Best Locations for Company Retreats Near NYC | Moniker's Destination & Hotel Insight

Are we there yet? A successful retreat doesn’t need to mean shipping people off on a transatlantic flight to Europe for a week - especially when budgets are tight and availability is limited. Instead, why not opt to stay a little closer to home? Here, we discuss our favourite hidden gems for company retreats just outside of New York City (we’re talking a 2-3 hour drive, max).

By selecting a destination for your next company retreat outside of NYC, you get to enjoy all the benefits that coincide with hosting a retreat, with the added bonus of being on your own schedule, and stretching your spending a little further. So, pack your bags, hop aboard your luxury coach and get ready to hit the road, Jack, we’re going on a road trip!

Company Retreat Locations in the Hudson Valley | North-Eastern NY State

Ahh, the Hudson Valley - with its jaw-dropping scenery, endless array of attractions, and captivating history... what’s not to love? As dazzling as it is diverse, this particular region extends 150 miles above the tip of Manhattan north to Albany, marrying the best offerings of the 10-counties it boasts. Named one of the “Top 20 Must-See Destinations in the World” by National Geographic Traveler, it is perfectly-suited for those in search of an outdoorsy retreat.

Wondering where to stay? Good news - the Hudson Valley is home to properties big and small, ideal for any budget. When we venture to this fruitful area with a group, here’s where we go:

Cedar Lakes Estate | Port Jervis, NY

Revel in the great outdoors from the comfort of your luxury accommodation at Cedar Lakes Estate. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, just 70 miles from New York City, this refined property is the ideal place to stay and play. With state-of-the-art meeting facilities, a plethora of land and water activities, and a rustic restaurant serving up farm-to-table fare, you are in for a truly elevated summer camp experience.

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With lake-side activities, tennis courts & soccer fields - Cedar Lakes is corporate retreat dream! [Photo Credit: Cedar Lakes Estate]

Mohonk Mountain House | New Paltz, NY

Who says you can’t camp in style? Founded in 1869, this Victorian castle resort is nestled in the Hudson Valley, only 90 miles north of New York City. Surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest and protected wildlife, this National Historic Landmark resort offers impressive accommodations, featuring an up-scale, cabin vibe. Here, you can enjoy a plethora of both land and water activities to keep you entertained around the clock, a restaurant with farm-to-table cuisine, and an award-winning spa.

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A truly stunning setting for a productive and inspiring retreat [Photo Credit: Mohonk Mountain House]

Company Retreat Locations in the Poconos | Pennsylvania

If you’re looking for a perfect outdoor getaway, listen close, because the Poconos are calling your name. Located in Pennsylvania, the four-county region has grown synonymous with the term “adventure” - offering an activity after activity, year-round. Famous for its natural scenic beauty, 150 lakes, and mountain resorts, a retreat here isn’t just a want, it’s a must.

While there is no shortage of accommodation, there are a handful of properties we keep coming back to. Thanks to their location, service offering, and activity portfolio, here’s where we recommend you bring your team:

The Lodge at Woodloch | Hawley, PA

With beautiful scenery, a prized location, and superior service, The Lodge at Woodloch has a lot going for it. Located a 2-hour drive outside of NYC, a retreat spent here is one that will not soon be forgotten. Don't let its refined appearance fool you - The Lodge at Woodloch offers a wide range of activities - whether you are looking for “sedate”, “extreme”, or something in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Nestled in the woods, enjoy this spectacular spa retreat [Photo Credit: Luxury Travel Almanac]

The Shawnee Inn | Delaware, PA

Situated on the banks of the Delaware River, The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort offers their guests a true taste of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With incredible scenery matched only by its superior service (seriously, the events team is amazing), you’re in for quite the getaway. The Resort’s guestrooms are spread across three main buildings and multiple cottages.

Despite their varying categories and types, all rooms maintain a sophistication and log-cabin charm - bringing the ambiance of the outdoors, in. If you’re looking for something really different, Shawnee Inn has also recently added “glamping” to their accommodation offering, which coincides nicely with their wide range of outdoor activities. On-site you will find multiple dining options, complimentary Wi-Fi, and flexible meeting spaces. Scout’s Honour - you won’t be disappointed with a stay at Shawnee Inn!

On the banks of the Delaware River, the surrounding scenery is incredible [Photo Credit: Shawnee Inn]

Skytop Lodge | Skytop, PA

Enjoy luxury in the Pocono mountains at Skytop Lodge. Slightly more upscale than her sister properties, this beautiful 5,500-acre resort is surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain and lake-side views. Enjoy a refined getaway in the Main Lodge (124 rooms), take-in the charm of The Inn (20 rooms), or kick-back and relax in the Cottages (4 rooms each) - whatever your flavour, you will find comfort the entire length of your stay. Skytop is home to multiple dining outlets - including an old school corner store, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, and much to entertain year-round.

Both land sports (hiking, archery & fishing) in addition to a multitude of water-sports are available at Skytop Lodge [Photo Credit: TripAdvisor]

Company Retreat Locations in the Catskills | North NY State

Hiking, biking, and kayaking...oh my! Located just a couple hours outside of New York City, the Catskills offer a world of laid-back adventure, right at your fingertips. Though technically a part of the Hudson Valley, we like to consider this region a destination in its own right. Everywhere you turn, you are enveloped by leafy greens, deep lakes, and winding rivers - making for an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Life seems to slow down in the Catskills, and you’re invited to unwind in style at one of these “must-visit” resorts:

Honor's Haven Resort & Spa | Ellenville, NY

Surrounded by rolling landscapes, lush gardens, and a crystalline lake, Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa can be found tucked away on over 200 acres in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountain Region; the gateway to the Catskills. The resort’s spacious guestrooms offer sweeping views of the mountainside, lake, and formal gardens, as well as décor that will have you reminiscing of days spent at Grandma’s house (we mean that in a good way). Although not as glamorous as some of the other properties, Honor's Haven has great meeting facilities, a beautiful lakefront property, and a plethora of activities day-in, day-out.

[Photo Credit: Agoda.com]

Company Retreat Locations in the Hamptons | East-Coast of NY State

Looking to add a little luxury to your retreat? Search no further than The Hamptons. There’s something to be said for hosting your team in a region known as the summer locale for affluent New York City residents. Here, dramatic ocean views act as a backdrop to high-end restaurants and bars, while long stretches of beach create a sense of peace and serenity. If you really want to impress, this is the place to do it.

Okay, so price-wise The Hamptons might be a tough sell to Jim from Finance, however, as the adage goes: “you get what you pay for,” and the accommodations here are worth every penny:

Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa | Montauk, NY

Gurney’s is a Hamptons icon and the only year-round resort in Montauk. Ideal for upscale corporate groups, this 5-star property boasts 146 sophisticated guestrooms, designed to combine beachside comforts and luxury with ease. Light and airy, each room features a private terrace or balcony, allowing guests to gaze out at over 2,000 feet of private white-sand beach. Gurney's Montauk Resort is home to 5 restaurants and bars, a full-service spa, and multiple seasonal activities.

Surf's up! Have fun surfing, paddle boarding or boogie boarding at Gurney's [Photo Credit: iloveny.com]

Baron's Cove | Sag Harbor, NY

Home to 67 charming guestrooms, Baron’s Cove is an absolute gem of a resort nestled in Sag Harbour. Bright, cheerful, and full of natural light, this accommodation offers a getaway that can be best described as “accessible luxury”. Rooms are spacious and boast all the amenities expected from a resort of its caliber. No stranger to hosting corporate groups, this resort is home to multiple meeting spaces, an All-American dining room, lounge and bar, as well as an array of beach-front activities, perfect for enjoying the great outdoors.

A spectacular property - with an outdoor pool, a multitude of water-sports, tennis and more [Photo Credit: Booking.com]


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