Sometimes the best thing you can do is leave the office. An offsite meeting helps get everybody out of their routine. Ideas can flow. Bonds can form.
And if you are going offsite, you may as well make sure it is a really great place. And of course that you serve great food! Here are some of my favorites. All of these venues are available for daytime winter rental, and all welcome Sugarsnap’s great catering.
If you want to stay downtown, you may as well have a view of Church Street. The second floor of the BCA Center has two really nice and bright rooms.
Bishop Booth Conference Center
Located on Rock Point and owned by the Episcopal Diocese, many city residents don’t even know it’s there. The center is surrounded by trails, woods and the lake, so you can take breaks or do an activity outside. There are several meeting rooms so you can have break out groups. And you can even stay overnight and have real retreat.
Main Street Landing: College and Lake Building
With lake views and a waterfront location, you can’t go wrong here. There are several different meeting rooms and two different theaters for presentations or trainings.
Orchard Cove House at Shelburne Farms
This used to be a private home and is now used for retreats. There’s a dining room that works as a conference room as well as a large living room with a fireplace. You can hike and cross country ski right outside. This house is also available for overnight retreats with several bedrooms.
Pizzagalli Center at Shelburne Museum
This beautiful building has a meeting room that works really well for larger groups.
All Soul’s Interfaith Gathering
It’s a little further out (in Shelburne, near Shelburne Museum), but you won’t find a place with a more beautiful view. The event area is really bright with lots of windows showcasing the spectacular view. Another site with trails to explore.