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The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center

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3872 Dillard Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-6539
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Katie B wrote a review Nov 5
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The Mountain is so unique and amazing. The gnarled tiny ancient oaks line the walkways, the soaring vistas stretch for miles before you as you pop out of a rhododendron thicket. You can be as active or as still as you want to be there, with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. It's not fancy schmancy, but it's so nourishing. My family's been coming there for over 30 years. I've been there for hooting hollering women for a UUWomenspirit retreat or a small group's quiet Mother's Day weekend or a festive gathering for the winter holidays, and even an exclusive anniversary weekend escape. Once you make it up the twisty road, you won't want to come down, except to walk the labirynth!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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LindaPJacksonville wrote a review Oct 2018
Jacksonville9 contributions3 helpful votes
This Center is on top of a 4200 ft mountain with spectacular views in every season. The food is healthy and good. The accommodations are simple - very comfortable in the Lodge. My cell phone had good reception all week. There is no TV - it's nice to focus on the great people, enjoying the outdoors and beautiful views. I facilitated a workshop and the staff was attentive and knowledgeable about connecting the technology. A wonderful week at the "Aging to Saging" program.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Bill E wrote a review Feb 2018
Columbus, Georgia180 contributions45 helpful votes
This visit here was my first in 20 years. The charm of this mountain top retreat continues, but there certainly have been many improvements. They described the cabins as “comfortable, rustic,” but I would emphasize the comfortable and I would say simple rather than rustic. The lodge room continue to be comfortable like a good motel. We, there were three of us, stayed in Milestone cabin which had 4 bedrooms (one had a double bed, while the other three were single beds), two bathrooms (one wheelchair accessible), and a hall which had a small refrigerator. I was particularly pleased that we had good wifi/internet service. Each room had at least three outlets. We were there the last weekend in January, so I can report that the heating units more than adequate. The grounds were well maintained with good hiking trails. The conference facilities were modern and well maintained. The dining room consisted of long tables with regular chairs. The buffet style service seem to accommodate the common food preferences. If you are coming as a private party (there was a group meeting our weekend), I am not sure that the kitchen is always open. I thoroughly enjoyed the food. The staff get well deserved praise for friendly and helpful service.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Linda Backes wrote a review May 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina136 contributions19 helpful votes
High atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Highlands of North Carolina is a beautiful and rustic array of cabins, dining hall, labyrinth, tower and so much more! I recently stayed the weekend while attending a conference of over 50 women who traveled from all over the country to be at this wonderful retreat center. Small cabins, as well as a lodge with individual rooms, are the mainstay... along with a comfortable cafeteria style eating hall and another building that accommodates a large gathering with a lower level of smaller rooms for vendors or small gatherings. All of the rooms were clean, comfortable and smelled nice (a must have on my list!). My favorite place to sit and relax is at the Lodge porch- complete with rocking chairs- that overlooks the valley. At 4300 feet above sea level the view is breathtaking! This center is perfect for a private get-a-way or group retreat.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Room Tip: Cabins have kitchens and separate bedrooms. Single rooms have 1-3 twin beds and a private bath...
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Beth L wrote a review May 2015
Greenville, South Carolina4 contributions4 helpful votes
The Mountain has a gorgeous location, super friendly staff, and healthy delicious food. The accommodations are simple, as befits a camp setting, but perfect if you want to convene with nature and enjoy some much needed quiet r & r. I love it and could spend the entire summer there!
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
Which popular attractions are close to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center?
Nearby attractions include Highland Excursion (3.6 miles), Dry Falls (2.4 miles), and Glen Falls (3.2 miles).
What are some restaurants close to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kilwins Highlands, Ristorante Paoletti, and Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro.
Are there any historical sites close to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sky Valley Overlook (5.2 miles).