Day Events

If you’re looking for an attractive space for a family holiday gathering, a catered midweek meeting for a business or club, or a summertime pool party with friends, day use of Highland’s facilities could be the answer. Rent a meeting room or pavilion without the expense of overnight accommodations, and enjoy a day at Highland!

Reservations for day events in peak times (weekends and summer) may be made a month in advance. Reservations for day events in non-peak, midweek times may be made 3 months in advance.

Meetings & Meals (Year-Round)

Have your family gatherings outgrown the family home? Are you looking for a special setting for a holiday party for your business or organization? Do you have a small group, committee, or club that would benefit from a mini retreat? Enjoy a day away in one of Highland’s meeting rooms in any season, with the option of delicious meals catered by our food service staff.

Due to the higher volume of overnight guest groups on weekends and summer mid-weeks, day use of our meeting rooms is mainly available during the non-summer months, Monday-Friday (2:00 check-out on Friday). Check our availability calendars to see which days might be available.

Food Service Options – Whether you want a complete meal served to your group, or you’d just like to skip the work of prepping an oven-ready meal, Highland’s flexible food service options can meet your needs. More details, including a full list of current menu options and prices, are available on our food service page.

Please note that food service is available to groups of 15 or more, and menus should be submitted to the office a month in advance. If you are making a reservation less than a month in advance of the service date, we can confer with our food service staff to see if it is possible to accommodate you; please be prepared to select your menu items when you place your reservation.

Meeting Rooms

Click on a meeting room to learn more about meeting room amenities and the buildings where they are found.

  • Crestview – Mountain View Retreat Center, groups of up to 20
  • Hearthside – Mountain View Retreat Center, groups of up to 60
  • Oak View – Red Oak Lodge upper level, groups of up to 100
  • Wood’s Edge – Red Oak Lodge lower level, groups of up to 100

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Pavilions & Pool Parties (Seasonal)

Bring your family, friends, club, or church group out to Highland for a day in the great outdoors! Choose from several pavilions that provide sheltered spaces for eating and socializing, enjoy some outdoor recreation, and swing by the pool to cool off.

Hikes around Highland’s property are available to all groups, and facilitated challenge course activities can be scheduled in advance for an additional fee.

Time in our pool can complement any summer outing! The pool has regular hours each weekend from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, and may be rented for private events at other times. See the pool page for more details.

Pavilions are available in the warmer months; the bathhouses are typically closed for the winter in November and reopened in April.


Click on a pavilion to learn more about pavilion amenities and the surrounding areas.

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Woodland Weddings

If you’re looking to hold your wedding and/or wedding reception in an attractive outdoor setting, Highland Retreat may be able to accommodate you. The quiet setting of our spacious grounds with inspiring mountain views can serve as an ideal wedding location.

General Information

  • Highland will serve Christian wedding parties whose interests are compatible with our mission and values.
  • Please note that Highland has a no alcohol policy.
  • Highland Retreat does not offer wedding or event planning, nor do we rent tents or outdoor seating.
  • Catered receptions can be provided by Highland’s food service staff. These options are only available for receptions held in Red Oak Lodge, Mountain View Retreat Center, or Sassafras Pavilion.
  • Wedding parties in need of dressing rooms may rent any available room used for overnight lodging for a slightly reduced fee (in most cases, the non-peak room rate, without the additional charge for extra people).
  • Check our availability calendars (our larger facilities are unlikely to be available on summer weekends), and contact us to discuss possibilities, arrange a tour, or make a reservation.

Red Oak Lodge Weddings

  • Indoor and outdoor weddings can occur in the peaceful and inspiring setting of Red Oak Lodge.
  • An indoor wedding or reception for up to 100 people could be held in either of Red Oak Lodge’s meeting rooms. See Meetings & Meals for images and details about Oak View and Wood’s Edge.
  • Wedding parties wishing to reserve Red Oak Lodge for a weekend will be asked to pay at least the minimum building rental fee.

Tabernacle Weddings

  • Those looking for an outdoor venue with the safety of a pavilion shelter may be interested in the Tabernacle.
  • The Tabernacle has room for up to 250 people, and can be set up for either a wedding ceremony or a reception.
  • Catering is not available in the Tabernacle, but is available at Sassafras Pavilion. Sassafras can seat up to 100 people, but is more suited for a meal than a ceremony. The two pavilions are close enough together that pairing them may be an attractive option. See Pavilions & Pool Parties for images and details about Highland’s pavilions.

Other Settings

There are other fields, buildings, and amphitheaters on Highland’s grounds which may provide the setting you desire. We invite you to contact our office to see what may be possible!

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