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Racine or Riviera Maya: How to Choose Your Next Retreat Destination

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When planning a team retreat, it can be challenging to choose between a tempting international beach trip and a world-recognized domestic location.

The quest for the perfect retreat to theoretically suit everyone often leads teams to dreamy, tropical destinations known for their lush landscapes, abundant nightlife, and ocean vistas. 

Yet, for all their beauty, these places come with their own complications—from escalating costs and travel coordination to group safety and unwelcome attendee distractions. 

Now could be a good time to broaden your horizons and explore an alternative that transcends the conventional beachside getaway in amenities and wins with enduring substance. 

Here are a few reasons Racine, Wisconsin, could be a good choice for your destination retreat.

Let’s dive in. 

A Tranquil Retreat by the Lake

Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Racine is known for its serene beauty, historic architecture, award-winning cuisine, nationally recognized sandy beach, and vibrant art scene. 

This charming city is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It offers a peaceful retreat amidst nature and culture.

Just north of Racine, along the western shore, is Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center. It encompasses three unique buildings nestled on 36 acres of lush, natural landscape. 

The original iconic building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and known simply as Wingspread, is the heart of this striking complex. 

3 Benefits of a Destination Retreat in Racine, Wisconsin

1. Get Laser-Focused 

Tropical locales are nice to look at but can be rife with distractions. 

Even the most committed members of your team are sure to start thinking about getting a cocktail with a paper umbrella in it and sitting on the beach.  The distraction may result in a long-term value and return on investment being centered around nightlife and not around networking and learning.

With Wingspread Retreat as your host in Racine, you can enjoy the grandeur while remaining fully present with colleagues and the mission that brought you here.. 

2. Maximize the Value of Your Corporate Retreat

At a time when companies are scrutinizing the cost of business travel, airfare alone to the Riviera Maya may range into the millions, depending on the size of your group. 

By comparison, the cost of getting to Racine, Wisconsin, is modest, with quick and easy access to Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport or Racine’s private Batten Field within minutes of Wingspread and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport less than an hour south. 

That leaves you more room in the budget to invest in what gives your event the greatest impact. 

Entertainment; an engaging subject matter expert, a local team-building excursion or an extra day to ease the pace of the conference and give attendees more time to connect.

3. Minimize Travel Hassles

International travel comes with its own sets of risks that aren’t always foreseeable. 

Unpredictable weather, street crime, and economic malaise are just a few factors that can distract from your event.  Some of them may expose your team to dangers! 

With all that in mind, a U.S.-based destination is more of a sure thing. 

Your team may initially underestimate Racine, but when it comes to what they get out of the experience, Wingspread always exceeds expectations.

Embracing What's Essential: The Wingspread Advantage

Wingspread's true essence lies in its ability to focus on what's truly important: your team's mission, dynamics, and aspirations.  Our campus can’t help but inspire you with the natural beauty all around, calling for thoughtful contemplation, self-reflection, and team networking.

Here, away from the typical distractions of resort destinations, your team can zero in on strategic goals with a renewed sense of purpose and collaboration while enjoying the benefits of a retreat that doesn't compromise relaxation and engagement.

Racine, Wisconsin, serves as a sanctuary for those seeking solace and rejuvenation away from the frenetic pace of life. Its blend of natural landscapes, significant architectural feats, and a thriving arts scene make it an unparalleled retreat destination.  

For your next team escape, give them more than an expensive sunburn.  Make their trip priceless with elements that will pay your team back for years to come.

Are you curious how the Wingspread team can make your next destination retreat a success? Contact us here.