Helena George, WED | Need a place for a corporate retreat? Try a spot a little off the beaten path. Valdosta, Georgia, is a small town that offers plenty to do and explore as well as several business and conference centers. Many area hotels have meeting rooms and office equipment; plus, there’s nearby retreat areas for building camaraderie. Let’s check out this southern gem and see what’s available.
Located in southern Georgia and full of rich history, Valdosta has activities and places to explore alongside several convention and meeting centers. The James H. Rainwater Conference Center sits in downtown Valdosta close to restaurants, hotels, and other attractions. If you prefer a hotel and conference center together, check out the local hotels for large suites, meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. Try the well-known names like Holiday Inn and Marriott or some of the local inns that offer business accommodations.
Places like Twelve Oaks Farm or Highgrove Farm offer scenic views and large gathering areas whether for corporate retreats or family get-togethers. These facilities also offer banquet rooms and catering for serving 20 to over 2,000. The farms are great spots for getting away from the office while enjoying a corporate retreat.
If you’re looking for a motivational speaker or entertainer for your event, there are many in and around the area. Choose from hypnotists, comedians, magicians, singers, and more. Or set up a game show, scavenger hunt, or murder mystery as a team-building activity. There’s an endless list available for making your event memorable. Whether the entertainment comes to you or your group travels to an event, there are plenty of choices in Valdosta and the surrounding area.
Visit the historic Crescent Mansion at the Garden Center of Valdosta. The lovely home hosts weddings, receptions, and business meetings year-round. Another great attraction is the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, with several rooms for accommodating all types of meetings.
If a crazy time is on the agenda, visit Wild Adventures, a theme park, water park, and zoo all in one spot. You and your colleagues can let loose on a variety of rides or cool off at Splash Island Waterpark. Check out the special group discount tickets on the Wild Adventures website.
If you’re looking for a quieter daytime retreat, visit the Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area full of hiking and walking trails. There’s even hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, small game, and waterfowl when in season, along with water access for canoes.
Valdosta’s historic downtown district offers shopping, fine dining, and exciting nightlife. Grab a true southern dinner at Steel Magnolias or try southern barbeque at the Smok’n Pig B-B-Q. Then, head to Stogie’s Downtown with colleagues for a cigar and a stiff drink. There are plenty of bars and clubs for drinking and dancing too.
So, next time you think corporate conference, choose a location with fun activities to break up your meetings. Valdosta, Georgia, is a wonderful place to gather and enjoy a few days.