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Summers are Montreat's biggest time of year! People flock here to spend time in this special place, whether it's for our Youth Conference, our Clubs program, the Fourth of July parade, throwing pots in the Sally Jones Pottery, or just to visit. Below are various activities that are available in our summer season.

NOTE: Our summer season is between Memorial Day and early August. As such, some of our activities will only be available during this time period when we have Summer Staff available.

A Note About Masks

Recommendations for camps remained more stringent than those for most endeavors, as health authorities cautioned that activities involving intergenerational participation – and particularly unvaccinated, younger populations – should remain more vigilant. We’re going to follow the more stringent guidelines until further notice, in large part because our programs serve a significant number of young people who are vulnerable to the coronavirus as summer begins. Therefore, until further notice:

  • All staff, conferees, and participants in conference center programs and activities will continue to wear masks indoors in each place that supports our intergenerational programs, including the Assembly Inn, Anderson Auditorium, the Montreat Store, and all meeting spaces.
  • We will be maximizing use of our outdoor spaces this summer, reducing the length of time spent indoors, and using precautions when we are indoors. Science has formed a consensus that it’s very, very rare to contract COVID outdoors. Conferees and participants, therefore, will not be required to wear masks outdoors except in crowds or in circumstances stipulated as high-risk situations.
  • While scientists once believed people could get COVID-19 by touching a surface that had the virus on it, we now know that the chances of contracting the disease this way are vanishingly small. Still, there are still lots of great reasons to keep your hands clean, and so hand sanitizer will remain available around our campus.

This Week in Montreat

The TWIM is a weekly publication of Montreat Conference Center detailing events and activities within the Montreat Valley, with weekly messages from Richard DuBose, president of Montreat Conference Center. The TWIM is a great way to stay up-to-date with Montreat's summer activities. Want to be emailed when the TWIM is released? Click the "Sign Up for Updates" button and sign up!

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In Case of Emergency

If there is an emergency, call 911.

First Aid

The conference center summer First Aid station is located in the Allen Building, 304 Lookout Rd.

Mon-Fri8:30am-1:00pm
1:30-4:30pm

Important Numbers

Montreat Police

828.250.6670

Fire Dept./Rescue911
First Aid Station

828.275.7186

President's Office

828.419.9801

Town of Montreat

828.669.8002

Assembly Inn

828.419.9844

Stay Up to Date

Montreat has an app! Use it to keep up to date with conferences and events, maps, and more. To download the app, download “Yapp” in the Google Play or Apple Store. Enter the Yapp ID “MONTREAT”. You do not have to create an account to access our app, just "Add a new Yapp". Enjoy!

Galax Dining Room

The Galax Dining room is closed to the public for all meals except for Sunday lunch June 6–August 8. Non-refundable tickets may be purchased any time at the Front Desk and used for any Sunday. You can call the Front Desk at 828.669.2911

(Children under the age of 5 eat free).

  Adults Age 5–11
Sunday Lunch*
*(sales tax included)
$16.50 $8.50

Hymn Sings

From June 6th through August 8th, join us on Sunday nights at 7 pm in person in Anderson Auditorium or through a live stream for Hymn Sings. Because we will be inside, we will seat you in alternating rows allowing at least 6 feet between family groups. We ask that you wear a mask at all times, including while singing. These protocols may change as the summer progresses. For updates on the protocols or to receive the link to the weekly live stream, subscribe to Community Announcements at the button below.

The Montreat Store

Express yourself with your very own changeable and versatile letter board. We have a variety of sizes and styles to showcase your thoughts or share a quote.

Monday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday closed

Contact: 828.669.5298
Located: 2nd floor, Moore Center

Second Loaf

Second Loaf continues its long history of collecting food donations for the food insecure in our community Saturdays (except for July 3 and July 10), in the parking lot area in front of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. Adjusting for COVID related restrictions, Second Loaf can only take shelf ready non-perishables, cold or frozen food in their original unopened packaging (such as a whole, unopened package of hot dogs), personal care items and paper goods (opened or unopened), and fresh produce (fruits and vegetables). Individually wrapped snacks are especially welcome. We are grateful for the generous response of groups who drop off their "second loaves" on their way home.

Support Montreat

Support Summer in Montreat and all aspects of Montreat's ministry!

Ten Thousand Villages

“Every journey begins with a single hop.” Let your next adventure start with this charming frog bracelet. Find these and other treasures at Ten Thousand Villages.

Monday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday closed

Contact: 828.669.5298
Located: 2nd floor, Moore Center

Welcome Center at the Gate House

Stop by the Welcome Center, the small building attached to the Montreat gate, this summer for maps, materials, and personal recommendations or stories from our kind Welcome Center volunteers. Hope to see you there!

Monday–Thursday 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Friday 12:00–2:00 pm

Recreation Activities

Canoes & Paddleboats

Located on Lake Susan. $4 per boat per half hour.

Open Daily: 2:00pm–6:00pm

Clubs & Childcare

Clubs is Montreat Conference Center's Summer day camp program.

The Clubs Registrar's office is located on Freeland Hall's third floor. They will have limited hours at the Anderson Auditorium Lobby throughout the week. For more information, call 828.419.9837.

Anderson Auditorium Hours:
Monday–Friday: 8:15am–9:15am
Freeland Hall Hours:
Monday–Friday: 9:30am–4:30pm
Bill Wilde Youth Center

Located at 317 Texas Rd. You can check out board games, rent tennis courts, and a variety of other recreation activities. Open for limited hours to the public.

Monday–Friday 12:00 pm–1:45 pm
4:45–6:00pm

Fishing

Fishing in Lake Susan requires a permit. Permits are available for purchase in the Montreat Store and the Assembly Inn front desk.Refer to signage around the lake for fishing/non-fishing areas and please follow all posted rules at the link below.

Hiking & Nature Center

Hiking is open to the public year round. Trail maps can be found at the Anderson Auditorium front desk, the Assembly Inn front desk, or the Nature Center at the bottom of Lookout Road.

The Nature Center is located at the bottom of Lookout Road, behind the Moore Center (click for directions). Montreat Rangers are stationed out of this building June–early August and are eager to help you safely engage with Montreat's Wilderness.

Public Hikes

Public hikes take place June through August most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and some Saturdays. These hikes are lead by our rangers. Hikes range in difficulty, but most difficulties (easy to hard) are represented each week.

Swimming

The Montreat Pool is located behind Dunn Pavilion on Texas Road (click for directions). The Montreat Pool is spring fed and is naturally as cold as the creeks that run through the valley. Admission fees and public hours are listed below. For more information, call 828.357.5031.

Open Daily:
Monday–Sunday 1:00–6:00pm
Lap Swim Only:
Monday–Friday 12:00–1:00pm
Daily Admission Fee:
Three & under FREE
Everyone $5

Tennis

The Patricia Cornwell Tennis Courts are located on Texas Road. Please call in advance to reserve a court. $3 per person per hour. For more information, call 828.357.8556.

Tennis: 2:00–6:00pm | Open Daily

Events & Activities

Arts, Music, and Theology

Arts, Music, and Theology is a mission and ministry of Montreat Conference Center. Its purpose is to provide the community with educational nourishment via various lectures and lecturers during our summer season. Themes of the lectures span disciplines.

Friday Night Big Circle Mountain Dancing

We are all excited that Friday Night Big Circle Mountain Dancing will resume its rightful place as an integral activity of the Montreat community this summer. Here are the new basics:

  • Dates: Dances will begin June 18 and continue weekly through August 6.
  • Time: Dances will begin at 7 pm and end by 9 pm
  • Place: Dancing will take place on the tennis courts at the Bill Wilde Youth Center.
  • Those attending the dance inside the fence will be asked to wear a mask and soft-soled shoes. (No boots!) We will be reminding you of these requests at the gate as necessary.

Big Circle Mountain Dancing is a special Montreat tradition! It's a fun filled night of dances called by the Bannerman family and music from the Stoney Creek Boys. All are welcome and admission is free.

Crafts & Pottery

Pottery, arts, crafts, and cooking classes are offered daily throughout the summer.

Pottery Hours (Upstairs)

Monday–
Tuesday
9:00 am–12:00 pm
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pottery Glazing
Friday Normally closed.
Saturday 8:00 am–11:00 am
Pottery Pickup

Craft Hours (Downstairs)

Monday–Thursday 2:00–5:00 pm

Montreat Youth Conference

Montreat Youth Conferences go from the first week of June to the first Friday in August. These high school aged youth will be participating in small groups, keynotes, worships, and fun and games as a means to question and grow in their faith.

Presbyterian Heritage Center

318 Georgia Terrace. 828.669.6556. Free admission.

This center offers multiple museum displays, special events, art galleries, a and reference library. Free WiFi and air-conditioning. Summer exhibit includes: Cultures & Conflict: Native Americans and Presbyterian Missions; Fantasy & Fiction: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & Dorothy L. Sayers; Women’s Suffrage in the U.S.; Missions to Central America & the Caribbean, and others!

Free Admittance
Heritage Center Hours:
Tuesday–Friday 10:00am–4:00pm
Saturday 1:00–4:00pm
Sunday closed

Public Hikes

Public hikes take place June through August most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and some Saturdays. These hikes are lead by our rangers. Hikes range in difficulty, but most difficulties (easy to hard) are represented each week.

Volunteers

Those seeking to be part-time volunteers should contact Martha Sloan at marthas@montreat.org.