Located just 15 minutes outside of Cincinnati, Lawrenceburg, Ind., attracts groups with its small-town charm (with a population of about 5,000) and its slew of teambuilding activities: skiing, kart racing and gaming, to name a few. And now it has more room for groups to stay with the debut of the $50 million DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrenceburg.
The new 168-room property is attached to the city’s 37,500-sf Lawrenceburg Event Center, situated along the Ohio River. Attendees will start their experience in the 2-story lobby, which connects to an outdoor patio, featuring beautiful views of the city. The Levee Bar & Grill, adjacent to the hotel lobby, offers indoor and outdoor seating, for guests looking to nosh on American fare.
Tina Bojack, director of sales for the hotel, says the hotel works with groups on customized teambuilding activities such as a game show that incorporates your company’s initiatives. “If you are interested in going offsite you can take advantage of the small community feel and paint your own masterpiece at the Local Framery or create your own floral arrangement at McCabe’s,” she says.
Bojack also recommends the area’s popular Perfect North Slopes, which draws in visitors with its skiing, snowboarding and tubing excursions available in the winter months. The ski area has 23 different ski trails, ranging in difficulty levels for beginning skiers or snowboarders to advanced. Corporate groups of more than 50 can even get a discount on lift tickets as well as ski and snowboard equipment.
Attendees with some down time can enjoy the views of the Ohio River and take a stroll or bike ride along the levee. Others may opt to visit the Hollywood Casino, the closest riverboat casino to Cincinnati, within walking distance of the hotel. It also houses a number of restaurants and bars for attendees hoping to unwind after a day of meetings, and it hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
The nearby Lawrenceburg Speedway also might be a thrilling option for attendees who enjoy watching people drive fast. Then, they can test out their skills at the indoor Competition Racing, an indoor high-speed, kart-racing center. Attendees can challenge each other to a race, going up to 40 mph. The Le Man’s Team Building Event, for instance, is a team race with pit stops, in which teams will compete against each other for the most laps in the allotted time.