The Deep South has never been thought of as a leader in the ecology and sustainability movement, but like many things about Georgia, its progress may surprise you. Especially when it comes to urban areas and meeting and tourism facilities that are answering a call to build a sustainable future.
It’s been scientifically proven that spending time in nature and breathing fresh air improves physical and emotional well-being. Whether it’s the swoosh of skis over powder-white snow, the push of a paddle over emerald-green water or the gentle mountain breeze while meditating amid towering pines, there’s nothing quite like Lake Tahoe to drive that point home.
The coastal communities of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Daufuskie Island offer outdoor adventures that give groups a sense of the area’s landscape, history and culture along with a healthy helping of excitement. From a dinner cruise on the water, to horseback riding on the beach, to a helicopter tour, attendees can experience Hilton Head Island and the neighboring enclaves through sea, land and air activities.
From Hershey, the “Sweetest Place on Earth,” to the Poconos Mountains Visitors Bureau’s brand pillars of “ease, authenticity and refreshment,” Pennsylvania's historic destinations leverage strategic messaging—and defining venues and experiences—as strong calls to action for memorable meetings and events.
Like the chocolate wrapped in the middle of a croissant, the culinary scene in Central Illinois is surprising and delicious. In this decidedly tasty region, including Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Peoria and Champaign County, visiting groups are encouraged to include a fun experience featuring local food and beverage sometime during the meeting.
The Inland Empire, nestled in the center of Southern California, is surrounded by mountains and vineyards, and olive and orange groves fill the valleys. Combine this bounty with its spas, resorts and cuisine that highlights this local produce, and there is a bumper crop of wellness options that can be harvested by groups.
Florida’s rooftop bars let attendees drink in the view.
Visiting one of the country’s most iconic sights, Mount Rushmore. Panning for gold in Deadwood. Taking selfies with “President Obama” in Rapid City. Ending a day filled with meetings by sitting down to a cowboy supper in Spearfish. Groups traveling to South Dakota are not left wanting for experiences that are unique to the state.
A multitude of entertaining nightlife experiences await groups meeting in Ohio when time doesn’t allow for a fun add-on event during business hours. At the end of a day filled with back-to-back meetings, groups can tap into everything from local craft brew scenes to team-bonding activities such as axe-throwing and shuffleboard. In addition, many popular attractions that double as off-site venues for receptions.
It’s certainly easy to find adventure in the rugged open spaces of Michigan, but there’s plenty to explore in the towns and cities as well. From group scooter outings in Detroit and brew tours in Grand Rapids and Traverse City to shooting sports in Lansing and a historic escape room in Muskegon, the state offers up unique thrills and teambuilding experiences for any group.