By: Hannah Earnhardt, Director of Development, North Carolina Lions, Inc.

Looking for a unique meeting space to hold an event? A space large enough to accommodate plenty of people, provides catering services, and even has lodging for your guests, and is in a beautiful location? Discover the hidden jewel that is North Carolina Lion’s Inc. Dogwood Meeting & Retreat Center! It’s absolutely perfect for hosting family reunions, baby showers, weddings, or company events.

Settled on 56 acres on the banks of Lake Norman, Dogwood Meeting and Retreat Center provides an environment rich with harmony, serenity, and creativity. This space is well-loved by over 700 Camp Dogwood for the Blind and Visually Impaired campers for 10 weeks out of each summer, but the rest of the year it can be used and appreciated by community members from all over.

As stated by Hank Sadler, President of Mid Carolinas Tres Dias, “Our groups have been meeting four times a year at Dogwood Meeting and Retreat Center for the past 20 years. The campus is ideal for our needs. The meeting areas are spacious, the lodging is quite comfortable, and the porches and lounge areas offer a wonderful view and place of relaxation. More than this, the staff is the absolute best! They are hospitable and friendly and we look forward to our visits with them. Of course, we also love the meals that are prepared for us – as we never leave hungry! We have developed a genuine devotion to Dogwood Meeting and Retreat Center and would highly recommend it for any group.”

The Dogwood Meeting and Retreat Center is hotel-style lodging with room to accommodate up to 116 guests, and it has direct access to beautiful Lake Norman. After you’ve had a wonderful night’s sleep in our guest rooms appointed with two double beds, individual thermostat, and private bath, you can hop on down to the dock to swim, fish, kayak, and so much more!

From September to May, groups are welcome to book their special events or getaways with Dogwood Meeting and Retreat Center. To find out more information or to book your stay, please contact our offices at 828.478.2135, ext. 230, or visit us at

When you stay at Dogwood Meeting and Retreat Center, you are not only guaranteeing yourself a wonderful time, but you are allowing us to continue our work of assisting the blind and visually impaired across the state of North Carolina, so make your reservations today!