Whether it’s your entire staff or a key department, making the decision to plan an offsite corporate event is one you won’t regret. Getting out of the office, whether it’s for a three-day industry conference, product launch, board of directors’ retreat, or just a full-day of creative brainstorming, is a great way to create a productive, memorable, and meaningful event that your employees won’t forget.
One of the most important decisions you’ll make concerning a corporate event for your team is the location. Not only do surroundings matter during the business portion of your event, but the downtime is also critical.
An example of a location that “ticks all the boxes” for a corporate event location is Sutter Creek. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada foothills, but still relatively close to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sutter Creek is stylish and sophisticated but also steeped in Gold Rush history.
Sutter Creek sits just 90 miles from San Francisco and only 30 miles from downtown Sacramento. Accessed by US Highway 50, Sutter Creek is far enough away to feel like you’ve stepped back in time, but close enough to major metropolitan areas that it only takes a couple of hours for travel time at most, depending on where your team is coming from.
There’s one property that stands out above all others in terms of corporate event venues, and that is the Hotel Sutter, on Sutter Creek’s historic Main Street. The three-story property offers a private banquet room for up to 80 seated and it’s fully equipped with an AV system, high-speed internet, and Wi-Fi.
With 21 guest rooms, the historic Hotel Sutter, once a boarding house and Wells Fargo stage stop, has been totally refurbished to its original glory, with modern creature comforts and more. When the day’s events are finished, your team can retire to the onsite, full-service restaurant and lobby bar, or venture downstairs to the Copper Room & Whiskey Lounge, a subterranean speakeasy offering local and regional wine, signature cocktails, rare whiskeys and more.
Sutter Creek’s Main Street is not only dotted with wine tasting rooms, boutiques and watering holes for the post-meeting rendezvous, it’s just ten minutes from the Shenandoah Valley, home to nearly four-dozen wineries. Transitioning from a busy morning of meetings to an afternoon of relaxation is as easy as hopping on the Hotel Sutter’s private shuttle and whisking away to award-winning wineries and stunning foothill vistas.
Depending on what your team likes to do with their downtime, Sutter Creek and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of things to do, including gold mine tours, antiquing, museums rich with California history, river and lake recreation, and more.