As return-to-office culture continues to develop post covid, one thing is clear; your team is ready to hang out in person again! More importantly, many people consider in person interaction to be a driving factor for motivation, happiness and connection within a company. So, as you look ahead to the 2022 Holiday Season (with some admitted uncertainty around gathering indoors) our team at North Corner Haven is here to share why you should consider an outdoor friendly, day party this holiday season. 

Southern Temps and Fire Pits 

If the last two years taught us anything it’s that nine times out of ten, we can live life outdoors – especially when we are lucky enough to live in the beautiful Southeast! Corporate Events or Holiday Parties are no exception. Mild temperatures during the day, even into the late winter, can allow for outdoor activities and gathering within the right environment. At North Corner Haven, our event spaces flow in and out of doors with comfortable fire pits, lounge seating and standing heaters just steps away. Coupled with our stunning indoor Cedar Barn facility  (heated and air conditioned) your guests will have the option to enjoy the space that’s best for them. Also – who doesn’t love S’Mores? 

Festive Food and Beverage 

It’s all about the experience! Engage your guests with a variety of interactive food and beverage stations during your Holiday Party or next Corporate Event. Consider a classic Southern Oyster Roast (there is an “R” in every month Nov – March) to encourage connection across the table or serve them up as an appetizer during cocktail hour. Not an oyster fan? How about a Live Fire Feast cooking up your favorite seasonal vegetables alongside some melt in your mouth proteins like our Forest Raised Pork or Beef? At North Corner Haven, we’re all about incorporating food and entertainment in one place. Lastly, consider a specialty drink that can be served warm or cold depending on the weather. Think Spiked Apple Cider or even a Hot Toddy. Guaranteed to keep your hands warm while enjoying a beautiful Fall / Winter day. 

Work Life Balance

There is nothing worse than being overcommitted during the Holiday Season especially if it means you have to decline a special occasion with friends and family or time with your colleagues. When you host a daytime event this season, it leaves your employees free for the remainder of the evening – it may even mean they get to work on time the next day! 

Book your Holiday Party at North Corner Haven

Whether we’ve sold you on the daytime celebration or you are looking for a more traditional gathering, we’re here to help. Contact us here to learn more about our Corporate Event Options at North Corner Haven.

A corporate retreat is a great way to get your team energized and refocused while offering an opportunity for team bonding. Planning a corporate retreat, however, is a daunting task. Between setting the itinerary and sorting out the logistics, it can be a highly stressful endeavor. Much of the work of organizing a retreat revolves around booking the right venue. 

What Kind of Corporate Retreat Are You Organizing?

The first thing you’ll need to decide is what your goals are for your corporate retreat. Is this a celebration for hitting a milestone? A team-building weekend? A training and development seminar? 

Different types of corporate events warrant different types of venues. For example, a team-building weekend is probably best held in the great outdoors. If your retreat involves presentations or seminars, an indoor venue is the obvious choice. 

As you begin brainstorming ideas for your corporate retreat, you’ll form a clearer picture for what kind of venue might work best. 

What Should You Look For in a Corporate Event Venue?

After you’ve set the intention for your event, it’s time to begin the search for your venue. There is no shortage of event venues, but you should have a clear idea of what you need from the venue and what to look for. Here’s what you need to keep in mind and where you will find it (hint – it’s at North Corner Haven).

Capacity

How many people will be attending your event? Ensure that your venue can safely and comfortably accommodate your team. North Corner Haven has over 600 acres, which should be more than enough to host your entire team or even your entire company. 

Service and Amenities

What kind of services does the venue offer? Does the venue offer setup, catering, and cleanup? What about things like tables, chairs, and linens? North Corner Haven offers all of this, can the other corporate retreat venues on your list say the same?

Ambiance

Can the space accommodate the vibe of your event? Pay attention to the architecture and decor of the venue. You’ll want the space to be comfortable and clean, but you’ll also want to evoke a certain feeling from attendees. Make sure the venue gels with that desired aesthetic. North Corner Haven is on a beautiful farm with rolling lawns, and away from the craziness of everyday life which is the perfect ambiance. 

Accessibility

Make sure the event space is accessible to everyone. People of all ages and mobility levels should feel comfortable navigating the space. North Corner Haven is under an hour from Uptown Charlotte, yet in a world of its own.

Consider the Logistics

The logistics of getting people to, from, and around the venue will be one of the most important obstacles you’ll face in planning your corporate event. The space you choose should be easily accessible from your city. If it’s not, consider organizing transportation, such as a shuttle or coach bus. 

At North Corner Haven, we’ve taken these factors into consideration so you don’t have to. We’re only a stone’s throw from Charlotte, and we’ve optimized our space to accommodate corporate retreats while staying true to our roots as a sanctuary of Southern hospitality. For more guidance planning your retreat, contact us today. 

You want to plan the perfect corporate retreat to bring your team together like never before. But to do that, you need the perfect private event space for your team to gather. 

What does that perfect private event space look like? Well for starters, it needs to have an air of luxury and relaxation. It also needs to offer the space for your team members to engage with one another, as well as the space to learn something new. And it needs to be easily accessible to your entire team. North Corner Haven has all of that so if you are after the perfect private event space then look no further than our farm in Lancaster, SC. 

Here are the top 3 reasons you should consider North Corner Haven for your next corporate retreat.

1. A Luxurious Adventure

North Corner Haven offers a luxury private event space that will perfectly and professionally provide your team with the corporate retreat experience of a lifetime. With over 600 beautiful acres of extraordinary opportunity, our farm has ample space for team building indoors and outdoors. Delicious gourmet farm-to-table meals prepared by our professional chef on site with ingredients grown on the same land your team will enjoy, is just one of the many amenities you will experience.

2. Group Activities

When planning a corporate retreat, it’s important to think about the types of activities that your team will enjoy. A corporate retreat is not only a time for team building, but it’s also a time for employees to relax and recharge. Luckily, we’ve got just team building activities that will allow your team to have fun while also getting to know each other better, a must for remote-based teams. 

Some of the most popular team building activities we offer include guided nature walks to forage (and taste) wild mushrooms, yoga on the lawn, sporting clays on our unique five-stand set up, wine tasting, a low ropes course, and fishing in our well stocked pond. Your team is guaranteed to experience the best combination of relaxation and educational experiences, meaning both their palate and their mind will be satisfied and stimulated.

3. Easily Accessible 

A corporate retreat is only an enjoyable experience if your team can actually get there. Luckily, North Corner Haven is easily accessible. We lay just 45 minutes south of Uptown Charlotte, right across the South Carolina state line on I-85, and we are the same easy distance from the Charlotte-Douglas airport. It’s hard to beat that kind of commute for your team members flying into Charlotte or traveling from within the greater Charlotte metro. 

Lancaster is a small town of less than 10,000 people, but it’s home to us and we’d like to invite you to see it for yourself. 

Ready to Book Your Next Corporate Event?

North Corner Haven is the perfect location for your next corporate event. Contact us today about scheduling your private tour so you can see the magic here for yourself. 

For many, the words “team building” conjure dated images of trust falls and company picnics. But team building doesn’t have to be the kind of forced fun that elicits groans from your colleagues. In fact, it’s an important part of fostering a positive work culture and building trust across your organization. But for team-building to be effective, you may need to rethink your approach. 

The Necessity of Gathering

After two years of working from home, many workers are excited to get back to the office, while others are less than enthusiastic about returning to the traditional 9-to-5.

Regardless of where you prefer to set up your workstation, it’s impossible to overstate the positive impact of socialization on an organization. Simply spending time with each other and breaking bread is linked to higher morale, a stronger work culture, less absenteeism, and increased performance.

At North Corner Haven, we’re in the business of bringing people together. We’ve seen first hand how a crowd at a team building event can change in just a few hours, transitioning from polite smalltalk to raucous laughter and heartfelt conversation. Humans are social creatures; we’re made to gather, and our “work selves” are no exception. 

Team Building Out-of-Office

No matter how much you love your job, the reality is that many people would prefer to be somewhere besides the office at any given time. Commuting between home and work makes it easy for monotony to creep in, which easily compounds stress levels. 

For this reason, team building that takes place outside the office is the most potent. Spending time with your colleagues in a new environment makes it easier to break down those walls and get to know each other outside the context of work. 

Fostering Creativity and Innovation

Conducting a corporate retreat or team building event is a great way to encourage collaboration and creativity. Taking a breather from the routine of the office helps get people into a more creative headspace. 

Getting out of the city and into nature is proven to enhance creativity. North Corner Haven is a favorite destination among Charlotte-based companies. We’ve created a laid-back, idyllic environment that’s conducive to creative thought and collaboration.

Investing in People

Leadership is all about showing people rather than telling them that they’re appreciated. Putting forth the time and money to break from the standard corporate experience may involve some sacrifices within the company, but ultimately, it’s an investment in the people that you work with. 

Investing in team building means investing in your colleagues’ happiness. These days, employee satisfaction goes well beyond the scope of the office coffee machine. People want to feel valued, and they want their time at work to be well-spent.

At North Corner Haven, we understand that a team isn’t built so much as curated. We provide a luxurious but unpretentious experience for people of all stripes to gather, grow, and cooperate. There will always be more money, but time is finite – and the time you spend together as a team is invaluable. Contact us today for your personal tour. 

A corporate retreat can be a great time for team-building, strategizing, and blowing off steam. But when you’re tasked with organizing a fun getaway for your team, it can be daunting. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning a corporate retreat. 

Identify the Vision Your Corporate Retreat

Corporate retreats and company trips can take many forms. Spunky young tech companies throw parties that seem more like festivals than corporate retreats. Older, more buttoned-up companies prefer things a little more low-key. 

You have a lot of latitude in planning your retreat, but first you must identify your vision and set some goals for your event. Is this a team-building retreat? A celebration? A leadership development weekend? 

Your vision for the event will dictate your destination. North Corner Haven is perfect for companies that want to foster a “front porch” type of gathering that centers on relaxation and conversation. If you’re in the market for a nightclub type of atmosphere, you might have to look for a private event space a little closer to Charlotte!

Selecting a Corporate Event Venue

Once you’ve identified your vision, you can start searching for venues. You’ll want to find a venue that’s close enough to the city for easy transportation, but far enough away that the event truly feels like a retreat. 

Charlotte-based companies love North Corner Haven because it’s less than an hour’s drive. Our neighbors down in Columbia can reach us in less than 90 minutes. Even though we’re right in the backyard, the spirit of North Corner Haven is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

For corporate retreats, it’s of paramount importance that the venue has the technology to accommodate meetings and presentations. The event staff at North Corner Haven is adept at setting up the technology you need for a successful retreat.

Choosing Ideal Dates

The mild climate of the Carolinas makes North Corner Haven a great year-round destination. The magic of the Spring and Autumn are particularly appealing times to plan a corporate retreat – temperatures are perfect and the earth is in flux. 

Lower demand for private event spaces in the summer and winter makes those times of year a perfect time for a budget-conscious retreat. We make every effort to ensure the comfort of our guests – whether that means heat lamps or electric fans. 

You may also choose to plan your getaway around a public holiday such as Labor Day. Make sure that you plan your retreat well in advance, however, so that attendees can mark their calendars. These times tend to get booked up quickly at North Corner Haven.

Food, Drink, and Lodging

Managing your guests’ basic needs is the most important facet of planning a corporate retreat. Ensuring that the food and drinks are good, plentiful, and served on-time is critical to a successful corporate retreat. 

For overnight retreats, it’s recommended to take advantage of group rates at nearby hotels. Your colleagues will appreciate having lodging booked on their behalf without lifting a finger, and it makes transportation to and from the venue seamless. 

At North Corner Haven, our concierge event planning team will be sure that the practicalities of your corporate retreat are taken care of, and that your team is nourished and rejuvenated. 

And when the business side of things wraps up and it’s time for some fun, we offer a range of unforgettable activities, from wine tasting to clay shooting. Let our team do the work so that your team can grow. Contact us today to get started.

With more and more employees working remotely, team building has never been more important. Remote working is a great perk for employees and can improve work-life balance, but it can also lead to a disconnection from company culture. Prioritizing team building can ensure your employees stay engaged and motivated to work towards common goals.

Here are five team building strategies you can use to strengthen employee bonds.

Show and Tell

Bonds are formed when your team members understand what motivates each other. Ask each of your team members to bring in a special object from home that gives them passion, energy, or joy. Ask the person to explain the item and why it means so much to them. This is a great opportunity for the team members to learn something new about each other or maybe discover a common bond. 

Learn Something New

Physical activities can be really fun and engaging team building exercises and when you learn something new together, it’s an added bonus! Consider adding a lesson or class of sorts to your next event. At North Corner Haven, we offer a beekeeping experience, where guests learn how we grow and harvest out honey. They also get to see an observation hive and taste honey straight from the honey cone. A delicious, engaging way to learn something new and share in that with your team!

Explore the Great Outdoors

Whether sitting at a desk in the office or at home, the same work environment day after day can lead to creative stagnation and complacency. A change of scenery can be helpful to spark imagination and give your team the chance to see things from a new perspective. Schedule a team outing like a hike on a local trail or picnic lunch. Even a simple outdoor activity can have substantial benefits. 

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is an activity that can be done indoors or outdoors, and you can structure it in a way to give your team the chance to quickly get to know each other better. Create a list of criteria or personal facts like “someone who has been to Australia” or “someone who speaks more than two languages.” Each team member will spend time moving around the group and asking questions to match another team member with an item on the list. The person who fills out their list fastest is the winner.

Frisbee Toss

Another fun outdoor activity to use as a team building exercise is frisbee toss. For this activity, you’ll need at least ten participants and 15 Nerf frisbees or soft discs. You should have roughly one and a half times the amount of frisbees as you do participants.  Instruct the team to begin throwing frisbees around to each other. Create some parameters on how each person earns points, such as a point for hitting a teammate in the leg or arm. Remind them to keep picking up frisbees that land on the ground and continue throwing them.

After several minutes, stop the play and ask if anyone remembered to count their points. Chances are, no one did. Rather than a competition, the game becomes more about enjoying time with teammates. 

Adventures at North Corner Haven

Schedule your next team building event at North Corner Haven for an outdoor adventure to bring your team together. Situated on 625 acres of forest and foothills, North Corner Haven provides ample opportunity to explore the outdoors and engage in activities that are fun for the entire team. Contact us today to talk about your next event.

With the rise of remote work, employers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of employee engagement. If you work for a large business or corporation, your employees can be spread out all over the country or even the world. Without an office or daily in-person contact with coworkers, your employees can begin to feel disconnected to your organization’s culture and values, which is why you should be planning your next corporate retreat

Though many organizations are still hesitant to hold large, indoor corporate retreats or team building events, there is a more creative option that allows your employees to meet in person while simultaneously helping them beat burnout and improve their mental health. That solution is to gather in nature. 

Outdoor venues with gorgeous views and scenic landscapes are rising in popularity for both corporate retreats and team building events. Here are a few reasons why you should let nature inspire your next team building event or corporate retreat. 

Valuable But Safe Team Time 

The first reason is that the immense value of social connection is undeniable. Not only are in-person meetings important for team building and comradery but gathering your team together impacts their mental health in unmeasurably positive ways. Long-term isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to elevated blood pressure, higher rates of obesity, and increased mental health issues. Nature is the perfect solution to these isolation woes. 

Eliminating remote work and bringing everyone back to the office isn’t something most organizations can safely or feasibly do right now. Planning a nature-inspired team building event or corporate retreat gives your team the opportunity to spend time together in the open-air while feeling safe. 

Petting a Goat at a Corporate Retreat at North Corner Haven

Change of Scenery as Inspiration

The safety and comfort that comes with a nature-inspired team building event isn’t the only benefit. Pulling your team out of their home working environment and gathering them in a scenic area with beautiful landscapes can reinvigorate their imagination and spark creativity. The change of scenery will help your team look at problems from a fresh perspective, empowering the path to new solutions and strategies.

Remaining in the same work environment day after day with no change can lead to complacency and decreased quality of work. A change of scenery can increase happiness and relaxation, which can drive better productivity and employee satisfaction.

Trimming a Bonsai Tree at a Corporate Retreat at North Corner Haven

The Nature-Health Link

Many companies are spending more time focusing on employee wellness these days. With increased workloads from sick leave and staffing issues combined with the general stress created by the pandemic, employees are burning out at an alarming rate. So it’s important to note that spending time in greenspaces reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress, and high blood pressure. Planning corporate retreats and team building events that incorporate hiking, kayaking, or fishing can improve your team’s physical and mental well-being.

It’s Time to Book Your Corporate Retreat at North Corner Haven

If you’re looking to book an event with a truly unique experience, North Corner Haven is the ideal setting. Schedule your personal tour today. 

With the rise of remote work, employers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of employee engagement. Whether you work for a small business or corporation, your employees can be spread out all over the city, country or even the world. Without an office or daily in-person contact with coworkers, your employees can begin to feel disconnected to your organization’s culture and values.

Though many organizations are still hesitant to hold large, indoor corporate retreats or team building events, there is a more creative option that allows your employees to meet in person while simultaneously helping them beat burnout and improve their mental health. That solution is to gather in nature. 

Outdoor venues with gorgeous views and scenic landscapes are rising in popularity for both corporate retreats and team building events. Here are a few reasons why you should let nature inspire your next team building event or corporate retreat. 

Dinner and discussion on the Farmhouse Porch at North Corner Haven

Valuable But Safe Team Time 

The first reason is that the immense value of social connection is undeniable. Not only are in-person meetings important for team building and comradery but gathering your team together impacts their mental health in unmeasurably positive ways. Long-term isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to elevated blood pressure, higher rates of obesity, and increased mental health issues. Nature is the perfect solution to these isolation woes. 

Eliminating remote work and bringing everyone back to the office isn’t something most organizations can safely or feasibly do right now. Planning a nature-inspired team building event or corporate retreat gives your team the opportunity to spend time together in the open-air while feeling safe. 

Explore the farm while at North Corner Haven

Change of Scenery as Inspiration

The safety and comfort that comes with a nature-inspired team building event isn’t the only benefit. Pulling your team out of their home working environment and gathering them in a scenic area with beautiful landscapes can reinvigorate their imagination and spark creativity. The change of scenery will help your team look at problems from a fresh perspective, empowering the path to new solutions and strategies.

Remaining in the same work environment day after day with no change can lead to complacency and decreased quality of work. A change of scenery can increase happiness and relaxation, which can drive better productivity and employee satisfaction.

Learn and enjoy new experiences like bonsai at North Corner Haven

The Nature-Health Link

Many companies are spending more time focusing on employee wellness these days. With increased workloads from sick leave and staffing issues combined with the general stress created by the pandemic, employees are burning out at an alarming rate. So it’s important to note that spending time in greenspaces reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress, and high blood pressure. Planning corporate retreats and team building events that incorporate nature walks, fishing or other outdoor programs can improve your team’s physical and mental well-being.

It’s Time to Book Your Corporate Retreat at North Corner Haven

If you’re looking to book an event with a truly unique experience, North Corner Haven is the ideal setting. Schedule your personal tour today.