My son and his wife were up there for Spring break. He planned to meet his dad, an uncle and two aunts who all live in the Maryville area for a meal. I had suggested the Nascar Cafe and he was disappointed that it looked like they went out of business. That is one thing I remember from all those trips I made up to my condo before I got married. The Gatlinburg / Pigeon Froge area is always changing!
Found another spot to check out as a possibility for our retreat --- Hidden Mountain Resort. I sent them an e-mail to see if they can accomodate a bunch of ladies with sewing machines!
If you are still looking for a place for your retreat there is a Christian retreat in Black Mountain NC called the Ridgecrest Center. It will hold lots of people, I went to some classes there about 10 years ago and it was very much like a small college with class rooms a dining hall and lovely grounds. It might be too big but it came to my mind when reading this thread. It is not far from Asheville.
OK ladies....... Today I was able to check out a quilt shop called Holloway's that has a retreat center. Nice homey place. Right now it will sleep 12, possilbly 13. they are in the process of remodeling another small cabin on the property that will sleep an additional 2 or 3. They are also working on remodeling another building on the propery that could be used for the actual sewing place.
I still have two more places in this area that I want to check out for us. I am meeting Diana at The Cherry Pit quilt shop in Sevierville tomorrow and am going to see if she can go with me to check out hidden Mountain. I will also ask the ladies at the Cherry pit if they know of anywhere else that could be a possibility for a retreat. There is also a place or two in North GA that I would like to check out for us. I will keep you all posted.
This sounds like tough duty, Marge. I hope it doesn't wear you out. ;-)
Thanks for checking out the sites. DH & I will be ready to check out the SE states at that time!
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
I know Nancy. Checking out these quilt shops and retreat sites is a "dirty job but someone has to do it" :o)
I might be interested in this retreat. Did you pick a date yet? As some of you may know I do travel a lot for business and I have already part of 2012 set with my work trips. As far as the location goes......I'll wherever!!!!
The happy wanderer checking in again. Yesterday with Diana was awesome!!! Ex SIL didn't show so I was glad that Diana had agreed to meet me. It's a lot more fun with someone who shares your passion. We visited Cherry Pit and Iva's. Both shops would be willing to do something for us while we are up here - maybe a discount or a demo. On the way back to where I am staying, I also stopped at Mountain Stitches by Susan on the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Loop. She is also willing to give us a discount as long as she knows when we would be coming. We also had a blast checking out Hidden Mountain Resort. I would like all of you who ae interested to check out their website - www.hiddenmountain.com. First click on the Lodge on the left hand side of the page. When that comes up, click on The Bluff conference Center. This is what Kay green - the gal that I have been e-mailing think would be our best bet for our sewing. It will cost us $329 per day and would be available to us from 8 a.m. - midnight or in the case of mulitiple days, we could sew all night .:o) As it is set up right now, Diana and I firgure it can handle 20 sewers easily and Kay said they could add more tables if we want. Then check out some of the pictures of the bigger cabins. You can do a search by property number so look at 2503 / 4083 / 4106 / 4115 / 4116. It sounds expensive until you figure out we would be dividing it between roughly 20 people. The reason I think this resort would be our best bet is the proximity to EVERYTHING - quilt shops, local crafts, discocunt shopping, FOOD. Holloway's - while very quaint and right next door to a quilt shop, is small (only sleeping 12) and way out in the boonies.
Biggest issue here is - this is the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area. This is a very popular area to visit so I would need pretty firm commitments probably by Labor Day to get us booked and to get a cabin that is large enough for all of us plus secure the conference center for our sewing. If there are some who would want to stay off-site, I would still need you to give a firm commitment to share the cost of the conference center since it is seperate from the sleeping arrangements. It would also mean that if you commit, you would have to pay your share no matter what. I don't want to get stuck with a huge bill ( nor can any of us afford it ) because someone backed out at the last minute. The cabins that Diana and I looked at that would be big enough ranged from $550 to $800 per day (the $800 sleeps 24) As far as the cabins, there is a three night minimum. At that - we would probably have only two days to sew so you would multiply the $329 by 2 for the cost of the conference center. I am open to all suggestions at this point in time as to what you think about this resort, how long you want to stay, etc.
southeast should mean the great Smokey Mtns.
pigeon forge or Gatlinburg
It is the mainstream of the southeast.
I vote something close to northeast Alabama! :)
I looked at the web site and I am in. Heather told me that should be in October, so I can come.
OMG, what a beautiful place. I'll have to talk to my DH and seen what his plans are for the fall. If we could motorhome down I could spend a weekend sewing and he could do ... whatever. Fish? maybe? what is the date or have we just settled on a month?
Marge, I briefly checked out the site and all I can say is WOW! I'm going to give this some real thought, I'd love to go. Where can I find when we talked about it in the beginning? Such as time of year, etc.
Isabella --- we are looking at early May 2012--- not Oct. You can't buy, beg or steal a place up here in Oct. !!!!!
Marie - just go back to the beginning of this string. We hadn't really talked about a time of year as yet but I made an "executive decision" after talking to several places up here. Oct. is the busiest month up here with the summer months coming in second. The dates that I talked about with Marie at Holloway's were the 15, 16 and 17 of May. Weather is gorgeous and during the week isn't bad for getting aroudn. The weekends are always busy up here. I have been coming up here since the '80s.