Weekend on the Bay…A Couples Getaway! - Nov 4-6, 2016

A fall weekend at Sandy Cove is the perfect time for a couples getaway!

Spend time together – laughing, talking, resting – getting to know each other all over again.

Couples selfie

Plan a romantic weekend away from your normal hectic lives to escape and unwind together.

Weekend on the Bay

A Couples Getaway

Weekend getaway


Schedule subject to change

4:00 pm Registration & Check in
5:30 Dinner
7:30 Session 1
Worship & Teaching
Spaghetti Time
(sounds weird,
but we’ll explain)
9:00 Snack Break

8:30 am Breakfast
9:30 Session 2
Worship & Teaching
Spaghetti Time
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Session 3
Worship & Teaching
Spaghetti Time
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 Free Time
5:30 Dinner Buffet
7:00 Concert
8:30 Snack Break

8:30 am Breakfast
10:00 Session 4
Worship & Teaching
Spaghetti Time
12:00 pm Lunch

Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!

What they're saying...

“Being away from work, household problems, and daily schedules allowed us to sense the quiet and freedom to be us.” -Ryland, Colmar, PA

“Just pulling onto the grounds is a blessing!” -Yvonne, Bellmawr, NJ

“This place is awesome. The environment and kindness of everyone – you really feel connected with God!” -George, Franklinville, NJ

“We laughed all weekend! With young kids it’s hard to plan weekends away. Everyone needs this in every year of marriage.” -Erica, Wilmington, DE

“Very relaxing atmosphere. Beautifully kept grounds and room. Love was everywhere.” -Elvin, Lancaster, PA

“This weekend of marriage retreat has brought my husband and I much closer in spiritual and family togetherness.” -Linda, Parlin, NJ

“My husband and I were able to connect and pray in a much needed time in our lives.” -Lisa, Elkton, MD

“It was great teaching and a wonderful time to connect with my wife!” Jourdan

“My husband and I shared great time together…laughing, playing, learning and resting.” Amy, Springfield, VA

“We laughed so much! It was an amazing weekend.” Valerie, Pasadena, MD

“Gave us both time and tools to better connect to each other and God.” Kelly, Forest Hill, MD

“We were able to slow down and put things on a backburner to enjoy being together, playing together and getting some rest amidst the beauty of God’s beautiful creation.” Gwen, Oxford, PA

“God laid several things on my heart and opened my eyes to some blind spots holding back my marriage.” James, Middletown, DE

Special Guests

Gordon and Gail MacDonald

Gordon and Gail will share the highs and the lows, the challenges and the joys, the laughter and the tears of over 50 years of marriage and ministry.

Gordon and Gail are known around the world for their deep love for God’s word, His heart for the world, and His design for marriage. They have raised two children, now adults, and have poured into their grandchildren what it means to live life fully as Christ followers.

Gordon MacDonald was named Chancellor of Denver Seminary in 2011. He served as interim president of Denver Seminary (2008-2009). He is an author, speaker, and teacher. He was a pastor for more than forty years, most recently the senior minister at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. When he stepped down from that position, the Grace Chapel congregation honored him with the title, Pastor Emeritus. Other pastorates were in New York City, Southern Illinois and Kansas. For three years MacDonald was president of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Gordon has written more than a dozen books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best known book has been “Ordering Your Private World” which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. There are almost a million and a half copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen or more languages. Among his other books are “A Resilient Lfe,” and “Who Stole My Church?” which was a nominee for the Gold Medallion award and also won Christianity Today’s recognition as book of the year in the church category.

Gail MacDonald is an author, speaker and counselor to women who live with leadership responsibility. Gail usually speaks to the issues of human relationships, spiritual disciplines, and leadership dynamics. Born in Illinois and educated at the University of Denver, Gail has spent over fifty years alongside of her husband who was the pastor of four congregations. The first church the MacDonalds led was located in the prairies of Western Kansas (ranching country) where they lived seven miles from the nearest paved road and twenty-five miles from the nearest town. The MacDonalds have lived in suburban America, (their longest ministry in Lexington, Massachusetts), as well as the heart of New York City where–far from the “wild west”– they experienced urban life at its best. In the past years Gail MacDonald has spoken for Focus on the Family at their pastor’s wives conferences across America. She is highly involved with faculty and student women at Denver Seminary. She also spends time in consultation with women in Christian leadership who are seeking encouragement and spiritual direction. Her books include “In His Everlasting Arms”, “The Heart of the Master” and “High Call: High Privilege”.

The MacDonalds live on an old farm they call Peace Ledge near Concord, N.H. Their greatest enjoyment is in their two married children and five grandchildren. Beyond that the MacDonalds are hikers, bikers, skiers, and voracious readers.


No rate increase for 2016!

Rates are per couple and include two nights lodging, six meals, snacks, program and activities.

Chesapeake Lodge
$498 per couple

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

Looking for a slightly different Retreat? Try our campground!
Log Cabins are open all year.
Log Cabin Rates: $498 per couple

Financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available.

Modest swimsuits are required…baggy trunks for guys, one-piece for girls of all ages!

10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.

This is a Child Free Event. We love babies and children and we know you do too! But “Child Free Events” are your opportunity to be free from some of your normal daily responsibilities. It also provides a distraction free time for everyone to focus on the spiritual purpose of the event. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.