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Monday, November 14, 2011

Retreat to Mill Creek Settlement

Have you ever been to a quilting retreat?  If not, you owe it to yourself to experience the wonderful gift of spending time with your girlfriends, in a beautiful setting, where you can quilt the day (and night) away!  If you have, then you know all too well what I'm talking about!  And... have I got a place for you to retreat to!!!

About a week ago, my friends and I packed the cars and headed for Wisconsin (the Madison area), to the Mill Creek Settlement Retreat, owned by Theresa & Ross Halverson.  What a wonderful time we had at their totally awesome country home!  And....I do mean country home!!

This turn-of-the-century house is located on 67 acres of land, situated at the top of a hill, and surrounded by farm fields, livestock barn, chicken coop, and grain silos (although there were no livestock or chickens at the moment!).  Theresa & Ross restored the house themselves, where it initially was a Bed & Breakfast, and is now (lucky for us!) a retreat home. 

The Halvorsens are very talented at restoration!  Their workmanship is masterful, and creative, making the house comfortable, warm, and inviting!

You truly feel like you've taken a step back in time to how the house may have been in the early 1900's.

I'm a Prairie Woman at heart, so I spent a lot of time walking thru the rooms imagining what life would have been like then.

The house is full of antique furniture and fixtures.....

.....along with beautiful reproduction pieces, and country, primitive things from......

.....The Halvorsen's primitives store called Yore Primitives (as in....days of Yore!). 

Yore Primitives is located just a short distance from Mill Creek, and you know we all went there and bought lots of goodies for our homes!!  It was wonderful!

Theresa has decorated the house with lovely vignettes......

......giving us lots of creative inspirations everywhere you look!

Mill Creek Settlement has five bedooms......

......with enough beds to accomodate 14 retreaters.

There's only one problem.....

.....deciding which of the 14 beds you want to sleep in!

Is this not the lovliest old-fashioned bathroom you've ever seen? 

The house also has several sitting rooms where you can read, or chat........

...curl up to watch a movie.....

....or do some stitching.

The work space is large and comfortable with excellent lighting.  I brought several UFO's to work on and completed a few.  My friends were very productive as well, in between bouts of "Patchwork Sing-a-longs" and other fun activities that I just can't talk about.  You know how it is....what happens at the retreat, stays at the retreat!  Vegas....eat your heart out!

Some meals are included at Mill Creek Settlement, and the warm, make-yourself-at-home welcome is free of charge!  Theresa and Ross made sure we were happy, comfy, and well fed, and we thoroughly enjoyed their company!!  We've already booked two return trips next year!

If you'd like to know more about the Mill Creek Settlement Retreat, and/or view pictures and get more information about it, click here!  I think when we find good things in life, we need to share them, and Mill Creek is a very good thing!

Thanks for taking the time from your busy day to spend a few minutes with me! 



  1. Wow. That just looks like heaven to me. I will definitely have to check this out.
    Thanks for sharing all this wonderful goodness!!

  2. What an incredibly wonderful place! The 2nd and 3rd photo with the oak column and attached cupboard underneath has me squealing with joy! I am such a fan of woodwork - oh and all the decor and vignettes! How wonderful that you were able to enjoy such a gorgeous retreat with good friends, Pam! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love all of the photos there... what a fun get away place! That movie screen looks a bit out of place with all of the other antiques around! But what a great atmosphere! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures.

  4. I feel like I had a mini-retreat just looking at your photos, Pam! What an awesome place! Thanks for giving us a peek!

  5. What an amazing place! Thank you for giving us a beautiful tour. Makes me want to jump on an airplane and come for a visit! Love the curtains on the beds - cool idea.
    Karen W.

  6. Pam, the location is amazing! I'm sure just living there for a few days just made you want to sew, and sew, and sew! It must have been a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Pam, thank you for the wonderful photo tour of Mill Creek. Our group will be going in July which can't come fast enough. Friends, sewing, shopping, what a perfect mix! Now I have to get back to my hexagons for PWSC. Cheryl B, :-)

  8. I think my heart started beating faster as I looked at the photos of Mill Creek in anticipation of my scheduled stay next summer. Can hardly wait.

    I was just going to send an email to Cheryl B re: your posting but I see she found it from the previous comment.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. That's an amazing quilting retreat. Loads of inspiration. ann :-)

  10. What a beautifully decorated primitive home. Who wouldn't want to retreat (or live) there. Sign me up! Looks heavenly.

  11. Oh my goodness what a great place to spend time at - lots of wonderful things to look at and it looks so warm and welcoming. Thanks for sharing those amazing pics


  12. What a lovely house. I'm in awe with the closet filled with yellow bowls. and the simply basket quilt is an inspiration for me. I hope to make something like this beauty one day! Thanks for posting