Turtle Walks to Fish Bakes at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

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Vero Beach, Florida
Group activities include visiting the sea turtles that nest along the beach.

A new locally and eco-inspired roster of activities at Kimpton’s Vero Beach Hotel & Spa draws from the oceanfront setting and natural surroundings. Known as the “Beyond the Boardroom” program, it is available for all groups looking for creative after-hours experiences.

Popular for the foodie crowd is an evening teambuilding event presented Iron Chef-style. Groups team up at a beachside station to cook a local catch infused with the exotic flavors of South Florida, with help from the hotel’s chefs. Also inspired by the ocean is the Moonlight Turtle Walk, which is offered seasonally, where groups don night vision goggles and head to the beach to watch the nesting turtles.

For more lighthearted fun, the program offers a cardboard Pirate Ship Regatta teambuillding competition, where participants build their own life-size cardboard ships. Once complete, one member from each team takes their ship and races 20 yards out, around a buoy and back to the beach.

Vero Beach Hotel is one of only two in Florida to receive the silver level Green Seal Certification for its sustainable practices. All Kimpton hotels are also Green Key certified.

As part of the Kimpton brand, the hotel also offers the “Signature Meetings” program, a menu of themes that include props, food and beverage and even music. In keeping with the spirit of the locally inspired activities, planners could choose an “Earthcare” theme for the meeting itself, where the focus is eco preservation and a portion of the proceeds go to the Trust for Public Land. Mood music might include nature CDs, the meeting room could be decorated with mini-Zen gardens and agendas could be printed on paper that could then be planted to produce wildflowers.

The 113-room Vero Beach Hotel & Spa offers a variety of meeting venues, including the Shoreline Room, an oceanfront banquet space and patio for up to 70 guests; an executive boardroom seating 10; and the Cobalt Restaurant, which has a private dining room that can accommodate up to 35 guests. It is located between Orlando and Palm Beach.


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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.