We get it – It’s really hard to have great new ideas in the same old space.

We know that businesses and organizations hold retreats outside the office, not just as a luxury for employees but because changing your space really can change your perspective! If you have a small team though, it can seem inconvenient, weird, or overkill to rent a large space (ex. a hotel ballroom) or a not-so-private space (ex: bank conference room).

Our meeting rooms at Anchorspace Potsdam are perfect for a small team or board. We offer affordable, professional, comfortable, and well appointed retreat space where you’ll actually enjoy getting work done outside your office.

Here’s some nearby amenities you can incorporate into your day or half day retreat offsite:


Get your team working together to get out of an escape room. They work with a local leadership trainer if you want to add a team building program to your day.

Ives Park
Right by the Raquette River, there is a walking path and outdoor seating options, great for a picnic.

Body Shop Fitness & Salon
This spot has group workout classes and a small spa if you want to incorporate something physical into your retreat.

Outdoor Use Trails
Enjoying nature and having meaningful conversations outside is a great addition to any retreat. Being in a four season recreational area, your team could enjoy hiking, biking, or other recreation.

STLC Trails ( is a complete area listing of trails, showing distance, difficulty, and more. If you want to get on the water, Anchorspace member Philip Lloyd Page also has a kayak rental company at his place in Madrid: There are several local guides if you’re looking to go fishing or get a more guided outdoor tour; just reach out and we’ll hook you up.

Goodwin’s Orchard
Take your team outside to enjoy some fresh picked fruit and veggies!

Harvest Kitchen at Cornell Cooperative Extension
With a commercial kitchen and working farm in Canton, your team could cook a meal or volunteer together. They also have programs and classes you could attend already happening.

The Virtual Entertainment Lounge
Check out some of the latest tech and enjoy a day of relaxing gaming – from virtual to tabletop, they’ve got you covered!

TAUNY – Traditional Arts in Upstate New York
One of the best places around to take in and learn about Upstate New York culture and history. The go-to spot for teams who love to learn and appreciate culture.


We get that you might have a larger than ten person team, in which case you’ll need a bigger venue than Anchorspace Potsdam. These venues can host a larger crowd:

The Stables at Windy Point
Here you’ll find a full stocked bar, place settings, and customizable seating arrangement to make this your dream location – all while being completely handicap accessible!

Bella-Brooke Winery
This venue can accommodate up to 250! Fully stocked with tables, chairs, and a bar area – all while being handicap accessible.

Clarkson Inn
A beautiful boutique hotel right on the bank of the Raquette River. This inn is known for it’s attention to detail and hospitality.

Best Western
A great location to stay in with clean rooms and helpful staff!

Holiday Inn
The great choice for business or leisure guests! Great access to both Canton and Potsdam from here.

Food & Drinks

All of these incredible eateries and bars are within walking distance of Anchorspace. Take a break from all the hard work and grab a bite to eat, or relax with your team and grab a drink!

Happy hour music on Fridays (with roast at happy hour). Lunch and dinner options:

Lee’s Hawaiin Grill
Hawaiian food in a fast food-ish setting:

Known for their pizza and regional delicacy of the “Pizza Roll”:

Little Italy
The other Italian restaurant:

Crush Bistro
Great place to grab a casual lunch, like salads with candied walnuts and local goat cheese:

McDuff’s Pub

Think dive bar ambiance with unexpectedly good appetizers:

Soul Waffle
Waffles and then some, including the falafel waffle (falafel in a waffle iron with toppings):

Marigold Bakery and Kitchen
Great bakery with breakfast and lunch options, including Indian food every Wednesday:

Potsdam Food Co-op
If you’re looking for grab and go, they have housemade sandwiches, grab and go apps, and lots of other food and beverage:

Local coffee shop that roasts its own coffee with light lunch and breakfast options like soup:

Fresh New York style bagels in lots of flavors and as sandwiches:

Jrecks Subs
Regional chain that is Subway-esque but with lots of unique options, like lamb:

Purple Rice
An Asian grocery store, they have fresh sushi every Thursday at lunch (you have to call ahead to order):

Let Us Help You

Anchorspace Potsdam is the ultimate hub for all of your team building needs! If there’s anything you can think of that we didn’t cover on this list, you can ask us when you book. We have phenomenal relationships with lots of locals. Do you have some photography needs? Need copies made of important team documents? We’re connectors and we’re happy to make all of your retreat dreams come true! Just contact us and we can get started!