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Top 15 Leadership, Management & Team Building Retreats in the US - 2013

By Lisa Woods (1602 words)
Posted in Professional Development on February 6, 2013

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Offsite meetings can provide a cost effective way to bring several benefits to your organization, and team, if you know how to take full advantage of them through choice of venue, proper planning, execution and event follow-up.  At ManagingAmericans.com we believe the right venue provides the ability to keep your group focused on creativity, teamwork & generating better business results once they return to work.  There are many beautiful, relaxing and luxurious meeting locations across the USA, but a few devote their efforts toward achieving what we see as an extraordinary opportunity to influence positive change in performance.  That is our basis for ranking the Top 15 Leadership, Management & Team Building Retreats in the US for 2013.


Ranking Criteria Includes:

  1. Tailored Leadership, Management & Team Building Programs
  2. Private & State-of-the-Art Meeting Facilities
  3. Aesthetically Unique Venues
  4. Team & Individual Rest and Reflection Activities


Top 15 Leadership, Management & Team Building Retreats in the USA - 2013



1)  The Thayer Hotel At West Point – West Point, NY

  • Customized leadership programs from onsite Military & Corporate Leaders, state-of-the-art educational & meeting spaces, Prestigious landmark hotel overlooking the Hudson River and historic West Point Military Academy campus, one of kind team building activities utilizing over 200 years of military leader-development and applying it to the corporate sector.


2)  MIT Endicott House – Dedham, MA

  • Customized innovation & leadership programs available and organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, beautifully landscaped private grounds situated on 25 acres, fantastic meeting and training rooms, the original site of the Sloan School Senior Executive Programs, customized team building activities.


3)  Graylyn International Conference Center – Winston-Salem, NC

  • Private 55-acre estate rich in history as the home of Bowman Gray, Chairman of R.J. Reynolds and son of the founder of Wachovia Bank, extensive world class meeting facilities and team building programs dedicated to corporate groups and retreats.


4)  Q Center - St. Charles, IL

  • Largest conference center in the Midwest focused only on group business, extensive facilities and sprawling grounds along the Fox River, unique indoor and outdoor team building programs.


5)  Carey Conference Center – Rensselaerville, NY

  • Historic 100-acre estate overlooking Lake Myosotis, specializing in corporate retreats, team building and training, 5 unique residences/facilities with seminar, breakout room and auditorium seating.


6)  Whispering Pines Conference Center – West Greenwich, RI

  • Quite country setting with modern conference facilities, professional development & management seminars available through the University of Rhode Island, extensive team building programs & challenges.


7)  Beaver Hollow Conference Center – Java Center, NY

  • One of the largest team building parks in the USA with a rustic resort atmosphere, private tranquil setting located between Buffalo & Rochester NY, extensive meeting and conference rooms.


8)  Postoak Lodge & Retreat – Tulsa, OK

  • Once a private corporate training center, beautiful campus with several conference rooms and team building experiences focused on solution building and outdoor adventure courses.


9)  Interlaken Resort & Conference Center – Lakeville, CT

  • 30-acre campus like setting surrounded by mountains, lakes and landscapes, several fully equipped meeting rooms with updated technology, unique team building programs from experienced facilitators.


10) Glen Cove Mansion Hotel & Conference Center – Long Island, NY

  • Historic mansion converted to a state of the art conference center, situated on 55 secluded acres along Long Island’s coast, beautiful state of the art meeting rooms and unique vintage field day team building activities.


11) Gainey Conference Center – Owatonna, MN

  • Former horse farm converted to a conference center and classrooms managed by the University of St. Thomas, views of rolling hills and countryside are the backdrop of creative thinking, teamwork and strategic planning challenges, unique communication and leadership programs utilizing horses.


12) Montara Farm Retreats – Clermont, GA

  • Private mountain view estate located one hour north of Atlanta, all inclusive retreat center with leadership consultants and team facilitators on staff, creative facilitated activities including project management, strategic planning, communication & multi-cultural collaboration.


13) Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center – Henryville, IN

  • 20k square foot complex featuring 4 separate meeting facilities and breakout areas, team building challenge course and over 20 indoor and outdoor actives focused on thinking and communication skills.


14) Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center – Tarrytown, NY

  • The Nation’s first conference center with 30 meeting rooms and board suites, beautiful grounds with lots of traditional activities, creative philanthropic team building activities.


15) Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz, NY

  • Victorian castle overlooking Lake Mohonk in New York’s Hudson Valley.  A top rated resort that features extensive team building activities & challenges. 


Here are some honorable mentions for unique corporate retreats:

(Alphabetized by State)


The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa – Eureka Springs, AR

Enchantment Resort – Sedona, AZ

The Resort at Pelican Hill – Newport Coast, CA

Plantation on Crystal River – Crystal River, FL

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – Miramar Beach, FL

Cabin Bluff – Woodbine, GA

Chateau Elan Inn – Braselton, GA

Hill’s Resort – Priest Lake, ID

Osprey Point Retreat & Conference Center – Royal Park, MD

The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, MT

Pinehurst Resort – Pinehurst, NC

Chimney Hill Estate & Ol'Barn Inn – Labertville, NJ

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa – Lake Placid, NY

Oheka Castle – Huntington, NY

The Lodge at Woodloch – Hawley, PA

Wild Dunes – Isle of Palms, SC

Talaris Conference Center – Seattle, WA

Brush Creek Ranch – Saratoga, WY


If you are looking to host a creative day meeting, here are some unique alternatives:


Saint Clements Castle – Portland, CT

Catalyst Ranch – Chicago, IL

Suite-D – Carmel, IN

WorkShop – Louisville, KY

Magellan Idea Center – Charlotte, NC

The Leadership Center – Aurora, NE

SoHoSoleil - New York City, NY

Boost – Cincinnati, OH

Northeast Conference Center – Westerville, OH

Sparkspace – Columbus, OH

White Space – Dallas, TX


Making the most of your company’s time, and the time of your meeting participants requires the ability to plan, execute and follow-up effectively with company objectives in mind.  Download our Free Offsite Meeting Checklist to ensure you are ready for your next strategic, leadership, management or team building event.


We invite you to check out our Meeting Directory for a full list of venues in your area, as well as team facilitators and adventure recreation courses.


If you are looking for a great professional development book to give away at your offsite, please consider the following options:

4 Essential Skills for Leaders, Managers & High Potentials

The Cross Functional Business: Beyond Teams


Do you know of a great leadership training location, corporate retreat or creative day meeting venue that we should consider?  What about team facilitators that bring out the best in groups?  Please send your nominations to info@managingamericans.com




Written by Lisa WoodsPresident & CEO ManagingAmericans.com

Lisa is a successful entrepreneur, world-class marketing strategist, dynamic business leader & author with more than 20 years experience leading, managing and driving growth in the corporate world. Today she provides Management Tools, Do-It-Yourself Training, and Business Assessments for small to mid size companies, Lisa utilizes her experience with integration techniques, organizational and cultural overhauls, financial turnarounds and strategic revitalization to help other companies succeed.  Closing the gap between strategy and hierarchy through the use of effective communication skills, Lisa's techniques successfully develop employees into exceptional leaders, results driven managers and passionate team contributors that collectively exceed objectives.


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Comments (6)

Sean Evans posted on: February 7, 2013

Great list. One of the most thoughtful rankings I have seen in terms of effective retreats and great checklist.

Very helpful, thank you.

Robin @ High 5 Team Building posted on: July 26, 2013

There are lots of great places that can facilitate team building activities. If there is no budget to travel to these spots you can get creative right inside the office.

Elis posted on: November 24, 2013

As Sean mentioned a comment above, really helpful list. It will indeed help us to gain new connections in the US. Thanks a lot, Lisa!

Best regards,

LIsa Woods posted on: November 24, 2013

You are very welcome Elis!

Teambuildingsolutions posted on: May 15, 2014

Fantastic ,this approach is very informative because it represents the ideas of team building. Which are very necessary for the growth of any business. Thanks for nice post.

team leader posted on: August 3, 2021

These building retreats are perfect for encouraging employees to work harder and be more productive. I was a part of one of these events, and it was a unique experience for me.

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