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If you're the one tasked with planning your company's corporate retreat this year, think Gatlinburg. A successful corporate retreat needs to be a mix of work and play to allow bonding and insights to flourish. Gatlinburg offers a year round opportunity to get away from the pressures of the office and rethink your company's mission and vision.

One of the best lodging choices for a corporate retreat is in a large group cabin in Gatlinburg. These cabins are well-appointed super-sized log homes with multiple bedrooms and massive, centralized great rooms that work well for casual meeting spaces. In spring, summer and fall the second story outdoor decks that many of these cabins offer provide opportunities for colleagues to sit together surrounded by the grandeur of the Smokies.

While all group cabin amenities are different many of them offer these features and more that can make your corporate retreat perfect:

  • Widescreen TVs
  • Stereo systems
  • Fireplaces
  • Fully appointed kitchens
  • Hot tubs
  • Private bathrooms for each bedroom
  • Catered meals
  • Arranged transportation
  • Wireless Internet access

You won't have to worry that the group cabins won't have room for your entire party. There are a number of very large cabins for rent; some have up to a 36 person capacity. Most of the cabins in the Gatlinburg area offer very comfortable, and often luxurious accommodations. It is a good idea to write up a list of 'must-haves' when planning your retreat. That way you can ask a few questions when arranging the rental. One common question that some renters ask is: 'Is the cabin handicap accessible?' Another important question is: 'How far is the cabin from downtown Gatlinburg?' Some people also want to know if pets are allowed. These and other questions can be asked ahead of time to allow for better trip planning.

Rental rates will vary throughout the year. Most business trip planning experts believe that 3 days is the optimal timeframe for a corporate retreat. If colleagues know they will be staying overnight they will have more incentive to relax and 'buy in' to the theme of the trip. Some companies plan new websites on corporate retreats. Others discuss rolling out new services or upcoming acquisitions. Regardless of the theme of your corporate retreat, Gatlinburg cabins offer the beauty and privacy you need to get the job done.

After a long day of discussing your company's future while at the retreat, it will be time to enjoy a great dinner. Gatlinburg is home to some of the finest restaurants in the Southeast. Try some hickory grilled steaks, barbeque, Mexican, fresh mountain trout, lasagna or seafood. Gatlinburg offers sports bars, Friday and Saturday night dancing, and private reception rooms for your group.

Come soon for your corporate retreat and enjoy Smoky Mountain Springfest that runs through June 2, 2013. See beautiful flowers and enjoy the feeling of renewal in the air that's spring in Gatlinburg.

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