OK, I see where everyone is bashing this, but...
Sometimes getting out of the office can make 'things' better.
A few years back, our IT department was being re-orged, and the CIO wanted 'input' on how the dictate from on high would be received.
During the business day, it was dammed near impossible to gather together and focus on transformation with constant interruptions for minor problems (but serious problems in the minds of manglers who could not waste the opportunity to fuck things up). She decided that the best way to get 'quality, uninterrupted time' was to get out of the office.
So, the budget was scoured for spare funds, and we retreated to her "in the woods" cabin for a 'weekend retreat'. No cell phone service out there, so we could concentrate. Budget money was spent for food and drink, and, while her place was on a lake, taking a swim in it was not recommended, because you better watch out for 'gators. (It is in Flori-duh after all.)
The only drawback was that this was during the summer with the heat and humidity (and the bugs). We had two days uninterrupted to discuss how to implement that edict.
Later, in early December, we again went to that lake to discuss how smoothly the plan was being implemented .This time, with the cooler weather, it was nice. It was decided that we need to disconnect more often, affording us the time to carry on discussions without interruptions. So, for the next three years, we spent a weekend in early December 1) reviewing the past year's IT department issues, and 2) setting goals for the forthcoming year. Our CIO had worked to insure that some budget money was always set aside for this.
For some of the guys in the department, it was a legit reason to get away from the ball and chain (aka 'wife').