Welcome Home, Highlights Foundation Community!
Parking On-SiteIf you’ve never attended a Highlights Foundation workshop or retreated with us before, you may have some questions about logistics. How do you get here? What are the rooms and cabins like? What’s nearby? Is it really as magical as everyone says it is?
This website can help provide information, and give you an idea of what it’s like to stay with us.
You can also contact the Highlights Foundation staff at any time to ask questions, make arrangements, and more. We’re happy to help!
While the Barn and Retreat Center at Boyds Mills is worlds away from everyday life, we’re tucked in the Poconos mountains of Pennsylvania, only a short drive away from NYC, Philadelphia, and other northeastern cities. We’ve got plenty of transportation options to help you get here easily, including via car, bus, train, and plane.
Our surroundings are really pretty magical. This virtual tour gives you a good idea of what the grounds look like. Then, find more information about specific areas below.
Our private cabins, hotel-style lodge, and farmhouse have modern amenities and the comforts of home.
Farm-fresh meals are served three times a day, with snacks and refreshments all included.
Here are tips for traveling to our facility, including via car, bus, train, and plane.
Here are things to do on our property and beyond when you visit.
From the Highlights Foundation Community
Our community is one of the best parts of being on campus. Here are some tips and advice from fellow authors and illustrators to make the most of your visit.
Tips to Enjoy Your Stay: 1) Explore the Grounds and Take Hikes, 2) Find New Working Spots Around Campus, 3) Remember that Resting is a Form of Productivity, 4) Visit Local Businesses Nearby (Our Staff Has Recommendations!), 5) Check the Weather Before You Come & Pack Accordingly, 6) Get to Know Your Fellow Retreaters
Resources to Prepare for Your Arrival
What to expect in your room: sign on door with your name, key in the door, flashlight, Tick Twister, bug spray, hand sanitizer, name tag (must wear), umbrella, light, pillow, campus map, soap, shower gel, shampoo, sheets, chair, guest book, hair dryer, table, shower/hand/face towels, extra blanket, soda + water, coffee machine.
Things to bring (suggested): tooth brush and tooth paste, slippers for room, hiking shoes, reusable water bottle, hairbrush, extra medicine, extra clothes, facial cleanser, conditioner.
We can’t wait to see you soon!