Alton Bay is a Group Retreat Destination
in New Hampshire

The retreat center at Alton Bay Christian Conference Center in New England is well-suited to fulfill all of your group’s needs. The most common types of group retreats at Alton Bay are:

  • Church Retreats, such as:
    • Christian Youth Group Retreats
    • Christian Young Adult Retreats
    • Men's Retreats
    • Women's Retreats
    • Pastor Retreats
  • Family Getaways & Retreats
  • Family Reunions
  • Corporate / Business Events & Retreats
  • Team Building Retreats
  • Overnight Field Trips for Christian Schools & Homeschool Groups
  • Christian Weddings & Wedding Receptions


You choose the lodging options: from cozy motel-style rooms to a cottage setting or economical dormitory-style room.


You can rest easy knowing our professional and friendly staff will help make your group retreat a memorable one. No matter what time of year you visit for your group's overnight retreat, there's no doubt you'll be renewed mentally, physically, and (most importantly) spiritually.


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Enjoy fun group activities here at Alton Bay:

  • Worship services
  • Concerts
  • Bible studies
  • Kids clubs
  • Youth events
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS)
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
  • Winter Activities: Ice skating and broom ball are lots of fun on our private frozen swimming area!

Nearby outdoor adventures:

  • Easy hiking, walking, and biking trails
  • Mountain for snow skiing

 

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Food You'll Actually Want to Eat!

Is food provided? If so, what kind?

Yes, food is provided!


All meals are home-cooked and most meals are served family-style.


This isn't bland cafeteria food.


We try to give our guests a variety. For example, if we are having a lunch with beef, we offer chicken or ribs for dinner.


Example Retreat Menu:

BREAKFAST: scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, bagels, English muffins, toast.


LUNCH: this can vary according to the type of group. examples: tacos, warm ham & cheese croissant sandwiches, meatball subs, chips, pickles, and homemade cookies or brownies for dessert. if it’s cold outside, we may add a chowder, soup, or stew in place of chips and pickles.


DINNER: this also can vary according to the type of group. examples: chicken stir fry, ribs, pot roast, pork loin, beef teres major (beef shoulder), rice, mashed potatoes, baby bakers, along with a vegetable and a salad (or coleslaw) with each meat menu item.


DESSERT: homemade desserts, such as caramel bread pudding, apple crisp, chocolate pudding cake (all of those are topped with ice cream), angel food cake with strawberries, chocolate cream pie topped with whipped cream, cheesecake drizzled with caramel and hot fudge, make-your-own ice cream sundaes is always a favorite for the young and old alike!


What about those with food allergies or other dietary needs?
In advance of the retreat, your group will inform us of any food allergies or dietary needs within the group. We do our best to accommodate, so that guests don't have to bring their own food. For example, gluten-free and dairy-free diets can be accommodated.


Can we make our own food?
Except for those staying at Camp Advenchur, groups do not have access to our kitchen. For more details on Camp Advenchur, see the middle of our lodging accommodations page.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Retreats

Who is allowed to book/attend retreats?

Please refer to our Rules & Regulations for visitors (PDF).


How far in advance do I need to reserve a retreat?

Typically, a group will reserve at least a month in advance. We do try to accommodate as much as possible, so if your group needs a last-minute retreat facility, give us a call at (603) 875-6161 and we'll do our best to fit you in!


What's the process for reserving a retreat?

We try to make it as simple as possible for you. Contact us to get started. Typically, we'll talk with you about what you're looking for, provide you with a quote, send you a contract to electronically sign, and reserve your space. We understand that as the retreat planner, you probably have to get approval from others inside your organization. Email us or call us at (603) 875-6161


What's the retreat deposit amount?

20%.


What's the cost/price per person for a retreat?

We have 3 packages, plus a "Create Your Own Custom Retreat" option:

  • Package #1 - $125.00/person... includes 2 nights MOTEL-style lodging (double occupancy) with linens, 5 meals, and 2 snacks. This would be lodging in either the Motel, Mission Cottage, or Administration Building. Lodging details »
  • Package #2 - $100.00/person... includes 2 nights in DORM-style lodging with linens, 5 meals, and 2 snacks. This would be lodging in either the lower level of Motel or the lower level of the Ministers Retreat Building. Lodging details »
  • Package #3 - $95.00 per person... includes 2 nights lodging in a camp cabin with 5 meals. At Camp Advenchur, campers provide their own linens, sleeping bag, blankets, pillow, and personal towels. Lodging details »
  • Create Your Own Retreat - This package is for those that would like to create their own custom package (ie: extra nights or meals, less nights or meals, lodging in cottages, etc). Prices vary depending on what you include. Please call the office for details at (603) 875-6161 or email us here.


If our group wants to rent cottages for our retreat, can you help facilitate that?

Yes, we can! Availability varies by season (etc). Rates vary. Email us or call us at (603) 875-6161.


Are there breakout areas available for small groups?

Yes, there's both indoor and outdoor spaces available for no extra charge for group retreats.


If a group wants to reserve/use the tabernacle or other meeting space, is there an additional fee?

Yes. Please contact us for more details.


Is sound equipment (A/V) available?

Yes, microphones, monitors, CD players, VCR/DVD players, projectors are included in meeting space rental. Contact us for more details.


Can multiple groups be having a retreat at the same time?

Yes.


Are meal times shared among retreat groups?

They can be either shared or separate. It's up to each group.


Are recreational activities/facilities shared among retreat groups?

They are shared, with the exception being that the fire pit can be reserved.


Can I rent out all of Alton Bay Christian Conference Center for a retreat?

Yes (100 person minimum).


What is the maximum group size for a retreat?

A little less than 200 people max in the summer and 150 max in the winter.


What is the minimum/maximum number of nights for an overnight retreat?

We keep things simple: 1 is the minimum number of nights for an overnight group retreat. The maximum number of nights depends on available accommodations (including cottages available for rent) during the retreat. Note that you can come for a retreat for just the day, which is especially handy for organizations (churches, non-profits, etc) and businesses to hold team building activities, planning meetings, etc.


Is food provided? If so, what kind?

Yes, food is provided! All meals are home-cooked and most meals are served family-style.


What about those with food allergies or other dietary needs?

In advance of the retreat, your group will inform us of any food allergies or dietary needs within the group. We do our best to accommodate, so that guests don't have to bring their own food. For example, gluten-free and dairy-free diets can be accommodated.


Can we make our own food?

Except for those staying at Camp Advenchur, groups do not have access to our kitchen. For more details on Camp Advenchur, see the middle of our lodging accommodations page.


Is there a lifeguard on duty at the lake?

During summertime from June through late August, yes. Please contact us for more details.


Are pets (dogs, cats, etc) allowed?

No, but service animals are allowed.


Is alcohol or tobacco allowed?

No.


Do you offer any pre-programmed retreats or facilitated activities?

Coming soon! Please contact us for more details.


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