Virginia is home to several great resorts for group retreats and outdoor team building exercises. Grab the crew and visit some of the following places that are sure to raise morale and productivity. Below is just a sampling of all there is to choose from:
Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke
From their Treetop Adventures Aerial and Zip Line Course; 20 miles of hiking and biking trails; archery tag; sky slide; to orienteering courses with GPS as well as off mountain activities on the New River, it’s a great place to meet and develop team skills. Mountain Lake Lodge is a getaway featuring cottages; a stone lodge; luxury cottages with fireplaces; and a grand historic Hotel built in 1936 out of native sandstone. The hit movie “Dirty Dancing” was filmed at Mountain Lake in 1986. Enjoy hiking, biking, tennis, wagon rides, outdoor recreation, family entertainment and educational programs for children.
The Tides Inn, Irvington
Celebrate the luxury of tradition at Tides Inn – a timeless setting to rejuvenate and reconnect along the banks of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. New teambuilding opportunities for 2017 are designed to kindle connections and enhance problem solving and creativity.
- One of the Tides’ historic attributes is its antique collection of liquor lockers. Liquor Lockers Key Match is a team memory challenge, requiring exceptional problem solving skills to find and correctly position the pieces to a Chesapeake Bay puzzle.
- Culinary Create-a-meal is the Irvington Iron Chef, including a chef demonstration, collaboration and creation of menus and execution with group tasting.
- Whodunnit? presents an evening of intrigue and engagement, inspired by the classic ‘Clue’ board game. Guests are presented a persona to act out during an evening reception guided by our expert actors in an effort to uncover the mystery.
Primland, Meadows of Dan
Spectacular views, mountain-top chalets, elegant dining, conference facilities, and a wide array of recreational activities await you at Primland Resort, located on a beautiful estate in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The activities offered at Primland include fly-fishing, ATV tours, horseback riding, disc golf, paddle boarding and more. Primland Resort also has an 18-hole championship golf course.
Bryce Resort, Bayse
Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, Bryce Resort is a 400-acre member-owned resort that is open to the public and is known throughout the mid-Atlantic region as being the most family-oriented resort in Virginia. Bryce Resort offers an exciting ride, consisting of 10 zip line platform stations, connected by more than 3,500 feet of cable traversing down the ski slopes and through the woods. With speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, riders will experience the thrill of flying through the trees and sailing across the open ski slopes, as high as 80 feet above the ground, as they work their way from the top to the bottom of the mountain.
Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg
Set on 340 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards, Salamander Resort & Spa features 168 luxurious rooms including 17 suites; a 23,000-square-foot lavish spa and unique “treehouse” treatment rooms; a full-service equestrian center with a 22-stall stable and practice ring; and more. They have many exciting group activities from which to choose, including a Tree Top Zip Tour, Survival 101, The Great Cook-Off and various lawn sports including croquet, chess, horseshoes, bocce, and a putting green.
Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen
Wintergreen Resort is a four-season mountain retreat on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This beautiful hideaway is the ultimate vacation and conference spot, with 45 holes of championship golf, seasonal skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and more. For your team-building needs, Wintergreen Resort also offers activities such as The Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt, Wintergreen Golf Race, Midnight Madness – Night Light Golf Putting Contest and Cardboard Boat Regatta.
Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs
The Omni Homestead is a luxury resort and spa surrounded by the four-season splendor of the Allegheny Mountains. The Homestead offers an array of indoor and outdoor activities including two championship golf courses, tennis, shooting club, horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, archery, falconry, mountain biking, Jefferson Pools and carriage rides. Winter activities include skiing, tubing, ice skating, snowboarding and snowmobile tours. A variety of team building activities are also available including a ropes course, fire quest, and Homestead Scavenger Hunt.
Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg
Lansdowne Resort is a full-service resort located eight miles from Washington Dulles International airport and 35 miles from Washington, DC., in scenic and historic Loudoun County. The resort offers team building activities such as cooking challenges, scavenger hunts, corporate Olympics, volleyball, horseshoes, racquet ball and more. Options for off-site activities such as go-kart racing are also available. They also facilitate programs that are fun and engaging; they will challenge your team and require active-listening, open-discussion and strategy implementation.
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing Retreat, Conference & Teambuilding Center, New Castle
Wilderness Adventure is totally surrounded by the national forests, with a beautiful 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They cater to hundreds of groups 12 months of the year; including school groups, church youth groups, corporate retreats, family reunions and more. They offer activities including a high ropes adventure trail; team building and problem solving course; group dynamics workshop; 50′ climbing wall and rappel tower; canoeing; instructional pond kayaking class; river kayaking; off-site rock climbing; caving; mountain biking; fly fishing; outdoor living skills and adventure classes; a giant’s ladder; tubing on Craig Creek; a natural water slide and waterfall hike; and a 900′ zip line.
Additional Venues for Team Building
Adventure Links, Clifon
Located on 425-acres at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Adventure Links has a wide variety of activities for team building including high and low ropes courses and a zip line. They also have a variety of other activities available including kayaking and rock climbing. The site features The Lodge at Hemlock which has a large fireplace, wifi, and AV support for meetings; as well as multiple outdoor pavilions and large fields perfect for retreat activities. There is limited rustic lodging on-site and located across the street is the Paradise Springs Winery which offers private wine tastings for groups. Groups finish an exciting day of team building by enjoying s’mores around one of our many fire pits.
Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat, Rice
This tree-top adventure park is the largest and first of its kind in central Virginia. Participants independently traverse obstacles suspended between trees. There are 52 obstacles including 13 zip lines, separated into four different courses/trails, similar to those found on a ski mountain. The courses are different levels of difficulty, ranging from beginner to challenging. Each trail consists of elements like rope bridges, logs, cargo nets, swings, ladders, and zip lines.
The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach
Located in the majestic trees of the Aquarium, between the Marsh Pavilion and the Bay & Ocean Pavilion, you will find an amazing “aerial forest park.” You’ll see a series of platforms in the trees connected by cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Each bridge presents a different challenge of how to get to the next platform. Experience “adventure in the trees” on your own or with friends, family, coworkers and parties.
The EDGE, Prince William
A variety of team simulation obstacles and ropes courses help promote a memorable team building experience when guided by The EDGE’s trained program coordinators. They work on a “Challenge By Choice” model so those who are uncomfortable doing certain activities do not have to, yet can still be a part of the group experience.
Newport News Park Ropes and Initiatives Course, Newport News
This course is designed to provide organized groups with an exciting way to discover more about themselves, others and their environment. Defined as “an obstacle course type adventure that provides both the individual and their group with exciting physical and mental challenges,” the Course offers both low and high event programs and is specifically designed to help your group think outside the box and communicate as one cohesive unit.
Treetop Zoofari Zip Line and Adventure Park, Moseley
Travel tree to tree over 4000 feet and through 42 obstacles including 16 zip lines above the Metro Richmond Zoo. Experience the zoo and outdoors from a whole new level. Courses are self guided and require participants to complete an orientation training before proceeding onto the course. Participants can traverse all of the elements of the course at their own pace while always in view of Treetop Zoofari staff.