Event FAQs & Testimonials

Ridgecrest Event FAQs


Why should I choose Ridgecrest for my upcoming event?

  • Our team will be praying for you, your event and its attendees.
  • Because we are a 501(c)(3) religious nonprofit who hosts Christian conferences and events, there are no taxes charged on guest rooms or meals in our dining room.
  • Ridgecrest is a private, gated facility with 24 hour safety personnel.
  • Our 15% Audiovisual and Catering charge is below industry standards, and we will waive our service charge when your information is submitted at least 16 days prior to your event.
  • We have over 600 guest rooms (adult and youth) that vary in cost and layout, providing options for every budget.
  • Over 125,000 square feet of complimentary meeting space, including 7 auditoriums accommodating 20-2,100 people.
  • Onsite audiovisual equipment is complimentary in our auditoriums (AV Technician is required in Spilman).
  • Audiovisual Technician fees are only $50.00 per person, per hour.
  • Complimentary parking onsite.
  • Complimentary high speed WiFi.
  • Dining Room seats 1,000 people and serves buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner for $36.00 per person, per day.
  • Clouds Coffee Shop and Nibble Nook where you can enjoy ice cream, burgers, sodas, snacks and fries.
  • The huge cost savings experienced by meeting at Ridgecrest enables you to use those dollars in other areas of your ministry.

Some of my group members have special dietary needs. Can Ridgecrest help?

Ridgecrest offers enhanced menus with items suited for those with special dietary needs. On the serving lines in our dining room, look for the unique symbol placed on the label beside each item to indicate gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian. We have experienced great success with our new offerings and found they meet the needs of the majority of our guests. For any additional concerns regarding our menu, feel free to call us at (828) 669.8022.

Do you have laundry facilities on-site?

No, Ridgecrest does not have a guest laundry facility, however, there is a 24-hour coin laundry facility in Black Mountain (4 miles). For more information, please contact Black Mountain Coin Laundry at (828) 664.9267.

Click here for our policies and guidelines for visiting Ridgecrest Conference Center.

Stay safe when you stay with us
COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives. At Ridgecrest, the health and safety of our guests and team members is a top priority. Our staff are continually reviewing applicable safety guidelines, and have updated Ridgecrest’s processes and procedures to ensure excellence while minimizing risk. In doing so, we are following guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of North Carolina and the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services, including the 3-W’s:

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people. (Bring this with you to Ridgecrest, out of consideration for others, masks are required for all individuals 11 years old and older inside and outside.) “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
Guest Guidelines:
COVID-19-related guidance and restrictions continue to vary significantly based on factors like location, local government authorities, and number of cases. In addition, some actions (e.g., wearing masks) have become divisive topics in political discussions.  We care deeply about the health and safety of our guests and team members. We’ll continue to monitor developments and guidance from authorities, but here are our current expectations for guests:
  • Whenever possible, maintain social distancing (at least 6′) from other individuals not in your family.
  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth while inside unless actively eating or speaking to a group.
  • Be respectful and intentional about protecting your own health and that of others. 
  • Individuals under 18 years old should remain in the proximity of and under the monitoring of their parents or chaperones. 
  • Comply with team member instructions and requests related to the expectations above.

These guidelines are based on input from government authorities, guidance from a consensus of medical authorities, and our intention to provide excellent service while minimizing risk to our guests and team members. Individuals who are unwilling to comply with these expectations are subject to being required to leave our campus. As a reminder, Ridgecrest Conference Center is privately-owned and has the right to establish expectations and guidelines for individuals onsite.

Do you have WI-FI?
Yes, complimentary high speed wi-fi is available throughout campus.

Do you have a shuttle?
No, Ridgecrest does not provide an airport shuttle. For more information about airport shuttles, visit our “Getting Here” page.

What Our Event Planners Are Saying…

All of my attendees commented on how wonderful the campus and employees were. They said the location and experience at Ridgecrest was icing on the cake for the weekend! I agree and I most definitely will be using Ridgecrest again soon!
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Everyone was always so helpful and very friendly.
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The whole staff of Ridgecrest were awesome. I call them God's angels.
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Every person we worked with was professional and helpful. We had a wonderful retreat and thought Ridgecrest was (once again) a great venue. THANK YOU!
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This is our 10th anniversary of having our bi-annual reunion at Ridgecrest. Facilities are great and we enjoy the Christian environment that Ridgecrest provides.
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The team working at RC is a great group of people, who you can tell love people.
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Every person that I encountered through the entire process, completely exemplified your mission statement of "Cultivating experiences, nurturing relationships, impacting lives for God's glory".
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To be honest, I am hoping we cannot find a closer option for our next retreat because I want to return to Ridgecrest. You guys did an amazing job!
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One of the best staffs I have had the pleasure to work with! I have participated in many conferences around the U.S. and the team approach is the best experience I have had with conference center.
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Chick-fil-a has a rival and it is at Ridgecrest Conference Center! Everyone from the volunteers to the paid staff were amazing!
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Thank you for praying for us and calling us and letting us know you were praying for us by name. That fact made the biggest difference.
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You are hitting the mark perfectly - balancing top quality business and God Honoring Ministry in a way that is refreshing - for that we are SO VERY THANKFUL.
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Ridgecrest is wonderful. We love coming here for our retreat. This was our 5th retreat and I look forward to the next one!
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Thanks for being a great partner.
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