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Summer Sabbath Weekend Getaway

Get away to Montreat this summer

July 30–August 2, 2020SabbathSpecial Events
This event is hosted by Montreat Conference Center

Montreat welcomes you this summer to the mountains for Sabbath opportunities at the Assembly Inn, with some limited recreational opportunities available. We will be operating at reduced capacity and providing guidelines for guests based on guidance and requirements from Buncombe County and the state.

This special package is a three-day, all-inclusive deal. Included is lodging at Assembly Inn, Friday breakfast to Sunday breakfast at the Galax Dining Room, and evening programming around Montreat’s campus. The evening activities include an outdoor movie, outdoor concert by Rhiannon and the Relics, and a guided sunset hike. Read more about the schedule.

Registration Rates

Included in your purchase is:

  • An Assembly Inn Room, Thursday night—Sunday Morning
  • Meals in the Galax Dining Room, Friday morning—Sunday Morning
  • Access to Lake Susan paddle boats and canoes
  • Access to the Montreat Pool
  • All evening activities
One Guest $375
Two Guests $450

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.

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.

Because we can only sanitize sheets, pillowcases, towels, and washcloths between each guest at this time we have removed all blankets and comforters. Please bring a blanket from home to ensure a comfortable stay.

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)
  • Blanket or comforter for all guests in your party
    • Montreat can only sanitize sheets, pillowcases, and towels at this time.
  • Toiletries and personal care items, including soap and shampoo
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Chairs or picnic blankets for the evening activities and the pool
    • The Montreat Pool does not have chairs available to guests.
  • 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.

Rhiannon and the Relics

Child prodigies add novelty to most musical performances. But it’s even more awe-inspiring to see a recently minted human play traditional music as old as the Appalachian towns from whence it came. At age 17, (she began playing at 6) Rhiannon Ramsey is doing just that — fiddling alongside local string band veterans who make up the Relics: Craig Bannerman (bass), Troy Harrison (banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals), Scott Owenby (guitar, vocals).

Her musicianship and comfort onstage, however, convey anything but newness. Instead, the Arvil Freeman protégé and her bandmates settle into their mountain-made tunes with ease. Rhiannon recently started a new chapter in her fiddling endeavors, replacing Arvil Freeman as the fiddler for the Stoney Creek Boys, the house band for Shindig on the Green, and the Friday night barn dances in Montreat. Rhiannon lives on her family farm in Madison County, NC.

For more information about Rhiannon and the Relics, check out their Facebook page.

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