Great Group Retreat Locations

Great Group Retreat Locations in New York

Located all over the state of New York are hundreds and hundreds of fantastic retreat and conference centers that are perfect for any number of events. Here we have put together a list of 5 unique retreat centers that are perfect for large groups. Each has wonderful accommodation, beautiful scenery and they all have something a little bit special about them.

We hope you like our selection below and hope that even if you don’t find the perfect place for your next group retreat, team building weekend or company outing, you will definitely find ideas and inspiration.


Go to Summer Camp - Camp Schodack

Why get a hotel or a conference center for three hours when you could book your own private resort for the weekend? Bring the family, friends, colleagues and whoever else wants to enjoy an unforgettable experience!

We are set on 100 acres of privately owned lawns and woodlands located just 2.5 hours from both Boston and New York City.  Able to comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests at any one time, our facility has a range of accommodation options available to suit the needs of you and your guests. Choose between our main cabins, our larger cabins or opt for our smaller, more intimate cabins suitable for couples or individuals. Whatever the size or needs of your group, we are confident that we will be able to accommodate you comfortably for the duration of your stay with us. As well as great dining and accommodation facilities we have a number of picturesque locations around the grounds that are ideal for group discussions, team building and training opportunities.

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Head to the Farm - Bailey Farms Retreat & Conference Center

Our mission is to offer a supportive environment for those seeking to foster individual, community, and social betterment. We opened the doors to Bailey Farms with a vision of providing nonprofits and others, particularly community-focused groups, with a private, affordable, and relaxing sanctuary. Bailey Farms was settled by John Young in the early 1800s, and the original farmhouse still survives. The property was acquired in that century by “Old Ira” Bailey, from whom the Farm gets its name.

Twenty years ago, Bailey Farms became the retreat and conference center it is today, dedicated to serving the larger community. We regularly welcome schools and colleges; professional and business associations; churches, synagogues, and other religious / spiritually oriented groups; community, civic, and cultural groups. Bailey Farms is less than 30 miles north of New York City in Ossining, NY (Mid Westchester County).  It is a 45 minute Metro-North train ride from Grand Central (NYC) to the Ossining train station and a 5-minute taxi ride from the station.

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Get Back to Nature - Edith Macy Center

Located in Briarcliff Manor, New York, just 45 minutes from Manhattan, Edith Macy Center is situated among 405 wooded acres on a mountainside in the heart of Westchester County.

At Edith Macy Center, and at all Benchmark properties, the legacy of success is anchored in our philosophy of balancing living, learning and leisure. It is the formula that creates the signature of unparalleled excellence in quality and service throughout the network of Benchmark resorts, hotels and conference centers. Edith Macy  is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) and was awarded the Gold Level of Sustainability from IACC in 2009. IACC’s code of sustainability provides 59 best practices in the areas of Education & Awareness, Waste Management, Recycling, Reuse, Water Conservation, Purchasing, Energy Management, Air Quality and Food & Beverage. Edith Macy is committed to environmental sustainability.

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Relax by the Lake - Silver Bay YMCA

Silver Bay on the shores of Lake George is the ideal location for your next conference, family reunion, family vacation, weddings, and team building & leadership training.  Whether you’re bringing your board of directors or a scout troop, Silver Bay has activities and programs for each member of your group. Silver Bay’s waterfront campus is 700-acres of fun within the Adirondack Park of New York State

At the heart of Silver Bay are dozens of activities for all ages. Learn lifetime activities including archery, boating, crafts, music, nature, and much more. As a  organization comprised of 1500 families from the local community, throughout the Northeast and around the world, we offer a place for all. As a guest of Silver Bay YMCA, you can swim and paddle on one of the cleanest lakes in the world, hike our many groomed trails, or relax on the Inn porch in one of our famous rockers.

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Get up into the Mountains - 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.

Back in 1869, Albert Smiley purchased 300 acres and a 10-room inn by a majestic glacial lake in the Hudson Valley. And now, 150 years later, our Victorian castle continues to thrive. Visit the same halls that five U.S. presidents walked, and look out on breathtaking views shared by our guests since Mohonk’s inception. Join with us to celebrate 150 years of rejuvenation, a love of nature, and respect for the world around us. As our guest, you become a part of our history, and we hope Mohonk Mountain House will always remain a part of yours. 

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