Most people who come to NW Arkansas are familiar with Mount Sequoyah and its beautiful Cross Overlook. On any given day you can find people standing on the stone wall having their picture made with the picturesque downtown Fayetteville as their backdrop. It is the destination of an estimated half a million visitors a year. Yes, NW Arkansas loves Mount Sequoyah for the beauty it has to offer. But it offers so much more. Behind the magnificent Cross Overlook stretches 32 acres of history and activities that makes Mount Sequoyah the unique gem that it is. Let’s take a closer look at what Mount Sequoyah has to offer.
Worship – Mount Sequoyah, sitting atop one of the highest points in Fayetteville is truly a place of peace and worship. This year was the 93rd annual Easter Sunrise Service at Vesper Point as well as the 2nd annual Spanish Easter Sunrise Service located near the East Pavilion. In addition to those services, Mount Sequoyah has three churches who worship every Sunday in different venues as well as worship through various retreats and conferences.
Lodging – Originally Mount Sequoyah housed missionaries. Parker and Wesley Hall, are still used for missionary housing today. Over the last five years Mount Sequoyah has spent nearly three quarters of a million dollars renovating cottage houses, meeting spaces, and other buildings, thanks to the generosity of its many donors. The beautiful surroundings and convenient location to downtown Fayetteville makes Mount Sequoyah a highly sought after lodging facility. Families reunions, wedding parties, out of town guests, University of Arkansas graduation, Razorback games, and Bikes, Blues & BBQ are just some of the events that bring in visitors. 2016 reservations are filling up fast so make your reservations today!
Trainings & Conferences – Because of its peaceful, wooded surroundings, updated meeting spaces, and dinning accommodations, Mount Sequoyah has become a favorite meeting spot for many corporate and church groups.
Dining – Recently Mount Sequoyah added its own on-site chef, Curt Harcourt. Curt’s down home cooking style fits well with the beautiful hill top atmosphere. The Dining Hall has a bistro chic ambiance that is welcoming and comfortable. Curt is ready to prepare meals for your private events, meetings, or parties. This year Mount Sequoyah has the pleasure of hosting a special prom dinner for the Fayetteville High School students. The staff can’t wait to make this a special evening for their young guests.
Weddings – Last year 38 couples exchanged vows atop Mount Sequoyah, while others held receptions, and housed family and friends in the cottage rooms. It is indeed a sacred space that has a special place in the hearts of many. The staff often hear back from couples years after their wedding. They consider it an honor to be afforded the opportunity to help make lasting memories. Currently improvements are being made to Vesper Point and Louisiana Plaza and with the recent addition of a Hospitality Manager, you are sure to have a memorable event.
Recreation – Mount Sequoyah has always offered recreation. The original 400 acre mountain contained golf and fishing. Today we maintain 32 acres where you can find a pool where you can learn to swim or join the Mount Sequoyah Marlins. Thanks to grants from the United States Tennis Association, the Arkansas Tennis Foundation, and the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas visitors can enjoy newly renovated tennis courts. Mount Sequoyah also offers a Tennis Academy which has become very popular with children, youth, and adults.
Camps – Mount Sequoyah’s youth retreats and summer camps have a rich history and have impacted many lives through out the years. This summer promises to be just as exceptional. Six, five day camps are being offered for five to twelve year olds. Each camp is designed around a working parent’s schedule and all camps have a Bible component. For more information, to see additional camps or to register for a summer camp, please click here. http://mountsequoyah.org/portfolio-type/summer-camps/
The history of Mount Sequoyah is rich and its accommodations are plentiful. You can expect to be surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation, in spaces that are both comfortable and affordable. For more information about Mount Sequoyah facilities or events please visit http://mountsequoyah.org
Denni Palmer, M.Div.
Christian Education and Spiritual Formation Coordinator
Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center
Denni Palmer is a diaconal minister, mother, pastor’s wife, and passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Denni’s background is in Christian Education . She first discovered her passion for educating others in 1990, when she attended training at Mount Sequoyah. The experience helped her focus on her own spiritual gifts for Christian education. Twenty-five years later, God directed her spiritual journey back to her roots, Mount Sequoyah, where she was hired as their Christian Education and Spiritual Formation Coordinator.