Frequently Asked Questions

This is a couples only retreat (please leave the kiddos at home) for married couples of all ages. It is designed to be part getaway weekend and part practical instruction seminar on enriching marriage relationships.
The cost is $50/couple, but if you register/pay by January 16 you’ll get the early bird rate of $40. Be sure to register soon!
The Great Smoky Mountain Marriage Retreat was offered free to attendees when it began years ago as a getaway for Jacksonville members. It has outgrown four venues so far, and expenses have increased to the point that the elders felt it was more than one church could handle. By all pitching in a little, we can cover the costs for speakers, conference rooms, and printed material. Neither the Jacksonville church nor any individual makes any money on the retreat.

The retreat is held at the Pigeon Forge Holiday Inn (3230 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868 Front desk: 865.428.2700), and you are responsible for making your own room reservations. You are not required to stay at this Holiday Inn, but it is the most convenient to attend the conference (parking is free for off-site convention attendees).

Room rates for the Holiday Inn are $64.99/weekdays and $88.99/weekend, or $113.99 for a suite. Give Holiday Inn the three-letter code JCC to qualify for the group rate when you make your reservations.

Including registration fee, food, and hotel, most couples can come to the retreat for about $300.

Many go early to enjoy time with each other. The schedule builds in free time to go to the outlets, see a show, explore the beautiful mountains, or enjoy leisure time at the hotel.
This retreat is sponsored by the Jacksonville church of Christ (PO Box 520, Jacksonville, AL 36265), under the oversight of its elders. Allen Webster is the retreat director.
You are not required to stay at the Holiday Inn. You can stay at other area hotels and drive to the Holiday Inn Conference Center each day. Parking is free.

We have negotiated rates with other local hotels. Information can be found below:

Riverstone Resort & Spa
212 Dollywood Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865) 908-0660

  • One bedroom condo- $131/Thursday, $165/Friday and Saturday plus tax per night and one-time cleaning fee of $40
  • Two bedroom/ two bathroom condo- $157 Thursday, $191 Friday, Saturday plus tax per night and a one-time cleaning fee of $60