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Cabin Rental FAQs

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Furnishings

  • Each cabin has 2 bedrooms. One bedroom has a queen bed, the other has 2 sets of bunk beds (sleeps 4). Each cabin also has a living/kitchen area. This room includes a futon couch, futon chair, and various other furnishings.
  • The kitchen area includes a microwave, sink, Fridge/freezer, and electric range. The cabinets have pots, pans, utensils, bowls, plates, and cups. Each cabin is furnished with appropriate supplies for approx. 7-8 persons.
  • The cabins do have wireless internet access. The access code is available upon check-in.

Refreshing Mountain Facilities

  • The cabin rental includes use of the outdoor facilities including the playground, hiking trails, sports areas, pond, etc. The pool is also included during the Community Pool Hours (Seasonal.  Please also make note of the modest swimsuit policy). You should note that there may be times where other guest groups have reserved specific sports fields, and in those cases, the reserving group has the preference of space. Please feel free to check at the office for details of spaces that are available or not available.

Furnishings

  • Refreshing Mountain does supply dish soap, but any other cleaning agents you will need to bring with you.
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO TVs IN ANY OF THE CABINS.

Refreshing Mountain Facilities

  • The cabin rental DOES NOT INCLUDE access to any indoor areas at retreat center other than the cabin. This includes the Gymnasiums, meeting rooms, Dining Hall (unless meals are purchased), pavilions, and craft area.

NO. Pets, other than service animals, are not permitted in any buildings here on-site. We do allow pets with guests who stay in campsites/tent sites.

YES. The cabin rental includes sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, and wash cloths.

We supply pots, pans, utensils, plates, and cups. There is also a coffee maker. We do not stock any food supplies, including coffee grounds or tea. Dish towels and dish cloths are also included.

Please also note that the kitchen includes a microwave, stove top, sink, refrigerator, and freezer.  It does NOT include an oven.

We ask that from 11PM until 7AM, all activity moves indoors. Please be courteous to other camp guests and keep the camp quiet during this time. This means that any campfires or other evening activities should be wrapped up by 11PM. Early morning (i.e. 7AM) is a great time to go for a nature hike. The sunrise is wonderful, and the wildlife is beautiful.

YES. There are several fire rings in the cabin area that can be used for campfires/cookouts. Please note that we do not provide any grills, roasting prongs, etc. Campfires should be reserved ahead of time- we will set up your campfire and provide you with all the wood and matches. If you do not reserve a campfire location ahead of time come to our office to inquire on availability. Please note the following:

  • Campfires can only be built in a designated area (i.e. a stone or metal fire ring).
  • There are 5 gallon buckets at each fire pit. Use that water to put the fire out when you are done with it.
  • Due to the proximity of the forest and the cabins, it is imperative that campfires be kept small. DO NOT BUILD A FIRE WITH MORE THAN A 2 FOOT FLAME!
  • Campfire areas are located throughout the property and may not be directly behind your cabin. When scheduling we do our best to put you in a campfire location close to your cabin, pending availability (see below).
  • Campfire areas are “first come, first served”. There are more cabins than campfire pits, so sometimes all campfire areas can be full for the evening. However, campfires are great things to share and great places to make new friends, so maybe you will get an opportunity to meet your “cabin neighbors”.

On the date of arrival, your cabin will be ready at 4PM. Our office is not a 24 hr check-in facility so hours vary by season and day of week. If you cannot arrive during that day’s normal office hours we will try to accomodate your schedule. These details will be worked out close to the date of your check-in.

Checkout is 10AM on the date of departure. A surcharge of $50 per hour may be added to your bill if you are not checked out by 10AM.

Our cabins function much like some timeshares. You will asked to have dishes washed and put away, floors swept, linens pulled from beds, and trash tied shut so that our housekeeping staff can focus on the deep cleaning.  Further instructions will be given upon arrival.

  • All reservations require a 50% deposit of your total rental charges. A cancellation 14 days or more prior to your arrival date will result in a refund of the deposit, less a $45 cancellation fee. If you cancel 3 to 13 days before your scheduled arrival date, you will lose your entire deposit (i.e. 50% of the total reservation charges).
  • If you cancel within 3 days of arrival, you will be billed for the entire reservation.

YES, the base cabin rental price is for up to 6 people. A 7th-8th person(s) are welcome to be added at a cost of $15 pp per night.

Adventure Recreation:

We have a number of adventure recreation options. Ask the office about adding on the Ziplines, Horse Rides and Farm Animal Experience, the Explorer Package, and the Discovery Package. Guests in cabins qualify for discounts on these activities.

We recommend booking these activities 2-4 weeks in advance, since they do often get sold out, especially on weekends.

Recreation Areas:

We have an easy to moderate hiking trail, a pond for catch and release fishing (we don’t supply any fishing equipment), and a large playground area. There is an outdoor court for volleyball and basketball, a soccer field, baseball field, and 2 sand volleyball courts. During the summer, the pool is also available during the hours that the pool is open to the community.

We have a number of adventure recreation options. Ask the office about adding on the Ziplines, Pony Rides, the Outdoor Exploration Package, or the Nature Discovery Package. Guests in cabins qualify for discounts on these activities.

Typically, these extra activities should be scheduled well in advance of arrival, since they do often get sold out, especially on weekends.

We have a buffet-style dining hall that provides meals for retreat groups. If we are serving groups during your stay you are welcome to purchase meals. Contact the office for times, costs, and other information.

Modest bathing suits are required.

  • For girls and ladies, this means a modest, 1-piece suit. We do allow for an opaque t-shirt to be worn over a 2-piece suit, and tank-inis are allowed provided that there is no midriff exposed.
  • For boys and men, we require board style shorts (no speedos).

We also expect guests to wear a cover-up to and from the pool area.

NO.  All lodging onsite is strictly Non-Smoking. We will charge a $100 penalty for smoking in or around the cabins.

Additionally, most of our property (including outdoor areas) is designated as NO SMOKING.  We host many children’s events and want to keep the “Young Lungs Safe”.  We are members of a PA state initiative to that effect, and you will see signs posted around the property stating “Young Lungs at Play.  No Smoking.”  Guests that need to smoke are asked to smoke in their vehicle away from any buildings/facilities.

Alcohol is NOT permitted on the property.  Violators of this policy may be asked to leave without refund and will be charged a $100 penalty.

No, we do not. We are happy to rent separate units to house your group, but we will not rent out a single lodging use in this situation. This is a complex issue and warrants a longer response. Please read further to understand the reasoning of this policy.

The conduct of our guests, while on our property, is extremely important to us. We have many policies that regulate guest conduct and align it with our Mission Statement and Statement of Faith. These policies speak to the core of who we are as a facility, as we seek to foster a safe, wholesome, family-friendly, and Christ-centered atmosphere here for guests to enjoy. We host many groups that expect and appreciate this aspect of our property. For instance, Children’s Groups, Schools, Church Groups, etc. are glad to know that we are a smoke free facility, and/or that they don’t have to worry about being impacted but drunken guests (i.e. our no alcohol policy).

We also want to promote an “un-sexualized” atmosphere on-site. This guides our modest swim-suit policy, and is also relevant to the question at hand. We ask that guests refrain from inappropriate public displays of affection and/or sexualized behavior on the property. We want our facility to be “family – friendly”, and we use a Biblical context to inform our definition of “family”.

We believe that there are many blessings that come from honoring Biblical principles/truth. The Bible teaches us the importance of marriage as the only context for sexual relationships, and also that marriage is designed to be between one man and one woman. We understand that not all of our guests will agree with us on this understanding of Scripture, which is fine, but similarly, we would be violating our conscience to knowingly provide facilities for use in what we believe to be an un-Scriptural manner.

For this reason, we are willing to rent 2+ lodging units to guests that identify as unmarried co-ed and or same-sex LGBTQ, in order to adequately provide for separation while sleeping, but we will not rent a single unit in this situation. Furthermore, it is expected that these guests, while on the property, will respect the other conduct-related policies of our facilities, specifically, but not limited to, the policies regarding PDA and sexualized behavior.

It is also worth noting that this policy is specific to Lodging rentals of the property. We offer many other services like our Community Pool, Ziplines, Adventure Recreation, Food service, etc, where there is no intrinsic conflict with hosting unmarried co-ed groups and/or same-sex LGBTQ groups. In doing so, we still expect that these guests will respect the “family-friendly” atmosphere of the property. There need be no sexual aspect whatsoever to these activities, and provided that our guests do not seek to flaunt sexual behavior while on-site (and thereby create a conflict), we will be glad to have you here.

No. Ultimately, this is an ethical issue for which you personally are responsible. We ask/trust that our guests will honor our standard in this regard, but we do not intend to be your “parents”. We invite you to join with us in honoring a Biblical principle that is foundational to solid, family relationships. We may ask some questions at the time of reservation if we sense that the issue needs addressed, but otherwise, we will accept your word as “proof enough”.

No we do not. This would include, but is not limited to Gay Weddings, Gay Pride Events, or any other type of event meant to celebrate a milestone associated with the LGBTQ lifestyle. Again, a longer answer/explanation is warranted. If you have not read our answer to the question regarding renting housing to unmarried coed groups and/or LGBTQ groups, please read that one first, as this answer will build upon the content in that answer.

As has already been stated, Refreshing Mountain honors the Bible as our guide in the policies we set. While there are so many profound aspects to the Bible which could be expounded upon, one aspect is that it tells us how we can honor and please God. It tells us about the things that are sinful in life, and instructs us that since God wants what is best for us, He wants us to avoid sinful behavior, not celebrate it. As such, Refreshing Mountain will not host events that seek to celebrate a sinful lifestyle.

Granted, there are many things listed in the Bible as sinful. The LGBTQ lifestyle is one such thing, but certainly not the only one, nor is it necessarily worse than the others. We all struggle with sin in one form or another, so it is not Refreshing Mountain’s desire to single out this specific sin as “extra bad”, but neither do we believe/accept that the LGBTQ lifestyle aligns with Scriptural teachings on moral behavior. Refreshing Mountain senses the need to make a specific policy assertion on this issue since this is a “sin” that society is looking to normalize. In contrast, society is not looking to “normalize” acts of adultery, or theft, or greed (i.e. other sins listed in the Bible). These are still viewed as vices (i.e. “sins”) by society, and so, while Refreshing Mountain also would not host events honoring these sinful behaviors, we have not needed to state a specific position on those issues, since we are not “at odds” with the culture in that regard.

It is of the highest importance that you not stop reading here… The quintessential message of the Bible is that while we all have been enslaved to sin in one manner or another, God, through Jesus, has provided a way for us to be freed from sin. We are not called to celebrate sin, but rather, to repent and be freed from its bondage, thereby having peace and fellowship with God. Jesus offers us victory over sinful behavior and forgiveness at the times where we do mess up.

Refreshing Mountain loves to celebrate the joys and freedom found in a relationship with Jesus. We will not celebrate, nor be a facilitating venue, for events celebrating/honoring sinful behavior.

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Storm Repair Update

Refreshing Mountain Storm Repair Update

March 21 (9:20 AM):

Happy Spring! We sure are feeling it up here, with the warm temperatures and renewed life all around.

  • Activities Status:
    • As of Monday our Challenge Adventure Zipline passed all necessary inspections and tests and is officially back up and running! Thanks to Treetop Quest and our crew, these ziplines are back to their prime condition- just under 4 weeks after they were damaged.
    • We anticipate the Aerial Excursion Zipline to be available come March 31. Stay posted!

To check our Zipline Tour availability and make a reservation, click here!

March 16 (4:40 PM):

Despite the 17 inches of fresh powder, we are working on our ziplines and giant swing.

  • Activities Status: Today they were able to reset guide cables on our Giant Swing. We are performing the necessary inspections, tests, and expect to have this activity open by early next week.

March 10 (8:00 AM):

We received three inches of snow and expect another few inches in the upcoming week but that's not stopping our crew!

  • Activities Status: New poles arrived and our crews are hard at work setting anchors for the guidelines that stabilize the zipline poles on the closed courses. We are ahead of schedule!
  • Zipline Bookings: Speaking of schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!

March 7 (10:40 AM):

The rain has slowed and crews are hard at work.

  • Activities Status: Our zipline builder and inspector gave the go ahead to open our Flying V and High Ropes course! Schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!
  • Forest Recovery: The past week we have been trimming branches from downed trees and prepping them for loggers to come in and remove. At this point conservative estimates are 50-60 trees have been recovered and more to address as we get past the initial border of our forest lines.

March 6 (12:00 PM):

This past weekend we hosted 200+ people with our overnight retreats. The weather was cold, but we accomplished more work and are excited about the progress.

  • Facility status: Thanks to Meadow Valley Electric (MVE) Group our solar panels have been inspected and repaired and are up and running.
  • Activities status: Today we have an inspector from our zipline builder, Climbworks, here to inspect and evaluate our ziplines. We should have a projection of when our zipline tours will reopen in the next few days.

We expect more great news, stay posted!

March 1 (4:00 PM):

The rain impeded us from completing some of our outdoor projects today, but none the less much was accomplished.

  • Parking status: Cleared all parking areas of downed trees and limbs.
  • Activity status: We restored our sling shot and archery areas and ensured the nature center critters and farm animals will be ready this weekend. In addition the climbing tower and climbing wall will be fully operational as well!

Feb 28 (4:00PM):

  • Communication status: Minutes ago our communication lines were restored. Email and phone lines are now operational. We can now begin returning your calls!
  • Building status: All damaged roofs have been weatherproofed and are scheduled for permanent repair.
  • Activity status: We will have pedal carts and teambuilding in full operation this weekend, with more to come!

Our staff along with contractors have been working tirelessly campus wide to clear debris and begin repairs. We are extremely grateful for our neighbors who have given their time and energy. We are extremely thankful for how God continues to provide. We look forward to the days to come and our retreats this weekend!

Feb 27 (4:00 PM):

Around 3:30 on Saturday February 25th, a major wind storm hit Northern Lancaster County and significantly impacted Refreshing Mountain. We sustained damage to several buildings as well as our Ziplines / adventure activities. Nevertheless, we are so thankful to God that no one was hurt during the storm. Also, we are grateful that so many people in the community are helping with cleanup and repair. Our Retreat Center ( lodging, meals, Recreation) is still open and ready to host the many groups scheduled over the next few weeks. But our Ziplines and other adventure activities are temporarily closed as we inspect, assess, and repair. We hope to have everything back up and running within the next few weeks.

Click here to read our press release regarding the storm and repair efforts

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