HOOKED: Rug Hooking Retreat…Itinerary and Culinary Menu

I have always longed to be able to attend a luxury rug hooking retreat and work alongside a fabulous artist.  Not a workshop or a class but the opportunity to spend a couple of days immersed in my own rug hooking while engaging in lively discussion about hooking, art, creativity and inspiration. A retreat where every detail has been taken care of.  To be treated to delectable chef prepared meals and enjoy the company of friends in a beautiful historic Inn.  At the end of the day, languish in style in a beautifully appointed room…all to myself.   It didn’t exist, so I invited Bear Epp to join me in creating HOOKED.  My dream retreat.   We are taking care of everything for you! Below you will find the Itinerary and Culinary Menu for both sessions which may help you decide which session you prefer.  This is a retreat after all so if you choose to forgo a hooking session and treat yourself to a mani-pedi, enjoy!  Only the meal schedules are not flexible.   We look forward to making your experience memorable.  For more information and to register follow this link  https://martinalesar.com/hooked-rug-hooking-retreat-2021/   

Our guest artist and mentor for our first retreat is Alexandrya Eaton.

Space is limited to 30 guests per session.  We are already 50% booked.

Session 1:  Sunday, February 7th  2021 

8:00 am                   Arrive at the Millcroft Inn and you will be assisted with unloading your vehicle and directed to the parking area.  You may check in at the front desk of the main mill and your luggage will be stored safely until your room is ready.

9:00 – 12:00 am      Erin Room.  Your day of rug hooking commences with your fellow participants.  Millcroft staff will have prepared a lovely continental breakfast buffet for you to enjoy throughout the morning session.

THE CLASSIC CONTINENTAL

Sliced fresh seasonal fruit

Fresh croissants

House made muffins and danish pastries

Local preserves, fruit compote and butter

Assortment of juices Coffee, tea

12:00 – 1:00 pm     A delicious buffet lunch is served in the Headwaters Dining Room. .

Mexican Taco Lunch Buffet

Taco soup

Corn and black bean salad with coriander, chipotle vinaigrette

Mexican chopped salad

Taco station: with seasoned beef and chicken

Soft tacos

Shredded lettuce

House made tomato salsa

House made Guacamole

Sour cream

Shredded cheese and hot sauce

VEGETARIAN – Daily plated vegetarian option for vegetarians.

Spiced chocolate brownies

1:00 – 4:30           Rug hooking commences in the Erin Room.  Afternoon snack and beverages will be available while you continue to work on your projects

House made root chips with house dip

Coffee/ Tea, water, carbonated beverages

4:30 -6:00    Free time to indulge in the amenities of the Mill.  Indoor pool, outdoor hot spring pools, gym or book a spa treatment

6:00 – 7:00    Dinner is served in the Headwaters Dining Room.  The following buffet dinner will be served.

APPETIZERS:   Seasonal soup

A selection of three House made salads

ENTREES:        Chicken Ballotine, braised greens, pearls, confit garlic

Salmon, corn, toasted garlic, fine herb beurre blanc

Roasted potatoes

Rice pilaf

Vegetarian plated dinner is an option.

DESSERT:       Chef’s dessert choice

Coffee, tea and decaffeinated coffee

8:00 – 10:00    Wine and Cheese Social featuring,  Alexandrya Eaton’s  Becoming: Artist talk and presentation in the Erin Room.

Session 1:  Monday, February 8th  2021

8:00 – 9:00 am       Buffet breakfast is served in the Headwaters Dining Room and during this time you will also check out of your guest room

THE MILLCROFT BREAKFAST BUFFET

Freshly baked pastries

Assorted home style muffins

Assorted bagels

House made granola

Mini yogurts

Fruit basket

Cured and smoked meats

Cheese platter

Smoked farmhouse bacon

Maple glazed sausage

Omelet station, made to order with assorted selected ingredients

Home fries

Farm fresh eggs, prepared to order (poached, fried, boiled or scrambled)

Pancakes

Niagara preserves, creamery butter

Fresh brewed coffee, tea or decaffeinated coffee

Fresh cranberry, apple, grapefruit and orange juice

9:00 – 12:00         Erin Room.  Your day of rug hooking commences with your fellow participants.  Millcroft staff will have prepared a snack table for you to enjoy throughout the morning session.

Assorted mini pastries

Coffee, tea, water and carbonated beverages

12:00 – 1:00pm    Lunch is served in the Headwaters Dining Room

DELI THEMED LUNCH BUFFET

Daily soup creation

Garden greens with two dressings

Crudités with hummus

BLT wrap

VEGETARIAN: Grilled vegetable wrap with pesto and goat cheese

Assorted sandwiches on house made loafs of bread

Coconut Cream Tarts

1:00 – 4:00pm     Rug hooking resumes in the Erin Room where Millcroft staff will make available an afternoon snack.  Professional photographer, Sophie Hogan will demonstrate how to photograph your work like a pro with just your cell phone and a single light.

Assorted house baked cookies

Coffee, tea, water and carbonated beverages

End of Session 1

Session 2:  Tuesday, February 9th  2021 

8:00 am                   Arrive at the Millcroft Inn and you will be assisted with unloading your vehicle and directed to the parking area.  You may check in at the front desk of the main mill and your luggage will be stored safely until your room is ready.

9:00 – 12:00 am      Erin Room.  Your day of rug hooking commences with your fellow participants.  Millcroft staff will have prepared a lovely continental breakfast buffet for you to enjoy throughout the morning session.

THE CLASSIC CONTINENTAL

Sliced fresh seasonal fruit

Fresh croissants

House made muffins and danish pastries

Local preserves, fruit compote and butter

Assortment of juices Coffee, tea

12:00 – 1:00 pm     A delicious buffet lunch is served in the Headwaters Dining Room.

French Lunch Buffet

Garden vegetable and pistou soup

Salad niçoise

Spinach, walnut, grape & blue cheese salad with red wine shallot vinaigrette

Green beans salad, toasted almonds, goat cheese, honey Dijon vinaigrette

Beef bourguignon

Seafood bouillabaisse

Roast potato gratin with broccoli

VEGETARIAN – Daily plated vegetarian main course option for vegetarians

Mini profiteroles

1:00 – 4:30           Rug hooking commences in the Erin Room.  Afternoon snack and beverages will be available while you continue to work on your projects.  Professional photographer, Sophie Hogan will demonstrate how to photograph your work like a pro with just your cell phone and a single light.

House made root chips with house dip

Coffee/ Tea, water, carbonated beverages

4:30 -6:00             Free time indulge in the amenities of the Mill. Indoor pool, outdoor hot spring pools, gym or book a spa treatment

6:00 – 7:00           Dinner is served in the Headwaters Dining Room.  The following buffet dinner will be served.

APPETIZERS:       Seasonal soup

A selection of three House made salads

ENTREES:             Chicken Ballotine, with braised greens, pearls and confit garlic

Salmon, corn, toasted garlic and fine herb beurre blanc

Roasted potatoes

Rice pilaf

Vegetarian plated dinner will be available

DESSERT:             Chef’s dessert choice

Coffee, tea and decaffeinated coffee

8:00 – 10:00    Wine and Cheese Social featuring,  Alexandrya Eaton’s  Becoming: Artist talk and presentation in the Erin Room. 

Session 2:  Wednesday, February 10th  2021

8:00 – 9:00 am       Buffet breakfast is served in the Headwaters Dining Room and during this time you will also check out of your guest room

THE MILLCROFT BREAKFAST BUFFET

Freshly baked pastries

Assorted home style muffins

Assorted bagels

House made granola

Mini yogurts

Fruit basket

Cured and smoked meats

Cheese platter

Smoked farmhouse bacon

Maple glazed sausage

Omelet station, made to order with assorted selected ingredients

Home fries

Farm fresh eggs, prepared to order (poached, fried, boiled or scrambled)

Pancakes

Niagara preserves, creamery butter

Fresh brewed coffee, tea or decaffeinated coffee

Fresh cranberry, apple, grapefruit and orange juice

9:00 – 12:00         Erin Room.  Your day of rug hooking commences with your fellow participants.  Millcroft staff will have prepared a snack table for you to enjoy throughout the morning session.

Assorted mini pastries

Coffee, tea, water and carbonated beverages

12:00 – 1:00pm    Lunch is served in the Headwaters Dining Room

Canadian Themed Buffet Lunch

Sweet potato and maple purée

Traditional Ceasar salad with aged parmesan and zesty garlic dressing.

Broccoli, apple and smoked cheddar salad with creamy cider vinaigrette

Baby spinach, strawberry & goat cheese salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Smoked pork tenderloin

Grilled salmon

Vegetable fricassée with tomato vierge

Wild rice pilaf

VEGETARIAN – Daily plated vegetarian main course option

Apple bars with caramel crumble

1:00 – 4:00pm     Rug hooking resumes in the Erin Room where Millcroft staff will make available an afternoon snack.

Assorted house baked cookies

Coffee, tea, water and carbonated beverages

End of Session 2

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