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 needed medications
Swimsuit (optional, seasonal item)
Linens, towels, shampoo, conditioner and body soap 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. Registration begins at 4pm.
For unloading, please park temporarily at the Lodge to unload your bags. Then follow the signs to the nearby Main parking lot.
The retreat completes Sunday at 12pm. Bag lunches will be available. You may enjoy at BOI or take with you.
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.
Important Information to Know About Your Stay
We comply with all current NC & CDC wellness, safety and cleaning protocols.
We recommend Covid vaccines and pre-retreat testing. Welcome to wear a mask, if that's desired.
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 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.
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 covid.
Certain restrictions are in place as safety and wellness policies:
Per CDC guidelines, if a participant contracts Covid within 5 days of the retreat, they must isolate and not come until at least five days after a negative test result. A participant must wear a mask if attending within 10 days of a negative test result.
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.
If you are not vaccinated, continue practicing the 3Ws: Wear a mask in all indoor public settings. Wait 6 feet apart in all public settings. Wash your hands often.
Current NC government protocols will be followed.
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.