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Why Plan a Company Retreat in Upstate NY?

Here are our top reasons why you should host your next corporate retreat in Catskills, New York:

  • Big Variety of Activities: From mountain biking to high-end shopping, Upstate New York has such a wide variety of activities to please your guests.
  • Temperate Weather: From spring to fall, Upstate NY’s mild temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities and sports. 
  • Cool History: New York State is teeming with monuments, towns,  and landmarks rich in US history, and is great for history buffs keen to learn about the area! 
  • Friendly Folks: People from Upstate NY are known to be a step friendlier than their big-city counterparts (we’re looking at you NYC!). 
  • Travel Friendly: Travel is important for a corporate retreat, and getting to Upstate NY is simple via NYC, Albany, or Buffalo. 

Upstate New York is a vibrant and diverse region that stretches from the historic cities of Cooperstown or Albany, down to the summer-favourite Finger Lakes or Catskills. It is a tapestry of rich history, stunning landscapes, iconic landmarks, and bustling urban centres. Venture over to Ellicotville for some action sports, and take in the stunning landscapes from the top of Mount Beacon.

Head north to catch the Niagara Falls in Buffalo, or stop over in Ithaca, said to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae . From the stunning foliage of the Adirondacks to the majestic beauty of the Thousand Islands, there's no shortage of outdoor adventures and scenic landscapes to explore. Perfect for both incentive travel and corporate retreats, Upstate NY is sure to have something, for everyone. There are so many great reasons to host your next corporate retreat in Upstate New York, and here are our favourites: 

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Top Corporate Retreat Venues in Upstate NY

The Wick

The Wick is a repurposed 1860's candle factory that has been lovingly restored into a contemporary boutique hotel located steps away from the Hudson River. With easy access to an array of restaurants, cafes and The Hudson Opera House. Perfect for incentive travel or smaller corporate retreats, The Wick offers something unique amidst the quaint town of Hudson. 

High Peaks Resort

Boasting an impressive location, on the shores of Mirror Lake, High Peaks Resort is a modern resort that offers the best of both world a quiet retreat as well as being only a short walk from the Main Street shops and restaurants. An ideal corporate retreat venue in Upstate NY, the resort also offers complimentary loaner kayaks and paddleboards, a fitness center, spa, 3 pools as well as a casual American restaurant, and cozy bar. 

The Sagamore Resort 

Perched on the edge of Lake George lies the historic Sagamore Resort occupying its very own 72-acre island. Built in 1883 the hotel has been lovingly reimagined to reflect the rich heritage and honor the Victorian architecture. With stunning views, a range of dining options and a list of activities to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset this resort has it all.  

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Top Corporate Retreat Activities in Upstate NY

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

Some Retreat Activities to Consider in Upstate NY

Upstate NY's serene landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for corporate retreats, fostering team cohesion through outdoor activities and shared experiences. Whether it's navigating challenging ropes courses or bonding over campfire conversations, these retreats create lasting connections and enhance collaboration among team members.

Treetop Adventure Course

One of the best corporate retreat activities in Upstate NY. Take in the stunning mountains from the heights with this exhilarating treetop adventure. You will receive a safety briefing before getting strapped in to climb up zipping from tree to tree, overcoming obstacles, and taking in a slice of the rolling Eastern landscape and taking in the fragrant sugar maples and towering pines.

Guided Hiking Tour

Led by an expert local guide depart mid-morning for a hike into the beautiful mountains and through the peaceful Adirondack mountains. Tours can be customized based on the group's fitness level, spring water and trail snacks will be provided. Simply pack your hiking shoes and the rest will be taken care of.

Brewery Tour

Whether stopping at Ithaca Beer Co, or Big Slide Brewery in the stunning Lake Placid, a brewery tour is a great way to get the team mingling! See how beer is made, and enjoy local drinks, cocktails, and appetizers.

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Top Tips for a Company Retreat in Upstate NY

Expert Advice for a Retreat in Upstate NY

1. Plan in Advance - While this may seem like an obvious tip, ensuring you have your itinerary sorted well in advance is key. Unlike bigger cities, guests can’t just hop from one place to another easily, so having both the travel and agenda planned is important. 

2. Research Your Towns - Upstate NY is home to many small towns, all with something different and unique to offer. Do your research in advance so you have an idea of where you want to go, and what you want to see! 

3. Bring Comfy Shoes - We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: comfy shoes make all the difference! 

4. Enjoy The Food - There are several 5-star restaurants in the area that serve farm-to-table food, and source fresh and local ingredients. 

Any Other Considerations for an Offsite in Upstate NY

Just like any destination, it’s always safer to travel in groups. As most areas in Upstate NY are not overly populated, a bigger concern is nature-based! As most towns are within the Adirondack or Catskills mountain ranges, be aware of local wildlife. While most animals are non-threatening, keep yourself safe by respecting the boundaries, and not overstepping into animal territory. Make lots of noise when travelling through the mountains, and always make sure you tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back! 

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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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