August 11, 2014
As mentioned before (see here and here), going local is a trend that is here to stay. We believe that it can be the cornerstone to a successful meeting or retreat, and there are lots of ways to achieve the “local” influence.
Going beyond hotel “heads in beds” which contributes direct tax dollars back into the community, you can source and stay local. This brings countless positive impacts for your community by way of tax dollars and exposure, and the benefits reach the traveler as well.
One substantial way to stay local is to source local farms, chefs, and restaurants. Providing food that is not only prepared locally, but grown, harvested, and processed locally creates the desired farm-to-table style that will thrill your guests.
While the menu may be one of the most exciting aspects of your event, there are ways to keep it local in other facets as well. Book a visit to a regional winery to organize an out-of-the-box experience, and rent event items such as tables, chairs, linens, and audio/visual services from a homegrown company and hiring photographers and speakers from neighborhood companies.
Ready to take “going local” at your meeting to the next level? Try a teambuilding approach that focuses on volunteering for local non-profits, charities, or causes. Trash pick-up at a park, building bicycles for the children’s home, or even scripting performances for nursing homes are all ways to incorporate and positively impact local facilities all while enriching the attendees’ experiences.
Interested in learning more about WinMock’s available meeting spaces and how we can help “keep it local” for your next event? Please contact Angela Carleton at AngelaC@WinMock.com or 336.397.2010.