Early this year, I started looking for a place where I could take a long weekend treat and get away from my work at home life. Luckily, I found 1847 Quilt Retreat Center that is housed in the Hotel Millersburg, Millersburg Ohio. Millersburg is within 3 hrs of my house and I love central Ohio so I thought why not? Still, retreats are for groups right? And I'm only ONE!!
But I thought I would call the coordinator and see what she thought. Leslie was super accommodating and didn't think it would be a problem at all. She had several groups of quilters coming in the spring and she picked one that she thought I would like. (But really they do retreats for one or two if you want since they have bedrooms that are big enough for that). After picking one of the 33 rooms to stay in, I was all set!
Leslie was right. The group, Pieceable Quilters from Zanesville, Ohio are an amazing group of ladies. Not only did they adopt us (my friend Rhonda from work joined me as well!) as one of their
own but they made sure to include us in all the fun they had planned for the weekend. We were so lucky to get to know them!
So onto the Review:
- Retreats can be customized to your needs and can accommodate 1-50 crafters.
- The actual crafting facilities are adequate. 5 ft tables, cutting tables with mats, iron stations, padded chairs (complete with kabooti cushions), 24 - hr secure access, restrooms clean and nearby
- Soft drinks provided through out retreat
- Unique bedrooms with many different options to choose from
- Large - YUMMY - breakfast included
- Affordable made from scratch restaurant on site. The food was AMAZING.
- Hotel staff was super friendly and approachable.
- The whole place had a very relaxed atomsphere where you didn't have to do your hair or make up all weekend if you didn't want to. (Which I did not - LOL)
- The hotel is all VERY ADA accessible with large bathrooms and a nice elevator.
- Small town environment with many interesting main street businesses, restaurants and quilt shops near by. It all feels very safe and Mayberry.
- Nick - yes they have a Nick who helps you move in and out, makes sure you have everything you need, will show you how to fix your heating in the room, and will sit and chat if you want to know some local flavor. Whatever they are paying him is NOT enough.
- A Truly well priced Great Value!
Let me just say that none of these really affected my stay ... but still want to include them.
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- The traffic in town is crazy. Their main street sits on state road and literally 18 wheelers are constantly going by.
- Parking for the hotel,while free, is hard to come by in the busy public lots
- Unpacking your car happens on this busy main street
- Communication between staff could have been better and more organized.
- The service in the restaurant was hit or miss and they definitely for now were understaffed (I expect this will change since between the quilt retreats getting popular and tourist season starting in May they will need even more help)
So how was my stay personally??? Just the best retreat I've ever taken! I loved that Nick helped move us in. There was plenty of time to sew and I worked on my Craftsy Block of the Month quilt and my hand pieced Pinwheel quilt. We ate mostly in the Hotel and both of us loved the food. I mean - really loved it! They literally have the best Rubens EVER! Leslie chose an interior bedroom for me with a large king size bed. At first I thought I wouldn't like it since it didn't really have an exterior window but I didn't realize how safe I would feel in the room and how quiet it would be. Plus it was super close to our working space that I could hop back and forth with no problem. The whole hotel was VERY clean and well kept up. There were quilts everywhere - if there was a wall - there was a quilt
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I did make a quick run to a near by quilt shop - Somewhere Sewing - where they had exactly what I needed. I didn't make it to Zincks or Miller's Drygoods but I will next time. In my quiet huge bed I slept great, got a ton done and felt rested when I got home. The whole time totally recharged me. I loved the atmosphere that I can tell that will be my new go-to place to get away. I love low maintenance vaca's that don't cost an arm and a leg....especially where their is sewing and food involved.
Obviously I can hardily recommend!!!
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