Coastal Retreat Center



A calm oasis on the Isle of Palms, one of the storied barrier islands strung like beads along the Atlantic coast of the Southeastern U.S., the Coastal Retreat provides Road Scholars with a beach community respite in a center that fosters companionship, renewal and growth. Located in a quiet residential community, the retreat’s tree-shaded acre-and-a-half lot is just 150 yards from the gorgeous beach, and just 15 miles from Historic Charleston‘s moss-draped oaks and period homes. Programs here explore the distinctive culture, history, and architecture of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.


Road Scholars staying at the Coastal Retreat enjoy motel-style rooms, each with a private bathroom (shower only), minifridge and individually controlled heat and air conditioning. The two-story retreat has both stairs and an elevator, with lobby areas for reading, relaxation and conversation on both floors.


During their stay, guests can enjoy the sea breeze on the outdoor covered deck, play games or read in the comfortable lounging area, and spend contemplative moments in the tree-shaded prayer garden. Within walking distance are a grocery store and the shops and eateries of a small commercial center.

Good to Know
  • No TVs in rooms; TV available in upstairs and downstairs lobbies.
  • No phones in rooms; courtesy phone available.
  • Free Wi-Fi available in lobby areas; limited in rooms.


The Retreat Difference  |  The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for light morning exercise, meeting a community member for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more. 

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