The Best Retreat Centers for Big Groups

Best Big Group Centers in Upstate New York

Retreat Centers that can accommodate really big groups of people can be hard to find. Not everywhere you come across has accommodation and catering facilities for hundreds of people. Luckily we have done lots of the hard work for you and scoured the internet to find you a list of 5 incredible retreat centers. Each has can comfortably accommodate groups over 250+ people. They are all unique in their own way, offering various activities or amenities that you will not find everywhere you look.

Whether you find exactly what you are looking for here or not, we know that this list will provide you with ideas and inspiration to aid you in your search for a retreat center that fits your groups’ needs.

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Berkshire Retreat Center / Camp Schodack

Camp Schodack has spent over 60 years operating as a summer camp just outside of Albany, in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains. The incredible, 100-acre, privately-owned site is available for shared or private use for any number of gatherings. Over the years they have held weddings, birthday, corporate retreat, high-school and college sports teams, and much more.

With accommodation and catering space for up to 500 people in beautifully renovated cabins and indoor facilities, you will not be short of space no matter what the size of your group. In addition to those facilities, you and your guests can take full advantage of everything the camp offers including 7 tennis courts, a go-kart track, 5-sided climbing tower, 300 yeard zip-line, 2 heated pools and many more activities.

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Mohonk Mountain House

Founded by the Smiley Family in 1869, our victorian castle resort is nestled in the Hudson Valley, only 90 miles north of New York City. Surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest, our National Historic Landmark resort offers farm-to-table cuisine and an award-winning spa.

Our group recreation professionals can help customize your stay with private experiences, whether you’re looking to structure events around a certain theme or simply kick back around a campfire. Activities range from ropes courses to tricycle polo to scavenger hunts. With over 40 customizable activities available, your upstate New York retreat is guaranteed to be uniquely tailored to your needs.

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Fort William Henry

The Fort William Henry offers upscale lodging accommodations with the perfect mix of historical elegance and today’s conveniences. From the traditional grace of the Grand Hotel to the comfort of the Premium East and Standard West rooms, all of our accommodations enjoy access to our extensive amenities, including an indoor pool with sauna and Whirlpool Spa, Olympic-size outdoor pool, and three restaurants all on resort grounds.

Our lakeside lodging accommodations, in 3 unique buildings, offer the perfect mix of historical elegance with today’s conveniences. From the traditional grace of the Grand Hotel to the comfort and convenience of the rooms in our Premium East wing and Standard West motel.

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Beaver Hollow

Revitalize, rejuvenate and relax at our world-class Conference Center & Spa.  Since our opening in 1989, Beaver Hollow Conference Center has earned a reputation as the premier location for group and corporate business meetings and events.  Privately owned by Snyder Corporation, hospitality, travel, and transportation company with over 50 years of serving the Buffalo and Rochester, New York region, our company is dedicated to serving the Western New York community.

Situated on 300 scenic acres of natural woodland in beautiful Wyoming County, Beaver Hollow Conference Center offers a breathtaking backdrop for your next meeting or conference.  Located between Buffalo and Rochester, New York makes us convenient from nearby cities and airports yet just far enough that your group will enjoy a private, distraction-free environment conducive to strategic planning, getting to know each other and team building.  An off-site staff retreat will boost staff morale and your bottom line.  The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is only a 40-minute drive.  The Greater Rochester Airport is approximately a one hour 15-minute drive.  Beaver Hollow does offer transportation services.

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Niagara University

Niagara University provides a unique experience that is dedicated to the success of your next New York meeting, event, summer conference, retreat, or youth camp. Our Niagara University office provides a talented staff that works one on one with you from the beginning stages of your planning process to the end of your event. We make sure that your team’s job is easier. We’ll work with you to understand what you want, then carefully review every detail to create opportunities that push the envelope and make your next Niagara, NY event unique and memorable.

Our office also has a special summer program that engages in the recruitment of select students from Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management undergraduate program to assist with the summer conferences. It is designed to give students the tools they need to accelerate their education and succeed as future leaders. In addition to operational exposure and training, students will be exposed to valuable event management experiences and project work, as they work closely with our staff, and are provided feedback throughout the summer program.

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