• Unique, open-air event lodge
• Perfecting privacy
• Treehouse dreams and island wishes in the Midwest
If you and your team are looking for an excuse to jazz up a meeting, there is no better place to look than in the Midwest. Replace visions of four walls with greenery, campfires, lakes, hiking, and waking up in the air among the trees. Bring your group to the great outdoors!
In Glenmont, OH, Laura and Kevin Mooney take meeting in the outdoors to the next level. Located in Amish country, the Mooney’s built an unrivaled outdoor escape for meetings and special events, The Mohicans.
Kevin Mooney created this business after years of working in a corporate setting. “I spent my career traveling and working in corporate America and knew what people wanted at a meeting. I know what it is like to sit in the standard meeting room built with drywall and listen to a bad speaker – our place allows you to be with nature and learn while in the midst of it.”
Because of Mooney’s personal experience, he worked with his Amish neighbors to build an extraordinary meeting space, including the window-filled Grand Barn Event Center where participants can see blue skies and bald eagles soar. Local laborers rode their horses and buggies to work each day and hand nailed pieces together.
There is not a nook or cranny that hasn’t been well thought through, from using reclaimed windows, beams (much of the wood used is over 100 years old), cabinets, and more. It not only offers a very green and environmentally friendly mission, but offers attendees the experience of true craftsmanship wherever they look.
Guests can enjoy luxurious overnight accommodations in cabins with granite countertops, air conditioning, and heated floors or stay above the ground in their one-of-a-kind treehouses. Mooney excitably shared their upcoming expansion, “We started construction on the fifth treehouse and it should be done in spring 2017.” Roderick Romero, who has built treehouses for the likes of Sting, Val Kilmer, and other celebrities, is designing their sixth one which should be complete in spring 2017 too.
After meetings are over, guests can re-engage with nature and one another through onsite and nearby activities. There are a variety of things to do for groups to encourage bonding and develop strong ties, as well as bring out creativity. From the individual campfires at each cabin and treehouse to the creative barn foundation fire pit at the Event Center (s’more events are a big hit!).
Guests can enjoy fishing on the half-acre catch and release pond, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and for the more adventurous, the nearby zip line and some of the best mountain biking trails in the Midwest.
Amidst the northwoods of Minnesota, Ludlow’s Island Resort, located on Lake Vermilion, provides a ‘sequestered’ setting away from everyday distractions for successful meetings. Mark Ludlow, owner, was happy to share, “Ludlow’s is a great spot for groups that want to really get away to get together. We have no distractions, provide quality service, and great food.”
Your group can spend quality time with clients or co-workers while participating in fishing ‘clinics,’ tennis, an array of water activities, and hiking the wooded trails. Participants can also enjoy a golf outing at one of three championship courses within an hour of the resort; The Wilderness, The Legend, and The Quarry.
Ludlow’s Island Resort works closely with planners on what they consider ‘strategic pairings.’ “This is where we ask the planner if they want to be certain some people spend time together. We will place people in cabins, out with a fishing guide, as golf partners, etc. The focus is to provide an environment where they must talk with one another. There is always a good deal accomplished when you are sitting in a cottage in front of a fireplace or out in a boat with a fishing partner,” expressed Ludlow.
With an array of groups who have utilized the resort, from government officials with high security measures who’s security teams enjoyed the ease of securing the location to physician training encounters that include family guests and an array of activities scheduled for the individuals (of all ages) not attending meetings throughout their stay — Ludlow’s Island Resort provides an experience that offers groups everything they need, and more.
Meetings have come a long way and by taking your event to the way outdoors, you and your participants can connect in ways that aren’t possible in the city or suburbia. Whether you need to strengthen your team, do strategic planning, or want to reward your staff, looking to nature offers a calming backdrop that man cannot recreate.