Bleisure Travel Is “In” for 2024, and Yorktown Is Ready for It!

Since the pandemic, business travelers have been embracing a new form of travel by adding a few extra days of vacation to a business trip. Known as bleisure for its combination of business and leisure activities, this new trend is making employers rethink how and where they organize conferences and company meetings. 

According to Andrea Drieesen, author of The Non-Obvious Guide to Event Planning, more companies are searching for destinations to create immersive learning experiences for their employees. Gone are the boring lectures in a darkened conference room. Instead, employers are opting for more interactive opportunities that incorporate various aspects unique to a locale. 

Freight Shed Exterior
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown - Patriot Decor

In addition, business travelers are now more likely to extend their trips and bring along family or friends to explore a region. According to the BBC and Jeanne Liu of the Global Business Travel Association, this is a positive development. 

"Travel wellbeing relates to job satisfaction, which means people stay productive and stay longer in their jobs," Liu explained. "Being able to take your kids or your family, to add some fun elements to a trip, makes that trip much less stressful."

With its beautiful scenery and historic location, Yorktown is the perfect option for those embracing bleisure travel. If you are looking for a place to host a company event or conference, here are just a few of the many options our area has to offer:

Freight Shed
Located along the banks of the scenic York River, this facility offers more than 1,900 square feet of space. When you book the Freight Shed for your next big event, you'll receive complimentary access to tables, chairs, an audio-visual system, overhead lighting, a catering kitchen, and an outdoor plaza overlooking the water. 
 
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
The spectacular 4,900 square foot Zadarlik-Sogoloff Victory Hall is the perfect location for an awards ceremony or keynote address. Complete with a theater and state-of-the-art facilities, attendees will marvel at the beautiful surroundings. Who wouldn’t want George Washington or a copy of the Declaration of the Independence at their next event?
 
Watermen’s Museum
With its own private beach complete with a cannon, the Watermen’s Museum offers a unique venue to host a company event. Situated beside the York River and within walking distance of the historic area, the Museum will ensure your corporate event is a memorable one.

Lounging on Yorktown Beach
Youth on Segway tour

For those looking for out-of-the-box ideas:

Meanwhile, your friends or family who have tagged along can enjoy the numerous shops, restaurants, and historic attractions in the area. Our jam-packed events calendar has something for everyone and will keep them busy with outdoor concerts, fireworks shows, art festivals, holiday celebrations, and much more! 
 
The next time your boss tells you to pack your bags for a work trip, you won’t be saying “Blah!” if it’s a bleisure trip to Yorktown!