Backroads Private Trips: Carefree Corporate Adventures
Berkeley, CA (July 2011) Backroads' Private Trips program is an ever-growing niche, including exclusive adventures for corporate clientele. The outfitter has arranged one-of-a-kind vacations for dozens of high-profile companies, from Newsweek and Young Presidents' Organization to Athleta and Eddie Bauer and has redefined the term "professional perk." Whatever the occasion—a reward for top-performing staff, a management team retreat or a quick getaway with prospective clients—Backroads rolls out the red carpet.
The Sky's the Limit
Private groups can select from nearly 150 biking, walking and multisport itineraries in the U.S and Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Among Backroads' worldwide trip locales, the California Wine Country and settings France and Italy have found particular favor among corporate participants.
Whether it's a Private Trip for 22 or 222, group organizers are always surprised at how easy it is to create a trip that's uniquely tailored to match everyone's fitness levels, interests and abilities.
Backroads also offers Custom Private Trips, affording a private group the opportunity to enhance an itinerary even more. Flourishes range from the small—such as adding museum visits—to the more significant, as suits the desires of the group organizer. "We are true partners to the organizations that travel with us, providing innovative ideas to both reward and bring teams closer together," says Tina DiCello, Private Trips Manager. "For instance, we complemented the superb biking and kayaking on a multisport trip with a challenging ropes course for a Silicon Valley company's team. We have also arranged uber-custom trips to Europe for a group of hi-profile investment bankers each fall for the past three years."
How It All Plays Out
Read on for a few highlights from a Young Presidents Organization Retreat in South Carolina & Georgia...
- Two nights at the Relais & Châteaux-member Planter's Inn, one of South Carolina's most celebrated hotels and a favorite among the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure. At the hotel's four-star Peninsula Grill, the group savored the delectable Southern-influenced creations of award-winning chef Robert Carter.
- A visit to Fort Moultrie National Historic Monument, which boasts wide sand beaches and beautiful views of Charleston and Fort Sumter, followed by a flat and easy biking loop through some of Charleston's stateliest neighborhoods(with a stop en route at Poe's Tavern, an ideal spot for relaxing over an ice-cold micro-brewed beer).
- A sea kayak excursion from Shem Creek, into Charleston Harbor to Crab Bank, a nesting site for eastern brown pelicans, and a spin through 5,000-acre Hunting Island State Park, whose pristine beach is a great place to stop for a dip in the warm Atlantic.
- An overnight at the grand Rhett House Inn, situated in the port town of Beaufort, one of the few towns in the United States whose entire center has been designated a National Historic Landmark. And a memorable dinner at the stylish Saltus River Grill, which features contemporary Southern-inspired cuisine and offers an outstanding view of Beaufort's Intercoastal Waterway.
Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has grown to be the world's #1 active travel company, with the most destinations, itineraries and annual departures in the active vacation industry. There are nearly 1200 scheduled departures in 2011. Backroads is regularly included in the prestigious Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards as voted on by travelers worldwide. Backroads is also a founding member of the Adventure Collection. Open daily, 7 am to 5 pm, Pacific time. Call 800-462-2848 or visit the Web site at www.backroads.com/media. To request a catalog, please visit www.backroads.com/catalog.