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Why Plan a Company Retreat in San Francisco?

Here are our top reasons why you should host your next corporate retreat in San Francisco:

  • Variety of activities: From skyscrapers to beaches, San Francisco boasts activities for all abilities and likes. 
  • Great Food Scene: Home to many diverse cultures, the food scene in San Francisco is one you don’t want to miss! 
  • ‘Flyable’ City: More than 130+ airports globally fly direct into SFO, making it highly accessible for guests from all over the world! 
  • Safe: San Francisco is ranked as one of the US’s friendliest cities, and as welcoming to a range of ethnicities, and LGBTQ+ communities. 
  • Enjoyable Weather: Prime months to visit San Francisco are the spring and fall months, where temperatures are temperate and enjoyable, and prices are still lower than the high season!

From a dynamic waterfront to its classic cable cars, and world-class architecture, San Francisco is not to be missed. Rich with history yet constantly buzzing with the hottest innovations, no matter what your desire, San Francisco is sure to deliver. With trend-defining cuisine ranging from Michelin-starred dining to outrageous food trucks; world-renowned symphony, ballet, theater, and opera; plus almost boundless outdoor adventures, there is no shortage of things to do here.

Visitors are sure to be impressed shopping the luxury boutiques of Union Square, strolling the soaring Gold Gate Bridge, or indulging in an unforgettable seafood meal at Fisherman’s Wharf. With several great teambuilding options, and venues perfect for corporate and incentive travel alike, here are our top reasons to plan a corporate retreat in San Francisco:

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Top Corporate Retreat Venues in San Francisco

San Francisco Proper Hotel

Venue Description: Styled in an ‘art-deco meets modern-hipster’ vibe, the San Francisco Proper Hotel is a mainstay of the city. Its hip design offers a glimpse into the diversity of the city, while it’s Michelin-starred restaurant is sure to ‘wow’. Each of the trendy guestrooms offer a mix of patterns, unique art, and updated amenities. 

Ritz-Carlton San Francisco 

Venue Description: Occupying a landmark 19th-century Neoclassical building along the California Street cable car line, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is both an integral component of its city and a reflection of it. Pairing modern elegance with timeless luxury in a way only The Ritz-Carlton knows how, your every whim will be catered to the moment you step foot into this downtown accommodation. Its stunning property boasts an onsite restaurant and bar and a full-service fitness and spa facility. 

Hayes Mansion San Jose

Venue Description: While not in San Francisco proper, we couldn’t leave out Hayes Mansion! Less than an hour from the San Francisco airport, and only 20 minutes from San Jose’s, Hayes Mansion’s sprawling location is a fantastic destination for a corporate or incentive retreat. It is an intimate escape to timeless comfort, and with historic architecture, modern amenities and 20 acres of lush outdoor space, you'll have everything you need for the perfect getaway. Effortlessly blending historic sophistication with modern conveniences, the accommodations exude class and comfort. Each room features refined amenities, imported marble décor, and hand-carved wood accents.

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How We Can Help Your Team in San Francisco

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Corporate Retreat Activities

Top Corporate Retreat Activities in San Francisco

Activities during your company retreat in San Francisco should seamlessly integrate work & leisure aspects while intensifying bonding between team members.

Some Retreat Activities to Consider in San Francisco

In San Francisco, the best team-building events often incorporate Giant games, fostering friendly competition and collaboration. Private tours of Alcatraz offer a unique blend of history and mystery, while a street food tour allows teams to bond over delicious cuisine while exploring the vibrant culture of the city.

Take in a San Francisco Giant’s Game 

Team-building Description: Cap off a quintessential American afternoon with a trip to the ballpark! From the best seats in the house, delight in the breathtaking views of Oracle Park while cheering on the San Francisco Giants in their home stadium. As you get lost in the thrill of America’s favourite pastime, be sure to treat yourself to classic ballpark fare from the private box suite!

Street Food and Craft Beer Tour 

Head into the nearest town and be sure to bring your appetite... you're in for a treat! With a diverse food scene, your team team will hit the streets to enjoy a taste of the local cuisine. Stroll through the most unique eateries and restaurants in the area, digging into a variety of grub along the way. Your expert guide will lead you to the hidden gems of the area, favourites only known by locals and those with a keen eye. Wash it all down with a pint of craft beer. 

Private Tour of Alcatraz 

Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, discover the history and stories locked away in one of the world's most legendary prisons. Aboard a private charter, the group will make their way over to Alcatraz, along the way learning about the tales of the great escapes before docking for a private behind-the-scenes tour. Tour the Cellhouse, and hear the real-life stories from prisoners and correctional officers on life on The Rock.

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Top Tips for a Company Retreat in San Francisco

Expert Advice for a Retreat in San Francisco

1. Pack Layers: Pack for all weather -  Even though San Francisco is warm most months of the year, its coastal location means the weather could change from rain to sun in a matter of minutes! 

2. Get on a Bike: Hope on a bike - San Francisco is known for its biking, and its hilly landscapes provide a beautiful backdrop (and a great workout!) for some biking. If you aren’t up for the big climb, try renting an e-bike, to make the hills a little easier! 

3. Bring Walking Shoes: Bring comfortable shoes - While San Francisco is an easy city to get around by public and private transportation, it’s also very walkable. To make the most of your time, pack comfy shoes that are sure to leave you blister-free. 

4. Learn SF's Interesting Backstory: Research the history of the city -  San Francisco has a unique history, and is home to several important monuments and landmarks rich in the city, and country’s past. Make sure you’ve got a list of everything you want to see before you touch down! 

5. Beware the of the Hills: Though not nearly as bad as other cities worldwide, some visitors report getting car sickness while going over the areas many hills and twists. If this is something you’re prone to, pack the ginger chews!

Any Other Considerations for an Offsite in San Francisco

San Francisco is generally a safe city, and those travelling in large groups for a corporate retreat are unlikely to face any major safety concerns. As is with any large city, beware of your belongings, and don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself as a tourist. 

Summer months in California are dry, and hot. While San Francisco is a coastal city and surrounded by water, smoke and other particles in the air can travel from nearby forest fires, lowering air quality and adding additional risk for those with pre-existing lung conditions. Check the status of nearby wildfires before your trip, and plan accordingly! 

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FAQs

Corporate Retreat FAQ

Are work retreats worth it?
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Definitively, yes. Work retreats allocate time and space for teams to break free from the everyday routine, encouraging innovation and creativity. These getaways promote deeper relationships among employees while fueling their productivity back in the office.

How much do companies spend on retreats?
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Company spending on corporate retreats can dramatically vary depending on factors such as location, size of the team, activities planned, and accommodation type. Often the budget ranges from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands. Take a look at our budgeting cheat sheet to learn more. 

How long should a corporate retreat last?
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Generally, corporate retreats tend to fall within 2-5 days including travel time. The duration depends largely on the goals you aim to achieve from the event — whether it's strategic planning or strengthening employee relationships.

What is the importance of corporate retreats?
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Corporate retreats are essential for enhancing team bonding, morale boosting, breaking deadlock situations in projects or negotiations, revisiting shared goals and celebrating achievements together. They provide an exclusive environment away from regular work stress where people can rejuvenate while getting a broader perspective on company objectives.

What would be the average budget for a corporate retreat?
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This again hugely varies but according to some market sources; small businesses might anticipate investing $500-$1000 per person whereas larger enterprises may cater budgets around $2000-$5000 per participant inclusive of flights & accommodations along with food & activities.

How do you choose a corporate retreat destination?
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It involves considering various factors like ease of transportation, total distance participants need to travel, overall cost-efficiency and types of available facilities. Always remember to customize the location depending upon your specific retreat goals.

What is the best way to plan a remote company retreat?
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Start by setting clear objectives for the retreat. Next, determine activities that align with these goals — this can range from professional development workshops to leisure and bonding opportunities. Establishing rules for engagement can further ensure a rewarding experience.

What's the best way to find corporate retreat facilities?
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Online research is a great starting point. Beyond that, you might want to tap into your professional network or, even better, consult corporate retreat planners who are familiar with various locations, venues, and itineraries that would be ideally suited to your company.

All-inclusive retreat locations for my organization
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Resorts often offer all-inclusive packages designed specifically for corporations which include accommodation, food services along with team-building exercises in their diverse amenities like golf courses or spas.

Company retreat ideas?
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The possibilities are endless. Team building games, skill-sharing sessions, wellness and mindfulness seminars, problem solving challenges and culinary competitions are some of quite popular ideas among many others.

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Meet Some of Our Retreat Experts

Amanda LeGresley
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Keswick, ON

Amanda brings her keen eye for travel and event planning to our Operations Team, bolstered by over a decade of experience managing events for the Toronto Film Festival and other swanky clientele across Canada (she's fancy like that).

Her passion for creating memorable experiences (particularly around a great meal) makes her the perfect fit as an Operations Manager, planning awe-inspiring events for our clients.

In her spare time, Amanda loves exploring the great outdoors either on the road with the sunroof down, or on the ATV trails near her hometown of Keswick, Ontario. Indoors, she's known for being a bit of a 'sushi savant', and kicking back on the couch with the latest Reality TV with her dog, Rebel.

Andrew Hercus
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Canmore, AB

Our resident "Mountain Man", if there's a job in the wild, chances are Andrew's had it. Ski Patrol? Check. Whitewater Kayak Instructor? Check. Spartan Race Medic? Somehow, even that too.  To say he's big on the great outdoors (and every Canadian cliche) is an understatement. Andrew lives, breathes, and (literally) eats the wilderness.

Andrew joins the Moniker team from his home within the Rocky Mountains, in Canmore, AB, leading the Trip Planning & Operations team where he brings his talents to coordinating gobs of detail and data into seamless execution of our retreats. He's also a licensed Medic which comes in handy when our guests have a little too much fun on destination!

Casey Cogan
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Ottawa, ON

Hailing from the nation's capital, Casey joins us as an Operations Manager to ensure every Moniker program is perfectly planned.

With a keen eye for the details, and a self-proclaimed overachieving perfectionist, we're lucky to have her on our team. Casey's got a sweet tooth and a soft spot for unique handbags, and is always on the hunt to add to her collection during her travels around the globe.

Amanda LeGresley
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Location Pin
Keswick, ON

Amanda brings her keen eye for travel and event planning to our Operations Team, bolstered by over a decade of experience managing events for the Toronto Film Festival and other swanky clientele across Canada (she's fancy like that).

Her passion for creating memorable experiences (particularly around a great meal) makes her the perfect fit as an Operations Manager, planning awe-inspiring events for our clients.

In her spare time, Amanda loves exploring the great outdoors either on the road with the sunroof down, or on the ATV trails near her hometown of Keswick, Ontario. Indoors, she's known for being a bit of a 'sushi savant', and kicking back on the couch with the latest Reality TV with her dog, Rebel.

Andrew Hercus
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Location Pin
Canmore, AB

Our resident "Mountain Man", if there's a job in the wild, chances are Andrew's had it. Ski Patrol? Check. Whitewater Kayak Instructor? Check. Spartan Race Medic? Somehow, even that too.  To say he's big on the great outdoors (and every Canadian cliche) is an understatement. Andrew lives, breathes, and (literally) eats the wilderness.

Andrew joins the Moniker team from his home within the Rocky Mountains, in Canmore, AB, leading the Trip Planning & Operations team where he brings his talents to coordinating gobs of detail and data into seamless execution of our retreats. He's also a licensed Medic which comes in handy when our guests have a little too much fun on destination!

Casey Cogan
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Location Pin
Ottawa, ON

Hailing from the nation's capital, Casey joins us as an Operations Manager to ensure every Moniker program is perfectly planned.

With a keen eye for the details, and a self-proclaimed overachieving perfectionist, we're lucky to have her on our team. Casey's got a sweet tooth and a soft spot for unique handbags, and is always on the hunt to add to her collection during her travels around the globe.

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