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25+ Great Themes for a Great Retreat

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A thoughtful and well-developed retreat theme can be a great inspiration in helping people connect to what they have learned at your retreat. This connection strengthens the effect of the retreat and can create long-term spiritual growth and continued practice. Whether you are planning a spiritual Men’s Retreat, Women’s Retreat, or Youth Retreat with your church, a Family…

Unique & Easy Campfire Snack Ideas for Your Next Family Getaway

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Many families at Refreshing Mountain enjoy the summertime by relaxing, swimming, and of course, having campfires. Campfires are a perfect evening addition to any retreat at Refreshing Mountain! They combine all aspects of summer by spending time outside, socializing, and enjoying good food. Traditional campfire snacks, such as s’mores and hotdogs, are a very popular…

7 Beautiful Places for a Fall Getaway in Central PA

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Any time of year is the perfect time to experience Central Pennsylvania, but for many, the beautiful fall season is the best time of year for a getaway – the leaves change colors, autumn crops bear their fruit, and the evenings begin to cool off. The whole family will find plenty to explore, from forests and…

How to Enjoy an Overnight Getaway This Spring

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Modern vacations offer quite a bit of distraction – too much, it seems these days. If you take a vacation to the beach, you’ll end up on the boardwalk surrounded by the sights and (ew!) smells of a crowded beach; during the day there will be people everywhere, littering the beach with their towels, umbrellas,…

Winter’s Perfect For That Snowy Family Getaway

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There’s something about the magic of snow. It offers a clean, fresh feel to it, yet it can even be a bit dramatic, fun and full of awe. Everyone experiences a different feeling when they see snow, which is exactly why winter is the perfect time to take one of your unforgettable family vacations and…

Ideas For A Fall Family Getaway

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Fall is an ideal time for quick family vacations. The weather is crisp and cool, the foliage is beautiful, and the crowds have disappeared. Located just 40 minutes away from both Lancaster and Hershey, PA is our very own Refreshing Mountain, an ideal spot for a fall weekend family getaway. The cozy cabins and family-friendly…

Tips for Planning a Family Retreat at Refreshing Mountain

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If you’re the one who has been designated as the official organizer of your family’s annual reunion this year, consider planning something truly memorable, nontraditional, and quite different from your previous reunions where you held a picnic at the park or secured some rental space at your local community center.  Plan a love-and-laughter-filled family retreat participating…

Refreshing Mountain Completes Family Cabin Expansion Project

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Refreshing Mountain is excited to announce the completion of their Cabin Construction Project. This 3 year project has added over 17,000 sq. feet of lodging and meeting space, and capacity for an additional 104 guests at the camp and conference center, bringing the total capacity at Refreshing Mountain to approximately 500 overnight guests. Family Cabin…

Camp Plays Vital Role in Faith Development

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Spending time away at camp is a unique opportunity to experience life in a new way.  Faith based camps provide the space and time to reflect, learn new things, evaluate, and process.  Most importantly, camp is a time to grow closer to God. Those of us in the camping industry come face to face with…

Stress Free Packing

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Retreat Packing List Packing for a retreat can be the most stressful part of a getaway.  You don’t want to forget anything but you also don’t want to over pack either.  Below is a list to help you start to get organized.  Add your own specific items depending on weather, special activities and events, and…