Rentals FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Rental Guests

When is your facility available for rentals?

The Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center at Ramah Darom (KMRC) is available for rental end-of-August through mid-May.

What is your rental minimum?

We require a minimum of 50 guests per night or $5,000 per night for fewer than 50 people. For groups of less than 50 people, we will waive your financial minimum if you are booking as a second rental group on our campus for the same date(s).

How many people can your facility accommodate?

Our maximum capacity is 750 guests across all sleeping spaces.

What housing options do you offer?

The Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center at Ramah Darom has comfortable housing options to accommodate every size budget, from camp-style cabins to quaint modern cottages to hotel-style rooms. There are 18 cabin buildings, 56 hotel rooms across 4 buildings, and 4 cottages on campus. All accommodations, including cabins, are heated. Please click here for more information about our on-campus accommodations.

Do you provide linens?

Linens are included in hotel rooms and cottages. Cabin linens are available for an additional fee per set and include a pillow and pillowcase, a blanket, fitted and top sheets, and a set of body, hand and face towels.

Is your campus handicap accessible

All our recreational buildings are wheelchair/handicap accessible, but our beautiful campus is hilly in areas. We have ADA hotel rooms and cabins available.

Golf carts may be available for rental through outside vendors. Please inquire for more information and make arrangements prior to arrival on campus.

What time is check-in/checkout?

Check-in is typically around 3:00pm with dinner as the first meal, and checkout is usually at 10:00am with breakfast as the last seated meal. A pack-out lunch buffet is available during breakfast. Please communicate with us in advance for any early check-in or late checkout requests.

What is the deposit schedule for a contract?

Our deposit schedule is as follows:

  • 30% of your contract minimum due upon signing
  • 30% at the halfway point between signing and the first day of your rental
  • 40% due one month before the event

Any additional orders or number increase expenses will be due in a post-event invoice to be paid within ten days of receipt.

How much does it cost to rent your facility?

We are proud to offer a rate system that balances a baseline all-inclusive experience with significant flexibility in our upgrades and add-ons. Please contact us at rentals@ramahdarom.org for more information.

Is there an event space rental fee?

The rental of our facility includes one pre-event room setup. For weddings, we require an unlimited space setup fee.

Can I rent your facility for exclusive use?

Yes, we guarantee exclusivity at a minimum rental contract of $20k per night. Many groups may end up being the only group on site depending on type and size; however, we do not guarantee this without the minimum.

Can we rent your facility if we are not Jewish?

Absolutely! We warmly welcome clients and participants of all religions, abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations at Ramah Darom.

Is your catering kosher?

Yes! The Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center at Ramah Darom catering is under the supervision of the Atlanta Kashruth Commission. We are not Cholov Yisrael but can provide CY dairy products for an additional fee where applicable.

Can we bring our own food?

We do not allow any outside catering. We do allow you to bring unopened, shelf-stable snacks for non-meal times. Before serving, all items must be approved by our Mashgiach (Kosher Supervisor). KMRC staff will not be responsible for nor serve, store or manage these items.

Can we bring our own alcohol?

Yes. Ramah Darom does not sell alcohol, and we do not require a corkage fee. All alcohol served must be approved in advance and meet our kashrut standards by our Mashgiach (Kosher Supervisor). We are not liable or responsible for alcohol brought on premises. Bartending and wine service is available for a fee. Please speak with us about event customization options for more information.

Can I select my menus?

We provide a robust menu selection of options included in your nightly rates. We are happy to work with you on customizing your menus or adding additional snacks and meals where you need them. For more information, please reach out to us at rentals@ramahdarom.org.

What time are meals served?

Common mealtimes are:

  • Breakfast: 8:00-9:00am
  • Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm
  • Dinner: 6:00-7:00pm

We will work with you on mealtimes that work best with your schedule. Catering services end at 10:00pm. Mealtimes are up to 1.5 hours. If you need a longer mealtime, an additional fee will be assessed.

How far is Ramah Darom from the Atlanta airport?

Our campus is located at 70 Darom Lane, Clayton, GA 30525, roughly 2.5 hours from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport. For more directions to our campus, please click here.

Do you offer transportation services?

Ramah Darom does not provide transportation services. We recommend Atlantic Limos for airport shuttles and activity buses.

Do you provide luggage service to our rooms?

Luggage service is available as an add-on to your hospitality arrangements and must be requested in advance of your stay. Luggage service is charged at $5 per bag per pick-up time by the Ramah Darom team, with a minimum charge of $50. A 20% surcharge will be added for service needed before 8:00am and after 6:00pm.

Golf carts may be available for rental through outside vendors. Please inquire for more information and make arrangements prior to arrival on campus.

Do you provide housekeeping?

We do not provide daily housekeeping in personal living areas during your stay unless requested by your event coordinator in advance for an additional fee. Guests staying for longer than three days will have their bathrooms tidied, trash taken out and towels replenished on day 4 unless scheduled to check out on day 4. Should you need additional linens or towels, you can make a request with the hospitality team at any meal, and they will see that you get replacements to your room.

Do you have an Eruv?

We have an Eruv surrounding our property, which is checked each week by our Mashgiach.

Do you have supplies to accommodate a traditional Shabbat observance, or do I need to bring my own?

We have a variety of supplies to accommodate your Shabbat needs including an Eruv, challah and grape juice at meals, Torahs, siddurim (Sim Shalom and Artscroll, both nusach Ashkenaz), Tallitot, Chumashim for Torah and Haftarah readings, Birkonim with Shabbat songs, and multiple prayer spaces with Torah Arks and Reader’s Tables (indoor and outdoor options).

Do you have a medical professional on staff?

No, we do not have a medical professional on property during your stay. Please consider coordinating a medic to join your group if needed. The closest medical center is Mountain Lakes Medical Center. We also have basic first-aid supplies and AEDs strategically placed in various locations on campus. If you want to provide COVID-19 testing for your entire group, we recommend contacting Viral Solutions at www.viralsolutionsga.com.

Can we swim without a lifeguard?

We are an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited facility all year round. Swimming and boating are prohibited without a lifeguard present. Please speak with us for more information about booking lake or pool time when seasonally available.

What’s the weather like at Ramah Darom?

We are blessed with beautiful weather year-round at Ramah Darom! August and September are warm and summer-like, while October and November get crisp with beautiful fall foliage. December through February is cold but comparatively mild to other winter-weather states; you can expect frosty morning dew that thaws by midday into sunny skies. In March, the trees begin to bloom and days are in the mid to high 60s. By April and May, the temperature warms up into the 70s and 80s.

What should I pack?

Our campus atmosphere is casual; however, please refer to your event’s attire expectations. No matter the day of the week, comfortable walking shoes are a must! The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains and temperatures can drop quickly in the evenings and early mornings. It is helpful to have layers of clothing and a raincoat with you at all times. Here is a packing list to use as a guide.

Do you have WiFi?

There is full WiFi access in every building on campus. There are times that our breathtaking mountain terrain might pose some connectivity challenges.