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The Essex

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Best Team-Building Activities: Mild & Wild

The Essex’s fun team-building exercises that fuel a little friendly competition, while also firing up the friendships.

Mystery Basket Challenge

Groups are divided into teams, then given “mystery baskets” of local, seasonal ingredients that they use to make either an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert. They then present their favorite final dish to the judges, with winning team members receiving an Essex apron to take home.

Cooking for a Cause

Held in the resort’s Cook Academy teaching kitchen, this event is led by a chef who guides groups through the preparation of a specific meal for a pre-determined local charity. Each guest leaves with new cooking skills, memories of a great time in the company of colleagues, and a feeling of satisfaction knowing they have made a difference to those in need in the community. 

Escape Room 60

The premise is simple at Burlington’s interactive escape room adventure: You’re locked in a themed room brimming with concealed clues and hidden puzzles and must work together to crack codes and solve the mysteries of the room. But hurry…you only have 60 minutes.

Northern Lights Rock and Ice

Open year-round, this unique outdoor adventure facility includes outdoor rock and ice climbing walls, dual 450-foot zip lines, and a unique multi-level Challenge Course. The staff has more than 40 years of combined experience in leading team development programs, leadership training, and recreational adventures.

Culinary Scavenger Hunt

The property’s unique culinary-themed scavenger hunt features poem-like riddles that teams must solve to take them to locations throughout the resort, from the kitchens to the gardens to the restaurants.