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Beyond Lookout

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Looking for an alternative hike to Lookout? Here are three trails worth trying if you’re looking for a new hiking experience.

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Thank you, the MYAEs

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The rhododendrons have bloomed, preparations for summer are in full swing and the MYAEs have completed their time with Montreat. From their orientation to their final potluck party, the MYAEs want to share…

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What to do in Montreat as an MYAE

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Now in their seventh month in the valley, the MYAEs share their favorite memories, places, and much more that they’ve experienced in Montreat.

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2018 Year in Review

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As we approach the close of 2018, we’re recounting a few of our favorite memories from this year! 1. Friends of Robert Lake Park Fund In May of 2018, Montreat saw record rainfall and consequently some destructive flooding. One of the most beloved features of the conference center, Robert Lake Park, was hit the hardest. What was inspiring, however, was the support we received to rebuild Robert Lake Park and reopen it for the enjoyment of families and friends! 2. Logo & Website Update In 2018, our logo and website were updated! Check out this post to see the logos …

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Montreat Young Adult Experience 2018-2019

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The Montreat Young Adult Experience participants (MYAEs – pronounced “M-Yays” by us in the office) will spend ten months living together in Walnut Lodge and rotate through each department at Montreat Conference Center. They will engage with various Montreat staff throughout their time here in discernment and community activities, with the goal of growth and clarity. They’ve lived together for the past month and a half and want people to know that they’ve already completed two 1,000 piece puzzles, have adopted an aloe plant, and are hosting a Halloween themed open house! Find short bios below on each of the …

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Montreat Conference Center Logos through the Years

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A logo is an important piece of any institution. It’s a visual marker to let people know who you are. As we launch our latest version of the Montreat Conference Center logo, let’s take a look at the changes to our visual identity through the ages. See if you can spot all the changes in fonts, mountains, shapes, and colors! The 1960s & 1970s   The 1980s    The 1990s   The 2000s The 2010s   2018 (Present) You might have noticed lately that the teardrop with the mountains and trees has disappeared. That’s because we’ve been keeping the new design …

The Ultimate Guide to July 4 in Montreat

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In 2018 we celebrated the 50th year of the Montreat 4th of July Parade. Whether you’re coming for the first or 50th time, there’s so much that goes on in Montreat each year, you’ll always have an opportunity to try something new! 1. Wake Up with the Montreat Gait 5K Race A beloved tradition by area runners and walkers, the Gait Race starts every year at 7:00am at the Montreat Gate! The race will be accompanied by a shorter walk, which will also begin at the Gate at 7:00 am. There is no entrance fee, registration, or T-shirt, so we’ll just …

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On Remembering and Repentance

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As we prepare for the coming summer, I offer the following statement to remind all who love Montreat of the MRA’s continuing commitment to become more hospitable to all of its guests and conferees. Richard DuBose, President, Mountain Retreat Association  “And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’” (Matthew 13:52) This passage suggests that Christian community has a treasure, a gift of God that contains both what is old and what is new. We …

What Makes Montreat

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We asked lifelong Montreater Levi Bannerman, what is so special about Montreat? We know it’s hard to explain, it’s more than just a place, and can be many different things to as many different people. Here’s what Levi had to say about this place that has shaped him. Montreat’s nature and programs challenge young people and adults alike to think outside convention. Time in Montreat allows for difficult conversations in a place set apart, to retreat from the world but not run away from it. There’s a special connection that is formed between people when you spend quality time together …

The First Snow

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There’s a certain excitement, and some might even say magic, around an early season snow. Whether it’s waking up to that cushioned silence, taking those first steps into a crisp white morning, or working up a sweat scraping off your car, the first snow invokes some kind of feeling for us all. The first snow of the season came to Montreat in the early morning hours of Friday, December 8, 2017, and the snow kept falling all day. We thought we’d share some pictures of the snow taken by our staff over the snowy weekend. The gate is beautiful in …

2017 Year in Review

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As the new year approaches, it’s nice to look back and remember what the previous year held. For Montreat, 2017 held new programs, fresh iterations of traditions, and so much more. Here are a few of the things we loved about 2017! College Conference 2017 at Montreat Every year College Conference at Montreat is an exciting four days. It’s energizing to start the year with such a large gathering of young people. Check out this write-up by the Presbyterian News Service about the opening night of College Conference at Montreat 2017 and see photos here! Feb Ski Feb Ski 2017 …

Glen Rock & Winsborough To Be Renovated

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Have you ever stayed at The Winsborough or Glen Rock Inn? If you have, it’s likely you’ve noticed our two largest lodges are a little, well, out of date. Good news: we are currently renovating the two lodges! This post includes information about ongoing, planned, and proposed renovations to The Winsborough (capacity: 61) and Glen Rock Inn (capacity: 33). To support these renovations, visit montreat.org/givenow. The Winsborough Paint A little fresh paint will revitalize any room! We’re planning to paint each of the 31 guest rooms in Winsborough. Curtains & Bedding Floral is timeless, but maybe not this particular floral. …

11 Things the Building On The Tradition Campaign Has Given Us

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Montreat: working hard to keep our roofs over your heads since 2011. In July 2017, Montreat celebrated a successful capital campaign called Building On The Tradition. This campaign contributed countless improvements to Montreat and was funded by generous donors like you. Let’s take a look at just eleven of the things Building On The Tradition has given Montreat! 1. New Rooms in Assembly Inn Aside from the fresh look, all the furniture, mattresses and box springs, draperies, duvet covers, shams, bed skirts, shower curtains, artwork, frames, ceramic tile, carpet, and ceiling tiles (36,500 of them) in the renovated Assembly Inn were …

My Year as a Mission Volunteer

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It’s difficult for me to sum up my 8 months as a Mission Volunteer here at Montreat. In the moment, the time felt so long, but looking back now it seems like a whirlwind. It’s funny how time does that to us, but it really was both of those things. In the time that felt long there was space: space to discern, space to daydream about what my life could be, space to work with people who encouraged me to be creative and independent. In the whirlwind time there was driving the Blue Ridge Parkway before the sunrise, going to …

All are welcome here.

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As you may have heard, on Wednesday the “Public Facilities and Private Security Act” was passed and signed into state law.  The Montreat Conference Center is a private Christian institution that strives to demonstrate intentional hospitality to all. As a key part of that commitment, we will not tolerate on our campus discrimination against any child of God, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We will continue to invite our conferees, guests, and visitors to use the restrooms in which they feel most comfortable. Personally, I am dismayed that making such a statement is even …

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Fall Into Montreat

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Montreat Conference Center has been buzzing with life since the start of summer, and we don’t plan to slow down as we enter fall. Montreat Youth Conferences have come to a close, and now begins the season of private retreats and adult conferences. Churches, interest groups, non-profits, corporations, and family reunions from across the nation will gather at Montreat Conference Center for their very own, customized Montreat experience. It is no wonder why we host so many groups from September to November: fall in Montreat is truly remarkable. As you can imagine, fall and spring weekends are usually our busiest …

Make The Most of Your MYC

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One of the great pleasures of my job at Montreat is getting to work with all kinds of great people and helping them to have a fulfilling time.  I am constantly in search of helpful hints and ideas to share with folks heading our way. As this summer is gearing up, I find myself asking the question: What are ways that groups can make the most of their visit to Montreat? What information might be helpful for folks as they come through the ‘gate’- whether it is the first time or the thirtieth. During a recent visit to Bellevue Presbyterian Church …