6 Reasons to Have Your Corporate Retreat in the Smoky Mountains


Ask people who come to the Smoky Mountains for vacation or a short getaway why they return time and again, and you’ll get a multitude of answers.  One that everyone can agree on is the incomparable landscape and invigorating cool air that’s refreshed and renewed anyone who has visited here.  Activities for all ages, great food, outdoor fun and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are some others, and those certainly aren’t the only reasons.

The Smokies certainly have been a longtime favorite destination for leisure travelers.  But have you ever considered holding your company retreat in the beautiful location?

Before you think that it’s just for family holidays and weddings, consider these reasons why the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas are an ideal place for corporate gatherings and meetings.

1.) Natural beauty

Anyone who has spent time in the forests and slopes of the National Park will tell you how inspirational it can be.  A hike on any of its dozens of trails can renew your spirit and energy in no time at all.  Or if you don’t have time to get out and trek, simply enjoy the postcard-like scenery surrounding you.  You honestly can’t say that if you’re stuck in the middle of a large urban area with concrete canyons.  Many local resorts can easily provide that setting for your group.

2.) State-of-the-art facilities

If you’re concerned that many of the resorts won’t have the necessary technological and audio/visual equipment necessary to handle your conference needs, be assured that they do.  They will also have conference rooms to hold meetings or workshops for your retreat, often with unique rustic décor and architecture.  If you need more space, the resort managers can organize areas as needed, provided you make your request well in advance.

3.) Cozy but luxurious accommodations

Great conferences start with rooms that make your attendees feel special and pampered.  Most resorts, handling a corporate retreat features accommodations that are rated three-stars and above.  Some are spacious suites while others are individual cabins.  Once the hard work of your meetings concludes, your employees will appreciate returning to a well-appointed yet comfortable space to relax and decompress.  They’ll also get a great night’s sleep and be ready to take on the next day.

marstons library pub at our romantic smoky mountain restaurant

4.) Delicious meals

One of the great benefits of hosting your retreat in one of the main Smoky Mountain towns is the opportunity to try some of the area’s highly rated restaurants.  But a more convenient alternative can be the onsite establishments at your resort, which in some cases prepare equally good or superior fare.  If you stay at an inn, you’ll likely have a full breakfast provided each day and afternoon snacks and refreshments.

5.) Enjoyable amenities

Besides enjoying their rooms, your attendees should take some much-needed and deserved downtime on the resort grounds.  You want to make sure that they have access to an excellent bar and lounge, swimming pool, spas, workout rooms, sports areas or any other extras that they might enjoy.  Many Smoky Mountains resorts have their unique offerings, so check out their websites and contact them for further information.


6.) Onsite planners and managers

Don’t take on the logistics of planning and running the retreat by yourself.  Have a resort representative experienced in handling events lend a hand.  These trained professionals know everything about their site and can suggest ways to make your retreat run smoothly and even better.  Get in touch with them as soon as you’re able, so that you can book your preferred dates and have all the resources necessary for a fantastic company gathering.

You have many options to choose for a corporate retreat in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge TN area, but why not consider Christopher Place Resort, your Smoky Mountains resort.

When it comes to all the items required for superb meetings and conferences, we can check all the boxes listed above. Learn more about our group packages and contact us to help you begin to plan your perfect Smoky Mountain corporate retreat.