Thanksgiving Retreats

Celebrating Our Many Blessings


November 24-29, 2020

Share Thanksgiving with family and friends among the pines at Kanuga this year. With your cozy historic cottage as home base, hike 20 miles of trails, paddle the 30-acre lake, take a downhill run on Ride Kanuga mountain bike trails, rock on the porch with a good book, enjoy cocoa by your cottage fire. And get ready to EAT! Kanuga has partnered with a talented guest chef to provide three mouthwatering meals a day during your visit, and a super-special Thanksgiving Day spread with all your holiday favorites. 

Please note that we are pleased to offer reduced rates to members of the clergy, military, and hurricane evacuees. Select from the Book Now dropdown at checkout.

There is a 3-night minimum for Thanksgiving retreats.

Please refer to the most up-to-date version of our guest health and safety covenant here. This detailed chart provides a snapshot of which Kanuga services are anticipated to open during the phases of NC’s reopening.

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

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 are equipped with a mini-refrigerator and microwave. Per night rates vary depending on the number of bedrooms and cottage amenities. Three-night minimum stay.

The recently remodeled Inn is a lodge-style accommodation with individual rooms, each with a private bath; most rooms also have patios or balconies. Every floor features a spacious fireplace lounge. Kanuga Lake Inn overlooks the lake, and is adjacent to Kanuga Lake Lodge, the rocking chair porch, and dining rooms.

–Tent camp sites include a fire ring and picnic table. No running water. 
–A-frame camp sites include a fire ring and two large wooden sleeping shelters. No running water.
–Please be sure to pack out your trash from the site and surrounding area. #leavenotrace

Hike-in camp sites: fire ring and flat ground for tents, surrounded by trees for hammocks *note: no bathrooms or potable water. Please be sure to pack out your trash from the site and surrounding area. #leavenotrace

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


YES! There will be KANUGA TOAST! Meals, included in your rate at check-out,* are prepared daily by our special guest chef in the Kanuga kitchens for all guests staying in guest cottages, guest houses, and Kanuga Lake Inn. Meals are all-inclusive and include three meals a day, beginning with dinner on arrival day and ending with a boxed lunch on departure day.

The Thanksgiving week menu features an incredible assortment of FRESH, DELICIOUS meals served by staff buffet-style. On Thanksgiving Day, prepare for a feast at 12 p.m. and (of course!) turkey sands for supper.

Thanksgiving Day Feast Menu

Thanks to a relaxing of statewide dining restrictions, we plan to accommodate a limited number of guests for inside dining in Dietz Dining Room. There are also many lovely outside spaces for dining, as well as on your porch or in your cottage or room.

*Booking Note: You must include an accurate head count (excluding children under three) when booking reservations.

Kanuga Market offers pick-up snacks, soft drinks, beer, and wine, as well as Kanuga store items such as shirts, mugs, bow ties, stickers, and much more.

Meals are not available to camp guests, so plan to bring your own food and drink. Camp stoves and grills are allowed, and must be kept and used outside of your cabin. Don’t forget to bring plates, eating utensils, and picnic baskets. Campfires are allowed in established fire pits only; firewood may be purchased when you make your reservation, or by calling our front desk to arrange for delivery. No running water.

Many activities are included with your reservation, including nature hikes and walking trails, personal outdoor worship, personal worship on your own in Chapel of the Transfiguration, tennis, and basketball. Bring your kayak or canoe, personal flotation device, and paddles for fun on the lake (waiver required, no paddle boards). Your favorite spaces, like the rocking chair porch and Daisy’s Lake Trail await your visit this fall. The Library and Fireplace Lounge in the main lodge are also open, as well as the indoor gym.

All guests are invited to attend our Thanksgiving Day outdoor worship led by The Rev. Michael Sullivan.

Guided Morning Hike: Led by a naturalist, November 27 and 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. by reservation, free
Join Kanuga staff on a naturalist hike around the lake as we look for wildlife, wild edibles, discuss the natural history of the area, and spend time in thanksgiving for the creation that surrounds us. Please arrive ready to layer clothes for comfort, and with a water bottle and closed toe shoes.  While our walk will not be strenuous, expect to be outside and on root-covered trails for the allotted time.

Kanuga Gardeners
: Facilitated by a naturalist, 
November 27 and 28, 1-3-hour shifts helping us put the Kanuga garden to bed for the season, 2-5 p.m. by reservation, limited to ten guests per shift, free. Get your hands dirty and help us prepare for next year’s bounty! We will work in the Foster Educational Garden “putting the garden to bed” for the winter.  Sign up for an hour, or stay for all three as we apply leaf mulch, pull weeds, feed the compost, and do other odds and ends to help us get ready for the next season. Feel free to bring your own gloves or gardening tools if you’d like! Meet at The Foster Educational Garden at Bob Campbell Youth Campus.

Stargazing on Your Own: Bring your quilt or lawn chairs for stargazing in the big field by the lake.

New! Ride Kanuga mountain bike park, featuring 15 miles of world-class trails for all ages and skill levels, is open. Designed by world-champion Neko Mulally, the new trails have no impact on Kanuga guest hiking and, most importantly, were constructed in compliance with our Forestry Stewardship Plan. Visit to book your mountain biking experience.

Bed linens and towels are provided; please bring your own pillow. Daily housekeeping is not provided, but additional towels and linens are available.

A $150 housekeeping deposit is applied at booking, and if your accommodations are left in good condition, refunded. Examples of why a deposit would not be refunded include furniture being rearranged, arts and crafts (such as clay, playdough, paint) left on floors or porches, excessive trash or dirt, furniture taken from other buildings on campus, etc. This deposit may also be utilized to offset additional labor hours needed if established check-out times are not honored.

Please be sure to pack out your trash from the site and surrounding area. #leavenotrace

  • There is a $15 groundskeeping fee for campsites.


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

Note: These are the check-in/check-out times required for us to operate safely during the pandemic, but should you arrive early, please let us know. You are welcome to enjoy the property until your lodging is ready.

Kanuga Market—located in the conference center’s main lodge—features all of your favorite Kanuga apparel, caps, coffee mugs, artwork, and more. It’s also where you’ll find wine, beer, and snacks. Check your reservation details for Kanuga Market hours.

Use the links to find out what to bring to make the most of your visit. (Note: During the pandemic, guests bring their own pillows!)



Please note that Kanuga quiet hours are between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.

For Thanksgiving week, we welcome guests with well-mannered dogs that meet our health and safety guidelines. Specific behavioral policies and additional fees apply. Please use this form to thoughtfully plan your visit to Kanuga with canine friends. Be sure to check “Pets” in your booking search to find the cottages that do accommodate pets. Kanuga Lake Inn: no pets