This is a large Christian conference center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. Their first summer camp took place in 1909, and since then this special ministry has continued to serve youth, churches, missionaries and those in Christian ministry. “Before you even set foot on campus, our staff and volunteers are praying for you….” This statement represents the heart of Ridgecrest’s ministry.
This large campus hosts youth camps, church retreats, and other Christian conferences, thus they have various kinds of accommodations. Some of the buildings contain hotel-style rooms that are quite comfortable. Most have two queen beds, a desk, chair, mini-fridge and bathroom. Some rooms with more beds are also available for larger parties.
For those in Christian ministry, there is a discounted rate per night on the rooms. (Last I checked, it was $79.) If you mention it when you call, they will know to include the discount. Otherwise, the regular rate for the hotel-style rooms is comparative with other hotel prices.
Ridgecrest is located right off Interstate 40, about 20 miles east of Ashville, NC. The hills and mountains around are beautiful, and it is especially lovely in fall when the leaves are changing.
There is wifi available on campus, and phones in the rooms. Most cell carriers have good service in this area as well.
Health Considerations –
Stairs: This is a large campus that is built on a hill, so there are many stairs or hills to walk up/down. Most places on campus are easily accessed by driving, but some of buildings require climbing stairs to enter.
Elevation: The elevation here is about 2400 feet, which isn’t very high but some people may feel affected by it, especially if they’re used to a lower elevation. If you go hiking or for a walk, be sure to drink plenty of water and stop and rest when you need to.
Other Details –
Food: There is a small coffee shop on campus, and a snack bar that is only open in the summer. If you’re attending an event, you can sign up for a meal plan. Otherwise, there are several restaurants and a grocery store in Black Mountain, less than ten minutes away. The mini-fridges in the rooms are small (and in my experience don’t work very well), so don’t count on keeping much food that requires refrigeration.
Arrival: At the front gate you’ll receive a parking pass and be directed to the main building to check in. At check-in you’ll receive your keys and a campus map. If you have any questions, you can ask them at this time.
Note: There are often multiple conferences, retreats, and groups staying there. So, if you arrive at the same time as a large group, you may have to wait in line for a while to check in.
The staff are friendly and helpful, and their love for Jesus shines through! If you need anything while there, don’t hesitate to ask.
I have stayed here several times, both as a stopover while traveling and for a few days of retreat. It’s a special place that is easily accessible, has comfortable accommodations, wonderful staff, and natural beauty surrounding it.