CJH family getaway 

a time set apart, together

During this global pandemic, we have all been asked to limit our travel and forgo the summer vacations we had planned to reconnect with our families and make special memories together.

Out of this, the CJH Family Getaway program was born. 

This summer, you can still get away and unplug. Enjoy a time set apart, together as a family. 

You will be staying in the comfort of the Swanson Retreat Center. Your room includes 2 queen size beds and a private bathroom. A roll-in, single bed can be provided, if needed. The hospitality center will be available for you during your entire stay.



Check in time: 3pm

Check out time: 2pm



$150 per night for 1-3 people 

($35 per additional person up to 6 people)




Email Dana at DJahn@NLOM.org

Your getaway includes:

  • Continental breakfast delivered to your room

  • Box lunches to enjoy anywhere on the property

  • Family style dinner served in the Dining Hall
    or a Hamburger Cookout

  • Evening campfire with s'mores

  • Craft project with supplies and directions

  • Self-guided devotion

  • Use of the trails

  • Scheduled use of the waterfront
    (fishing and boating)

  • Scavenger hunt

  • Yard games and volleyball


frequently asked


  • How do I pay?

    • We offer a completely contact-less payment and check-in, so we ask that you prepay via PayPal or Venmo. If you’d rather pay by check, you can mail that in. Just let Dana know what you’d prefer when you make your reservation.  

  • How are you keeping my family safe?

    • We will be thoroughly cleaning each room prior to your arrival with products on the CDC’s list of approved cleaners. Our kitchen team is following all restaurant guidelines including masks and gloves, and all plates/cups/cutlery will be disposable. All program materials (crafts, devotions, etc.) will be pre-assembled and left to rest for at least 72 hours before your arrival. Common areas of the Swanson Retreat Center will be cleaned multiple times per day.

  • Do I have to wear a mask?

    • You’ll notice that all of our Guest Services team members will be wearing masks. We request that you would return the favor while interacting with our staff for everyone’s safety (i.e. at check in). While you’re hiking, playing volleyball, and generally enjoying our grounds, we don’t feel they’re necessary unless you’re within 6 feet of others—but you can make the best decision for your family.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    • Pets are not allowed inside our facilities, so we are not able to accommodate pets during your stay with us.

  • What about cancellations & refunds?

    • Full refunds will be provided if health regulations change and we are forced to cancel your getaway, or if a family member develops symptoms prior to arrival. If you or your family have experienced symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, within two weeks of your arrival, Dana is happy to help you reschedule. 

  • Will WiFi be available?

    • It’s up to your family how much you want to unplug. Free WiFi is available in and near all of our buildings on site. We recommend you download the trail map or take a paper map with you on your hikes, as WiFi and cell service aren't guaranteed in the woods. Click to download the trail map PDF here.

  • Are there any other taxes or fees added into my reservation?

    • The CJH Family Getaway is a new program we’re offering this summer. Because we’re providing your family with a menu of activities while you’re here, this is considered a family retreat by our ministry and therefore not subject to additional taxes and fees. We hope you unplug and enjoy your time set apart, together!

Come for a night or stay a week!


27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, NE. 68003


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Carol Joy Holling Conference & Retreat Center is operated by Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM), a non-profit organization.