“I could not be happier with Capital Retreat Center. The host staff is so helpful, kind, and understanding, and they are really great at what they do! The Nesiya Lodge is perfect for our yearly retreat, and we appreciate having a ballroom and two breakout rooms as part of our rental. The common lounge space is a wonderful meeting place for our families as well. The dining hall is close and accessible and provides a wonderful place for us to share good meals together! As always, the kitchen staff is well prepared and helpful.

Our participants can’t get enough of the snacks you provide us around the clock! It is so helpful for us to have access to fruit, chips, and especially coffee and tea at all times. That is not a common practice at retreat centers and we VERY MUCH appreciate that you keep snacks out for your guests. Our specially ordered fruit tray for our evening activity was beautifully prepared and delicious as well. Meals were as ordered, hot and tasty, and there was plenty to feed our whole group. We especially love the breakfast and salad bar that is set out at every meal.

Our host staff are some of my favorite people on earth. Sheryl and Carlos worked especially close with us and they are real rock stars. They really, consistently, go above and beyond, and always with an air of calmness, kindness, and positivity! I can’t imagine better hosts to work with while I’m running a retreat and I’m so grateful to them!

Booking with you is always a pleasure! It’s hard to keep up with how fast the Nesiya Lodge books up but it is always worth it in the end as our participants love those spaces. Richard is very pleasant to work with and I’m particularly grateful for the timely reminder emails he sends when we need to send along things like deposits, insurance forms, etc.

I hear from all of my participant families how much they love the space Capital Retreat Center provides and they are always thrilled when we get to host our events in the Nesiya Lodge. I just can’t say enough nice things about the host staff we worked with and the wonderful facilities at Capital Retreat Center!”

Temple Emanuel

“The meeting room was a great fit for our group’s size. The projector and screen worked well and having a walkie-talkie in the room to reach someone was very helpful. The sleeping rooms were fine and it was great there was an individual heater in each room. Megan in the dining hall was fantastic. She was super helpful and made sure everything was set up on time and everything was cleaned up immediately.

Sheryl in Guest Services was great! She was always on top of everything leading up to the event. I could always reach her either by phone or email. She was super friendly and I felt I was in good hands. It was a great transition from Sheryl to Carlos. Carlos was very helpful, helped with anything we needed and checked on us at all times.

Richard in sales was great as well. He reached out to me about making sure we got the contract in on time, which was great because I was planning another large event and was distracted.”


“The accommodations, meeting rooms and overall facility were great!  Capital Retreat Center is a very beautiful and restful place. Food was good, meal service was timely and plentiful, daily refreshments were wonderful and coffee stations were life giving, evening snacks were great, breakfast, lunch and dinner were good.  Guest Service support was phenomenal – very responsive, reliable and helpful. Please work with us again to enable us to return next year.”

Grace Meridian Hill Church

“The food was fantastic and the staff was wonderful. We truly appreciate the time we had to spend together and unwind from our normally stressful lives.”

Washington Township Police Department

“The staff was above and beyond wonderful. Our entire team applauded the food, service and activities. Our experience was enhanced by being in such a beautiful setting.”

Jewish Federations of North America

“The service was a ‘10.’  Room accommodations were all well beyond what we expected and all technology was available and easily utilized.”

North American Federation of Temple Youth

“We were looking for an experience beyond meeting rooms, beds and food and we certainly found it at Capital Retreat Center. The food was excellent and the rooms clean and comfortable.”

Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning

“First and foremost the food was amazing. The accommodations were great, the meeting room was perfect for our needs, and your staff was more than helpful.”

Foundation for Jewish Studies

“It is a pleasure to tell you about the wonderful experience we had in planning and carrying out our 9th Annual Woman’s Retreat at Capital Retreat Center.

Meeting with Richard Weinstock in my office set the tone for understanding and cooperation between our agencies. He is warm, kind and flexible which made it so easy to work with him. Sheryl Stepp in Guest Services and I had many conversations prior to our arrival and she was attentive to our group’s needs, following through on all of them. She welcomed us warmly and along with her staff, made sure that everything went smoothly. The kitchen staff in the dining room added to the overall warmth we experienced during the entire retreat.

From the minute we arrived on Friday afternoon until we left on Sunday afternoon, all of us felt so comfortable and at home. This is the atmosphere we hope for at retreat and we were not disappointed.  Thank you to everyone adding to the success of our Shabbaton. I look forward to bringing many groups to Capital Retreat Center in the future.”

Leo & Anna Smilow Center for Jewish Living and Learning

“We all want to thank you for an awesome experience for our National Young Leadership Cabinet Vice Chairs Retreat. The Capital Retreat Center staff was amazing – Sheryl was above and beyond wonderful – our entire team applauded your food, service and activities. Our experience was enhanced by being in your beautiful setting and by the exceptional service your team provided. We are very grateful to you all.”

The Jewish Federations of North America

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank you so much for all you did to help make our Winter Kallah at Capital Retreat Center a huge success!

Not only was everything setup even better than we could have imagined, but your staff was nothing but helpful, supportive, and very, very patient! Every detail was taken care of, and they were flexible, engaging, and really added a lot to the nature of the event. Sheryl was also a phenomenal resource, and really made the whole process easy and enjoyable.”

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY-MAR)

“On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 303, we just wanted to extend our thanks to you and the employees from Capital Retreat Center for your hospitality and service during our stay for our Boy Scout Ski Weekend. We were very impressed with the friendliness of your staff as well as the great food you served.

In particular, I want to extend my personal thanks to your Sales and Guest Services Team for their outstanding customer relations with me during early preparations and on the days of our trip. They made the difference between a mediocre experience and the outstanding trip we experienced. We look forward to future outings at Capital Retreat Center and to next year’s Scout Ski Weekend with your outstanding facility. Thanks so much!”

Boy Scout Troop 303 (Valley Lee, MD)

Just a quick note to tell you that this past weekend at Capital Retreat Center exceeded our expectations. Everyone appreciated the setting, the wonderful bountiful food and opportunity to come out of their meeting room and have a place to play. The meeting rooms were just the right size for our group and were beautiful.  Everyone was most gracious!”

Church of the Brethren

“We have just returned from our event at Capital Retreat Center with the Early Childhood Israel study group. I cannot adequately express how pleased we were with our experience. Steve in Guest Services was amazing in helping us put the agenda together. We were looking for an experience beyond meeting rooms, beds and food and we certainly found it at Capital Retreat Center. We were hosted beautifully and our every need was addressed. We made use of the meting room in Lodge Aleph which was cozy and comfortable, as well as the Dining Hall Lower Level Lounge meeting room which provided us with plenty of space for our activities. Setting us up in both places and providing snacks was something your staff did with ease. What made our experience really special was that we were able to use the ropes course with a wonderful instructor and an evening campfire which surprised and delighted our group and fit beautifully into our curriculum.

It is not easy pleasing a large group of women but you were able to do it! The food was excellent, the rooms clean and comfortable and the weather was perfect.

Our community should feel fortunate to have such a beautiful facility at our service. Thank you so much for making this available in the Washington DC area.”

Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning

“We were very pleased and satisfied, as always. We appreciate being able to choose the menus for each meal and snacks. Quantities were sufficient and the food was tasty. Dining room staff is accommodating, helpful, and pleasant to work with. We particularly appreciated having our meals in our own private wing of the Dining Hall. The food was always ready on time and the kitchen staff was attentive and happy to answer any and all questions.

I love working with all of your Guest Services Team. Sheryl is always on top of things, connected me with the right people (specifically for the ropes course), and answered all questions. During the event, Steve and Carlos were wonderful. Steve was able to respond to unexpected needs. Carlos took care of moving materials between meeting spaces and helping with unexpected needs.

Organized and timely, Richard in sales worked with us to make sure we were able to reserve dates that would accommodate our school calendar.”

Charles E. Smith

Jewish Day School

“Once again you scored a home run!! There was nothing about our weekend that seemed to frazzle you, not last minute changes, strange requests, or even oodles of kids underfoot! From beginning to end the Shabbaton was beautiful. Everything was set up to the “T”, following diagrams and pictures. You even put away the books, and covered the pictures, something that I had done (quietly) in the past. Nothing escapes you! Even each meeting room was set up perfectly. The “Welcoming Fire” in the fireplace added to the ambiance, and created such a warm atmosphere too.

As for the food, you’ve really done a super job!! Although we changed some requests last minute (soup on the table), you remained calm and accommodating, and bent over backwards to “please every palate”. I’ll add a special “hoorah” to the cholent which came out great, thanks!! The apple cobbler was also especially delicious. Of course the salad bar is always a great hit. Your buffet stations were efficient and plentiful, and your kitchen staff fabulous!

Thank you once more for all your hard work and attention to detail, which makes you our #1 choice year after year!”

Ohr HaTorah


“Per usual, we really enjoyed our stay at the Capital Retreat Center. We loved the facility. Nesiya Lodge really works best for this group; many students request gender inclusive housing and the style of hotel room with double occupancy really helps to accommodate this group. It’s also ADA compliant and it’s just really the best. The fireplace inside was a great addition as well. The students were so cheerful and really loved the space.

Phenomenal staff!!! I can’t speak more highly of the meals and the meal staff. They moved swiftly to accommodate the large group, you all did a great job in working to meet the dietary needs of the students and there were plenty of options each evening. Thank you.

GREAT guest services staff!!! Steve is always so helpful and he was able to step in swiftly to address our tech needs. Carlos was great as well. The students love him every year. He is so sociable and definitely super helpful.

Richard you are great and SO accommodating with the sales process. I was a bit behind the ball this year and he did such a great job of being patient with me and helping to remind me of deadlines.

Great facility, we love coming here!!”

Towson University

“The staff was helpful, supportive and very patient!  They saw to every detail, were flexible, engaging and really added a lot to the nature of the event.”

Shaarei Shomayim Sisterhood

“Thank you for a retreat that was amazing because of your flexibility, positive attitudes, willingness, smiles and the wonderful facility. Having someone on-site and available at all times made it so easy. We have found a permanent home at Capital Retreat Center.”

Jewish Reconstructionist Federation

“The grounds are beautiful and the facility and food are fantastic! We recommend it to others who are looking for a place to hold a conference.”


“The facility is beautiful, the scenery magnificent, the food delicious and the staff helpful and accommodating.  Thanks so much for providing us with such a top-notch facility to accomplish our goals.”

Congregation B’nai Tzedek

“I want to share the overwhelming feeling by all 30+ guests who attended. Each and every one was blown away by the quality and upkeep of the facilities, as well as the attention to detail from your guest services team. By bringing our group to Capital Retreat Center, we were able to create an atmosphere of community and cooperation that was only possible because of the surroundings.

On behalf of the JCC, I want to thank you for your warm hospitality, attention to detail, willingness to work with us to accommodate all of our needs and providing all of this at a price that worked within our budget. I look forward to growing our partnership in mutually beneficial ways.”

Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

“I wanted to take a moment to thank Capital Retreat Center for an incredible week. Each year I think there is no way that Steve, Sheryl and your Guest Service Team can top last year’s service and performance, but somehow they continue to do just that. The food was delicious, rooms and grounds were clean, and help was prompt and courteous. Please pass my thanks and praise along to the entire staff at Waynesboro!”

Gettysburg Area Middle School

“I just wanted to write to say that we had a fantastic experience at Capital Retreat Center. We had about 30 6th & 7th graders attending and we enjoyed the service we received from your staff. The Leadership Center was the perfect accommodations for our group, and allowed us to have a place for the kids to play that was contained for free time.

The Guest Services Team and all the staff we encountered in the Dining Hall were fantastic all weekend. I appreciated the attention we received which contributed to a positive experience for our event. Please pass this along to the staff. Their warmth was appreciated!”

Temple Beth Ami

“We are writing to thank you for our continued relationship of over years. Capital Retreat Center has always been very professional, flexible, and helpful in planning our Tae Kwon Do Camp each year. It is a joy to bring our students to your beautiful and well maintained facility!  Thank you for all that you and your hard-working staff do for Kang’s Black Belt Academy. We appreciate you!”

Kang’s Black Belt Academy

“We are writing on behalf of our school’s faculty, administration, and especially our students. We have just returned from an absolutely wonderful weekend at Capital Retreat Center. This was the first time we have arranged our High School Retreat at your facility, and we must tell you that every single part of the process from start to finish was not only a pleasure, but an experience to remember.

In every one of our conversations, first with Sales and then with Guest Services, there was an air of consummate professionalism that made the planning and the execution of our event a stress-free experience. We would like to call specific attention to your on-site staff, who were ever willing to change things around at the last minute as our schedule changed moment to moment. Every person with whom we dealt greeted us with a smile and a kind word, even when our coming and goings may not have been the most convenient.

Our dining experience was also a joy. The mashgiach and all the kitchen staff were always on hand to arrange and rearrange every last detail in a way that would enhance our retreat.  One of our staff approached us after the event, and asked that we relay to you how helpful and precious your dining hall manager was as a hostess, and we would like to extend that to each and every member of your kitchen and housekeeping crew.

In conclusion, we would like to share an excerpt from an email message with you. This message was sent to me by the President of our Student Government, and we believe that is sums up our feelings better than we ever could.

Dear Rav Posy,
…It was a truly meaningful, enjoyable, and successful weekend for all. We both know how incredibly powerful and fun the students and faculty found it. We are so thankful that we were able to spend time away together and bond as a group.

Its letters like this that not only let us know when we have succeeded, but they remind us time and again why we do what we do and how worthwhile it really is. We thank you for your part in making this possible, and hope that this wonderful success is only the beginning of a long-term fruitful relationship.”

Yeshivat Rambam

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Congregation B’nai Tzedek, I wanted to thank you for enabling us to enjoy the most wonderful retreat! Our experience at Capital Retreat Center was phenomenal. The facility was beautiful, the scenery magnificent, the food was delicious and the staff was so helpful and accommodating. It truly was conducive to our organization in every way! I must highlight your ropes course and its staff as the most memorable part of our experience there. What a way to prove ourselves to be a successfully, cohesive team!

Thanks so much for providing us with such a top-notch facility to accomplish our goals! We look forward to visiting you many more times in the future.”

Congregation B’nai Tzedek

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