Couples Retreat Resources

Preparing For Your Retreat With Dr David Helfand

After you have completed your registration for a Private Couples Retreat, please review the steps below to make sure you get the most out of your experience with me.

1. Book Flight

The Burlington International Airport (BTV) is the closest airport to my office in Vermont. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is an another option for a small airport nearby. If you are interested in a private jet, both BTV and MHT are good options. Finally, Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is a further away, but has more flights daily. Although it is a longer drive, it is a very scenic route on I-93 North.

2. Reserve Lodging

Vermont is a highly desirable travel location, so please book your hotel or other accommodations as soon as possible. Scroll down to see local recommendations.

3. Online Course

The Online Couples Course is designed to give you an introduction to relationships skills and the science behind successful marriage. Please complete at least the chapter on “Connect” before attending your retreat. You will have unlimited access to the course for one year after your retreat. Click here to access the course.

4. Submit Questionnaire

Each partner must complete their own relationship questionnaire before attending the retreat. You can access your questionnaire through the client portal.

5. Consider Insurance

Due to the intensive nature of couples retreats, there are only limited slots per month. This means that our cancellation policy is strictly enforced. We highly recommend that you obtain trip insurance to cover the cost of your investment. Past clients have used, and you can also check with your local insurance agent for options.

6. Optional Brain Maps

About half of the couples that attend a private retreat schedule a brain map while they are here. This add-on service is a powerful multi-point inspection of your brain that can help you better understand how your mind works and most importantly what you can do to increase performance in the service of helping your marriage. Click here to learn more about Brain Maps.

Local Recommendations

If you are traveling from out of state, consider the following recommendations for local accommodations, dining, and recreational opportunities.


Comfort Inn: 5 minutes away from the office with clean and comfortable rooms. Great amenities as well.

Rabbit Hill Inn: Quaint and romantic getaway option. They often book far in advance.

Omni Mount Washington Resort: 5 star resort with excellent views and upscale dining.

Village Inn: Modern rustic hotel.

Hampton Inn Littleton: Close to the office with a nice downtown.

Burke Mountain Hotel: Part of a small ski mountain for those seeking outdoor adventure.

Air BnB or Vrbo: Often cheaper than a local hotel. Make sure you ask about heating and cooling options.


Salt: Upscale local dining

Kingdom Table: Great taproom and restaurant

Eastern and Main: Small market with good sandwiches and groceries

Central Cafe: Delicious local cafe with good coffee and tea

98 Mill: Upscale Italian pub and grill in an old mill building.

Kingdom Crust: Local pizza and other food.

Publik House: Gourmet pub food

Creamery Restaurant: Good home cooked meals in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sarduccis: Quality Italian food in the state capital

J Morgans: High end steak house in the state capital


Fairbanks Museum: Right next to the office

Montshire Museum: Larger science museum about 1 hour south

Joes Pond: Local man made beach with walking trails and other recreational options

White Mountains: Local hiking, scenic views, and other recreation

Discover St Johnsbury: Local event listings

All Trails: Directory for hiking trails

Sugar Ridge – Mini golf and campground

Point Comfort Cabins: Rent a boat on Joes Pond

St J Country Club: Local golf club with attached restaurant

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