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Spring Sabbath Getaways

Get away to Montreat this spring

March 11–May 31, 2021SabbathSpecial Events
This event is hosted by Montreat Conference Center

Montreat welcomes you to the mountains for Sabbath opportunities at the Assembly Inn. We are providing guidelines for guests based on guidance and requirements from Buncombe County and the state. Visit our Guest Health and Safety page to learn about how we are working to protect you and ourselves in the age of COVID-19.

This special includes lodging at Assembly Inn and breakfast at the Galax Dining Room, beginning with breakfast the morning after you arrive to breakfast the morning you depart.

Weekend Specials Dates
March 11-14 April 22-25
March 18-21 April 29-May 2
March 25-28 May 6-May 9
April 1-5 May 13-16
April 8-11 May 20-23
April 15-18 May 27-30
Exterior of Assembly Inn in springtime.
Socially distanced people in line for a meal in the Galax Diningroom.
Socially distanced people on a bridge across Lake Susan.

Rates

$100/room a night. Breakfast is the only meal included. There is no minimum number of nights to receive this special rate.

Important Updates to the Montreat Guest Experience

Safety and cleanliness have always been a top priority of ours. Right now, we’re adhering to CDC, state, and municipal guidelines. In fact, Montreat Conference Center is a “Count on Me NC” business, meaning we’re taking extra training and implementing new procedures in light of COVID-19.

All of our Montreat staff have been working diligently in anticipation of re-welcoming guests, and we are committed to providing you with outrageous hospitality during this “new normal” setting.

Whether this is your first stay with us or your hundredth, recommended guidelines for social distancing, gatherings of people, and guidelines for cleanliness have altered the typical stay at any hotel, including Assembly Inn. Please read the information on the “Guest Rooms,” “Hotel Services,” and “What to Bring” tab below to be aware of the changes to your experience with us. This rate package is only available for rooms in the Assembly Inn.

When you make a reservation at Montreat, here’s what you’re pledging to do once you arrive:

  • Wear a cloth face-covering like a mask or scarf
  • Wait your turn by maintaining six feet of physical distance from others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
  • Do not come to Montreat if you have been recently exposed to, or have symptoms of, COVID-19. (Montreat will refund your stay)
  • Be patient and kind to staff and other guests as we all try to adjust to a new normal.

Guest Rooms

Daily housekeeping services will not be offered during your stay to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff. Rooms will be cleaned thoroughly between guests.

Bring along personal care items and toiletries, including soap, shampoo, and a hairdryer. Limited personal care items are available for sale at the front desk.

As a safety measure, Assembly Inn is closed to the public and is only accessible with your room key card. Please keep your room key on your person at all times.

Hotel Services

Coffee will not be provided in the lobby, as self-serve options are not allowed at this time. Coffee makers are not provided in guest rooms.

The Galax Dining Room will be serving cafeteria style. You will be asked to move through the line with a mask on and six feet apart if possible. You will get a drink at the beginning on the line, tell the line cooks what you’d like on your plate, and pick up your plate at the end. Furniture has been arranged to meet restaurant social distancing guidelines for our state. Please do not move any dining room furniture. Table size is limited to 6. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Dining room attendants will be available if you need anything while eating.

Lobby furniture has not been moved for social distancing. We’re counting on guests to remember to keep your distance, and to only sit with members of your family or those you traveled with.

You can help create a safer, healthier environment for everyone by following a few guidelines and best practices. When you make a reservation at Montreat, here’s what you’re pledging to do once you arrive:

  • Wear a cloth face-covering like a mask or scarf
  • Wait your turn by maintaining six feet of physical distance from others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
  • Do not come to Montreat if you have been recently exposed to, or have symptoms of, COVID-19. (Montreat will refund your stay)
  • Be patient and kind to staff and other guests as we all try to adjust to a new normal.

Montreat reserves the right to remove guests from our property if, after a polite reminder, they do not follow one of the rules above. Guests who must be removed from Montreat will not be refunded.

What to Bring

  • Cloth face mask or face covering for all guests in your party (required)
  • Toiletries and personal care items, including soap and shampoo
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hairdryer (if needed)
  • A cooler or mini-fridge (if needed)
    • Ice is available on the second and third floor
  • Snacks (if needed)
    • Soda and snack machines are located by the hotel front desk.

Optional Activities

We're pleased to offer some special optional activities on Easter Weekend and Memorial Day Weekend. All events are weather-permitting.

Friday, April 2nd
7:00pm - Outdoor concert featuring The Crooked Pine Band
Bring a blanket or chairs from home for seating

Friday, May 28th
7:00pm - Outdoor concert featuring The Crooked Pine Band
Bring a blanket or chairs from home for seating

Saturday, May 29th
8:00pm - Outdoor viewing of The Sandlot on Moore Center Field
Bring a blanket or chairs from home for seating

Saturday, May 29th
Make a Memory Clay Workshop
9:30-11:30am (approx. end time)
$10/person
We will be outside in the beautiful mountain sunshine! All ages welcome. Masks required. Finished glazed pottery will be available for pickup Monday morning 8:00-10:00am (approx. end time).
Teachers: Ann Laird Jones and Nancy Hyde. Questions about the class? Contact Ann Laird Jones at 662-347-3614.
Registration for this workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Join us on a guided hike!
Hikes will be offered on Saturday mornings beginning April 10 and ending May 29. Those interested in hiking should meet at 9am at the Nature Center (on Lookout Road adjacent to the Moore Center). We will be hiking either Big Piney or Lower Piney. Advance sign-ups are requested, and the sign-up sheet will be located near the Assembly Inn front desk. It is important that hikers come prepared with comfortable clothing (layering is encouraged), sturdy shoes, and plenty of water. Hikes are weather permitting.

Meet the Crooked Pine Band! Pre-Covid: Playing festivals, weddings, concert houses, house parties, Contra and traditional dances, Crooked Pine has a deep love of mountain music. They infuse audiences with their energy and excitement at every performance. They are favorites at many regional festivals and venues. Troy Harrison is a very versed musician from Madison County, NC, who adds vocals, banjo, guitar and mandolin to the Crooked Pine sound. Marion Boatwright plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, and sings. Frank McConnell plays guitar, as well as lead and harmony vocals, and Craig Bannerman, plays bass and sings as well. The band has been featured in videos for several area attractions, and remains an active and evolving musical influence in Western North Carolina. They are included the Blue Ridge Music Trails listing of artists. They have released five albums that include Americana, Appalachian, original and traditional music. Learn more at www.crookedpineband.com.

Activities Around Campus

Montreat is full of outdoors activities! If this is your first time in Montreat, we suggest reading over what to expect during your time here. While you're at it, learn more about Montreat's wilderness and check out the Montreat Wilderness Trail Map to help you plan your outdoor adventure!

Montreat is also located very close to Black Mountain and nearby Asheville for good food and shopping opportunities.

If you're looking for activities to enjoy at your own pace during your stay, here are some suggestions:

  • tennis or pickleball (be sure to bring your racket and balls)
  • rock hopping in the cool waters of Flat Creek
  • hiking one of the many marked trails in Montreat
  • fishing in Lake Susan (be sure to bring your fishing equipment)
  • bird watching
  • nature photography
  • a leisurely campus walk
  • reading a good book (or napping) on the porch of Left Bank
  • gather supplies and have a picnic on one of the many green spaces around campus
  • shopping at The Montreat Store or Ten Thousand Villages
  • hammocking

We've gathered information on dining options here in the Swannanoa Valley. The information offered is accurate as of February 10, 2021. When making plans to dine out, contact the restaurant directly (by phone is best) for their most up to date information. In our area, masks and social distancing are required at all times when you will be around or near other people, and restaurant capacity is limited for dine-in. Please be mindful and respectful of any additional rules that establishments may have in place. Enjoy all that our area has to offer and stay safe!

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