“You feel like you’re really far away from everything, and yet, you’re still in the middle of the Napa and Sonoma valleys,” says Joanne Yates, president of Sonoma County nonprofit 4PAWS, “Everybody is so polite and kind and helpful, I can’t imagine a better place to be.” She’s talking about Enchanted Hills Retreat, where in addition to hosting a summer camp for the blind more than 60 years running, we also rent the property for private events, weddings and professional retreats year-round.
Hiking up Mt. Veeder with all of their dogs in tow or relaxing in the evenings with storytelling around the big fire pit, Yates says that her and nearly thirty others found the 4PAWS retreat at Enchanted Hills not only entirely peaceful, but perfectly stimulating. “There’s so much to do there, so much walking and hanging out — you really don’t have time to do everything! The first time we went for two days and everyone said it wasn’t long enough.”
Enchanted Hills books up quickly, but is still available for many days during the week, and remains an affordable option for single-day retreats, accommodating up to 120 people. For those who want to keep one foot in society, there’s also a brand new wireless antennae delivering broadband to the property — though once the pool opens up, you certainly won’t have much time for email. And don’t forget the food, which Yates calls “spectacular.”
Retreating to Enchanted Hills two years in a row, Yates says it was such a success, her staff was hooked. “People keep asking, when are we going to do the next one?”
For more information and availability, call (415) 694-7310 or visit www.enchantedhillsretreat.com.