By getting you and your work squad into a space that pushes your creative brains into action and inspires a feeling of camaraderie outside the office space, we’re hoping to make your next off-site meeting anything but lackluster. From urban wineries to beside-the-racetrack venues, here are two dozen of our favorite meeting spaces that'll actually get you excited to hang with your co-workers. Join us in saying bye, bye to stale, dimly lit meeting rooms of yesteryear and aloha to bright spaces that'll fill your team with inspiration.
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Pop up to this modern Madison Avenue loft space for your next workshop, seminar, product launch, or off-site. The bright, industrial space is easy to take over with a group of up to 150 and includes cool furniture, lounge space, a bar area, and A/V equipment.
Tahoe’s Coachman Hotel is an awesome boutique hotel getaway for a group looking to reconnect with the outdoors while also getting work done. Tucked away in South Lake Tahoe, the 42-suite modern motel is fully set up for corporate gigs and includes a meeting space that suits a group of about 49 people.
Take the team out to the Horse Capital of the World to experience true southern hospitality at the iconic Keeneland Race Course. Located in Lexington, Keeneland offers a variety of engaging meeting room and event space options, from a historic mansion to breathtaking trackside rooms to an authentic barn. Whether you’re looking for team building or an event to celebrate your top performers, Keeneland is an out-of-office experience your crew can get excited about.
The sunny space at Metropolist in Seattle offers tons of room to move around, with high ceilings and really good juju. Set up shop for your off-site by transforming the large venue into smaller meeting zones and customize this spot to be your own.
The Regency Center in San Francisco can host events up to 2,100 guests reception style using all three floors. Seminars, award ceremonies, private concerts, and seated dinners are all fair play at this century-old Beaux Arts landmark building.
Your team’s creative wheels are sure to kick into high gear with an off-site at Chicago’s Low Res Studio. The versatile loft space is made for groups of up to 250 and would be perfect for a pop-up shop, workshop, seminar, launch, or anything that gets people moving around and excited for something fresh and new.
Bring the office party to Office Party in Highland Park if you’re looking to spend the day in a space that inspires creativity and connection. This 1920s-era warehouse building with soaring ceilings and a modular setup is fit for an off-site of up to 200 worker bees.
The Showroom on Hubbard can easily be adapted to suit your off-site needs. There’s full A/V equipment and wifi, so meetings are made easy. Or you may opt for a company dinner instead at this easy, modern Chicago venue.
Options, options, options are the name of the event planner’s game at Scottsdale’s The Phoenician. This sprawling desert property offers plenty of patios, gardens, ballrooms, lawns, and meeting spaces, making it a great destination for a days-long off-site event.
Celebrating a brand milestone, awards ceremony, or looking for an off-site space that portrays luxury and glam? Check out New York’s The Langham on Fifth Avenue. The venue offers three event spaces that’ll have your team charged up and ready to dive into their creative zone.
Williamsburg’s popular Brooklyn Winery makes a fab function space for a corporate off-site, meeting, dinner, gala, or fundraising event. The food and wine program at this 8,000-square-foot warehouse is top-notch while the space itself allows for a group of up to 300 guests to mingle in a sophisticated but approachable party spot.
If an exclusive club feel is what you’re after for your corporate off-site in NYC, check out the Lexington rooms at Midtown’s Benjamin Hotel. The four light-filled rooms can be used separately or combined to suit a group of up to 140 guests.
San Diego’s Underground Elephant is made up of two creative event spaces: a watering hole and a schoolhouse. You’ll max out around 200 people for a seated event or 400 if you’re hosting a corporate cocktail party.
Located in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, Anahata Studio makes a lovely perch for a few hours of workshopping or conferencing with a crew of up to 75. The space is light and bright, with garage window walls that open right up to a walking and cycling path.
There’s a 205 seat theater, an airstream meeting space, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, a boardroom, and a banquet room at this massive San Diego venue. Located just across from the Torrey Pines Golf Course, Farmer and the Seahorse offers a bevvy of options for the off-site crowd.
The Club Room at Sydney’s East Coast Lounge overlooks the Sydney Harbor and the beach below. The space is great for a group of 30, or you can take over the full venue for a larger off-site of about 50. The private Chowder Bay wharf venue feels partly like a beach house and partly like a spot you’d find in the Hamptons.
The Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel sits in the heart of Union Square and offers off-site meeting space in a handful of room types and sizes. Whether you’re getting your top 30 company minds together or planning a meeting or seminar for up to 130, you’ll have plenty of options here.
The Betsy offers corporate event planners a room fit for up to a hundred attendees. Located in Miami’s South Beach, The Betsy is a small hotel and venue that also has multiple indoor and outdoor spaces so you can make your corporate off-site a multi-day event if necessary.
Seattle’s Capitol Hill is home to 10 Degrees and OOLA Distillery, of which you can use one or both for your next off-site event. The unique blend of indoor space and outdoor gardens and courtyard make great grounds for a meeting that calls for a bit of moving around.
The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville offers multiple art-filled and inspiring rooms for an off-site that begets creative output. Opt for an event in one of the galleries, the atrium, the rooftop apartment, or a private dining room.
Southeast Portland’s The Loft at 8th Avenue makes a fab spot for fundraising events, large corporate dinners, seminars, or anything that requires a good deal of space to spread out. For smaller groups, check out the tasting rooms too.
Choose between meeting in the cool 14-seater board room or throwing an epic milestone party, gala or seminar at Hotel Max’s Artist Loft. Fit for an event of up to 200 guests, the loft space is like a wide-open warehouse with tons of windows and polished concrete floors.
More than a seaside getaway on “The Island,” Gurney’s Montauk offers ample space in a beautiful setting for corporate off-sites. Their Great Hall overlooks the seascape while providing plenty of space and a great A/V setup for large meetings of up to 300 guests.
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