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advent family getaway 

a time set apart, together

Advent is a season of expectation and waiting. Spend time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life making memories together as a family. 

Spend a day, a weekend, or more (you choose!) and enjoy the Carol Joy Holling Center as a winter wonderland. 

The Advent Family Getaway will be available Thursdays through Sundays, November 28 through December 20. 

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.

Queen Room



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

Your getaway includes:

  • Continental breakfast delivered to your room

  • Box lunches to enjoy anywhere on the property

  • Family style dinner delivered to your room

  • Evening campfire with s'mores

  • Craft project with supplies and directions

  • Family Bible study

  • Use of the trails

  • Board games & puzzles

  • Fishing at Crystal Springs Lake

  • Sledding (weather permitting)

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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. All program materials (crafts, devotions, etc.) will be pre-assembled and left in your room 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, fishing, 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. If anyone in your family experiences symptoms or is 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 Advent Family Getaway is a new family program we’re offering this year. 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!

"It was such a wonderful quick getaway. We have been stuck at home for what feels like forever and stepping onto the campgrounds, hiking the trails, spending time away from TV and phones, and being together as a family under a different roof was so needed! We felt covid-safe the entire time and the food was delicious! It was so great to experience camp in a new way with my family!"

–Kelsey Ellis

Come for a night or stay the weekend!

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