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Meeting Trends for Summer 2014

Team Building Meeting Activities

Team Building Meeting Activities

Are you planning a company meeting or retreat for this summer? Trends are showing that more and more companies are looking to make their company meetings more fun and engaging for their employees. Here are the top 4 meeting trends for the summer 2014:   

  1. Location: According to a recent survey, 43% of meeting planners list destination as their #1 priority when choosing a meeting location. Planners want unique spots, with gorgeous views, lively culture, and a variety of activities. You really can’t beat the waterfront location at Harbortowne. Our meeting rooms offer employees stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay, and the quaint town of St. Michael’s gives people many options to explore in their time off. 
  2. Flexible Meeting Spaces: Meeting planners are looking for spaces that that can be utilized creatively for multiple different events whether they are sit down sessions or ice breaking activities. Our meeting spaces give you the flexibility you need to have the perfect company meeting. Our conference rooms and facilities accommodate groups from 10 to 160 people including 8,000 square feet of meeting rooms that overlook the Chesapeake Bay! We can also offer unique outdoor spaces for your meeting or retreat. Contact your meeting planner for more information on where your meeting can be held. 
  3. Team building: In a recent survey, 92% of planners reported that teambuilding remained high on their list of priorities for company outings and meetings. In addition, they are looking for unique, one of kind locations to host team building activities. Here at Harbortowne, we have joined forces with an assortment of vendors to inspire ideas and create creative team building activities. Some fun activities we’ve successfully coordinated in the past include:
    • Kayaking to an island to embark on a treasure hunt
    • Build your own sailboat and race them from our sandy beach
    • Scavenger hunts in St. Michaels
    • Team volleyball matches
  4. Thinking Outside the Meeting: Company meetings and getaways don’t have to be spent completely inside! In fact, sporting venues are trending in the meeting industry right now. In addition, trends are leaning toward all-inclusive meeting packages complete with amenities such as spa treatments or golf. Our golf course, designed and built by the legendary golf course architect Pete Dye, provides a great test of skills for players of all levels. Our practice facilities are excellent. They include a full service driving range, practice and bunker area, chipping/pitching green and a large putting green. For your convenience, golf clubs can also be rented. 

Experience the Charm of the Eastern Shore (even in the winter)

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Spring may be just a few short months away, but this time of year still has us firmly in winter’s grip. If the colder temperatures and too many days of gray skies leave you feeling a bit stir-crazy, it’s time to get out of the house and away from it all. Winter is an ideal time to relax, unwind, and explore the small towns in your back yard. The smaller crowds make everything from shopping and dining, to simply booking a room much more convenient, and discounted prices simply add to the chairssunrisesm_psappeal.

St. Michaels, Maryland is known for its historic charm. During your visit be sure to explore the local bistros, galleries, and antique shops along Main Street. Take time to stroll the brick-lined walkways and soak in the historic flavor of the colonial homes, stone churches, decorated storefronts, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

newlivroomsuiteflat (2)Harbourtowne’s cozy accommodations offer a selection of standard rooms, point rooms, and our most exclusive suites. Our suites are well-appointed with a king bed in the bedroom, a separate sitting room, and include a fireplace. If you are looking for a more private and secluded setting, a point room may be a good fit. These cottage-style buildings are situated on a small peninsula on the outer edge of our property. Within all of our rooms you can unwind in the comfort of your room, indulge in the breathtaking waterfront view, curl up to a good book, or bask on a sunny balcony. patioboatsm_crop

Tell your special someone it’s time to pack a bag and plan a little stay, just the right amount of time, and a relatively short distance away, to feel like you’ve escaped the everyday.

Reasons to Travel in the Off-Season

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Romantic Getaways in MarylandAlthough we like to think we’re a little different here, we know that sometimes traveling during the summer can be totally draining. When you add up the cost, the travel time, and the expense of activities, it can be a little too much. If you find summertime traveling to be overwhelming, don’t worry! We are open year around and we can tell you that traveling on the off-season is not only relaxing, but very rewarding.
The holiday season can be a busy time of year with celebrations and family get togethers. This season, why not treat yourself to a little off-season getaway? We think this is the perfect time of year to travel and here is why:
1. Peace & Relaxation: While St. Michaels is primarily a summer town; we have a lot to offer in the off-season as well. Check out some of the town’s holiday festivals and events, you might be surprised by all of the activities you might find.
2. Give your Wallet a Rest: One of the best things about traveling in the off –season is the great deals you can get. We offer great rates for both rooms and golf packages. If you’re interesting in booking a getaway this winter, you can make a reservation online, or by calling us at 1-800-446-9066Holiday Parade in St. Michaels, MD
3. Open Golf Course: Our award winning golf course, designed by golf course architect Pete Dye is open year round. So, even though it might be a little chilly, you can still get in a great day of golf without having to wait for the crowds. When you’re done, you can head on into downtown St. Michael’s for a hot drink and dinner.
4. Avoid the Traffic: We all know that traveling to and from the Eastern Shore during the summer can be a nightmare. With traffic backing up to the Bay Bridge, it can be daunting to make the trip out. However, traveling in the off-season is typically smooth sailing all the way out to St. Michael’s.
If you are looking for a way to unwind after a busy holiday season, consider a trip out to Harbourtowne. With all of the benefits of traveling in the 0ff-season, how can you say no? For more information about what our resort has to offer, you can visit our website www.harbourtowne.com

The Top 5 Reasons to Take a Golf Getaway this Fall

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Summer is officially coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! In fact, fall can be one of the best seasons to make a trip out to the Eastern Shore for some golfing and relaxing. Here are our top reasons to take a golf trip this fall:

5 reasons to go golfing on the eastern shore this year:

1. Weather: Now that we’re past the summer’s sweltering heat, you can enjoy a nice long round of golf without melting. Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Eastern Shore, with temperatures between the mid to high 70’s it is the ideal time to take a golf trip!4.0.1

2. Smooth Sailing: Summer is over, which means a lot less traffic standing between you, and a relaxing day of golf. Traveling after Labor Day is the best time to get the most out of your weekend without having to worry about when you will actually get there.

3. Harbourtowne Golf Specials: In honor of fall, we are running some great stay and play deals. Now through November you can book a Masters Golf Package (10 players minimum) and receive a $20.00 per room food and beverage credit. Packages start at $249.98 per person and include waterfront guest rooms for 2, three rounds of golf (18 holes with cart), and breakfast each morning. For more information or to book your weekend visit our website.

4. Fall Activities in Saint Michaels: After your round of golf, spend the rest of your afternoon in downtown Saint Michaels enjoying the shopping, dining, and even seasonal festivals. Check out the Fall into Saint Michaels Festival this October.

5. Waterfront Golf Experience: Fall is the perfect time to experience our award-winning course. Designed and built by the legendary golf course architect Pete Dye. Playing to a par 70, our Golf Course has many Pete Dye trademarks. Narrow fairways with target landing areas, carefully placed mounds in the rough, deep bunkers, high grass bunkers, neat little ponds, walls of railroad ties, and small protected greens are just a few of the highlights of this extraordinary course.

Golf Course in the FallWhether you’re looking for a golf getaway with your buddies, or a romantic weekend, Harbourtowne and Saint Michaels are the perfect fall getaway.

Top Reasons to Meet in St. Michaels

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Meeting in St. Michaels, MDSummer is approaching and with warmer weather coming, staff members will be as anxious as ever to get out of the office. Instead of fighting it, plan an office escape to the coastal shores of the Chesapeake Bay for a destination meeting. Combine work with pleasure to make the most of the season. There are many reasons why you should meet in St. Michaels, but we have narrowed it down to our top 5.

1. Business Paired with Relaxation – Being the charmingly laid back town that St. Michaels is, it is the absolute perfect spot to recharge your batteries while still meeting business objectives.

2. Location, location, location – Located directly on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, you will be engulfed by this beautiful natural setting with waterfront views from all 111 guest rooms. It’s coastal living at its finest.

3. Getting Here is Easy – Just a short drive from all local major cities, St. Michaels is just 125 miles from Philadelphia, 85 miles from DC and Northern Virginia and 80 miles from Baltimore. This makes St. Michaels an easily accessible, yet secluded meeting destination.

4. Small Town, Big Value – Offering many of the same benefits/amenities as your larger resorts in major cities, Harbourtowne in St. Michaels offers you the same perks with an added dose of relaxation for a fraction of the cost.

5. Customizable, Complete Meeting Packages—Harbourtowne in St. Michaels offers customizable meeting packages to fit your company and your budget. Whatever your needs, we’re here to help!