UD’s coastal campus offers relaxed meeting spaces and overnight lodging with quick access to Lewes and Cape Henlopen. Could it be more perfect?
The Virden Retreat Center
Work and Play
Plentiful sun and sea air make The Virden Retreat Center an exceptional venue for social events, retreats, weddings and small meetings. Virden was designed to reflect coastal style with an easy and open layout – indoors and out. Six meeting rooms, tented patio, video conferencing, full registration and planning services, and available catering just about covers everything. Our modest size ensures quick responsiveness from our staff.
Soaking up the Sites
There is no shortage of things to do in and around Lewes. Getting around is easy on bike, foot or boat. Enjoy the town’s history, coffee shops, restaurants, shopping, and museums. Or head to Cape Henlopen and relax on the beach.
The Virden Retreat Center Lodges
Virden’s on-site accommodations make it easy to plan a multi-day meeting or event. We have 23 well-appointed guestrooms with
There is also a Hospitality Room with kitchenette available for use as an adjoining suite to an overnight room or as a gathering place for after-meeting socializing.
And finally, end your day surrounded by the tranquility of the wetlands as you relax on your screened-in porch.
There’s no substitute for personal service.
Our personal event managers will work one-on-one with you to:
- Strategize your objectives
- Select the right space for your meeting or event
- Handle all the details from start to finish
- Guide you every step of the way
- Keep your budget in mind
Weddings at Virden
Fresh and Light.
Begin with a ceremony under the sun and end dancing the night away under the stars – all while moving effortlessly from indoors to out, taking full advantage of the natural surroundings and coastal vibes. At The Virden Retreat Center, nature creates the magic moments.
On-site suites take the stress out of travel arrangements and catering is top-notch.
Our Wedding Coordinator will help you realize your vision and assist with all the details, ensuring that your wedding is graceful and worry-free.
Virden Retreat Center At-A-Glance
5,200 plus sq. ft. of private and classroom-style meeting spaces
23 overnight rooms in two on-site lodges
Full catering services
Ample free parking
Outside patio dining area
Catering services available on-site in any meeting area for groups of all sizes
- 23 rooms, 2 configurations
- Queen bed with twin pull out
- Two twin beds
- King beds available
- Screened porch overlooking a protected marshland
- TV with 50 channels
- Coffee maker
- Private bathrooms with linens and toiletries
- Mini-refrigerator (not available in all rooms)
- Microwave ovens (not available in all rooms)
- Hospitality Room with kitchenette available for use as an adjoining suite to an overnight room or as a gathering place for after-meeting socializing
Historic town of Lewes
Cape Henlopen State Park
Tax-free outlets and shopping
An Event Manager will work with you from start to finish.
Full catering services available.
Everything you could need. View List
From copies to stationery supplies, anything to get the job done.
Ready to get started planning your event?
Contact one of our personal event managers.
University of Delaware Conference Services
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100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark DE 19716
Goodstay Conference Center and Arsht Hall
2600-2800 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington DE 19806
The Virden Retreat Center
700 Pilottown Road, Lewes DE 19958