lamb with ratatouille vegetables, your team will have no doubt that they have left the hectic office atmosphere back home, and landed in a French country dream.

Woolverton Inn, Stockton, NJ

Escape the constant distractions like the whir of the copy machine and the sight of stale break room donuts, on 300 acres of beautiful farmland at Woolverton Inn, a grand country estate in central New Jersey. This 1792 stone manor, high above the Delaware River, is an ideal off site location that can help staffers relax, unwind, and increase productivity. Your meeting at the New Hope Conference Center will fit small groups for planning sessions, crafting business strategies, and bonding exercises. During your team-building meeting, enjoy a catered three-course country breakfast on the covered porches. After your workshop, relax in one of 15 individual rooms with feather beds and private baths. This tranquil bed and breakfast expertly blends business and pleasure in an environment that makes guests feel valued.

Black Sheep Inn and Spa, Hammondsport, NY

Balance. Space. Healing. These are just some of the things business guests seek and find at Black Sheep Inn and Spa. This stunning farm-to-table bed and breakfast in the Finger Lakes allows team members to bond over food by working on the inn’s onsite farm, then bring back the ingredients to prepare a meal. Once your appetite has been nourished, sit back and relax in one of the five unique guestrooms with spacious sitting areas and private baths. From the breathtaking local waterfalls, art classes, kayak rentals, and wine and beer tours, these shared experiences can help staff affect positive changes in their everyday and business lives. Look no further than this welcoming and relaxing bed and breakfast and spa for a creative company retreat that will rejuvinate your team.