This was not my first trip to the Village conference center. To be fair, I should tell you that I actually held my wedding here, as we were married at St. Thekla outdoor chapel and I worked at the adjoining Antiochian Village camp several years prior to that. The center provides clean rooms, outstanding food (be sure to seek out Tim, the chef and dining/catering director--his food is out of this world!) and a quiet, slow pace.
The previous reviewer somehow missed the HUGE AV camp arch that reads "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and all of the literature available about the camp/the Christian Orthodoxy that is prominently displayed at the center. In short, the Antiochian Village is a summer camp for Orthodox Christian children and the conference center is heavily used for weddings, church functions/meetings and conferences. The purpose of the center is to provide a quiet, peaceful setting that promotes prayer, reflection and fellowship. Sure, there are no TVs in the rooms. This is done to help us get away from the pitfalls of life in the modern age...and gives us more time to pray and socialize with others staying at the center. While there isn't much to do in the immediate area as far as entertainment, there is plenty to do on the nature trails and quiet antique shops abound in nearby Ligonier. Also, be sure to stop by the ice cream parlor on the square for a terrific treat. :-)
Really? If you can do without a TV for a night or two and want a clean room in a hotel sitting in the valley of a lovely mountain with picturesque views and plenty of opportunity to get back to nature, this is your place. ...and you cannot beat the price!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Antiochian Village! Antiochian Village is a Christian Conference and Retreat Center owned and operated by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Nestled on over 300 acres in the scenic Laurel Highlands, our spacious facility, peaceful setting, and friendly staff deliver unique, memorable, and affordable group retreats that bring guests back year after year. On-site amenities include comfortable overnight accommodations, 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and outstanding group dining. Contact us today to start planning your next church retreat! We are the perfect location for your next mens, ladies, youth, family or clergy retreat. ... more less