Corporate event planning is no longer what it used to be. It’s more creative! Today it’s crucial to create authentic inspirational and non-traditional offerings, true to the destination’s locale, to spice up the experience for attendees. Outside of event design, there are many creative ways to make your corporate and association events more memorable and enjoyable this fall. Hotels around the country are being creative to win over meeting planners and their attendees, including The Woodmark Hotel, Paradise Point and Wild Dunes Resort.
- The Woodmark Hotel in downtown Kirkland on Lake Washington provides many opportunities to spice up any meeting. It’s only 15 minutes outside of Seattle which makes it ideal if you’re searching for business hotels Seattle. Their waterfront adventures team provides the best outdoor recreation May - October, perfect for team-building, such as:
- Boat and jet ski in the serene lake - To boost the energy among your attendees, enjoy the lake right after lunch. Planners can mix in high speed fun while cruising Lake Washington.
- Bike in the afternoon - Ride along the Carillon waterfront or into downtown Kirkland with distinctive art galleries, shopping, and waterfront parks for an afternoon break with the team.
- Paddleboard or Kayak to kick off the morning - Take the scenic route by renting paddle boards and kayaks. Plan an afternoon to paddle to the Yarrow Bay Wetlands, a 66-acre urban wildlife preserve just south of Carillon Point or journey five miles north to the Juanita Bay Wetlands.
- Enjoy both the warm fall weather of the West coast and a traditional East coast clambake on the beach at Paradise Point, San Diego’s conference destination located on a 44-acre island. If you're looking for business hotels San Diego, Paradise Point is going the extra mile to convert traditional fall meetings to exciting group experiences.
- Transform the banquet routine - Groups can wedge their toes into the sand and dig into shellfish, sausage, crawfish, corn on the cob and potatoes cooked in a pit on the shore of Mission Bay. After dinner, attendees can continue to bond around the bonfire by roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.
- Discover a unique team building experience - Experience The Spa at Paradise Point’s new Salt of the Earth Blend Bar. One of only two Southern California locations, the Blend Bar experience is an interactive activity that allows groups to creatively mix and design their own personalized beauty products with autumnal scents like pumpkin spice, apple cider, almond biscotti and warm vanilla sugar. Ranging from creams to customized body salts and scrubs, products are created using all-natural ingredients and finished with a personalized label. The Blend Bar experience is designed to encourage socialization, boost engagement and inspire creativity.
- Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms, near Charleston, SC, touts a strong portfolio for hosting creative events and conferences, including team building and motivational activities to foster growth and development. Their team recommends a few ways to go wild with creativity, such as:
- Twist the typical spa sessions - Your attendees will be surprised by the resort’s “spiked” signature spa treatments infused with cocktail-themed scrubs, lotions and masques. Planners can upgrade with happy hour beverages to create a unique, fun and relaxing spa session post meeting
- Diversify your team building - Try unique destination-specific experiences that encourage giving back to the local community or foster friendly competition. Groups can assist in restoring and rebuilding an oyster reef or get the blood pumping with Fitness Golf, a twist on traditional golf by allowing participants to see how fast (and full-charged) they can play! This 2.5 mile running challenge of speed golf is combined with fitness drills played on the picturesque back nine of the Links Course with three clubs and a putter.
- Infuse experiences with local flair - Wild Dunes Resort offers an unforgettable Charleston Culinary experience with the Lee Brothers, masters behind Charleston’s thriving culinary scene. The brothers bring their lively personalities and Southern palates to interactive group culinary experiences, introducing guests to the distinctive concepts, ingredients and flavors of the Lowcountry.
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