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Tips for Planning Your Next Corporate Retreat in Utah

Oct 7, 2023 | Activities & Adventure, Cougar Ridge Lodge, Things to do in Utah | 0 comments

Planning a corporate retreat in Utah can be a little complicated. It’s a delicate process of blending team-building and training sessions with free time and fun for your guests. Whether you’re inviting just a few guests or a couple of dozen, figuring out the endless details takes a lot of time and careful planning.

Luckily, there are a few simple tips you can use to make planning a little easier.

At Cougar Ridge, we welcome corporate retreats and other events. Keep reading to learn our top tips for planning your next corporate retreat at the best resort Utah has to offer.

Start Your Planning Early

One of the most important tips you can follow is to start planning your corporate retreat in Utah as early as possible. When traveling with a group of any size, there are an endless number of details that need to be taken care of. 

From big details like where you’ll stay to little details like the gifts you’ll give participants, it takes time to bring everything together. Additionally, when you’re traveling with a group, finding a large enough accommodation with space is easier when you book far in advance.

Book Your Accommodation First

When you’re first thinking about planning a corporate retreat, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun details. You might want to jump straight into planning activities or even choosing the sessions that your participants will enjoy. But it’s very important to start with your accommodation and venue.

Where you host your corporate retreat in Utah will impact a variety of other things, like the type of transportation you need, the activities you can do, how many people you can invite, and much more.

Consider Going Off the Grid

The whole point of a retreat is to bring your employees or other guests together. Away from the work environment, they can get to know each other on a more personal level, which in turn will lead to better working relationships. A corporate retreat can also be a great opportunity to reward employees for a job well done.

One mistake that many event planners make is choosing a popular city destination to host their event. While this means plenty for everyone to do, it also encourages separation. With museums, restaurants, casinos, and more to choose from, all located a long distance from each other, your guests are likely to form smaller groups and split up to enjoy their free time.

Instead, choose a retreat center in a more remote location. Lodges in Utah like Cougar Ridge are a great choice. Not only are there a variety of on-site amenities for your guests to enjoy, but many are perfect for encouraging team-building and bonding.

Allow for Free Time

While choosing a more remote location can encourage your employees to spend time together, another important tip is to avoid over-planning your retreat. Avoid creating a rigid schedule of sessions and activities, and give your guests the freedom to choose how they spend their free time.

While free time is important, you’ll likely want to mix in some group activities designed for everyone to enjoy together. Those group activities should be relaxed, and should never force your guests to do something they won’t enjoy or be comfortable with.

For instance, a relaxed grill-out is a great group activity everyone can enjoy together. A day trip to Capitol Reef National Park is another great option. Once there, your group can break off into smaller groups, allowing some to go hiking while others do a bit of sightseeing.

Other great group activities you can enjoy at Cougar Ridge include:

  • A night sky party
  • Group horseback rides
  • A volleyball tournament (with the option for guests to watch instead of participate)
  • A private rodeo
  • Group classes like painting, beer or winemaking, or woodworking

Loosen Up the Office Rules

If you don’t want your employees to feel like they’re simply checking in for another day at the office, avoid bringing the office with you on your retreat. Allow for a casual dress code. Choose a setting that doesn’t feature conference rooms or meeting spaces. If you need to have a slideshow or video presentation, get creative and use a projector to show it outside, under the stars.

If you do decide to include training or information sessions, schedule them early in the day, and give your guests as much free time as you can. You want the fun to balance out the work in the end, so that your employees will go home with more positive memories than negative ones!

Book a Corporate Retreat in Utah at Cougar Ridge

From starting your planning early to loosening the office rules, these tips can help you plan an amazing corporate retreat that your guests will love. Now that you know the best tips, it’s time to start your own planning—starting with the perfect accommodations.

Cougar Ridge is the perfect place to book a corporate retreat in Utah. Our Grand Lodge features four master suites as well as multiple kitchens, game rooms, private hot tubs, and more. Our nine private villas feature two to three bedrooms, a living room, and a patio complete with a grill. You can also take advantage of our Pavilion to host classes, events, and more.

If you’re looking for the best place to host a corporate retreat in Utah, check out Cougar Ridge today!

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