Wisconsin produces more than 60% of our nation’s cranberries by harvesting millions of pounds every autumn. That’s a whole lot of tart fruit.
While some companies opt to host retreats at their local escape room or head to a big city to convene, teams should consider experiencing Wisconsin’s cranberry harvest to grow closer as an organization. Here’s a roundup of cranberry-themed outings ideal for small groups.
Cranberry Marsh Tour
Start the trip off learning about the state’s No. 1 fruit crop at Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. Groups can schedule a private tour of the museum to learn about Wisconsin’s cranberry history while observing artifacts and interacting with displays. Don’t leave without visiting the ice cream parlor to try an array of cranberry-inspired flavors, such as chocolate cranberry caramel swirl and cranberry truffle.
Cranberry Cooking Class
The Osthoff Resort is one of the top 15 Midwest resorts ranked by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. In conjunction with being an ideal home base for hosting retreats and workshops, the resort’s hands-on cooking school, L’ecole de la Maison, develops activities that build trust while increasing productivity among attendees. Collectively as a team, they’ll deliver a delicious end result. During autumn, meeting planners can schedule a cranberry-themed wellness cooking class where groups can prepare an array of dishes, including cranberry overnight oats and cranberry quinoa with halibut.
Cheese Tasting and Tour at Henning’s Cheese
A trip to America’s Dairyland isn’t complete without cheese. During a self-guided or 30-minute private group museum tour (reservations required) at Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese, a fourth-generation family-owned factory, teams can watch from giant windows as warm cheese curds and cheddar are prepared before heading into the store to sample award-winning fall favorites, including cranberry orange cheddar and cranberry chipotle cheddar.
Once the group has its fix of history, head to a working farm. Between mid-September and mid-October, Wetherby Cranberry Company allows groups to schedule private tours given by third- or fourth- generation growers on the marsh as they’re taught firsthand what it takes to cultivate the fruit. If you’re looking to slip on hip boots and walk right out into the marsh, attend its public harvest day, always held the first Saturday in October.