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What is the best way to get to the Barn and Retreat Center at Boyds Mills?

You can drive, take a bus, or fly!  Learn more about the travel options for getting here.  Frequently asked questions that are specific to transportation and travel can also be found on that page.

What are the accommodations like?

We provide comfortable and fully-furnished lodging with linens included.  See complete details here.  We are unable to guarantee a specific room or cabin but will try to accommodate your general preference if possible.

Will my accommodations have a microwave or mini-fridge?

Our cabins have mini-fridges. There is a common fridge in the Barn, Lodge and Farmhouse that you are welcome to use.

Some microwaves are available; please let us know if you must have a room with one.

What are check-in and check out times?

Get details about check-in and check out here.

Can I arrive a day before my workshop or event begins, or stay after?

We try our best to accommodate requests for extra days but if we are not able to find room, you may have to stay in a hotel if your travel schedule necessitates an early or late arrival. To inquire about extra nights, email support@highlightsfoundation.zendesk.com.

Do I need to bring food?

Meals and snacks are included in your stay.  Our meals are chef-made, farm-fresh and local inspired.  Learn more here.  You may bring snacks or food to enjoy in your room only if you wish, but that is not required.

What if I have special dietary restrictions?

Our chef will be happy to work with you. Let us know when you plan your stay, and we’ll make sure your dietary needs are met.

How should I dress?

Your dress code will likely depend on the reason you’re coming, but in general, our center is comfortable and casual. Remember that we are in the mountains! In spring and fall, days and nights can be chilly.

Can I bring my children?

No. Guests should be 18 or older.

Can I bring my pet?

No. Only service animals are allowed on campus.

Should I bring toiletries or supplies?

See our packing list here.

Does the property have wireless internet access? Will I be able to use my laptop around the center?

WiFi is available throughout the property.  Please be aware that we’re in the middle of the woods and bandwidth can be limited, so be kind to your neighbors and minimize streaming especially at peak work times.  Work and common spaces also have abundant electrical outlets, and we have a printer on site if you need it.

Is there audio/visual equipment available?

Yes!  We have the following for your use as needed.  If you have a specific need for any of these items, please alert us ahead of time so we can make sure they’re available in the space you need.

  • Flip charts with post-it notes
  • Easel
  • Notepads and pens
  • TV (no cable)
  • DVD player
  • Microphone: wireless lapel and handheld (only available in the Great Room)
  • Podium
  • Wireless internet
  • Speaker phone

Can I charge my electric vehicle while I’m on campus?

If your electric vehicle needs to be charged, we can accommodate you–but please let us know in advance so that we can provide you with more information.

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