Corporate Retreats ideal at a Ranch

BY Jody Dahl | Fri 08 Mar, 2013

A ranch is a special place for a corporate retreat or meeting, as it takes guests almost off the grid – for many of the Top50 Ranches there are no televisions, radios or phones in the rooms; however, Internet access in the main lodge and cabins is available.

By hosting your event at a ranch, it places you and your group in a picturesque setting. "That sense of connecting with nature while also having really fine amenities is so conducive to creativity and concentration," says Sandra Beckwith, lodge manager of Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, who has been with the ranch for 20 years and is still amazed by the scenery.

Nora Slater, executive assistant at Maverick Capital, helped plan a CEO retreat here in September 2011. Attendees met in the mornings, spent afternoons hiking, water-skiing and fishing, then reconvened for dinner. "I think if you're outside of the corporate office environment or the boardroom, you can really get to know people, especially if you're on a hiking trail or doing activities together," she says. "People tend to have conversations that they wouldn't have if they were in the office."

Using a ranch as a focus for your retreat allows for customized schedule of activities, exclusive access to the ranch’s dining room and a room for meetings - and all meals tailored to a planner's needs. After a weekend of outdoor activities and discussions away from the office, guests will leave the ranch feeling renewed, relaxed and inspired. For in-depth information on each ranch, visit www.top50ranches.com Please Note: Below with each ranch we have provided a range of pricing – a custom quote will be offered to you based upon group make-up and interests.

Booking information: www.top50ranches.com; top50@top50ranches.com; 406.749.9131

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, California, USA

What makes it special: Wide open spaces, unspoilt natural beauty

Meeting space: 100 people plus

Meeting facilities: Executive business centre, conference centre, computer and fax hook-ups, printers, common computers, wireless internet, telephones

Capacity of Ranch: 200 guests

Number of bedrooms: 73

Price guide: $500 per person, per night, all inclusive

Activities include: Unlimited golf on two championship courses, horseback riding on 50 miles of trails, tennis and much more

Distance from airport: 30 miles

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, Montana, USA

What makes it special: Nestled on the beautiful shores of Flathead Lake, our historic lodge has been creating lasting memories and friendships for over 65 years

Meeting space: 100-120 people

Meeting facilities: Three meeting rooms with over 4800 square feet of meeting space overlooking Flathead Lake. The Ponderosa room is 2400 square feet and can accommodate 150 people classroom style. Wireless internet is available throughout as well as most audio/visual components. Conference centre offers a unique setting which leads to more productive meetings

Capacity of Ranch: 120

Number of bedrooms: 59 bedrooms

Price guide: $150-$350 per person, per night

Activities include: Horseback riding, tennis, outdoor pool, boat cruises, cookouts, sailing, water skiing, kayaking, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, and fishing

Distance from airport: 30 miles

Gorgeous view of Flathead Lake with Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming, USA

What makes it special: Endless activities reawaken you, luxury accommodations rejuvenate you, and outstanding meals revitalize you

Meeting space: Up to 160 people

Meeting facilities: 24-hour business centre, wireless high-speed internet access, onsite professional event coordinator

Capacity of Ranch: 160 guests

Number of bedrooms: 60

Price guide: $850 per person, per night

Activities include: Endless opportunities, including horseback riding, remote dining yurts, mountaintop entertainment patios and group campfire experiences along the banks of Brush Creek

Distance from airport: 13 miles from Saratoga private airport; 1 hour from Laramie public airport

C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado, USA

What makes it special: Rich history, rustic elegance, legendary cuisine and signature 5-Spur service

Meeting space: Up to 45 people in the classroom and 80 in the auditorium, although other meeting space is also available

Meeting facilities: 70” screen projectors, 52” television, fax machine, scanner, wireless high speed internet, folding tables, chairs, lectern, podium, easels and flip charts

Capacity of Ranch: 112

Number of bedrooms: 54

Price guide: $295-$500 per person, per night

Activities include: Summer Horseback riding, mountain biking, tennis, yoga, sporting clays, camp-outs, wagon rides, outdoor pool, hot tub Off Ranch Golf, ATV hire, lake water sports, white water rafting Winter Cross Country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, tubing, ice skating

Distance from airport: 20 miles from Kremmling (private), 110 miles from Denver International

Echo Valley Ranch, British Columbia, Canada

What makes it special: Stress dissolves and worries evaporate as the magic of Echo Valley Ranch seeps into your soul

Meeting space: 40-50 people

Meeting facilities: Fully equipped meeting and special event space with state-of-the-art audio system, automated 9’x13’ projection screen, overhead and digital slide projectors, computer networking outlets, collaterals such as flip charts, markets, white boards, note pads, informal breakout areas in lodge lounges

Capacity of Ranch: 50 people

Number of bedrooms: 19

Price guide: $190-$660 per person, per night

Activities available include: White water rafting, panning for gold, traversing the canyon, cattle roping, barrel racing, corporate scavenger hunts, Western and Thai spa treatments, heated pool, fitness room, sauna, hot tub, hiking and walking

Distance from airport: 99 miles

Supreme accommodations with Echo Valley Lodge & Spa

The High Lonesome Ranch, Colorado, USA

What makes it special: Exactly as wild as you want

Meeting space: 40-50 people

Meeting facilities: Executive business centre, conference centre, fax and computer hook-ups, printers, common computers, wireless network, telephones

Capacity of Ranch: Maximum 62 people

Number of bedrooms: 23

Price guide: $332-$408 per person, per night (meals and room included); activities a la carte

Activities available include: Horseback riding, fly-fishing, wing shooting, cast and blast, big game hunting, hiking, mountain biking, nature tours, massage, white water rafting, wild horse tours, golf, cookery classes, winery tours, sporting clays and archery

Distance from airport: 30 minutes

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, Idaho, USA

What makes it special: Incomparable views, adventure and gracious traditions, historic. Exclusive occupancy allows a private, fully customized meeting and retreat, truly disconnect to clear your mind

Meeting space: Up to 50 people, with the option of booking exclusive occupancy of the ranch

Meeting facilities: Wireless internet, telephone

Capacity of Ranch: 50

Number of bedrooms: 21

Price guide: $170-$470 per person, per night

Activities available include: Horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, natural hot springs swimming pool, wagon rides, wildlife viewing, ghost town visits, live music, fine wine and cuisine

Distance from airport: 60 miles

Latigo Ranch, Colorado, USA

What makes it special: The hosts love what they do and sharing it with guests is their true passion

Meeting space: 40-50 people. Generally in winter, where you can combine skiing with business

Meeting facilities: Fax and computer hook-ups, printers, common computers, wireless network, telephones

Capacity of Ranch: 35

Number of bedrooms: 22

Price guide: $450-$520 per person, per night

Activities include: Mountain biking, sporting clays, camp-outs, wagon rides, bird watching, outdoor pool, hot tub, river floating, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, tubing

Distance from airport: 65 miles

Sunset Ride with Latigo Ranch

North Fork Ranch, Colorado, USA

What makes it special: A multitude of activities to suit everyone, set in a beautiful location

Meeting space: Up to 30 people

Meeting facilities: Executive business centre, conference centre, fax and computer hook-ups, printers, common computers, wireless network, audio and visual materials

Capacity of Ranch: 35

Number of bedrooms: 20

Price guide: $339-$382 per person, per night

Activities include: Horseback riding, camp-outs, wagon rides, skeet and target shooting, outdoor pool, hot tub and spa

Distance from airport: 70 miles

Rancho Las Cascadas, Mexico

What makes it special: A unique Mexican riding experience where the landscape and local community is available for all guests

Meeting space: Up to 30 people

Meeting facilities: Executive business centre, conference centre, fax and computer hook-ups, common computers, wireless network

Capacity of Ranch: 28

Number of bedrooms:

Price guide: $225-$294 per person, per night

Activities include: Climbing, mountain biking, yoga, golf, bird watching, outdoor pool, hot tub

Distance from airport: 50 miles

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, USA

What makes it special: It’s a luxury guest ranch that brings together upscale amenities and wide open spaces

Meeting space: Groups of 50-75 people

Meeting facilities: Printers, common computers, wireless network, telephone

Capacity of Ranch: 90

Number of bedrooms: 28

Price guide: From $850-$950 per person, per night

Activities include: Horseback riding, mountain biking, yoga, golf, sporting clays, wagon rides, bird watching, outdoor pool, hot tub, river floating, spa and much more

Distance from airport: 55 miles

Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona, USA

What makes it special: Situated in 20,000 acres of spectacular Sonoran Desert, this ranch offers full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear

Meeting space: 350 people

Meeting facilities: Conference centre, state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, wireless network, telephone, satellite TV

Capacity of Ranch: 125

Number of bedrooms: 79 Casitas

Price guide: $330-$660 per person, per night

Activities include: Horseback riding, tennis, golf, trap/skeet shooting, sporting clays, ATV rentals, bird watching, outdoor pool, spa, bird watching, trap and skeet shooting, ATV tours, team penning, nature hikes, hot air balloon rides, private air tours, old fashioned hay rides, desert cookouts

Distance from airport: 75 miles

Red Horse Mountain Ranch, Idaho, USA

What makes it special: Known for its guided adventures that reawaken the spirit

Meeting space: 30-40 people

Meeting facilities: Conference centre, printer, wireless internet, telephones

Capacity of Ranch: 50

Number of bedrooms: 30

Price guide: $215-$400 per person, per night

Activities include: Climbing, mountain biking, yoga, sporting clays, bird watching, outdoor pool, hot tub, lake water sports, river floating, white water rafting

Distance from airport: 30 miles

The Resort at Paws Up, Montana, USA

What makes it special: Montana’s premier luxury ranch resort, offering first class service, luxurious accommodation and amenities

Meeting space: Catering for groups of 100 or more

Meeting facilities: Executive business centre, conference centre, exhibition hall, fax and computer hook-ups, printers, common computers, wireless network

Capacity of Ranch: 225

Number of bedrooms: 73 bedrooms/65 bathrooms (Oct 1-May 23); 122 bedrooms/95 bathrooms (May 24-Sept 30)

Price guide: $800-$1800 per person, per night

Activities include: Horseback riding, fly fishing, rappelling, river rafting, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, sporting clays, wagon rides, camp outs, ATV rentals, hot tub, lake water sports, spa, hot air ballooning, archery, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, cross-country skiing

Distance from airport: 35 miles

Siwash Lake Ranch, British Columbia, Canada

What makes it special: Very private and exclusive hideaway where horses, nature, and eco-adventure entwine in the wilds, one of the top seven luxury wilderness lodges in British Columbia

Meeting space: Up to 16 people

Meeting facilities: Executive business centre, printers, common computers, wireless internet, telephones

Capacity of Ranch: 16 per double occupancy

Number of bedrooms: 8

Price guide: $795-$950 per person, per night all-inclusive

Activities include: Riding, fishing, hiking, sporting clays, wilderness survival, mountain biking, yoga, 4x4 trips to see waterfalls, lake water sports, river floating

Distance from airport: 140 miles

Triple Creek, Montana, USA

What makes it special: Year round, there is always something exciting happening at Triple Creek

Meeting space: 50-75 people

Meeting facilities: Conference centre, computer and fax hook-ups, printers, common computers, wireless network and telephone

Capacity of Ranch: 60

Number of bedrooms: 53

Price guide: $285-$542 per person, per night

Activities include: Mountain biking, tennis, golf, sporting clays, ATV rentals, bird watching, hot tub, river floating, white water rafting, cross-country skiing, spa

Distance from airport: 40 miles

Zapata Ranch, Colorado, USA

What makes it special: Zapata’s high desert grasslands, alpine forests, wetlands, sand dunes, creeks and lush meadows offer one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse landscapes in the United States

Meeting space: Up to 30

Meeting facilities: Executive business centre, conference centre, computer and fax hook-ups, printers, common computer, wireless internet, telephone, team building activities

Capacity of Ranch: 30

Number of bedrooms: 15

Price guide: From $350 per person, per night

Activities include: Horsemanship instruction, fly fishing, climbing, hikes and nature walks, massage, yoga, white water rafting, bison vehicle tours and horseback riding and a spa

Distance from airport: 28 miles

Riding with Zapata Ranch is a unique adventure. You even have opportunity to ride through the buffalo.

Red Reflet Ranch, Wyoming, USA

What makes it special: a working cattle ranch with many, many activities luxurious accommodations with private hot tub, steam shower, direct TV, private phone line, much more.  Superb meal service with Exec Chef and Pastry chef

Meeting space: 40 people

Meeting facilities: Beautiful meeting room setting, computer and fax hook-ups, printers, common computers, wireless internet, telephones

Capacity: 30 guests

Number of bedrooms: 14

Price guide: From $500 per person (in shoulder season), per night, Super Inclusive of all-one-can-Eat, Drink, or Do

Activities include: Indoor & outdoor riding arenas, ATV for each guest, zip line, water park, wild life on Ranch, trout fly fishing, hiking, pool, more

Distance from airport: Private, paved 5000' x 75' airport on Ranch (WY00) or commercial service 38 miles from Ranch

Book Your Travel Today: www.top50ranches.com; top50@top50ranches.com; 406.749.9131

- Jody Dahl

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