Okay, the final decision has been made. This year the Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat will be:
Thursday, September 16 - Sunday, September 19th
We will be returning to beautiful Dumas Bay Centre in WA state.
Thurs - Sun - $260
Here’s the fee/price breakdown per person:
$260 - Private room for 4 days/3 nights (Thurs-Sun, includes all meals/tea coffee, & LINENS!!!)
$33 - Admin Fee (this compensates me & assistants for our planning and execution time)
$40.00 - Printing/Supplies Fees/Badges/Thank you cards/postage/phone
$10 - Men’s Knitting Retreat fee (this helps maintain the website and our group liability insurance)
$14 - PayPal Fees (this is now 4% of the total cost and is charged when you transfer money via PayPal)
$5.00 - Teaching stipend (we are offering $20 stipend for instructors/per class)
$362.00 GRAND TOTAL (does NOT include your air fare, gas, shuttles, etc.)
Check-In Time is 3pm (9/16 or 9/17), Check-Out Time is 11am (9/19)
There is a 90 Day Contract Signing deadline (6/29)
There will be ABSOLUTELY no refunds, once we reach the 30 Day mark (8/16)
Directions to the facility are here. Transportation Recommendations are:
* Shuttle Express: 1-800-487-7433 or 425-981-7000
* Local Yellow Taxi : Garry - 206-334-7498 (cell) or 253-941-4802. Garry lives locally and works 5 AM - 5 PM providing airport and other local service
* Diamond Taxi: Dave 253-275-7208 Dave lives locally and works 4 AM - 4 PM
I have given Dumas Bay our request for reservation but we don’t officially have the reservation until I make the deposit. I’ll be signing the contract within the next 60 days. The sooner you can reserve and make your payment, the sooner I can sign the contract. If you’re interested in going, please let me know on this forum and via email @ mikealanwade (at) gmail (dot) com. I’ll send you an invoice via PayPal.
At the moment we have 30 rooms on hold (the same number we had last year). I can ask for more rooms, but for now, I’ll keep a waiting list, when we reach 30 men.
I’ll be making a poster, similar to the one I made for 2009, but with pictures from the past retreat! When, it’s ready, I’ll include a link and how to get a copy for promoting to your networks/contacts.
I look forward to seeing all your faces (well, most of them, plus some new ones) for this year’s retreat!
Hey There Gents,
After reviewing your comments, PMs and other feedback, I’ve decided to go with the devil we know for this year, so it’s Dumas Bay Centre *** !
I know that Labor Day Weekend doesn’t work for several of you (both from posts and PMs), so I checked on additional free dates. The only one that I could do is:
Thursday - Sunday, Sept. 16-19, 2010. Both Banquet Room 1 (the room we covet/Quilter’s Room) AND Banquet Room 2 (the room we had last year) are both available!!
Is this better for those who can’t do Labor Day?
If you’re serious about going and you have a preference, please speak now. I’ll make the final decision in one week (April 6th) and start the process of reserving and figuring out the costs. It’s going to be a tad higher than last year because I underestimated some of the admin costs, but it should be comparable.
Thanks for all of your feedback and advice!
p.s. *** What I would love to do at the end of this year’s retreat is have a group meeting to discuss other potential venues and the pros and cons of that particular location. Plus, with a year’s advance, we’ll most likely get a reservation when we want it. ULTIMATELY, I’d love to have a place that we return to year after year, because this whole research process is very time consuming and not terribly fun. :-( I’d rather focus on classes, activities and which movie I’m going to torture you with. :-)
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I feel it’s time to start planning the Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat 2010!!!!
I’ve heard back from one space, but I’m waiting to hear back on pricing from two potential NEW spots for the MFKR 2010. Since Labor Day seemed to be an all-around great weekend last year, I’m going to suggest that we continue that fledgling tradition. Labor Day weekend is Friday, September 3rd through Sunday, September 5th.
I’ve already spoken with Judy at Dumas Bay Centre (last year’s site) and they are excited to have us back, if we chose to go there. The good news is that they have added better lights (pole lamps) in the room we were in AND they have availability. The sad news is that the Quilter’s have already booked that corner room (the one with the amazing natural light). The only other room is the HUGE 80 person room that I’m not sure anyone else saw but I doubt we can get that many registered attendees.
Two NEW sites that I’m researching/considering are:
Wildwood Conservation & Retreat Center
Harbin Hot Springs
The sticking point for both of these spots is how far away from a major airport they are. They are approximately 1.5 hours away from Oakland Int’l Airport and about 2 hours from SFO (barring any scary traffic). The other potential problem with Harbin is that they don’t offer catering per se. They do, however, have a restaurant, a big kitchen at our disposal and a green grocer/market onsite. This adds more cost to what will be a more expensive location, but OMG the place has a swimming pool, sauna, massage, water therapy, etc. etc.
What I’d love to know from folks is the following:
1. Are the additional amenities like pool/massage/hiking important to most folks?
2. How big a deal is that you’d need to have a rental car (or carpool) to get to the venue and back to airport?
3. Would the restaurant/market/kitchen option be viable if we were to go with Harbin?
4. Do you have any concerns that I’ve overlooked?
If I could get a show of “hands” from those of you interested and willing to commit, that will help me start negotiations with wherever we end up choosing. Please share this with anyone I’ve overlooked or that you think would like to join us.