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5 Stunning Corporate Retreat Locations in the Midwest

Ever thought about heading to the heart of the Midwest for your next corporate retreat? Get ready to be mesmerized by the variety of activities and retreats awaiting you in the heartland of America.

From the tranquil waters of Lake Delton in Wisconsin to the vineyards of French Lick Winery in Indiana, the Midwest features excellent hidden gems waiting to be explored.

Whether you’re cycling along the Steamboat Trace Trail in Nebraska or living your best life at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, we guarantee there won’t be a dull day. And who could forget the iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, beckoning you to explore its famous beauty?

At TeamOut, we've handpicked five corporate retreat locations in the Midwest for 2024, each offering unique possibilities for adventure, relaxation, and team-building experiences. Get ready to elevate your retreat to new heights with our curated selection of must-try activities!

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to start an epic journey through the heart of America with TeamOut's Midwest corporate retreats!

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1. Sundara Inn & Spa: A Sustainable Haven in the Heart of Wisconsin Dells

Welcome to Sundara Inn & Spa, a retreat located in Wisconsin Dells where your team can enjoy 80 acres of pine forest. Nestled in the heart of nature, this location’s mission is clear - wellness, sustainability, and creative inspiration. Dairy products are sourced from Organic Valley and the resort uses 100% tree-free paper for sustainability. 

Choose from villas, suites, or retreats, each with a private spa balcony, hot soak, and fireplace. Enjoy the Swim-Up Pool Bar with a fire feature or experience the purified bath ritual. Explore the Chakra Meditation trail, practice mindful journaling in the Suvela quiet room, and participate in Chakra yoga and yin yoga for a holistic stay.

Satisfy your culinary cravings at Nava, serving a fresh all-day menu. Meeting spaces span 2,806 square feet, accommodating up to 111 participants. Check-in at Sundara Inn & Spa and join an experience that combines well-being, sustainability, and creativity in the heart of Wisconsin.

A sustainable, mindful retreat meant to enhance your relaxation and rejuvenation journey.

📍 Location:

  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

🛫 Logistics: 

  • 40 miles away from Madison Airport

🏠 Property feature:

  • 80-acre pine forest
  • Villas, suites, and retreats
  • On-site indoor/outdoor pools
  • On-site private, individual spas
  • 2,806 sq ft of meetings spaces (111 guests)

🔎 What to explore:

  • Chakra Meditation trail (on-site)
  • Yin Yoga, Chakra Yoga (on-site)
  • Aromatherapy (on-site)
  • Explore Mirror Lake State Park
  • Sunset cruise on Lake Delton

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2. Lost River Lodge: An Intimate Lodge Next to the Hoosier National Forest

Exploring further into the Midwest corporate retreat landscape, we find the Lost River Lodge. This rustic forest lodge, with ample space to house 26 guests, features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room, which make it a prime choice for small groups!

Make the most of this 5,340 square feet lodge nestled on 40 scenic acres surrounded by the Hoosier National Forest! Featuring an outdoor grill, a deck, a balcony/terrace, a lawn, a veranda, and a fire pit, there’s plenty of spaces to mingle and host brainstorming sessions.

With a privileged location near West Baden Casino & French Lick Resorts, Big Adventure Water Park and Paoli Peaks, your team is in for a treat! For relaxation, hit the spa at West Baden. As for team activities, wine tasting at French Lick Winery, exploring Lark Valley Zip Lines, and swimming in the Patoka Lake are all amazing options!

Stay at Lost River Lodge and enjoy an intimate retreat surrounded by nature! Sounds too good to be true, right?

📍 Location:

  • West Baden Springs, Indiana

🛫 Logistics:

  • 56 miles from Monroe County Airport

🏠 Property feature: 

  • 6 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Multiple outdoor spaces
  • Outdoor grill and fire pit

🔎 What to explore:

  • Big Adventure Water Park
  • Paoli Peaks
  • Patoka Lake
  • Challenge your team at French Lick West Baden Karting
  • Wine tasting at French Lick Winery
  • Explore Lark Valley Zip Lines

Lied Lodge: 260 Acres of Nature Nestled in Arbor Day Farm

In the heart of Nebraska lies a location known as the birthplace of Arbor Day, Arbor Day Farm. Here is where you can find Lied Lodge. Spanning across 260 acres, this 140-room facility elevates your team getaway to a whole new level.

Gather at Timber for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering delicious flavors and natural views. Chill at the Library Lounge or head to Porter’s for a tasty variety of brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and more. For the perfect sunset activity, gather your team for a twilight bonfire complete with s’mores.

Ideal for corporate retreats, Lied Lodge offers 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting/banquet space. Equipped to serve the needs of corporate groups with state-of-the-art facilities, on-site activities, and support staff, the lodge presents a combination of work and leisure amidst the great outdoors.

For team-building activities, recharge in the indoor pool, hit the award-winning ArborLinks golf course nearby, or cycle the Steamboat Trace Trail.

With 140 guest rooms, event facilities, and natural surroundings, Lied Lodge should be at the top of your list for a retreat in the Midwest!

📍 Location:

  • Nebraska City, Nebraska

🛫 Logistics:

  • 50 miles from Omaha Eppley Airfield
  • 58 miles from Lincoln Airport

🏠 Property feature: 

  • 140 guest rooms, including 2 suites
  • Indoor pool
  • On-site spa
  • On-site fitness center
  • 14,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting/banquet space

🔎 What to explore:

  • Taste the Arbor Day Farm wines (on-site)
  • Explore the Tree Adventure trails and the Doug’s Trail (on-site)
  • Cycle the Steamboat Trace Trail
  • Visit Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
  • Tee off at the 18-hole ArborLinks golf course, nearby

4. Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center: Where Spirituality, Recharging, and Relaxation Meet in Ohio

Framed by Ohio's countryside, Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center is nestled on 68 acres of evergreen trees, perfect for your next business offsite. 

Located in Northwest Ohio, this retreat is 30 minutes south of Lake Erie and it’s an excellent space to relax and recharge. At Our Lady of the Pines, spend a "day away" enjoying the indoor facilities, like massage therapy, or the great outdoors. Led by an experienced Food Service Manager, the retreat provides well nutritious meals prepared fresh daily, so you have nothing to worry about!

Retreat planning is more than presentations and attendees. Offering a variety of conference spaces, this retreat hosts events from 10 to 100 guests. Gather at the Rose Room, or choose Mercy Conference Room for your brainstorming sessions. Explore South Bass Island State Park, Presque Isle State Park,and Cedar Point with your team for some bonding and fun!

68-acres of evergreen trees surround this tranquil spot, perfect for unwinding in communion with nature.

📍 Location:

  • Fremont, Ohio

🛫 Logistics:

  •  3 miles from Fremont Airport
  • 40 miles from Toledo (TOL) Airport 

🏠 Property feature: 

  • Overnight accommodations for up to 50 guests
  • On-site spa
  • Sitting & Reflection Rooms
  • Multiple outdoor spaces, including a gazebo and balcony/porch
  • Multiple meeting spaces (up to 100 guests)

🔎 What to explore:

  • Lake Erie
  • Presque Isle State Park
  • Cedar Point
  • South Bass Island State Park
  • Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore: Your Glamping Basecamp for Exploring Mount Rushmore 

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is located only four miles from Mount Rushmore National Monument. With majestic views of Mount Rushmore, Under Canvas is an ideal basecamp for exploring Custer State Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Under Canvas has secured positions among the Top 10 Resorts in the United States, and Top Resorts in the US – Midwest & West

Choose from different tent types - Suite, Stargazer, Safari and Deluxe - all comfortable and accessible. Dine with views of Mount Rushmore, indulge in s’mores by the fire, live music, and morning yoga, or enjoy a hike through the Black Hills right from camp. The location’s lounge areas, firepits, and outdoor event spaces make it ideal for corporate retreats. Groups of under 30 guests don’t need the full-buyout of the space. This retreat hosts up to 250 people

Don’t miss out on the three most popular destinations in the Black Hills area: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Custer State Park.

Glamping experience at its finest

📍 Location:

  • Keystone, South Dakota

🛫 Logistics:

  • 30 miles from Rapid City Regional Airport

🏠 Property feature: 

  • Tents of different sizes
  • Grab n’ go meals available
  • Dining options on-site
  • Outdoor gathering spaces

🔎 What to explore:

  • Explore Mount Rushmore
  • Discover Custer State Park
  • Hike through the Black Hills
  • Visit Crazy Horse
  • Discover Spearfish Canyon and Badlands National Park
  • Hike the Mount Rushmore and Flume Trail

The Must Do Team-Building Activities in the Midwest

If you’re not convinced yet that the Midwest could be the ultimate destination for your next corporate retreat, don’t worry! The following list will help you to realize the potential of these locations.

Whether your team craves outdoor adventures or tranquility and relaxation, the Midwest has something for everyone. Explore South Bass Island State Park in Ohio, hike through the Black Hills in South Dakota, or hit the slopes at Paoli Peaks in Indiana for some adrenaline-pumping fun. 

With TeamOut, the possibilities are endless! Don’t miss out on these activities we’ve curated just for you:

  • Discover Spearfish Canyon and Badlands National Park: Spearfish Canyon, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Home for deer, mountain goats, porcupines and bobcats, this is also a spot where your team can engage in rock climbing, biking, hiking, and fishing. Badlands National Park contains one of the world's richest fossil beds, so you’ll love to view its distinctive rock formations, teeming wildlife and wide-open skies.
  • Hike the Mount Rushmore and Flume Trail: If you are looking for adventure when you visit Mount Rushmore, this Mount Rushmore and Flume Trail combines a 3-mile nature hike of the Flume Trail with a visit to the popular attraction. This private tour will give you an in-depth look at the Flume Trail, the Black Hills, and Mount Rushmore in the privacy of your own group. What better way to get to know the highlights of South Dakota?
  • Explore Custer State Park: Custer State Park is one of the only wild places in the US. Nearly 1,300 bison wander the park's 71,000 acres, which they share with pronghorn antelope, elk, mountain goats and a band of burros. This is South Dakota’s largest and one of the first state parks, famous for its natural beauty. On top of that, the forest offers views of Mount Rushmore and many natural wonders. 
  • Boost your Adrenaline at Cedar Point: If you’re looking for thrilling adventures, head to Cedar Point, a 364-acre amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point is home to 71 rides, including exhilarating roller coasters like Steel Vengeance and Millennium Force. Are you brave enough for this challenge?
  • Cycle the Steamboat Trace Bicycle Trail: This is a 22-mile trail that is the result of an abandoned railroad corridor parallel to the Missouri River, six miles south of Nebraska City to just south of Brownville, Nebraska. Cottonwoods, oaks and other trees provide shade to trail users during the summer months. The Steamboat Trace Trail also runs adjacent to open farmland, so you’ll get to see different landscapes while you cycle!
  • Visit Arbor Lodge State Historical Park: The highlight of this 72-acre park in Nebraska City is the historic mansion. The park also includes an arboretum, Italian terraced garden, log cabin, and walking trails. The mansion is located on Arbor Day Farm, which boasts 260 acres of natural beauty. You can’t miss this spot if you’re staying in Nebraska for your corporate retreat!
  • Get to Know Patoka Lake: With nearly 26,000 acres of land and water, Patoka Lake is a fine example of lake ecology in Indiana. The 8,800-acre lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. However, it’s a very safe spot for swimming and it’s one of the cleanest lakes in the Midwest. The lake is located just south of French Lick and West Baden, and just east of historic Jasper.
  • Challenge your Team at French Lick West Baden Karting: French Lick/West Baden Indoor Karting provides ample fun in the form of go-karting at West Baden Springs, Indiana. Facilities are equipped with fun-filled adventures for all ages, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re an expert or a beginner. Are you up for the challenge?
  • Wine Tasting at French Lick Winery: Gather your team in the tasting room where you can sample local wines. Enjoy a glass on the patio or take a chilled bottle with you for a picnic or party. 
  • Explore Lark Valley Zip Lines: Founded in 2012, Lark Valley Zip Lines offers some of the fastest, longest, and most fun zip lines in the Midwest. With a big focus on safety, you can hit the 3 Mega-Lines or zip on lines over 2500 feet in length (some of the longest in the Midwest), at heights of up to 50 feet and speeds of up to 60 mph! Too scary?
  • Discover Mirror Lake State Park: Mirror Lake is a 2,179-acre state park just three miles from Wisconsin Dells and it’s an excellent location for fishing, swimming, and kayaking. Picnic areas, a boat landing, and biking, hiking and cross-country ski trails are also available. 

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Buckle up and prepare your squad for a memorable corporate retreat in America’s Midwest!

As you read throughout the article, TeamOut has curated a range of activities and locations tailor-made to suit everyone’s needs and taste.

From exploring Mirror Lake State Park in Wisconsin to taking a refreshing swim in Patoka Lake in Indiana, there are no limits on what the Midwest has to offer! Say goodbye to the office and hello to adventure.

Trust us with the planning and in no time you’ll see your team immersing themselves in history at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska or hiking through the Black Hills in South Dakota.

The Midwest also offers countless opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation, which is why it’s a top choice for an extraordinary team getaway!

Let TeamOut handle the logistics, ensuring a planning process customized to your team's preferences, requirements, and budget.

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Soon enough you’ll be creating memories with your team in the heartland of America!

About the author
Thomas Mazimann
published on
May 9, 2024
Thomas Mazimann, a French entrepreneur and former international kayaking athlete, transitioned from sports to tech after moving to the U.S. He co-founded TeamOut, revolutionizing team gatherings.

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