Kanuga Summer Guest Period

Retreats with Programming and Meals
July 3-August 18, 2021


Welcome Home!
Kanuga President & CEO Michael Sullivan shares a welcome message in this video.

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It’s time to unplug. Trade in your sofa for a porch swing, your television for a good book, and your ipad games for a day swimming in the lake. Kanuga is a place where the fireplaces burn real wood, and a symphony of katydids under the stars provides a full evening of entertainment.

Mountain-lovers have enjoyed Kanuga Guest Period retreats as a fun escape to the cooler Blue Ridge climate for more than 90 years. Offered at various times during the year, each Guest Period has its own unique character and program. During July & August Guest Period 2021—a transition season as we evolve out of the pandemic—Kanuga welcomes you for cottage, guest house, and inn stays with meals as well as children’s activities, arts & crafts, and other fun programs.

*Please note that while we have not yet released guest period weeks six and seven for public bookings, they have not been cancelled. There is very limited availability for these weeks (August 7-14 and August 14-18). Please contact us directly if you would like to check availability during that time: reservations@kanuga.org.


July 27, 2021 Kanuga is committed to providing guests and staff with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. To play our part in curtailing a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, all Kanuga staff will wear face coverings and practice social distancing when in guest facing/contact indoor service areas.

In accordance with CDC guidelines and new data informing their latest guidance (07-27-21), all guests (vaccinated or not) should plan to wear face coverings when inside and unable to practice social distancing. This is to protect young children and others who are unable to be vaccinated as well as those among us who are immunocompromised. This guidance is also designed to protect the vaccinated from break-through infection. Please wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently. (Health and safety protocols are subject to change.)

Reserve a Guest Cottage, Guest House, or room in Kanuga Lake Inn. Each historic cottage or guest house features a porch, living room with fireplace, and plenty of charm. Accommodations range in size from one to six bedrooms and each is equipped with a mini-refrigerator and microwave. Per-night rates vary depending on the number of bedrooms and cottage amenities. Kanuga Lake Inn, situated next to the main Lodge and renovated in 2016, offers comfortable, hotel-style rooms with air conditioning and an elevator. Each floor has a communal balcony overlooking the lake.

Firewood for your guest cottage or guest house is available from The Store at Kanuga for purchase in bundles. 

Please observe Kanuga Quiet Time from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. 

Check-in: 4-6 p.m. (check-in after 7 p.m. requires pre-arrangement)
Check-out: 10 a.m.


Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided. Daily housekeeping is not provided, but additional towels and linens are available.

Examples of why a deposit would not be refunded may include:

  • Ruined towels
  • Dog messes (accidents, excessive hair, damage to property, etc.)
  • Furniture being rearranged
  • Arts and crafts (such as clay, play dough, paint) left on floors or porches
  • Excessive trash or dirt
  • Furniture taken from other buildings on campus, etc.

The deposit may also be utilized to offset additional labor hours needed if established check-out times are not honored.

We plan to offer both dine-in and takeaway options with extended meal times and a served buffet. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To assist with social distancing and staffing challenges, meals are offered in 1.5-hour blocks.


BREAKFAST  7:30-9 a.m.

LUNCH  11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

SUPPER  5:30-7 p.m.

Due to more stringent local and state requirements, we apologize that no outside food can be brought into public spaces. Current code requirements no longer allow non-catered food items to be used for receptions or family events in spaces such as the Fireplace Lounge, the Pavilion, end terraces at the Inn, dining rooms, etc. This regulatory change does not affect your room or cottage. In addition, the NC Bureau of Alcohol will not allow privately furnished alcohol to be used in any public space.  With the exception of your room or cottage, only beverages purchased from Kanuga in the location in which they are sold can be consumed. We appreciate your understanding in helping us with this policy. Should Kanuga not enforce it, we imperil the entire food and beverage operation as well as our ABC permit. Food and beverage choices at Fleming’s have been greatly enhanced and our team stands ready to help cater any functions you might need while here with family and friends. 

We plan to offer the following, pending staffing considerations and continued relaxations/restrictions in the state of North Carolina. The hospitality industry nationwide is suffering from an extremely tight job market, and Kanuga is no exception.

Children’s Program: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday, for nursery (0-3) and ages 4-12. ($20/day nursery fee)

Arts & Crafts: We are making arrangements with our crafters for some of our favorite session leaders to return. If we are still limited by social distancing requirements, there may be daily limits on the class size, depending on the space. Leaders include Julie Bagamary (textiles), Kent Ellison (woodcarving), and Miriam Hughes (painting).

Waterfront Hours (subject to change):

BOATING & SWIMMING  10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Evening Boating  We apologize that we are unable to offer evening boating due to staffing issues.

Dam Swims, weather permitting:
Monday-Friday 5 p.m. / Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. 
You will be required to sign a waiver at the Waterfront.

Please, no coolers at the Waterfront.

Please note that swimming and boating are available only to Kanuga’s overnight guests.

Evening Program: A variety of fun events for all! The schedule includes square dancing, the adult 5K and children’s fun run, a welcoming “nibble and sip,” tennis and pickleball competitions, archery, cornhole, yoga, bingo, and karaoke. (But please remember that all of this is subject to our staffing capabilities!). Guest Period 1: We are planning for a picnic lunch and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.

Worship: Sunday morning worship and Compline will be offered in various locations in the Chapel and outside. Each week will welcome its own Chaplain. This summer’s organist is Larry Blackman from Greenville, South Carolina.

Many additional activities are included with your reservation, including hiking on our 20 miles of trails, waterfront swimming and boating, personal worship on your own in Chapel of the Transfiguration, tennis, basketball, and fishing (catch and release). Your favorite spaces, like the rocking chair porch and Daisy’s Lake Trail, await your visit. The Library and Fireplace Lounge in the main lodge are also open, as well as the indoor gym.

Ride Kanuga mountain bike park, featuring world-class downhill trails, is now open. Visit RideKanuga.com to book your mountain biking experience.

In addition, Hendersonville and the western North Carolina region have much to offer, including outdoor adventures, music, cider, beer, and wine tastings, shopping, and dining.

Once on site, you will receive a printed copy of  The Bugle to share with those in your accommodation. The Bugle provides a schedule for the week and other helpful information about your visit.

Use the link below to find out what to bring to make the most of your visit. 


Please note that Kanuga quiet hours are between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

No pets (with the exception of service dogs) are permitted at Kanuga July 1-August 20, 2021.

–A non-refundable administrative fee— $250 (inn rooms) / $500 (cottages/guest houses) – will be calculated automatically
–Payment for meals, activities, security deposit, and cleaning will be calculated automatically. Pricing for meals and activities is based on accommodations size rather than the number of guests.

SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL:  Payment for the remainder of lodging will be scheduled for seven days prior to your arrival.

If a reservation is cancelled more than 60 days prior to check-in, the non-refundable administrative fee will be retained, and all other payments refunded.  Cancellations made 30-59 days prior to check-in will forfeit 50% of all charges (less security deposit).  Cancellations within 30 days will forfeit all payments (less security deposit).