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General Information

RETREATS ARE OPEN to all people. On some retreats, there is very limited space for men. Saint Mary by-the-Sea provides opportunities for annual retreat for Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia; therefore priority is given to reservations from Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia until December 20, 2017. Reservations from all others are welcome at any time, and will be processed after December 20, 2017.

GUEST ROOMS:   First, second, third, and fourth floors.

IMPORTANT: Silence is observed throughout the house on ALL directed and guided retreats, day and night, including meals. All guests are expected to honor this silence.

ELEVATOR : We are pleased to announce that we now have a small elevator. This will help get luggage up to the second and third floors, it will assist those who have trouble with stairs, and it will enable them to sit on our second floor porches and enjoy the incredible view. But this one small elevator will not make our facility handicap-accessible. To have a bedroom on the second floor, you must be sufficiently agile to manage one flight of stairs, in case of fire or other emergency or elevator failure. If you cannot manage at least one flight of stairs, please request a first-floor room.


Our beloved Victorian-era beachfront hotel is, in spite of significant recent improvements, physically inconvenient in many ways. Saint Mary is most likely not a good place for your retreat or vacation if you are not physically able. Please be aware that no health services are available on site, and the nearest hospital is fourteen miles away.