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...

“The speakers brought up very relevant topics that allowed me to look into my marriage and have meaningful discussions with my spouse.” -John, Catonsville, MD

“The worship and teaching really centered on growing together in our relationships with each other and Christ. Such a tranquil setting too.” -Scott, Mechanicsburg, PA

“My husband and I were able to reconnect and have some much needed crucial conversations that will strengthen our marriage.” -Kathy, Milford, DE

“Good worship, good speakers and topics – bibically based. Scriptures on walls. Beautiful location and grounds. Friendly people. Plenty of time to connect with my spouse.” -Lissa, Laurel, MD

“Thank you for the opportunity to allow my husband and I a weekend to ourselves to reconnect and reflect on our many blessings and things the Lord might have us to work on.” -Megan, Honesdale, PA

“You can feel the Spirit here. I think the founder would be overjoyed to see his dream fulfilled.” -Donnie, Bear, DE

“After almost nine years of marriage, we enjoy our time here at Sandy Cove. Our first time here was six years ago. The tools we learn here are invaluable to our marriage.” -Daniel, Gardners, PA

“We had an amazing time. This was our first weekend away in years. It was awesome to reconnect with each other and God this weekend.” -Pamela, Lincoln, DE

“This weekend gave us some tools and insight about our marriage. How to grow and become more like Jesus!” -Debbie, Perry Hall, MD

“Great, inspiring worship. Times for quiet reflection. Places to be alone in God’s presence.” -Dale, Newburg, PA

“The speakers spoke to our hearts and to our relationship. They gave real world examples on how to improve our marriage.” -Kip, North Beach, MD

“Listening to the speakers and other couples helped us renew our faith in God and each other. Taught us how to put Christ first.” -Candy, North East, MD

“Gave time to be alone with my wife to enjoy each other.” -Michael, Westminster, MD

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.