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Work Hard, Play Hard: Team Bonding Experiences for Your Next Meeting

By: Otesaga Resort Hotel / 15 Feb 2022

With all of the upheaval that the past two years have brought to office life, team bonding has taken on a more important role in bringing team members back together. After time spent working from home and interacting online, providing an outlet for shared experiences is crucial to rebuilding office relationships, culture, and cohesion. If you're ready to get your team on the same page, and have some fun along the way, here are some ideas that are sure to please at our upstate New York hotel .

Four Season of Fun

No matter the season, you can always find plenty of outdoor adventures in Cooperstown. Bringing your team outside is a great way to get them interacting apart from emails and meetings, and can even get their competitive juices flowing. During the winter months, there's nothing better than cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the grounds of The Otesaga with a fresh blanket of snow. From spring to fall, a round on Leatherstocking Golf Co_blankurse will give your employees the chance to take in beautiful lake views while experiencing The Otesaga's championship course. Plan an informal tournament, or just let them enjoy the scenery and each other's company. In summer and early fall, Otsego Lake provides a perfect opportunity to get your team out on the water for a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard adventure.

Memorable Team Moments

If you're looking to pair outdoor excursions with some relaxing time inside, take advantage of Cooperstown's award-winning craft beverage scene. Enjoy a tour and tasting at local breweries like Brewery Ommegang, Red Shed Brewery, or Cooperstown Brewing Company. Also nearby, Pailshop Vineyards offers beautiful views and delicious wines at their tasting room. If your team is looking for a more spirited experience, Cooperstown Distillery is a short walk from The Otesaga, and offers tastings of their premium whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum. More opportunities for team bonding can be found at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, where an indoor rock wall might be just the challenge your employees need. Whether they're racing each other to the top or encouraging their fellow team members to climb higher, the shared experience is one that they'll never forget.

Whether your team prefers outdoor adventures, indoor excursions, or a mix of both, providing them an outlet to engage with one another outside of the office is beneficial on many levels. Team bonding activities help to reestablish human connections and restore office culture after many months of online interactions. Your team deserves a little fun, and the experienced staff at The Otesaga can help you put together a retreat full of unforgettable experiences that they'll talk about for years to come. Contact us today to start planning your next memorable meeting!

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