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 We’re not your typical hotel-based conference and retreat center. We offer an inspiring, distraction-free venue where your best people can get away to produce your best results — an open space for open minds.

Day & Overnight Retreats in Upstate NY

  • 100-acre historic country estate
  • 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space
  • Onsite gourmet restaurant & brewery
  • 53 overnight rooms
  • High-speed WiFi
  • 2.5 hours from NYC
  • 40 minutes from Albany


The libraries, parlors and stone patios of our historic 19th century estate homes provide a peaceful setting where your best people can gather in an intimate, informal setting to achieve strategic results.

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With more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space, the Carey Institute offers a diverse variety of settings to accommodate any type of meeting.  All facilities are equipped with phone conferencing, visual and audio presentation capabilities, as well as high-speed WiFi access.  Our onsite performance hall seats 175, and our master seminar rooms can accommodate groups as large as 60.


The Carriage House Restaurant has earned an excellent regional reputation for its seasonal menus which our executive chef curates to clients’ tastes and to take advantage of locally sourced ingredients.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner offer an array of delicious meal options for those with special dietary requirements from heart healthy and vegetarian meals, to gluten free and lactose free offerings.  


Our campus offers a wide range of guest rooms and suites in its four residence halls, accommodating up to 100 guests with 53 overnight rooms and 78 beds.  Buildings also feature built-in kitchenettes, meeting spaces, business centers, high-speed WiFi, lounges, and garden spaces for quiet enjoyment. 


The historic village of Rensselaerville was settled in 1787. Main Street, just down Pond Hill Road from the Institute, is home to dozens of historic homes, 19th-century churches, the regionally renowned Palmer House Café, and one of Albany County’s oldest public libraries. Located less than 30 miles from downtown Albany, and a stunning two-and-a-half hour ride from New York City through the Hudson Valley, our staff is happy to arrange transportation on your behalf.


The Carey Institute’s 100-acre campus is nestled in the midst of the Huyck Preserve, giving our guests access to Lake Myosotis, 13 miles of hiking trails, and over 2000 acres of forest, field, and wetlands, including the Rensselaerville Falls which cascade over 120 feet. With kayaking, swimming, snowshoeing and more available to our guests, the Huyck Preserve is an inspiring added value to help you achieve your goals – an open space for open minds.


  • One Stop Meeting Planning:  Our event planner will take care of every detail of your meeting and stay, from coordinating projectors to arranging transportation to and from the airport or train station.
  • Complete Meeting Package (CMP) pricing: All meeting costs are included in our per person pricing from overnight accommodations, meeting space and materials, to meals, coffee and snacks, ensuring your organization can budget the full meeting cost ahead of time and eliminate hidden charges for small details like LCD projectors or extra flip charts.

Our goal is to make your meeting as simple as possible so your team can focus on one thing achieving your best results.


The Carey Institute also offers expert design and facilitation services for mission critical meetings. Clients can work with our in-house facilitator to customize a meeting approach that addresses any organizational challenge, including executive team planning, mergers and acquisitions, new business launches, mediation and conflict resolution, culture development, leadership transitions, team building and much more. 

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“I chose the Carey Institute because the private beautiful setting allows my staff to relax, but yet still accomplish all our goals.  The food is amazing and the staff are very friendly and helpful.”

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“The facilities offered all the technology we required, the staff was professional and accommodating, and the food and atmosphere was first-rate. A great experience overall!”

 “…the magical, almost old-world feeling of the cottages and pristine natural setting left us all deeply inspired.” 

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“The combination of comfortable lodging, delicious meals, excellent meeting facilities, lovely outdoor spaces, and a helpful staff have kept us coming back for three decades.”

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“My staff and I had an extremely productive meeting in a beautiful and idyllic setting.  The Institute, with the exceptional hospitality and service, really enabled our team to focus on the purpose of the meeting while enjoying a great environment.”

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“We had a very productive retreat thanks in part to your wonderful accommodations and superior service. We really enjoyed staying in one building. Everyone loved the food — please pass along our compliments to the chefs.”


In 1963, The Institute on Man and Science was founded on our campus to explore advancements in space, science, peace, philosophy and medicine, engaging important figures of the time such as Isaac Asimov and UN Secretary General U Thant.
The roots of the Carey Institute go back to 1924 when Laura Talmage Huyck convened the Country Forums on Human Relations at her home as a reaction to the carnage of World War I, engaging international participants to promote global understanding and peaceful conflict resolution.
In the past 50 years, our campus’ unique ability to inspire has attracted meetings, conferences and retreats held by some of the most noted public figures of our time, including Andy Rooney, Hillary Clinton, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Founded in 2012, the Carey Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to making a better world by contributing to a strong, educated and just society through residencies and programs that focus on the most pressing social, political, economic and other issues of the day.  Your meeting contributes to our mission. Learn more about our programs here.

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The Carey Institute regrets that due to COVID-19, property activities have been suspended and we are unable to take meeting and wedding requests at this time.
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