Where history, nature and beauty unite

For nearly 40 years, Dumas Bay Centre was run as a convent and women’s retreat center.

In 1956, after closing their private girls’ school and monastery in Tacoma, the Sisters of Visitation were looking to relocate. They discovered that Dumas Bay, with its secluded location and natural beauty, provided the ideal setting for a contemplative lifestyle.

The City of Federal Way purchased the property in 1993, converting it into a meeting, retreat and special events facility.

If you’re visiting in the springtime, be prepared to be wowed as the rhododendrons burst into bloom. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the fragrances of roses, camellias, magnolias, and a variety of flowering fruit trees.

See an immersive view of our facility and banquet rooms on Google.

Set on 12 acres, Dumas Bay Centre offers a setting that embraces nature and beauty — a place where your guests can relax amid the panoramic splendor of the surroundings.

Its spectacular natural setting, on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound with an unimpeded view of the majestic Olympic Mountains, sustains many types of birds and wildlife.

Pathways meander through areas of tall pines and lush moss. An outdoor sculpture garden contains several wonderful installations, including a carved tree showcasing active wildlife from our region and a large metallic salmon. The charming wooden gazebo is the perfect place to while away an hour or two.

Fast Facts About Dumas Bay Centre


Free Parking

Lodging for 98 guests

Former convent

Three banquet rooms

Full service in-house catering

12 acres of lawns and paved walkways

Multiple rental spaces


Picnic tables and outdoor seating

Charming wooden gazebo

Rose garden and sculpture garden

Great for bird watching

Outdoor benches and picnic tables

Sculpture garden

Beautiful flowering beds

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