Step back in time, gather with friends and share your love of quilting, knitting, scrapbooking, rug hooking or your favorite artistic endeavor. Experience the Whistlestop with your group of up to 18 friends or join us for a "open" retreat or class and meet new friends that share your creative passion. We are located in Sweetwater Tennessee, in a 150 year old farmhouse on seven acres of picturesque farmland. Historic downtown Sweetwater, just 5 minutes away, is a perfect outing with its antique stores, tea rooms, cafes and its mainstreet shopping.
The historic Whistlestop Quilt Retreat Farmhouse, built around 1860 by some of Sweetwater Valley's first settlers, has 5 large bedrooms and 4 ½ bathrooms. The farmhouse can accommodate up to 18 guests, each in their own twin bed. Every room is warmly decorated with quilts, antiques and folkart. Each of the twin beds are made up with fine linens and covered with quilts made by local quilters. The main floor of the farmhouse sleeps 11 guests in 3 large bedrooms all with private baths.
The two beautiful bedrooms on the second floor sleep 7 guests, with a half bath in one of the bedrooms. These two bedrooms have lovely views and a nice quiet sitting area. Second floor guests have a dedicated full bath located on the main floor just for their use.
The Grand Central Station, or the sewing room, has 14 individual sewing stations, each with its own table, padded desk chair and trash can. Cutting tables with mats and rulers are available as well as large custom ironing stations with quality irons. Electrical outlets are located on top of the tables for ease.
Guests that do not require a sewing station have plenty of room in the lovely parlor or the bright, airy sunroom. The parlor is a sunny, comfortable room perfect for hand work, reading, relaxing, watching tv, a movie or just chatting. WiFi is available and a Blue Ray player is available to play your favorite DVD or Blue Ray disc. There is also a table for games, puzzles or afternoon tea. The sunroom, just off of the main sewing area, is a bright space furnished with comfortable wicker furniture and is encircled by windows with views of the gardens and surrounding farmland. It is the perfect spot to gather and sew with friends.
Meals are not provided at the Whistlestop Quilt Retreat unless otherwise specifically stated for a particular event, such as Open Retreats. A Private Chef meal service may be available for groups of 10 or more. The large country kitchen is fully equipped with a double oven, gas cook top, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher should you choose to prepare your own meals. The farmhouse has central air and heat, with ceiling fans in all bedrooms. There is ample parking. Smoking not permitted.