Welcome to Private 300 Acre
Mountain & Wildlife Retreat!


A unique haven of pristine wilderness beauty in the Appalachian Mountains of northeastern Tennessee. 
Sugar Hollow Retreat is an Inn and conference center nestled on a 300-acre nature preserve overlooking Watauga Lake where North Carolina meets Tennessee.  Sugar Hollow offers delightful accommodations for weddings, family reunions, business retreats, church groups and individuals.  




WeddingWire Sugar Hollow Retreat Reviews, Best Wedding Venues in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tri-Cities - 2015 Couples' Choice Award Winner

Call 800-957-1776 to make reservations or email us!

The Lodge

The Lodge

Mountain Lodge

10 individual guest rooms, kitchen, dining room, lounge areas with fireplace and coffee bar.

Four Guest Houses

Four Guest Houses

4 Guest Houses 

The Hemlock House, The Chestnut Farmhouse, The Cherokee House, and The Sequoia Cottage.

The Overmountain Conference Center

The Overmountain Conference Center

Conference Center 

1,200 square-foot conference facility with audio/video equipment, bathrooms, three private showers, & a kitchenette.

The Whitetail Stage

The Whitetail Stage


Outdoor venue with electricity & seating for up to 600 people. Local musicians available for hire.

The Watauga Lake Overlook

The Watauga Lake Overlook

Observation Deck 

Sit and relax in comfortable rocking chairs while viewing Watauga Lake.

Nine Miles of Hiking Trails

Nine Miles of Hiking Trails

On Site Activities 

A large network of trails, disc golf, volleyball court, horshoe pit, and fire pit.



Sugar Mountain - A Ski-Filled Holiday!

Tucked into the heart of the Pisgah National Forest, Sugar Mountain offers excitement and magical snow-filled fun for guests of all ages. This small town offers a large variety of activities including snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating.

Beech Mountain - A Skiing Adventure for All!

Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Beech Mountain Resort offers a snow filled winter season, bringing joy and laughter to people of all ages. At 5,506 feet, the resort is the highest ski area in the Eastern United States. Beech Mountain Resort consists of 95 skiable acres and all 10 lifts run at 9,300 skiers per hour, giving skiers access to 16 trails.

Christmas in the Hollow

What Our Guests Are Saying


I stayed there for a weekend and attended my cousins beautiful wedding spending time with all of our family was a great bonus

Mary-Rachel Pray

 SHR is absolutely breathtaking, even on rainy days! Marty and Jim were wonderful in helping us plan and celebrate our wedding in July. It couldn't have been more perfect!!

Meagan Ashby Carey

So cozy and spacious! Perfect place for a snowy retreat!

Jen Lysak, Lakeland, FL

THE best place for a wedding! Thank you Sugar Hollow!

Leigh Marie Pearigen, Charlotte, NC

Everybody should check out Sugar Hollow!! It is sooo beautiful and just right for every family, couple, or group of friends looking for a great get-away spot!! Something for everyone here!

Laura Ashley Mintz, Greensboro, NC

Nothing our friends told us about Sugar Hollow Retreat prepared us for what has been created, A WONDERFUL GET-AWAY PLACE. From the Lodge to the houses to the conference center, every detail has been thought of. It is an AMAZING spot!


Placide & Andy Barada of Durham, NC

What an awesome adventure! Wonderful accommodations, fantastic views, and incredible camaraderie, an experience Sandra and I will never forget.

Bill & Sandra Brown - Raleigh, NC

I don't think I ever felt quite as "at peace" as I did in this wonderful place. And Surry is a very special person. If you haven't already, you should try it.

Ben Utley, Spain

If I were going to get married, I'd come to Sugar Hollow!

Julia Manyak 

Ahhhh...Sugar Hollow! I so look forward to returning to your sweet embrace! I miss the rocking-chair mornings: gazing out across the grassy meadow into the forest beyond...watching the prance & play of deer, turkeys, quail, fascinating bird-life aplenty, a big black...was that a bear? I miss the scrumptious southern breakfasts in the beautiful lodge. I miss the comfortable rooms...made even more comfortable by the warmth of the real wood furnishings & the soothing night sounds of the surrounding forest. I miss the rollickin' Bluegrass music in the Sugar Hollow amphitheater. I miss the volleyball & croquet in the meadow. I miss the treks through the woodlands on the property and nearby trails. I miss the towns nearby with all one needs and especially well-suited to those like me who want to get away from the big city when off on retreat. I miss the good folks and the fabulous yarns. Ahhh...Sugar Hollow...I miss you! I'll be back!"  

Thom Harrison of Sausalito, California

"After seeing the facilities and meeting the staff of this Retreat it is hard to imagine that your experience could be anything other than... Amazing!"

Pat Johns - Watauga Lake Magazine




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