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Retreat to Reunite: A Guide to Corporate Getaways

In recent years, many companies have shifted to remote or hybrid models, adding to their flexibility but also creating an element of separation among employees.

Corporate retreats are a great way of bringing everyone together to strengthen the sense of community and foster a spirit of collaboration.

Offering an incredible array of accommodations, meeting venues and activities, Walton County is an ideal destination for ensuring that every visitor has a personalized experience. Even transplanted groups feel at home here, whether in the 16 beach neighborhoods to the south or the welcoming communities north of the Choctawhatchee Bay.

With more than 10,000 guest rooms, you can choose anything from stunning beach homes to boutique hotels to full-service beach resorts. Likewise, our diverse meeting venues will suit any group from 10 to 1,500.

The Pearl Hotel

WaterColor LakeHouse

Apart from the more traditional options, many local venue spaces incorporate the distinct surroundings to create a unique retreat experience. For example, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center near Freeport hosts groups for overnight events, allowing them to get a better feel for the massive Nokuse Plantation nature preserve that surrounds it. And Eden Gardens State Park lets groups gather on the grounds of the historic Wesley House, surrounded by giant live oaks.

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Along with the convenience of logistics and accommodations, Walton County provides all the intangibles that turn a retreat into a remarkable memory. After all, while any on-site meetings certainly may be very productive, it’s all the neighboring attractions and activities that create true bonding experiences. 

Award-winning restaurants serve up global cuisine and fresh Gulf-to-table fare, though reservations are recommended for larger groups. And there are endless pursuits to take your team building to the next level. Enjoy a tasting at The Wine Bar or Idyll Hounds Brewing Company, unwind with a private yoga class on the beach or organize a group art class at The Shard Shop. All the excitement is surrounded by pristine natural beauty (40% of the land here is preserved). You can get out for an exploratory hike on the 19-mile Timpoochee Trail, explore the beautiful waterways by kayak or kick back with a beach bonfire organized by professional outfitters like 30A Blaze.

Kayaking on a Coastal Dune Lake

Group yoga on the beach

Whether your team members are spread out in far-flung locales or you’re all together and in need of a nice change of scenery, Walton County has the welcoming vibe to make the whole group feel a little more tight-knit.


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