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Set your next meeting or retreat in the San Juan Islands and watch the magic happen
Let the San Juan Islands be inspiration for your next meeting or retreat. Imagine a morning meeting in a room that boasts a beautiful view of a sparkling fjord, followed by afternoon team building in tandem kayaks hugging the shorelines of the islands, capped off with a farm-to-table dinner while sipping local wine, beer, cider or gin. Your meeting or retreat can't get any better than in the San Juan Islands!
Whether you require a fully-wired conference room, a serene escape for a corporate retreat, or a whale watch, kayak or farm tour for team building, the three main islands - Orcas, Lopez and San Juan - offer a broad range of venues, lodgings, services and activities.
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The islands offer more than 30 conference, classroom, banquet, reception or theatre-style gathering spaces. Hold a small retreat around a picnic table with a lighthouse, and maybe even whales, as your backdrop. Get your creative juices flowing in a meeting room at an inn where your group can take a 30-minute mental break by hopping on an on-site bike and peddling around Friday Harbor. Meet at a resort, yacht club, community theatre, golf clubhouse, or a historic community gathering place where your host is ready to make your time productive and extra memorable.
The islands have an amazing range of choices for accommodations, from historic resorts that can handle large and small groups, to waterfront cabins where you can enjoy bonfires on the beach. Choose a well-appointed hotel or inn that will keep your group near the ferry, or venture into the woods to stay in comfortable glamping tents where you'll wake to fresh baked muffins and a view of a serene lake. Rent a house on the beach that will accommodate your small group, or reserve a rustic resort so everyone can have their own small cabin.
For small or large groups, island caterers can serve up whatever your group requires. Ideas include 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 the bounty of the islands. Smaller groups 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
Any successful meeting or retreat will include some of the best team building activities the islands have to offer, from whale and wildlife watching to kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, sailing or golf. Or, 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 San Juan Islands Museum of Art where your group can also take a painting class.
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 modes of transportation offerings, including car or van rentals, hotel or public shuttles, taxis, and moped, scoot coupe or bicycle rentals.
For more information about planning and booking your meeting or retreat in the islands, contact Deborah Hopkins Buchanan at [email protected] or 360-378-3277 ext. 5.
Fresh Air, Fresh Ideas
Well-equipped venues, comfortable lodgings and stunning views will make your next meeting or retreat productive - and unforgettable.