The Virden Retreat Center

Open year-round to the public

Our coastal venue is a full-service campus with indoor/outdoor dining, onsite accommodations, and open lawns surrounded by the serenity of protected wetlands.

The Virden Retreat Center

Quiet. Intimate. Uncomplicated.

Plentiful sun and sea air make UD’s Virden Center an exceptional venue for social events, retreats, weddings, and small meetings.

Virden was designed to imbue the coastal vibe with an easy and open layout – indoors and out. Our modest size ensures quick responsiveness from our staff.


  • Six meeting rooms
  • Tented patio
  • Video conferencing
  • Full registration and planning services
  • Catering
  • Free Parking
  • Overnight Accommodations
  • ADA Compliant

Virden Guestrooms

Comfy. Quiet. Private.

An easy stroll from our conference venue is Virden’s on-site accommodations. We have 23 well-appointed guestrooms with queen and twin bed configurations, each with a private bath.

There is also a Hospitality Room with a 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.


Take advantage of everything our Lewes Campus has to offer.

Expansive grounds and intimate spaces

We encourage guests to make the most of our indoor/outdoor capability–especially dining–during three of the four seasons. Wedding parties, celebrationers, yoga retreat participants, and meeting members can comfortably and easily move about the campus.

During the off-season, the coastal vibe chills to an easy and enjoyable work/life balance.

Weddings at Virden

Would you love to have a ceremony near the beach? We totally get it. Visit our Wedding Page.

The best compliment is seeing our clients again and again.

“Thank you so very much for hosting our group these last few days!! Everything was great: The food, the room, the service, etc. Everything was perfect!! Please tell Jerri and the rest of the staff how much we enjoyed having our Planning Session at the Virden Center and how much we’re looking forward to coming back in two years!!

Thank you!!”


Recreation, museums, shopping, and the beach (of course)

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 quaintness and history, coffee shops, restaurants, museums, and boutiques. Tax-free outlet shopping is all around and nearby Cape Henlopen State Park, with its preserved natural beauty and miles of shoreline, offers walking, biking, bird watching, dolphin spotting, kayaking, fishing or simply relaxing on the beach.

Venue Services & Specifications


5,200 plus sq. ft. of private and classroom-style meeting spaces

Tented patio

23 overnight rooms in two on-site lodges

Expansive grounds

Services & Amenities

Event Planning
An Event Manager will work with you from start to finish.

Full catering services available.

Audio-Visual Services
Everything you could need. View List

Business Services
From copies to stationery supplies, anything to get the job done.

Ample free parking
High-speed WiFi
Tented patio
Hospitality Room

Lodging & Area Attractions


    On-site accommodations:

    • 23 rooms, 3 configurations
      • Two twin beds
      • Queen bed with a twin bed
      • Queen bed with a pull-out twin bed
    • Screened porch overlooking a protected marshland
    • TV with 50 channels
    • Coffee maker
    • Private bathrooms with linens and toiletries
    • Mini-refrigerator 
    • Microwave ovens
    • Hospitality Room with kitchenette available for use as an adjoining suite to an overnight room or as a gathering place for after-meeting socializing

    View Rates

    Area Attractions

    Historic town of Lewes
    Cape Henlopen State Park
    Lewes Beach
    Rehoboth Beach
    Tax-free shopping and outlets
    Craft Breweries

    View Floor Plans and
    Seating Capacities

    View Catering Menu

    Work directly with one of our Event Managers 

    Our personal event managers have a combined 20 years of experience in hospitality. We work one-on-one with you to:

    • Strategize your objectives
    • Select the right capabilities 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

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    N E W A R K  C A M P U S

    Clayton Hall Conference Center
    100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark DE  19716
    (302) 831-2214

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    100 Discovery Blvd., Newark DE  19713
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    L E W E S  C A M P U S

    The Virden Retreat Center
    1155 College Drive, Lewes DE  19958
    Overnight Lodge A: 1183 College Drive
    Overnight Lodge B: 1181 College Drive
    (302) 645-4100


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