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The southeast corner of Tennessee has all the makings of a successful retreat: mountains, water, sunshine and quiet. The climate here is warm in the spring and fall and hot in the summer, with more than enough rainfall to keep things green and lush. Birdsong tends to fill the forest and long, seductive tendrils of fog are coaxed out of the trees by the morning sun. In short, it’s a lush, happy paradise.
In terms of corporate retreats, this translates to more time spent outdoors and a jubilant effect on the spirit. It is an beautiful climate to enjoy and is rarely disagreeable — save for the afternoon heat, which is as easy to cure as jumping into the crystal clear waters of the Ocoee River.
The Ocoee River flows in a northwesterly direction and contains some of the most spectacular rapids on the east coast. At Raft1, this river is a central point for activities and serves as a launchpad for many of our corporate retreats.
Tennessee is a state with a rich history, stunning landscapes, temperate climates and a laid-back attitude. We capitalize on all of these qualities to provide the best corporate retreat in the industry.
A good corporate retreat provides a break from everyday work in the office environment. A great corporate retreat creates new dynamics and redefines the office environment. Here are some of the goals a corporate retreat in Tennessee can help to accomplish:
It’s a valid question: if your company has nothing to do with the outdoors, why should you take a chance on bringing them on a whitewater rafting trip? In other words, why does whitewater rafting make for such a good retreat activity? To answer this question, we must first take a look at what makes a badcorporate retreat:
Whitewater rafting is the perfect way to perform a team-building exercise without employees even being aware of it. The experience of rafting is one of laughter, shouting, cooperation and adrenaline — and the result is a team that leaves the retreat flushed, excited and reinvigorated.
The tone of panels, keynote presentations and town hall-style meetings is much more engaging when people have bonded over a new experience. Whitewater rafting the Ocoee is about as much fun as a group can have in a day, creating the perfect atmosphere for ideas, friendships and motivation to blossom.
Imagine waking up to the sound of birds singing in the dense canopy above with the river babbling happily along below. There is that strange, fun moment where you wonder where you are — and then you realize you are on day two of the retreat and that your coworkers are all there with you.
If the goal of a corporate retreat is to remove workers from their everyday environment and jolt them with a fun experience, and an overnight rafting trip is the perfect way to do so. Taking an overnight corporate group trip allows everyone to truly break from their routines and commit to the retreat. Raft1 is one of the few companies in the east who offer overnight corporate rafting trips. In doing so, we have developed an approach that guarantees a great experience for attendees.
It all starts with our package rates and willingness to customize. The larger your group, the lower the cost per person. For groups of 15 or more, we offer customized trips and opportunities. That means we will work with you to incorporate different activities and team-building exercises into your trip on the Ocoee to create an unforgettable trip for your group.
Our overnight trips are available many months of the year. While we do not run rafting trips during the coldest winter months, we do operate late into October. We are one of the only rafting companies to do so, and we sometimes wonder why — October is a fantastic month for rafting! The water and air is still warm and there are very few crowds on the river. In our minds, it’s one of the best months for rafting.
It is the rare person who enjoys sleeping in a sweltering hot room, but that’s not a concern at the bunkhouse — it is fully equipped with mercifully cool air conditioning. It also contains two half-baths for trips to the toilet, while showers are located in the main bathhouse just a short walk down the hill.
This bunkhouse has a large living room and a deck, both of which are perfect for socializing, relaxing, playing games or having meetings. The deck is even equipped with picnic tables and grills for cooking out. If you should want to have a bonfire, just head into the woods behind the bunkhouse and start one up in the provided campfire ring. The lodge costs $15 per person per night, with a minimum of $250.
The bunkhouse is a cool, comfortable space that allows a large number of guests to sleep indoors. Choosing it for lodging simplifies transportation needs, consolidates your event and provides a built-in meeting space.
If you think your group would enjoy being out in the elements a bit more, we have a number of campsites available for pitching tents. These campsites lie just uphill from the bathhouses and offer space for tossing the frisbee or going on a quick hike into the woods.
Purchase firewood locally to avoid spreading invasive pests — there are plenty of firewood vendors nearby. Also, be sure to bring your own water, garbage bags for trash and wet clothing, a grill for cooking out, lanterns and flashlights, fire starters, towels, folding chairs and tents with a ground cloth and rainfly each.
Individual campsites can accommodate tents up to 10 feet per side. Conveniently, you can drive your vehicle up and park just in front of the sites, with the farthest site being only a short distance from the vehicle. As these sites are available to rafters and visitors alike, they are on a first come, first serve basis.
Each campsite costs $5 per person, per night.
After a day of rafting, your group needs to be nourished with filling, wholesome and delicious food. We make sure that our food is an integral part of the journey and not just a means of assuaging hunger. Picture tender, local meat and fresh vegetables, marinated and grilled to perfection by your raft guides.
That’s right: your raft guides will be doubling as your gourmet chefs. They will impress you with their culinary prowess! Simply call ahead to discuss any allergies, dietary restrictions or other food requests and we will work to accommodate them.
In building Raft1 into a destination for corporate groups, we have always gone the extra mile to offer a multitude of experiences for our guests. Besides splashing around in the Ocoee River with a raft and paddles, we also offer the following activities:
We have one-day, two-day and full weekend packages available for corporate rafting retreats. If you have a specific request of any nature, simply contact us to discuss it or call at 1-888-RAFT-ONE (888-723-8663). We know there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for corporate groups eager to improve teamwork and productivity, so we’ll work directly with you to make your group’s trip unforgettable.