Location & Recreation
Nestled among the trees at the foot of Great North Mountain is the small community of Orkney Springs. Since the days when guests came to the elegant and historic Orkney Springs hotel to take advantage of the healthful springs, the town has been a vacation getaway. Well-known to music lovers, Orkney Springs is also home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
Since the 1920’s the hotel and surrounding facilities have been owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center is truly a “place apart,” where families can enjoy the charm of days past, along with many modern amenities. On a typical early evening at Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp, you will find people rehearsing or jamming together, others playing chess or reading on their porch, and children playing sports or hunting for salamanders in the pond.
There are many recreational opportunities at Shrine Mont. One of the highlights is the large outdoor swimming pool, that has a gradual entry and fountains for young children, as well as lap lanes. Some families enjoy hiking or biking on the many miles of trails- enjoying the stunning views from the top of Great North Mountain. Other facilities include tennis courts, basketball courts, playing fields, and a small pond for fishing. We also offer free yoga and exercise classes by a certified fitness instructor every morning before breakfast.
Inside the elegant four-story hotel are parlors and classrooms, a lobby with chairs and tables for working or playing a quiet game, a grand ballroom for concerts and large ensemble rehearsals, gift shop, and dining room.
Families are housed in the historical Maryland House, Pennsylvania House and nearby cottages, which are a short walking distance to the hotel classrooms and dining. The simple but comfortable rooms have antique dressers, private baths with showers, and the porches provide wonderful spaces for enjoying the outdoors.
Evening activities bring our camp community together for student and faculty concerts, traditional music & dance night, family talent show, and campfire & music on the last night. Nearby attractions include Lake Laura, Bryce Ski Resort, Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, and historic New Market.