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    I have been searching for a quilt retreat in my area (up to 100 miles from home) and not having much luck. As I don't belong to a local guild (another story) I really don't have any local quilting buddies.
    What should I expect to pay for a weekend retreat?

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    I've been on many quilting retreats. The fee varies from $150 to over $500 depending on where you stay and the activities planned.

    I'm going on one on Cape Cod in November. We are on our own for food. The $150 fee includes our hotel room for three nights and a small space in the common room. The $500 retreat covers all food in a very nice hotel for two nights and lots of space in the common room.

    Some quilt shops put on retreats, so ask around at the quilt shops. Seems like your area would have lots of quilters. When I go to Lancaster with my parents, we get off in your town and head to Shady Maple for dinner. :)

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    Sunnie, I'm not that far away from you so if you come across anything let me know! I've never been to one either, and I'm not in a guild (more for time reasons than anything) but I'd love to try a retreat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x

    When I go to Lancaster with my parents, we get off in your town and head to Shady Maple for dinner. :)
    Ah, you gotta be careful about that Shady Maple place for dinner as it can be habit forming.

    :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    Sunnie, I'm not that far away from you so if you come across anything let me know! I've never been to one either, and I'm not in a guild (more for time reasons than anything) but I'd love to try a retreat.
    Julie, I will let you know. And if you find any let me know and maybe we can meet up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie
    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    Sunnie, I'm not that far away from you so if you come across anything let me know! I've never been to one either, and I'm not in a guild (more for time reasons than anything) but I'd love to try a retreat.
    Julie, I will let you know. And if you find any let me know and maybe we can meet up there.
    I will - it would be great to know someone. :)

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    have you tried a google search???

    is this close to you???

    1. http://www.mercersburginn.com/quilting.htm

    2. look on this site
    http://www.quiltguilds.com/pennsylvania.htm



    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie
    I have been searching for a quilt retreat in my area (up to 100 miles from home) and not having much luck. As I don't belong to a local guild (another story) I really don't have any local quilting buddies.
    What should I expect to pay for a weekend retreat?

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    Thanks Ms Crafty Bear. I have contacted the Mercersburg Inn to see if they have space available. The guild list isn't very helpful for retreats. Now I need to start searching LQSs.

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    Have you asked at your local quilt shop? Many stores have put on retreats.
    I do retreats with a group of friends...actually we combine 2 groups to come up with the minimum # needed which is 20...we usually have 20-24...and then there is a place about 1/2 hour from here that lets us rent their facility for the retreat....they do the cooking, we do the sewing!

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    Another place to look would be at church camps-there is one about an hour from here that has quilters and scrapbookers camps...maybe there is something like that in your area.

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    You don't have to be a Guild member to go to retreats. Our LQS's coordinate many.

    Here's a popular destination for Quilting Retreats. Some are open to anyone.
    http://www.brentwoodonthebeach.com/r...8a.html?pid=15

    Yes it's in Canada, though near the border. It's still do-able for our Northern USA friends!

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    ask at LQS, ask members of a guild, chat up crafters at a craft show, google quilt retreats for your area.
    just some ideas, hope you find find one.

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    A friend and I go to one every year that we found through LQS. There are also a couple that would be within driving distance that are held at conference/retreat centers, so you might also check anything like that in your area. Unfortunately, can't make the ones here as they don't work with my work schedule.

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    Why not plan one with other Quilting Board members?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Why not plan one with other Quilting Board members?
    Don't think that hasn't crossed my mind. I am not far from Lancaster County PA so there are lots of resources for a retreat. I think I will check with the local hotels and B & B's about hosting a retreat. Anyone interested?

    I also Googled quilt* camp and came up with lots of hits (as many as quilt* retreat) so lots to consider now.

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    Not exactly nearby, but Olde City Quilts in Burlington, NJ has retreats just across the street from them at a local hotel. I've not been, but they look very cozy & nice. Might want to check them out????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Why not plan one with other Quilting Board members?
    Don't think that hasn't crossed my mind. I am not far from Lancaster County PA so there are lots of resources for a retreat. I think I will check with the local hotels and B & B's about hosting a retreat. Anyone interested?

    I also Googled quilt* camp and came up with lots of hits (as many as quilt* retreat) so lots to consider now.
    there is a good chance I'll be driving from Florida to central NY next summer for a class reunion. If the timing is right, I'd love to come! Keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter
    Not exactly nearby, but Olde City Quilts in Burlington, NJ has retreats just across the street from them at a local hotel. I've not been, but they look very cozy & nice. Might want to check them out????
    I did visit their website and their "retreats" are partial day. I'm looking for a weekend (or longer) escape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Why not plan one with other Quilting Board members?
    Don't think that hasn't crossed my mind. I am not far from Lancaster County PA so there are lots of resources for a retreat. I think I will check with the local hotels and B & B's about hosting a retreat. Anyone interested?

    I also Googled quilt* camp and came up with lots of hits (as many as quilt* retreat) so lots to consider now.
    I would be interested, depending on the dates!

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    Please check out Bed and Breakfast in your areas, as they are now holding quilting retreats.

    I found some in Northern Indiana and making a list of them and would love to have a quilting retreat Spring of 2012.

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    Those of you who have been to a weekend retreat...how many people are usually included?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie
    Those of you who have been to a weekend retreat...how many people are usually included?
    As small as one .... :lol: I sometimes cloister myself and do my own retreat! :)

    And as many as you want ... really depends on how large you want to get.

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    [quote=QuiltEAs small as one .... :lol: I sometimes cloister myself and do my own retreat! :)

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    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Hi Sunnie,
    I host retreats for guilds, shops and groups of friends. We have hosted for groups as small as 10 and as many as 42. The smaller groups are really fun because you get to know each other better, where the larger the group the harder it is to visit with everyone AND get some quilting done too. If you are going to plan one in you area I'd recommend starting with 16-20 max.

    Here's a pic of our retreat group this past weekend.

    Rhonda Baker
    BeSewCreative Quilting Retreats
    www.BeSewCreative.com
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    http://www.facebook.com/BeSewCreativeQuiltingRetreats

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