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5 Stunning Corporate Retreat Locations Near San Rafael for 2024

Thinking of planning your next corporate retreat in San Rafael? You're in luck! This city in the county seat of Marin County, California, has a privileged location in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay.

Featuring a famous shopping district, which runs the length of Fourth Street, get ready to be amazed with the Victoria buildings, ethnic restaurants, breweries and wine bars, all the way from Downtown to the West End.

From McNears Beach Park to the Muir Woods, adventure awaits around every corner!

Whether your team enjoys biking along the Tiburon path or exploring local landmarks like Point Bonita Lighthouse, San Rafael has something for everyone.

With TeamOut's expert guidance, we've handpicked the Top 5 Corporate Retreat Locations in San Rafael, making sure we design an extraordinary journey for teams of all kinds!

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1. Willow Camp: Your Exclusive Getaway to Outdoor Bliss

Join your team in the remarkable environment of Willow Camp in Stinson Beach, just a 45-minute drive from Downtown San Francisco.

Choose from a variety of accommodations, including the Lodge, the Carriage House, the Airstream, the Love Shack, or the Balifornia huts, imported from Bali.

Indulge in the full-service breakfast and the private chef lunch/dinner featuring tacos, salads, roasted chicken, and traditional American BBQ. For team-building activities, try the Yoga sessions in the Bagus pavilion, relax by the outdoor pool, unwind with s’mores by the fire, or kayak off Heart’s Desire Beach! Willow Camp stands out as a distinctive choice, giving your team a taste of something different! 

Gather outdoors or hold your team event in the Pavilion: Willow Camp has everything your team needs to thrive!

📍 Location:

  • Stinson Beach, California

 🛫 Logistics:  

  • 36 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • 47 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK)

🏠 Property feature: 

  • Accommodation in lodges, houses, shacks, and huts
  • On-site dining options (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • On-site pavilion 
  • Outdoor pool

🔎 What to explore:

  • Yoga sessions in the Bagus pavilion or on the beach (on-site)
  • S’mores over an open fire (on-site)
  • Take the West Marin Food and Farm Tour
  • Kayak off Heart’s Desire Beach


2.
Acqua Hotel Mill Valley: A Boutique Experience on the Shores of Richardson Bay

Discover the ultimate corporate retreat spot at Acqua Hotel Mill Valley in Marin County, California. Nestled along Richardson Bay with a backdrop of Mt. Tamalpais, this boutique hotel has a prime location surrounded by natural beauty.

With 49 guest rooms, this is the hot spot for your next team outing! Relax with your crew in the glassed-in Atrium and patio, and make the most of the bayside walking path that runs along the hotel’s property. Featuring over 1600 square feet of flexible meeting space, accommodating up to 150 guests, your events will be a hit.

Outside the boardroom, listen to live music at The Sweetwater, discover the floating community in Sausalito, or explore the epic Muir Woods. Just a short six-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge, Acqua Hotel puts you at the heart of Marin County's best experiences.

Retreat experience by the water!

📍 Location:

  • Mill Valley, California

 🛫 Logistics:  

  • 25 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • 34 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK)

🏠 Property feature: 

  • 49 guest rooms
  • 1,600+ sq. ft. of flexible meeting space

🔎 What to explore:

  • Explore a floating community in Sausalito
  • Discover the Muir Woods, just 6.5 miles away
  • Visit Point Bonita Lighthouse
  • Board the Angel-Island Tiburon Ferry and head out to Angel Island
  • Head to Point Reyes
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Walk on the Wild Coast


3.
Cavallo Point Lodge: A Luxurious and Sustainable Stay in the Heart of Sausalito, California

It’s safe to say that Cavallo Point Lodge’s slogan, “Close to Everything, but Away from it All '' really captures its essence. Experience luxury steeped in nature in the heart of Sausalito, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, on the doorstep of Golden Gate National Park. 

Featuring Contemporary Lodging, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Historic Lodging, which provides a glimpse into the property's storied past, a luxurious hotel experience and amazing views are guaranteed.

Take team cooking classes at the award-winning cooking school, relish on an American farm-to-fork meal at Farley, or indulge in an elegant menu at Sula.

Start your day with a yoga session on the panoramic patio overlooking the iconic red bridge or unwind on the outdoor terrace. The lodge's commitment to sustainability is internationally recognized for its sense of place, variety of activities, and exceptional service.

With a top-notch spa, outdoor pool, and stunning dining rooms, your team will thrive in your next corporate retreat!

📍 Location: 

  • Sausalito, California

 🛫 Logistics:  

  • 21 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • 40 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK)

🏠 Property feature: 

  • 142 rooms
  • Fitness center & spa
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Outdoor sport facilities
  • On-site yoga classes

🔎 What to explore:

  • Cooking classes by the award-winning Cavallo Point Cooking School
  • 350 acres of trails for running, biking, and hiking
  • Paddle your way around San Francisco Bay
  • Cavallo Point guided tours
  • Sausalito water sports
  • Fort Baker History Tour


4.
Inn Above Tide: An Intimate Waterfront Hotel Sited on San Francisco Bay

Located above the waters of Sausalito, The Inn Above Tide offers 33 rooms and suites, each with private decks, offering views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and the city skyline. 

Start your day with a buffet-style continental breakfast, followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception every evening.

Explore nearby galleries or dine at Picco Restaurant for Cal-Italian cuisine, choose Salsalito Taco Shop for Baja-style Mexican dishes, or gather for team drinks at The Spinnaker, all just a short drive from the hotel. 

Meeting spaces accommodate up to 10 guests, with a living room area and furnished deck overlooking the bay, ideal for intimate break-outs. Venture to Sonoma and Napa's vineyards, Tiburon's walking paths, or the Marin Headlands for team-building adventures. The Inn Above Tide continues to set the bar high in the world of corporate retreats!

This intimate waterfront location is the ideal setting for your next corporate retreat: This is where city views meet the tranquility of San Francisco Bay!

📍 Location:

  • Sausalito, California

 🛫 Logistics:  

  • from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • from Oakland International Airport (OAK)

🏠 Property feature: 

  • 33 guest rooms and suites
  • Meeting spaces for up to 10 participants 
  • On-site spa

🔎 What to explore:

  • Drive to the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa
  • Explore the walking / biking path in Tiburon
  • Discover Marin Headlands and Marine Mammal Center
  • Unwind in Tennessee Valley 
  • Take a day trip to San Francisco


5.
Olema House: A Bohemian Location on the Outskirts of the Point Reyes Seashore

Located just an hour north of San Francisco, Olema House offers an intimate retreat amidst the Point Reyes National Seashore, with 22 rooms and two cottages nestled across four acres of lawns.

Indulge in West Marin's finest at Due West, serving up fresh oysters, local organic produce from Bolinas farms, and meats from Point Reyes ranches - every bite is a taste of the region's bounty!

Host your corporate banquets in the indoor and outdoor spaces, or opt for the Main Lawn for a relaxed gathering by Olema Creek. Groups may take advantage of a full property buy-out. With event spaces accommodating groups of 15 to 120, The Park Room can hold up to 32 people, whereas smaller meetings can take place in the Board Room.

Team activities include live music and fireside S’mores. Take a kayak tour on Tomales Bay, tour local wineries like Heidrun Meadery, or try oyster tasting at Hog Island Oysters!

📍 Location:

  • Olema, California

 🛫 Logistics:  

  • 49 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • 50 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK)

🏠 Property feature: 

  • 22 guest rooms and 2 cottages
  • 4 acres of property
  • Fire pits

🔎 What to explore:


The Must Do Team-Building Activities in San Rafael

If you think you have everything figured out regarding team-building activities in San Rafael, guess again! At TeamOut, we handpicked a collection of the best team adventures in the area and trust us: They are one-of-a-kind!

Whether your team craves adventure or cultural experiences, San Rafael has it all. Lace up your hiking boots for a trek along the San Rafael Bay Trail, visit marine wildlife at the Marine Mammal Center, or hop on a ferry to Angel Island for panoramic views of the Bay Area.

Discover the beauty of Tennessee Valley or opt for a culinary journey with the West Marin Food and Farm Tour - with TeamOut, the possibilities are endless!

Here are some must-try team-building activities in San Rafael:

  • Hike on Mount Tamalpais: This is a popular hiking destination that challenges your body but also rewards you with a panoramic view of the city. There are 80 running trails in Mount Tamalpais State Park and the most popular ones are Steep Ravine and Dipsea. Collaboration and perseverance are key to reaching the summit!
  • Guided Hikes of Point Reyes National Seashore: It contains around 80 miles of shoreline, including dozens of miles of sandy beaches! Hiking opportunities in Point Reyes are endless. Explore one of 19 easy hiking trails, ideal for hikers of every level.
  • Evening Kayak Tours on Tomales Bay: This is a long, narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean in Marin County, northern California.Take a guided tour led by local guides with many years of experience on Tomales Bay. Paddling with a guide can be an excellent way to enhance your kayaking skills and expand your knowledge of the area at the same time!
  • Tour Local Wineries like Heidrun Meadery: Here, wine is made from honey rather than grapes, producing naturally sparkling varietal meads, using the traditional French Methode Champenoise. Book a tour with your team and taste this delicacy!
  • Oyster Tasting at Hog Island Oysters: Immerse your team in oyster farming with a tour, tasting and master class in shucking. Explore the farm and learn how oysters are grown! 
  • Explore Marin County Bike Trails: There are plenty of beginner-friendly rides around Marin, offering a great biking experience for inexperienced riders. Take your team and enjoy the ride! We recommend the Hamilton Bay Trail or San Rafael Bay Trail. 
  • Paddle your Way Around San Francisco Bay: The Bay Area Water Trail is a regional program that encourages non-motorized small boaters to safely enjoy the San Francisco Bay. Whether you prefer a kayak or SUP, kiteboard or outrigger, this is the place to explore!
  • Discover Marin Headlands: The Marin Headlands is a crown jewel of the Golden Gate National Parks, a hilly peninsula at the southernmost end of Marin County. It’s a great way to explore nature’s beauty. 
  • Take the West Marin Food and Farm Tour: Explore beautiful Marin and Sonoma on a gourmet guided tour! Go behind the scenes to meet the makers and taste the wide array of artisanal food and libations coming from local food sheds. Contact Food & Farm Tours for more information.
  • Explore a Floating Community in Sausalito: The floating community's history dates back to the late 19th century, when fishermen's wooden shacks in Sausalito were converted to vacation homes by some San Franciscans. This unique collection of floating houseboats is a must see in Sausalito!
  • Head to the Gravity Vault, a Team-Focused Climbing Facility: Obstacles here are sufficiently diverse to cater to everyone, from beginners to seasoned climbers. Start with a Day Pass or explore the Membership Options. Explore 18,000 total square feet of climbing with your team! There are over 200 Top Rope and Lead Routes, and over 150 Boulder Problems! Adrenaline seekers: This one’s for you!

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Get set for an incredible corporate retreat in San Rafael!

TeamOut has lined up a range of thrilling activities, from exploring the Tennessee Valley to paddle your way through San Francisco Bay.

Step out of the office and dive into adventure: Here, your team will be tasting oysters at Hog Island Oysters or visiting a floating community in Sausalito. Sounds too good to be true?

San Rafael has plenty of opportunities for fun and leisure, ensuring a team-bonding getaway for all!

Let TeamOut handle the details with a seamless planning process customized to your preferences, needs, and budget.

Book a free call today!

Pack your bags and let’s get this San Rafael adventure started!

About the author
Thomas Mazimann
published on
July 11, 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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