Planning a Florida Retreat? Don’t Miss This Hidden Gem

A man and a woman enjoying a picnic by a river

Picture this: You’re standing in a peaceful setting, inhaling the scent of pine as you warm your hands over a gently crackling fire. Behind you, the rest of your group laughs and enjoys each other’s company, settling into their comfortable cabin lodgings. You feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but you’re just a few minutes’ drive from a grocery store, post office and other amenities.  It’s the perfect Florida retreat. 

Good news: This little slice of heaven isn’t just imaginary – it’s the Advent Christian Village Conference & Retreat Center. 

Situated about 20 miles west of Live Oak, our Florida retreat is easily accessible from Jacksonville, Gainesville and Tallahassee. It’s small enough to feel cozy but big enough to host your family reunion, work retreat, wedding, youth camp or other event.  

Whether you prefer the luxury of a private hotel room in the Village Lodge, staying together in an intimate group setting at a guest cottage or relaxing in a cabin at Camp Suwannee, here’s everything this hidden gem of a Florida retreat center offers. 

Why Live Oak? 

Between the towering pines, flora and fauna, Suwanee River and the largest collection of natural springs in the world, Live Oak feels like a breath of fresh air. Guests enjoy a brief pause from the hustle and bustle of daily life, in a space that allows them to slow down and connect with each other. 

Work Hard 

Need space to meet, work, brainstorm and learn during your event? ACV’s Conference & Retreat Center offers nearly 25,000 feet of meeting space. No matter if you’re planning a business meeting, lecture or conference with break-out sessions, our friendly staff will ensure you have what you need every step of the way. 

You can take advantage of various gathering spaces, including conference rooms and a large outdoor amphitheater. We accommodate groups of almost any size, from intimate one-on-one meetings to large, 400-person gatherings. 

Play Hard 

If your group is looking to connect, have fun and create memories during your event, we offer several exciting (and memorable) team activities, including: 

  • Ropes Course 
  • Canoeing and Kayaking  
  • Boat Trips Down the Suwanee 
  • Activities for Kids 

Each of these activities is designed to bring participants together – young and old – to make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Lodging Options 

Part of the stress of planning a group event is finding accommodations for everyone – and we can help. The ACV Conference & Retreat Center has options for various party sizes and needs, including: 

    • 24 Lodge Rooms (Standard and Deluxe) 
    • One Deluxe Suite 
  • RV Sites – Peace & Flexibility  
    • Two 50-AMP Sites 
    • Thirteen 30-AMP Sites 
    • Two Nine-Bedroom/Eight-Bathroom Cottages 
    • One Five-Bedroom/Five-Bathroom Cottage 

Happy Campers 

Camp Suwannee is a handicap-accessible, year-round campground situated on the banks of the Suwannee River. It sits in a secluded corner of the campus of Advent Christian Village, where the Camp’s natural surroundings and rustic facilities provide the perfect setting for your event. 

Camp Suwannee is designed to meet the needs of large and small groups with a maximum capacity of 160. This includes lodging, meeting spaces and activities. 

Camp Suwannee Campground Rental Facilities Include: 

  • Five air-conditioned lodges and cabins. 
  • Meeting room for group gatherings or breakout sessions. 
  • Dining room with large kitchen. 
  • Large gymnasium-style building with stage. 
  • Large outdoor fire pit gathering area. 

Book Your North Florida Retreat Today 

When you book your event at the Advent Christian Village Conference & Retreat Center, you’re getting more than just a place to stay. You’re booking an experience – a moment of escape into a community based on small-town values, where quality, charm and hospitality greet you at every turn. Plan your event today. 

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