Couples Retreat Resources

Preparing For Your Retreat With Dr Israel & Cathie 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 us.

1. Book Flight

The Burlington International Airport (BTV) is the closest airport to our office in Cabot, Vermont. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is an another option. Finally, Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is further away, but has more flights daily. Most private jets fly into BTV.

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. Submit Questionnaire

Each partner must complete their own relationship questionnaire before attending the retreat. We will email you the form prior to our time together.

4. 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.

Local Recommendations

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


Capital Plaza Hotel: Conveniently located in downtown Montpelier with small rooms or larger suites.

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

Green Mountain Inn: Convenient for walking to restaurants and shops in Stowe Village.

Comfort Inn: Clean and comfortable rooms, indoor pool, and game room.

Village Inn: Modern rustic hotel.

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

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 Montpelier

J Morgans: High end steak house in Montpelier


Fairbanks Museum: Great little museum in St Johnsbury.

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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