Hotel check-in is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bethea Welcome Center which is on your left as you enter the conference center at the main entrance on N. Lakeshore Drive. If arriving after 5:00 p.m., you will need to check in at the Lambuth Inn front desk.
After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the hotel lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name tag (sent previously).
In the hotel dining room, the dinner buffet offers choices of two meat entrees, two vegetables, a starch option, salad bar and varied desserts, including sugar-free and gluten-free options. The salad bar and buffet options are plentiful but consist of conference-center fare. Beverage choices of coffee, hot and iced tea, water, lemonade. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountains of western North Carolina.
Orientation: 6:45 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our programming at Retreat locations includes opportunities for light morning exercise, interaction with members of the local community, a farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, and evening entertainment. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After orientation, we'll have an evening social to get to know one another.