Experiencing Montreat Sans Schedule

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Often times you come to Montreat for a conference or an organized retreat. While these are great reasons to make the trip, there is something to be said for coming to the mountains with no agenda. Spending personal sabbath time in Montreat can be beneficial to all of us. Taking a break, if only for a few days, from our chaotic lives can provide much needed time to commune with our Creator and rest the soul. Here are a few of our favorite ways to soak up this “thin place” so you leave refreshed and renewed. This fall, you can come to Montreat for a Personal Sabbath and experience Montreat at a special rate.

1. Hiking

Montreat Conference Center is surrounded by approximately 2,500 acres of protected wilderness. There are more than 20 trails in Montreat, stretching almost 30 miles. The trails range in length and skill level. Pick up some of our safety rules and tips here.

2. Enjoying Lake Susan

Although small, Lake Susan can be a hub of activity. Whether you’re enjoying a cup of coffee on Left Bank Porch, reading a good book on the dock, walking on the short wooded path around the lake, napping in a hammock, or fishing for trout, calm Lake Susan is sure to calm your mind.

3. Shopping

Between the Montreat Store and Ten Thousand Villages, you can get your holiday shopping done early this year! The Montreat Store has everything from t-shirts to artisan-made pottery, and Ten Thousand Villages is full of fair-trade products from around the world. Both places are great if you’re checking off gifts on your list, or just looking around!

4. Playing in Robert Lake Park

The beautiful Robert Lake Park (and recently re-opened) is owned and maintained by Montreat Conference Center, and is only a short walk from Assembly Inn. In our opinion, it’s got the best playground around!

5. Strolling Elizabeth’s Path

If you’re looking for a trail that’s less of a hike and more of a leisurely walk, Elizabeth’s Path is a gentle trail running from the intersection of Lookout Road & Assembly Drive down to the gate. Perfect for a walk or run by the creek.

6. Hanging Out in Assembly Inn

Whether you’re reading, studying, knitting, or playing a board game with friends, the Assembly Inn Lobby gives you the feel of a cozy mountain home. With windows looking out at the mountains, and a porch with a stunning view, you won’t forget you’re in Montreat even if you spend the whole time inside. A fire in the fireplace during the colder months adds to the warm ambiance.

7. Exploring Nearby Black Mountain

There’s so much to do in “the little town that rocks.” Check out exploreblackmountain.com for more info!

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Sabbath Weekend Getaways

September 2–December 13, 2020 SabbathSpecial Events

Getaway to Montreat for special sabbath $100/night rates in the historic Assembly Inn.

Rethinking Evangelism

October 12–14, 2020 AdultContinuing EducationVirtualWorship

This three-day virtual event will be designed for church leaders and congregational members to reconsider what effective evangelism might look like in their particular neighborhoods and communities.

Program in partnership with Theology, Formation & Evangelism ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency

Crossroads Antiracism Training

October 23–25, 2020 AdultContinuing EducationVirtual

Whether you are a church leader, church member, teacher, administrator, civil employee, non-profit professional, or frequent volunteer, this training will equip you to disrupt and dismantle systematic racism.

In partnership with Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training