Please find important information about planning your stay below.
What to Bring
Comfortable Clothes - you will be moving, bring layers
Slippers to wear indoors only - some there if you forget
Any medications needed
Swimsuit - optional
Linens and Towels are provided.
What Not to Bring
Arrival and Departure
The retreat begins Thursday at 5pm. You can arrive anytime after 1pm, get settled into your room, relax and explore before retreat start.
For unloading, you may park temporarily at the Lodge to unload your bags. Then follow the signs to the nearby parking lot.
The retreat completes Sunday at 12pm, with lunch then served and departure by 1pm.
Before leaving your room, we ask for your help:
Place all used towels, sheets and pillowcases in laundry room floor. Quilt/ duvet stay on bed, do not remove. We’ll remove duvets, as we launder them between each group.
Place soiled laundry before departure in Lower Level laundry room floor.
Important Information to Know About Your Stay
We comply with all current NC & CDC wellness, safety and cleaning protocols. Masks are now requested for all indoor activities and gatherings. Please notify us of our vaccination status.
BOI is environmentally conscious and eco-friendly. Please be mindful: turn off lights when not in use, mindful water use and turn off A/C when windows open.
Internet: There is Wifi available throughout the Lodge. And we hope you take this time to unplug as much as possible to get the most out of your retreat.
Pets: We love pets, but they are not allowed on the property.
A few areas are marked as Private Property or Do not access. Thanks for staying clear these few private use areas.
Water is safe to drink from faucet. It is filtered well water.
BOI Cleaning Procedures and information:
Consistent with CDC guidelines, we have instituted the following measures.
All rooms are carefully cleaned between guests. Surfaces, light switches, doorknobs, and bathroom fixtures in guest rooms are sanitized between guests.
Deep-cleaning and disinfection done on shared surfaces in public spaces, such as door handles, railings, light switches, furniture, fixtures, remote controls, and trash cans.
Fresh towels and sheets available in linen closets.
Guests are requested to place used sheets, towels and pillowcases in appropriate spot before departure. Do Not remove duvets, we do. We remove and clean after each stay.
Hand sanitizer dispensers placed in multiple areas. Please make use of them
Guests should stay home if feeling unwell or believe may been exposed to coronavirus.
Space scheduled between groups. Deep clean rooms with extra preventative measures.
Certain restrictions are in place as safety and wellness policies:
Guests may not have traveled out of the country within two weeks of stay.
Guests may not stay if they have a positive Covid 19 test within 2 weeks of arrival.
Any guest receiving a positive Covid 19 test while staying at Bend of Ivy, or within 2 weeks of stay, must report this to host.
Guests must leave at departure time to allow appropriate spacing and cleaning between stays.
Current NC government protocols must be followed including safe distancing and any gathering limitations, indoor and outdoor.
From I-240, take Exit 4A for Rts. 19/23 North and I-26 West toward Weaverville. Go about 8 miles, then take Exit 19A for Rts. 25/70 North to Marshall. Circle around ramp, and go north on 25/70, measuring 5.5 miles from the traffic light. Turn right on Oak Grove Rd. (at the bottom of a long downgrade; second right after Jupiter Rd.) Follow Oak Grove Rd about a mile to a stop sign. Look across the road, to the left of the church parking lot, for a big black mailbox and large sign. You’re here, at our driveway! Enter our gravel driveway, enjoy the beautiful view on the right of the mountains and Mt. Mitchell, and follow signs.
From Asheville Airport:
Leaving airport exit, take a left at the light onto Airport Rd. Go about 1/2 mile, and take I-26 West through Asheville, passing Exit 3, and getting in the left lane as you cross the French Broad River. Take Exit 4A on the left for US 19/23 North and I-26 West towards Weaverville. Follow the “from Asheville” directions above.
From Hickory, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Raleigh:
Take I-40 West to exit 53 (I-240 West) for Asheville. Pass the three downtown exits, then take Exit 4A to US 19/23 North and I-26 West towards Weaverville. Follow the “from Asheville” directions above.
Take I-85 South to Rt. 74 to I-26 West towards Asheville. Take I-26 West through Asheville, passing Exit 3, and getting in the left lane as you cross the French Broad River. Take Exit 4A on the left for US 19/23 North and I-26 West towards Weaverville. Follow the “from Asheville” directions above.
Take I-85 North to I-185 near Greenville to Rt. 25 through Traveler’s Rest to I-26 West towards Asheville. Take I-26 through Asheville, passing Exit 3, and getting in the left lane as you cross the French Broad River. Take Exit 4A on the left for US 19/23 North and I-26 West towards Weaverville. Follow the “from Asheville” directions above.
Take I-40 to Exit 432 for Newport. The ramp will merge into Rts. 25/70. Follow 25/70 through downtown Newport, over the mountains, into North Carolina, through Hot Springs, and past Marshall on 25/70 Bypass (do not take 25/70 Business into Marshall.) After Marshall, watch for 25/70 turning to four lanes, immediately followed by an intersection with Rt. 251. Measure 2.5 miles from this intersection. Turn left on Oak Grove Rd. (immediately after crossing a bridge.) Go to the stop sign, take a left, and then an immediate right into the Lodge driveway.
From East Tennessee and Virginia:
Take I-26 East from Johnson City over the mountains, and towards Asheville. Take Exit 15 for Jupiter/Barnardsville. At end of ramp, turn right, and drive 3.0 miles on Jupiter Rd. At sharp left curve with “Yield” sign, turn right on Eller Ford Rd. Drive 1.3 miles. Immediately after Oak Grove Baptist Church, turn right into Lodge driveway.