A unique North Shore team-building experience is now available at Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors with their Larsmont Center for Strategy and Team Development. “The North Shore really is untapped as a destination for corporate meetings,” says Chuck Paton, general manager of Larsmont Cottages.

The Ropes Challenge Course, a key part of Larsmont’s team-building offerings, was installed in the fall of 2014. Ideal for groups of 25-40, the Ropes Challenge Course takes two-and-a-half to three hours to complete and can be paired with the other team-building opportunities offered by the resort such as an Iron Chef competition, a wine-pairing seminar or a series of Northwoods Olympics challenges. Staff from Larsmont will work with the group to align the team-building experience with the goals or struggles of the organization. “Ultimately it’s about getting teams in the same place, learning more about each other and being vulnerable with each other,” Paton says.

When it’s time to get to work, Larsmont’s private meeting room can hold up to 60 in a function space looking out onto the majestic Lake Superior and is fully equipped with A/V capabilities.

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Lifetime Achievement 

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Here's who has been crowned the winners and runners-up of the Minnesota Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers' choice awards. Congratulations!  

Best Brewery/Cidery/Distillery/Winery with Event Space 
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