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Group Activities

Group Activities Brochure

Discover everything the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer with our adventure activities brochure for groups.

Experience the destination that Thomas Jefferson called "Eden".  Be sure to engage your delegates in more than just a meeting. When they depart from Keswick, it should be with more than your agenda in hand, but with a revitalization that can only be delivered by a teambuilding exercise or excursion.

Choose from our most requested options, or let us customize your group teambuilding experience with any of the exciting diversions in and around Charlottesville.

Walking with the hounds - A unique opportunity to experience a time honored Virginian tradition! Unfortunately, even with the oldest Hunt Club in the State located just across the road, this is not an activity that is available year round. Inquire with the Keswick Events Planner.

Archery - Want an exciting and unique way to engage your group? Book an outing to Keswick's archery range for instruction and friendly competition. Inquire about box lunches to enjoy on the outing.

Keswick's Amazing Race - Teams on golf carts use a series of clues to complete one challenge after the next as they travel the expanse of the property—from the archery range to the croquet pitch to the Chef's Garden. This group activity proves to be fun, competitive, and a great bonding experience for all competitors.
Cost: Determined based on number of participants, length of time race requires, etc.

Spa party - Organize a pampering spa party through The Spa at Keswick. The event will consist of 4 mini spa stations hosted by the finest therapists in the area. In addition, enjoy spa cuisine and relaxing music.
Cost: 4 mini stations to accommodate 4 people within the hour - $40.00 per station, per person or $160.00 per person total. There may be an additional charge for spa menu special requests, depending on food choice.

Let's ask the Chef - Iron Chef, Cooking Classes, and Mystery Baskets requests can all be accommodated. These team building exercises are tailored to work within allowed time, budget and ultimate executive goal. Chat to your Keswick Event Planner about your vision and the chef will cook up the rest! His classes combine team interaction, unique challenges and most of all, great fun. Dinner usually follows, wonder who's team you will be on?

Private historical tours - What a great way for your group to learn more about American history. Climb aboard the group coach with dedicated tour guide and enjoy touring Monticello, Ash Lawn, Montpelier, University of Virginia, Civil War Battlegrounds and many other places of interest. We recommend an after hours tour of Monticello. Your group will get to see what most don't! Your Event Planner can assist with tailoring a tour to suite your groups specific needs/interests and time frame.

Orvis fly-fishing in surrounding streams and creeks - Tutorials offered to beginners, or just enjoy the company of a professional guide. Half day excursions available, lunch can be provided and if the catch of the day is a 'keeper', perhaps the Chef can prepare it for dinner!

Smaller groups are more suited to this activity.

Hot air ballooning - A little difficult for large groups, so suggest a tethered balloon during the cocktail reception.  A popular option with tethered ballooning is our Virginian themed evening offering a traditional hors d'oeuvres followed by a finger licking BBQ!

Private vineyard tour and wine tasting - Keswick is surrounded by many award winning wineries. Tailored tours can be arranged to sample the area's finest wines alternatively learn the art of blending your own.

Other activities include:

  • OWLS hosted programs, including cardboard regatta, GPS activities etc
  • Antique Tour of Charlottesville (House of Jacobus, Christine Magne, Antiquaire and George)
  • "Antiques Roadshow" - Group members can bring a small item to be evaluated by national antiques expert, Will Paulsen
  • Private Tour of the University of Virginia Art Museum
  • Heritage Theater performances by up and coming actors and actresses
  • "Shenandoah Shakespeare" custom workshop and theatre experience
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