In search of a small corporate retreat that isn’t the same-old-same-old? Within the Wild’s adventure lodges Winterlake Lodge and Tutka Bay Lodge, both in remote Southcentral Alaska, can deliver, if you have a thrill-seeking group and a generous budget. Outdoor adventure activities, for both summer and winter, include backcountry biking on untouched mountain ranges, along the beach, and on glacier and high alpine tundra for, the resort promises, “every level of riding imaginable from a leisurely tundra cruise to white knuckle gravity-fueled runs. Once in lifetime locations include fat tire biking down the Iditarod trail and heli-biking on the region's active volcanic islands.” Helicopter hiking, glacier trekking, and sled dog summer camp are other “bucket list adrenaline-inducing adventures.”

 

There are also activities that will prove unforgettable without raising your heart rate quite so high. Consider the Tutka Bay Cooking School, which is built within a historic crabbing boat along a private cove at the edge of Kachemak Bay State Park, and accessible only by boat or floatplane. Against the backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness, students learn how to make Alaskan-inspired dishes from award-winning chefs – mother-daughter chef duo Kirsten and Mandy Dixon – using ingredients foraged in the surrounding backcountry and grown in a seaside garden. Other relaxing activities include yoga classes, spa treatments, bird watching and canoeing around Winterlake. For more information, visit withinthewild.com

 

This small Oregon city is big on charm and amenities. 

Situated in central western Oregon, tucked between the Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges, Corvallis is in the heart  of Willamette Valley and home to Oregon State University.

Population: 60,000 with Oregon State University students making up about 40% of the population. 

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

 

Meeting in an idyllic, natural setting doesn’t mean you have to give up a dynamic urban energy –at least not when you’re gathering in The Woodlands, a charming community located less than 30 miles from Houston and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The town boasts a full social calendar, as well as all of the conveniences found in a more metropolitan locale. But it is shaded by acres of heritage trees, surrounded by neighborhood parks and centered around the sparkling waters of Lake Woodlands and The Woodlands Waterway.