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

 

 

 

Tunica:

Bally’s Casino Tunica

Perfect for smaller companies headed to Tunica, Bally’s hotel conference room can accommodate up to 30 people. Free time can be spent in the open-air courtyard, outdoor swimming pool, sun deck, or in their gaming facilities.

1450 Bally’s Boulevard
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(866) 422-5597
ballystunica.com

 

Fitz Casino & Hotel

711 Lucky Lane
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(800) 766-5825
fitzgeraldstunica.com

 

Gold Strike casino resort

With 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 9,000-square-foot grand ballroom and four smaller meeting rooms ranging from 400 to 1,200 square feet each, Gold Strike can host small or large gatherings for seminars or festive get-togethers. Each space can be outfitted with a host of state-of-the-art audiovisual set-ups. Gaming and activities are right at your doorstep just a short drive from downtown Memphis, and overnight accommodations at this 31-story high-rise, overlooking the Mississippi River, have been named “Best Hotel Rooms in Tunica” for 3 years.

1010 Casino Center Drive
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(888) 245-7829
goldstrikemississippi.com

 

Harrah’s casino resort

A ballroom that seats up to 1,350 people in a theater or reception setting and up to 900 in banquet setting, Harrah’s offers full banquet services and complete presentation facilities for large company seminars or workshops. When you’re not conducting meetings, activities include gaming, Willows Sporting Clays & Hunting Center, Bellissimo Spa & Salon, and The Links at Cottonwoods, a Hale Irwin-designed golf course.

13615 Old Highway 61 North
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(800) 946-4946
harrahstunica.com

 

Hollywood Casino

1150 Casino Strip Boulevard
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(800) 871-0711
hollywoodcasinotunica.com

 

Horseshoe Casino & Hotel

1021 Casino Center Drive
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(800) 303-7463
horseshoetunica.com

 

Resorts casino

1100 Casino Strip Boulevard
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(866) 706-7070
resortstunica.com

 

Roadhouse Casino & Hotel

1107 Casino Center Drive
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(800) 391-3777
tunica-roadhouse.com

 

Sam’s Town hotel & casino

1477 Casino Strip Resort Boulevard
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
(800) 456-0711
samstowntunica.com

 

•••IN ARKANSAS•••

Buffalo Outdoor Center

Located along Arkansas’ Buffalo National River (a 6-hour drive from Memphis), Buffalo Outdoor Center’s RiverWind Lodge was built specifically with corporate retreats in mind. This swanky cabin lodge has accommodations for 36 featuring private bedrooms, flat-screen TVs, a large kitchen for family-style meals, outdoor deck space, and campfire pavilion, among others. The center itself also features a zip-line, spa, and canoeing and hiking along the Buffalo River.

(870) 861-5514
1 Main Street, Arkansas 43
Ponca, AR 72670
buffaloriver.com

 

Red Apple Inn and Country Club

Don’t let the name fool you. Just because it seems like you’d be making apple butter instead of growing your market share doesn’t make it true. With five conference rooms to choose from and Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River at your doorstep, the Red Apple Inn is as unique as the Blanchard Springs Caverns (also nearby). Accommodating around 100 people for corporate events, this venue knows the value of business conducted in the boardroom as well as on the golf course, all in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.

1000 Club Road
Heber Springs, AR 72543
(800) 733-2775
redappleinn.com

 

Team Trek

Packages for this venue range from two to four hours of team building on the short end to up to 4 days of bonding and team development exercises. Additionally, some sessions can be performed at your workplace for convenience while others are actual retreats to the Team Trek facility. Focused on fostering and reinforcing trust, collaboration, and team problem solving, these retreats will test employees and managers alike to show how working together accomplishes more.

251 Peter Creek Pass Road
Tumbling Shoals, AR 72581
(501) 362-8801
teamtrek.com

 

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