My cousin and are are both turning 60 next year, and we've decided that we need to go on a quilt retreat to celebrate. We live in the Bay Area and were wondering if you could tell us about some fun and reasonably priced (i.e., $500 or less, including lodging, if possible) quilt retreats.
I know that Linda Ballard hosts several retreats in various beautiful places north of us in Shasta, Nevada City, and Weaverville (http://www.letsquilt.com/). We wouldn't mind going as far north as Redding, or as far south as San Luis Obispo -- if the retreat were really wonderful.
Neither of us has ever done anything like this, nor do we belong to any local quilting group, so any tips your might like to share about retreats in general would be also nice.