Go Local: Teambuilding

By Stephanie Davis Smith, February 23, 2015

Activities that bring a group together can bond them long after a meeting ends.

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” —Magic Johnson, basketball icon


Treasure Hunt at Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia

VIRGINIA If you’re meeting at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, allow some guests to spill over into the appropriately titled Tides Inn nearby in Irvington. The smaller resort has an unusual excursion on its activity lineup: Carters Creek treasure hunt. Participants are given clues and riddles to decipher and have to follow them to discover a treasure. Pirates and thieves have a storied history on the bay, and this plays it up.



Captiva Island in Florida

FLORIDA At South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island the sand is used for more than laying out. For a beachside teambuilding experience, event coordinators can encourage communication in a regatta challenge. Crews compete to build and race miniature sailboats constructed from limited supplies. The resort also has ocean kayaking and a beach Olympics activity along miles of Captiva coast with staff referees who provide instruction, scorekeeping and an awards ceremony.


MICHIGAN Food Network’s cooking competition show “Iron Chef” is now a hit culinary clash at JW Marriott Grand Rapids in Michigan. The staff keeps the playful standoff a complete surprise for groups who assemble in a meeting room upon arrival. Once inside the JW Kitchen Stadium, cheering staffers greet participants and introduce their mentor chefs. Divided into competing teams, groups bond over going head-to-head in a two-course meal cook-off.


Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona

ARIZONA One of only eight places in the world labeled a dark sky community for its incredible stargazing, Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona, wants guests to see its dark side. Adventurous groups can join a two-hour Full Moon Red Rocks Hike through illuminated canyons. Or plan an interactive stargazing session led twice weekly by a local expert at twilight.




NEW YORK Head upstate from Manhattan toward the Finger Lakes to find Rochester and Syracuse, the gateways to the region. Outdoor adventures await in the area nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the East. Take a break from meetings and hike or bike more than 70 trails, take a ride in the Erie Canal, gorge-hop or float away in a hot air balloon. There are a slew of Thoreau-esque lakeside retreats, farm-to-table culinary delights using local fare, as well as educational hands-on museums and internationally acclaimed annual festivals that can coincide with your dates. 



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