BY EDWARD SCHMIDT JR.
From ziplining and surfing to
bowling and bocce ball, resorts
are offering a wide variety of
pursuits ideal for teambuilding,
de-stressing or just a whimsical
reprieve from the office grind.
The Great Outdoors
“The mountain scenery and alti-
tude seems to bring out the best
in people,” says Mark White,
director of sales for Winter-
green Resort in the Blue Ridge
Mountains above Charlottes-
ville, Va. “People really get into
our activities and there are lots
of teambuilding options.”
For nature thrill-seekers,
Wintergreen has several adren-
aline-rush activities. Among the
more popular are The Plunge, a
10-story-high tubing ride that
sends riders downhill at speeds
up to 30 mph; The Zip, a 900-
foot zipline ride that reaches
speeds up to 40 mph; Bungee
trampoline, a hybrid trampo-
line/bungee apparatus that en-
ables jumpers to reach heights
of 25 feet and higher; and a
25-foot-high climbing wall.
For ziplining enthusiasts,
Historic Banning Mills Resort in
Banning, Ga., 45 minutes from
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, has
the world’s longest continuous
zipline canopy course.
Designated by Guinness
World Records, the Screaming Eagle at Banning Mills
has six levels and stretches
almost 10 miles with several giant sky-bridges over
Remember back when an inviting pool area and a decent restaurant were all the lures we expected at a resort? While traditional amenities like splashy swimming pools and lobby bars maintain their popularity, a new
wave of on-site activities and experiences are entertaining guests in decidedly different and exciting ways.
PHOTOS THIS PAGE (TOP, CLOCKWISE):
Aerial Adventure, Banning Mills, Ga.; Honey Break, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island,
Fla.; Crush Ultra Lounge, Meritage, Napa,
Calif.; Surfing, Huntington Beach, Calif.