Brrrrrr, it’s cold out there, like really cold. And it can be tough to keep morale up at this time of year when we’d all rather stay under the covers. But one great way to keep your team’s momentum is to infuse work life with a little local fun. Team outings keep your crew engaged and keep the communication flowing. They’re also the perfect opportunity to support the community by putting your organization’s dollars right back into the local economy.
If you need an excuse to treat your team, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a fun chance to celebrate connection, friendship, and camaraderie. Trust us, from volunteering to exploring all the things our incredible local network has to offer, the Masiello team knows what a difference celebrating your team can make.
There are so many great places and activities to take advantage of here in the Monadnock Region, and we love being part of this amazing community. Here are just a few of our favorite team outing ideas that would make for a great day.
Nothing Better than Chocolate
Celebrate Valentine’s Day professionally with a tour of everything chocolate! L.A. Burdick’s is worth the picturesque drive to Walpole, NH. Step inside, and your senses will be overwhelmed by the unbeatable smell of rich, delicious chocolate. You’re going to want more than just a sample! It’s also a great little town for a stroll, and the Walpole Artisans Cooperative, just across the street is definitely worth a stop.
For unique, homemade, gourmet chocolate, Ava Maria Chocolates in Peterborough, NH is a delectable destination. Bring a box of their chocolate covered cherries back to the office to get the creative ideas flowing! Plus, the foodies on your team might love to pop into Monadnock Oil and Vinegar, which is in the same building. Taste test, pick up some culinary accouterments, and maybe learn something unexpected about one another.
Keene is certainly not to be missed if you’re looking to sweeten up your team outings. Stop by Life Is Sweet and Ye Goodie Shoppe downtown and see how master candy is made. For a truly Valentine’s feel, you can’t lose by satisfying the sweet tooth.
Gliding Through the Snow
Hayrides are great, but there is something super magical about a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Stonewall Farm. Winter’s freshest powder makes for a supernaturally silent ride through the forest and fields and can only be enjoyed for a short time. Warm up after with hot cocoa around the fire. Don’t forget to stop by the farm stand or dairy barn for some extra fun while you’re there!
If you’ve got an active crew, strap on those snowshoes or cross country skis and take advantage of this fresh snow pack at The Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey. Miles of gorgeous, groomed trails make for a fantastic afternoon in the great outdoors. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can grab a cold drink and a bite at The Dublin Road Taproom and Eatery.
Keeping It Competitive
Quite the active team? Don’t worry; we’ve got some great team outings for you! How about a thrilling and more than a little competitive team outing at the Keene Axe House. With eight throwing lanes, they can host your whole company. This unique sport is bound to be an office hit and will keep your team sharp (see what we did there?).
Owner Jaime Dyer has created a great addition to Main Street, with his trusty canine sidekick Dakota always at his side. He’ll fill you in on all the throwing rules, give you some pointers, and help you make the most of your team’s visit. Time to see who has an interesting new talent!
Yankee Lanes in Keene is another smashing good time for some corporate competition. You don’t have to be a league bowler to enjoy this one. Just being game for a laugh is enough. But a strike or two does make it a little more fun.
So this Valentine’s Day, celebrate your amazing employees with an exciting, local team outing. Let your staff relax and laugh together. We bet you’ll find connections made outside the office generate positive energy inside the work zone.
With a cohesive, engaged staff who enjoy working together, you’ll see one great idea leads to another. The Staffing Managers at Masiello are professionals at creating smooth staffing solutions tailor-made for your business needs. For more great staffing ideas, contact us today and tell how we can help build your dream team!