Plan Ahead for a Successful Meeting or Retreat
Whether you require a professional, fully-wired conference room, a serene escape for a corporate retreat, or a whale watching, kayaking or farm tour for team building or a family reunion, the three main islands—Orcas, Lopez and San Juan—offer a broad range of venues, amenities, services and activities.
The islands offer a variety of conference, classroom, banquest, reception or theatre-style gathering spaces, from intimate, stylish dining rooms to medium-size, historic, community gathering places, to large, well-equipped conference rooms.
List of meeting and retreat venues.
Whatever the size of your group, each island has accommodations to fit your needs and your budget. Large, historic resorts on San Juan Island or Orcas Island can handle large and small groups; a hotel or inn in Friday Harbor or Orcas Village will keep your group near the ferry. A more rustic yoga or artists' retreat, or family reunion, might call for cabins and bonfires on the beach.
Getting here is half the fun via car, ferry, boat or air. If you want to leave your car behind, each island has its own mode of transportation offerings, including car rentals, small and large vans, hotel and public shuttles, taxis, and moped, scoot coupe and bicycle rentals.
For small or large groups, island caterers can serve up whatever your group requires, such as a breakfast buffet, park picnic or box-lunch, appetizers with local wine or spirits for an evening cruise, a casual barbecue, or gourmet farm-to-table supper drawing from a bounty of local fresh produce, meats, seafood and more. For smaller groups, you may decide to dine at one of our many local restaurants, cafes, wine bars or pubs, most of which take reservations and can create special menus.
Team Building Adventures and Educational Activities
This is where things get really fun. Any successful retreat or reunion includes some of the best activities the islands have to offer, from whale and wildlife watching to kayaking, zip-lining, sailing or golf. Take your group to visit the islands’ many farms—visit a lavender or alpaca farm, or taste locally made beverages at a winery, brewery, cidery or distillery. Learn more about whales at the Whale Museum, or island history at one of the three island historical museums. If your group is interested in the arts, see a performance at a local community theater, visit a sculpture park, pottery or artists’ co-op, or the new San Juan Islands Museum of Art.
For more information about planning and booking your meeting or retreat in the islands, contact Deborah Hopkins Buchanan at [email protected]. For family reunions contact Carole Sue Conran at [email protected].