Get Away for a Business Retreat



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Whether you’re an owner or employee of a small business or large corporation, there comes a time when the four walls of your office building just aren’t cutting it anymore. Thankfully, a getaway to one of these nearby hideaways might be just what you and your team need to think outside the box, get your creative juices flowing, brainstorm new directions, and just get to know each other better. Each of these venues provides specific services for corporate business retreats, and every venue provides a unique way to recharge and refocus outside of the daily hustle bustle.

 

•••IN MEMPHIS•••

The Peabody Hotel

The iconic Memphis hotel is home to the famous ducks, numerous wedding receptions, and events each year. With 80,000 square feet of flexible event space, the hotel offers several ballrooms for meetings and conventions including the Peabody Executive Conference Center, complete with its own concierge and a wide variety of smaller breakout space options ranging from 300 to 1,100 square feet. Each space is equipped with audiovisual equipment as well as FedEx Office accommodations. The Peabody is ideal for a one-day conference or multiday convention.

149 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 529-4000
peabodymemphis.com

 

River Inn of Harbor Town

Conveniently located a hop, skip, and a jump from central downtown Memphis, the River Inn offers small businesses a charming venue for a seminar or retreat. The site provides on-site catering, an event manager, audiovisual equipment, access to high-speed internet, three meeting rooms, and special rates for corporations. If seminars or meetings aren’t your speed, try out the team-building activities like cooking classes, scavenger hunts, kayaking along the Wolf River, or Grizzlies Team Building Learn. And it’s ideal for a day retreat or overnight gathering with River Inn’s private rooms and suites.

50 Harbor Town Square
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 260-3333
riverinnmemphis.com

 

St. Columba Conference and Retreat Center

Accommodating as few as 12 to as many as 300, St. Columba, an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, provides access to all the essential equipment for group meetings such as Wi-Fi, A/V equipment, DVD/TVs, and good old-fashioned easels and pads. Located off I-40, this 145-acre wooded conference center has rates in place for both day trips and overnight retreats with a camp-type feel. Ideal for a long weekend, this is a peaceful haven just 20 minutes from the heart of Memphis.

4577 Billy Maher Road
Memphis, TN 38135
(901) 377-9284
saintcolumbamemphis.org

 

•••IN TENNESSEE•••

Victory Ranch

Each corporate experience is fully customizable at Victory Ranch. If you want an area to have meetings, seminars, or workshops, Victory Ranch has it. If you want an experience that enhances collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving skill, or other general team building skills of your employees and staff, Victory has that, too. Set up as a ranch-style town, the facility offers everything from water activities to rock climbing walls with meals provided in the mess hall. It’s summer camp all over again.

4330 Mecklinburg Drive
Bolivar, TN 38008
(731) 659-2880
victoryranch.org/retreats/corporate-experience

 

•••IN MISSISSIPPI•••

The Alluvian Hotel

Tucked away in the Mississippi Delta, The Alluvian marries small-town appeal with big-city offerings. Its furnished boardroom offers audiovisual equipment and custom leather chairs for executive conferences. The Alluvian Terrace Room, seating 30 with a view of historic downtown Greenwood, is the ideal setting for cocktail parties and intimate social gatherings. The Delta Room, which opens onto the courtyard, has a variety of seating arrangements depending on the seminar and can hold as many as 100. With an on-site yoga studio, restaurant, spa and Viking cooking school, guests can find relaxing ways to enjoy free time.

318 Howard Street
Greenwood, MS 38930
(662) 453-2114
thealluvian.com/hotel_planning.php

 

Bonne Terre Inn

A short drive from Memphis sits Bonne Terre, a 15-room bed and breakfast surrounded by the Mississippi highlands. Friendly services at the Inn include an on-site event coordinator, picturesque views from meeting areas, and the option for all-day food and beverage service for when those brainstorming sessions can’t be interrupted. Larger groups are based in the Ashley Hall with a capacity of 200 people, while smaller groups are in the Fountain Room with up to 40 guests — each with a variety of seating combinations. Walking trails and lakes surround the property, so don’t forget your fishing pole. End a day of meetings and networking at Café Bonne Terre for American cuisine with a Southern flair.

4715 Church Road West
Nesbit, MS 38651
(662) 781-5100
bonneterreinn.com

 

Tara Wildlife

The Herbert Bryant Conference Center’s spacious digs come complete with rustic charm. With room to accommodate up to 65 people requiring work-space, the 5,700-square-foot Center is equipped for presentation and meeting needs. Its uniquely decorated lobby is the perfect spot for evening socials and welcome gatherings. Businesses have access to the breakout rooms, shaded decks, or outside seating for smaller gatherings or to continue discussions. Accommodations include audiovisual equipment, an InFocus projector, DVD surround sound, high-speed wireless internet, conference call capabilities, and on-site dining and lodging. Outdoor activities include canoeing, nature walks, mountain biking, photography, fishing, and skeet and sporting clay.

6791 Eagle Lake Road
Vicksburg, MS 39183
(601) 279-4261
tarawildlife.com/conference-center/corporate-retreats

 

Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center

Large businesses: This one’s for you. This 47,000-square-foot conference center offers 24 meeting rooms and multiple ballrooms for flexible event space and can easily accommodate up to 600 people for a seminar, corporate training, industry conference or sales meeting. Whispering Woods also has corporate lodging for extended retreats. Nestled near several golf courses as well as walking trails, swimming pools, and athletic courts, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy and their minds creative.

7300 Hacks Cross Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654
(662) 895-2941
wwconferencecenter.com

 

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