Fall Color Retreat: October 2019
Traverse City, Michigan
Monday, October 15 to Friday, October 19, 2018
or Friday, October 19 to Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Both sessions will teach the exact same lessons.
Location: on Cedar Lake on the outskirts of Traverse City, Michigan (Northwest Michigan, lower peninsula )
About the Cottage:
Our cottage is located on 2.5 acres in Traverse City, Michigan. If Michigan's lower peninsula is the back of your left hand, you're going to the top of pinkie finger!
Our cottage sits on directly on Cedar Lake, a small yet gorgeous private lake and features 100 feet of private shoreline.
Nestled into a hardwood copse, this entire area will be ablaze with stunning fall color for October.
This retreat is for intermediate to advanced colored pencil students. Please see this curriculum page for more info.
Price: $950 for one retreat session, includes:
- 4 nights, double occupant rooms
- Welcome dinner (buffet style)
- Goodbye brunch
- 9 meals plus snacks and assorted beverages
- gigantic package of course materials including line drawings, miscellaneous art supplies, workbook with guides & learning aids
Reserve your space with a $350 registration fee (includes $150 of which is a non-refundable deposit).
Remaining balance of $600 due on or before September 1, 2018.
Cancellations may be made up to 60 days prior to the event (by Monday, August 13, 2018) for a refund minus the $150 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel AFTER Monday, August 13, 2018, no refund will be offered unless your spot can be filled.
Failure to pay in full by the above deadlines will result in loss of $150 deposit and you will not be allowed to attend the retreat.
All meals are provided including a simple dinner on arrival day and a hearty brunch on departure day.
Breakfasts will be continental style with a griddle available for those who want to prepare eggs or other protein.
Lunches will be a self-service kitchen counter buffet. Eat at your convenience.
Evening dinners will be together in the dining room and include a main dish, side dishes, green salad, and dessert.
Snacks and beverages will be available for self-service in the kitchen.
Sunset wine bar with snacks each night.
Please let Amy know about vegetarian wishes. Sorry, vegan meals not available. For gluten-free meals or allergy info, please contact Amy@vanillaarts.com.
Transportation: Transportation is NOT included in retreat price.
By Car: address provided upon registration. Cottage is located on the west side of inland Traverse City, just west of Long Lake.
By Airplane: Daily flights to Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, Michigan are available from Chicago O'Hare and Detroit Metropolitan Airport via American, Delta, and United. The cottage is a 30 minute drive from Cherry Capitol. Join the private Facebook discussion board so that we can arrange carpools to minimize cost and parking space at the cottage.
We DO NOT recommend driving from either the Chicago or Detroit airports. The cottage is 6.25 hours from O'Hare and 4.5 hours from Detroit Metro.
This is meant to be a relaxing time of self-exploration and improvement. Break your clocks and work on lake time. We will let the needs of the day set our schedule. Our casual time frame includes:
Arrive anytime after 12pm on Monday, Oct 15 and make yourself at home. The welcome dinner buffet will be ready at 5:30pm but we'll keep things warm for those arriving later.
Three full days of instruction (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). Work inside the cottage, on the deck, or at the beach. Take time to enjoy the lake and the scenery on your breaks.
Pack and depart on Friday, Oct 19 by 3pm with a hearty brunch before you go.
Arrive anytime after 12pm on Friday, Oct 19) and make yourself at home. The welcome dinner buffet will be ready at 5:30pm but we'll keep things warm for those arriving later.
Three full days of instruction (Saturday, Sunday, Monday). Work inside the cottage, on the deck, or at the beach. Take time to enjoy the lake and the scenery on your breaks.
Pack and depart on Tuesday, Oct 23 by 3pm with a hearty brunch before you go.
This is a family style cottage; we do not have the luxury of private bedrooms. Our living space is 2,000 square feet including 2 bathrooms, a great room, rec room, kitchen & dining area, plus outdoor deck.
Our beach area is private but adjacent to other private properties.
Smoking is strictly prohibited indoors by the landlord and Amy has asthma. The landlord absolutely will charge damage penalties and cleanup fees should you break the rules. If you smoke outside, please be courteous to remain away from open windows and to dispose of butts properly.
This is Northern Michigan where autumn is especially brisk and chilly. Expect highs of 55 and lows of 40 during our October visit.
Cedar Lake is a shallow inland lake which will be beautiful but cold during our visit. Swimming is not suggested (unless you're a polar bear type) but wading may be cool and refreshing.
Internet & Communications:
Our cottage is in an area of vacation cottages on the far outskirts of town. There is no cable internet or DSL available.
Cell service is described as "usable but intermittent". AT&T and Verizon coverage seems to work best at the cottage but the signal is not strong.
For internet, a personal hotspot is your only option at the cottage. You can travel into Traverse City where there are numerous restaurants and coffee shops plus a library with excellent high speed internet available. Best option: use this retreat as an excuse to unplug and unwind!
Questions? Email Amy@VanillaArts.com for more info.